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[Resolved] Why is i*c*st blocked out.

Discussion in 'Questions & Complaints' started by The Death & The Strawberry, Oct 10, 2018.

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  1. The Death & The Strawberry

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    But ^ (use bro) or retard isn't? Am I to believe the word i*c*st is worse? :-(
     
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    It probably has something to do with the fact that the word (that you are referencing) directly refers to an action/activity that is pretty much illegal, unlike the last two words that you mentioned which are mostly used as insults/racist terms/etc.

    @Mbxx Is there a written law in Germany when it comes to the usage of certain words online, and why these words are censored when being typed out?
     
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    No, that is not accurate. We simply renamed some letters with *, because we do not see any (or rarely) conversation here to encourage such topics (along with the rules). On the other hand, it counts as felony in many countries (the US as well). Therefore it is problematic.

    We did not censor it out (free speech), but made sure, that it is likely a questionable language by default (we do not to judge) -- that it is maybe not the right topic to start with. Moreover I did explained it over on over and we use it very, very limited (just a 3 words based on events). We act on notice and the mods are instructed to actively look over these things as it is possible (very difficult).

    The other reason is SEO -- search engines consider these words (at least the big one) very harshly. Hence you got to adapt no matter what. So in one way, we do not make these rules.
     
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    I suppose that this reasoning makes sense, as topics related to that particular word are ones that rarely if ever come up in casual conversations, although when it comes to the topic of questionable languages (not to judge), wouldn't the concept of curse words, in general, be applicable as well?

    As for the second point that you have made, the "big one" is the word that is mentioned here in this thread, correct? Or is it a different word?
     
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    The rules apply as always. As I said, we do not censor it, we just renamed it as hint and explained it (over and over). It would be much easier to censor, by the way. It does not mean, you are not allowed to use it (depends on the post), but we do not see much of a discussion with this word (very limited). It is a special case -- I think we can all agree to that.

    Curse words are another story (requires context).

    An no, I don't dare to call out the supreme overlord. That is even way worse :)
     
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    So mainly due to a lack of circumstance in which that specific word is used, as well as censoring the word in order to prevent the decrease of search optimization results, or worse (SEO violaion), correct?

    Although I just want to stress that there are other words that don't see too much discussion, and these words aren't censored here at all.

    In any case, the OP should read your posts and see if he understands the gist of what was said in this thread.
     
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    We act as the law requires it. I personally do not believe in censorship based on history and values. So again, we did not censor it, we changed single letters to * in order to point out possible issues.

    If you see anything problematic, very please report it. We have over 20 people looking over it.
     
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    While I don't see anything that could be too problematic with this, it does not mean that the OP of this thread feels that same (or if he understood the reasons for why that particular word was censored).

    You should wait for the OP to reply here before concluding this thread, if you are going to do so soon.
     
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    Not censored :) and I explained the reasoning.

    Its not like we censored neutral words like "car", "animemanga", "pollution" ... and such or manipulated the information in a way to falsify or discriminate etc. For words or in general. Neither we act on our benefit here. We do not control the information of our users. We are fully transparent.

    If you write sh*t or without the * (Synonyms) -- it does not change very much. Hence, the point was not censorship. There is a difference.
     
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    Why is the Natzi stuff taken so seriously when we can you other words?
     
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    Because it is a serious and responsible topic ?

    And yes, I like to conclude with this :) Not to mention -- totally off-topic.
     
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    edit: nevermind :hurr
     
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