Policy Starring out letters in acronyms no longer required.

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

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  1. Grimby Technical Consultant

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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 Chosen One

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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 JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    I know, right? FFS I thought this was a big deal. SMFH at this BS.
    Last edited by Ramza, Mar 5, 2013
  4. A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Riot Deterrent

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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 Mod and Inquisitor of SWTV

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


    :p
  6. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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  7. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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

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  10. Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus

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  11. CT-867-5309 Chosen One

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

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

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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 Force Ghost

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  15. Rox Administrator Emeritus

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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 Technical Consultant

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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 Chosen One

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

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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 Chosen One

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    Who cares?
  20. wannasee Force Ghost

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    I hope somebody cares, because when nobody cares things only get worse.
  21. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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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 Force Ghost

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

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    I care.
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  24. Lars_Muul Chosen One

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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 Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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