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Policy Starring out letters in acronyms no longer required.

Discussion in 'Communications' started by Grimby , Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Grimby

    Grimby Technical Consultant & Former Head Admin star 7 Staff Member Administrator

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    After discussion in Comms and the MS, it has been decided that acronyms relating to and containing abbreviations for disallowed words no longer need to be starred out. (Examples: BS, FML, WTF etc.) Previously, the accepted usage of such acronyms was to star out the letter of an offending word, as in "B*" or "LM*AO".

    Please remember that words on the Disallowed Words List must still be starred out in their entirety. Further, please remember that while these acronyms are allowed, flaming another user still isn't. So be mindful of how you address other users on the boards.
     
  2. Barriss_Coffee

    Barriss_Coffee Chosen One star 6

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    Why the **** aren't people getting all ****ing excited about this like they did the ****ing WT* (no wait I can use that one) WTF decision?

    I cry BS!
     
  3. Ramza

    Ramza Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA VIP

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    I know, right? FFS I thought this was a big deal. SMFH at this BS.
     
  4. A Chorus of Disapproval

    A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Malleus Maleficarum star 8 Staff Member Manager

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    So all you ******** who ******** me for **** the ****** word in ********** YJ**********CC can **** *** ********* **** ******** and give me my *********** ****** *****.

    Just sayin.
     
  5. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Swears in acronyms? What's next, only starring out the first letter of offending words?


    :p
     
  6. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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    WTF THIS IS AMAZING
     
  7. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Force Ghost star 8

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    OH MY ***** ****** *** THIS IS ****** ***** MICKEY MOUSE ****** **** ************* YOU DIRTY ******** HUNTER S. THOMPSON
     
  8. Juliet316

    Juliet316 Chosen One star 10

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  9. epic

    epic Ex Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    long overdue!
     
  10. Katya Jade

    Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    You are welcome!
     
  11. CT-867-5309

    CT-867-5309 Force Ghost star 6

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    So, that's still a "no" on telling people to GFY?
     
  12. Grimby

    Grimby Technical Consultant & Former Head Admin star 7 Staff Member Administrator

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    I think you've effectively demonstrated the only context in which such an acronym is allowed. ;)
     
  13. wannasee

    wannasee Jedi Master star 4

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    While seemingly inconsequential, this is a sad change for the boards.

    What is the reasoning behind the decision?
     
  14. Rilwen_Shadowflame

    Rilwen_Shadowflame Jedi Master star 6

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  15. Rox

    Rox Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I can't speak for the administration but look at the people who post here. Most of us are over 30 I think we can Handle a WTF every now and again.
     
  16. Grimby

    Grimby Technical Consultant & Former Head Admin star 7 Staff Member Administrator

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    I wouldn't necessarily say it's an age thing (although most of us in MS these days are in the 20-30 range), I'd say it's mostly due to the fact that many of us agreed having to post a censored acronym like "B*" seems awkward and unnecessary.
     
  17. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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    You....liked having to star out those single letters?
     
  18. wannasee

    wannasee Jedi Master star 4

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    I just think it's decadent is all.

    It's another step in the direction of having spelled-out profanity, and while I understand that that will never happen, I think it makes more sense for members to be encouraged to find ways to express themselves without using profanity at all.

    Profanity (initialed, starred-out, whatever) doesn't make a community better or stronger. If anything, it makes it worse IMO and I can't think of any good reason why this rule would be changed...
     
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  19. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Force Ghost star 8

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    Who cares?
     
  20. wannasee

    wannasee Jedi Master star 4

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    I hope somebody cares, because when nobody cares things only get worse.
     
  21. Ramza

    Ramza Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA VIP

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    Truly the fall of western civilization as we know it is predicated on the allowance of an S when preceded by a B.
     
  22. wannasee

    wannasee Jedi Master star 4

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    Don't try to minimize the mods' error.
     
  23. Grimby

    Grimby Technical Consultant & Former Head Admin star 7 Staff Member Administrator

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    I care.
     
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  24. Lars_Muul

    Lars_Muul Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    The more a word is used, the less powerful it becomes. I find profanity quite useful, if used sparingly.





    - Anakin Skywalker, meet Obi-Wan Kenobi.
    - Where did you dig up that old fossil?

    /LM
     
  25. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Just don't use the disallowed words here.. :p