Right. It's come up in the past and been dodgy, it's complicated.
Meh, I think its nonsense, personally. Regualting language is lame and kindergarten-esque. The only reason people use profanity is because its social taboo. If people made less of a big deal about it, people would use it less.
You should just make a thread for people who curse. That would be awesome! That way, people have a place to go if they want to use adult language, which won't hurt anyone. I think banning language is censorship. Seriously, if you are going to regulate language then you should regulate all mention of religion and politics as well. Sounds retarded? Yeah, that's exactly my point.
You can't enforce a no-profanity policy unless you publish a list of banned words. Then people will argue over the words and it just goes on forever. We're making a big deal over nothing.
Krusty the Klown already beat you to the punch[line] on that idea.
If you feel the need to express yourself with that kind of language, there is at least one other forum where swearing is permitted, at bantha skull. You might feel more comfortable there.
Parent groups? Are they gonna put us on some blacklist? Shouldn't they be protesting Miley Cyrus dancing on a stripper pole in daisy dukes instead of trolling the forums at Sirsteves for the F bomb?
Some of these parental groups are pretty powerful, they can get sponsors to drop the site, get hosts to take sites offline, get injunctions, they can go pretty extreme if they are mad enough about something. There's a lot going on with this sort of thing. The PMRC in the '80s was merely a parents group, despite them getting senate hearings and nearly taking down the RIAA. I can't speak to why they fight the battles they do, I am just charged with making sure our forums stay running as smoothly as possible for as many folks as possible.
the Miley stripper pole thing was way overblown, it wasn't that big a deal. :rolleyes:
it was also pretty hot. :thumbsup: