Word filter: I am all for censorring the word d-a-m-n. But having having the word d-a-m-n-i-n-g turned into danging as well as d-a-m-n-e-d into danged feels a bit silly, it can actually distort the meaning in some situations.
Big333223 recently mentioned a similar problem with links: if a censored word appears in a link, the link becomes useless.
The swears in links thing is pretty hard to fix. The filter replaces words automatically, and there's no option to not have that apply to the links. If a swear word is filtered by the software, it will be filtered anywhere in the forum.
I think with Jeff no longer affiliated with the blog, there's some slight wiggle room to discuss our rules, although overall I like where they're at.
If we stick to the Carlin rules for profanities and other obvious sexual references I think we might be OK.
the aformentioned one and the place where sinners are rumored to go after they die seem ok to me, but I'm a potty mouth.
Yeah, I've already started saying "hell", when before I tried to use other words for Jeff's sake.
The harsher version of "dang" is a closer call for me, because I know to some Christian folk it's a pretty [dang] serious word. And p--- is another one on the borderline.
What the hell? I didn't even know we could say hell!
What about words derived from [dang] such as [dang]ing, as in "[dang]ing indictment". I could be wrong, but in this use the word is not associated with Christian beliefs.
Is it possible to choose to filter [dang] but not filter [dang]ing? I'm asking bcs I imagine it should be possible in theory. If not, then my suggestion above is pointless.
There's a workaround, but it's not particularly practical.
I believe you have the option of filtering only whole words. For instance, d--- would be censored, but d----ing wouldn't be. Unfortunately, you can't set it for individual words; it's either you never censor partial words, or you always do.
That means that if you really want to filter out the f-word, the c-word, etc., that you'd have to manually filter out any derivative you can think of: f-s, f-ing, f-face, f-er, etc., etc. It's not a practical solution, necessarily.