Dirty Words.

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    After the M-Fking flame zone riots of the last couple of days, I got to thinking about what was actually allowed or not allowed here. My understanding is that a few words are banned, and the software automatically censors those words when used. Many enterprising posters get past that by using alternate spellings. Instead of "******", they write "niqqer". Similar bypasses are used for the other words. There is no ambiguity of what is actually being said. If you are going to the trouble of having the software censor those words, why don't you add the most common misspellings of banned words to the list? I'm not a big fan of censorship or handing out infractions, but to be consistent, you should either add those alternate spellings to your software, or pass out some sort of infraction for obvious efforts to bypass the rules. Just something for you to consider.
     
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    Of course I don't see much need for any changes in the FZ. Somebody demented enough to go there shouldn't whine about what someone else might write, but in the more civilized parts of the site it might be something to consider.
     
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    I think the Mods rely more on vigilant members to report posts
    that have trolling or cursing that violates rules.
    I think alternate spellings still count as using that word.

    However I don't think Mods can change any programming.
    Any such words are best reported by members flagging them when you spot them!
     
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    Obviously you haven't read many posts by the more racist posters here. I'm pretty sure adding a few words to a list wouldn't be a problem for whoever maintains their software.
     
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    I don't think you know how hard it is to get programmers to change anything when the forum and website are free for users.
     
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    I have no idea how much they pay monthly for site maintenance, but I know adding a few words to a list can't take more than 5 minutes, no matter which programming language is being used.
     
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    I suspect it would amount to a game of whack-a-mole. Soon as you add "niqqer" to the auto list, a poster shifts to "ni66er" --- and so on in endless permutations.
     
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    Riots in the flame zone?
    Who cares?
    Burn that place down!
     
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    You could be right. It just seems silly to go to all that trouble to ban words when a slight modification that does nothing to change the meaning is just fine. Mods don't care as long as the spelling is a little different. Just seems inconsistent to me. I've had my say. I guess I'll just shut up for now.
     
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    If it does not violate the filter it does not violate the rule. The so called rules on words are far from equal anyway.
     
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