"Bad words" (in General)
I've never understood the concept. "GW, you have all the intelligence of a ham sandwich" is fine by our current model, whereas being baffled by something and blurting the alternative to "wth" is a total nono... I believe the intent of what is said should be the deciding factor moreso than the particular words used. If you like the concept of a "bad word", then I'll have you know the word "battle" offends me to no end, even when abbreviated (the sight of someone talking about BA offends me so). It is a horrible horrible word, not very well thought-out at all... I mean really does it need 2 T's AND a silent E at the end?
minethings forum is a great example. Used in proper context, any level of profanity is acceptable. But when used just for the sake of trolling/insulting others, it gets noticed, booted, and punished accordingly. As is, someone pops out of the tutorial and can't figure out why their weapon isn't hitting, they hop in chat talking about "wtf... i keep upgrading my weapon and i still don't ever use it", and the first thing we have to tell them is to watch their language even in abbreviations. What a warm welcome :)
I agree with Hatch, the rule should be more about how words are used than the words themselves.
You could use curse words all day, and even in use them in a non-offensive state. But I, personally, like not seeing curse words in every sentence used by some users.
I say wth constantly instead of wtheck since the second fall of NP.
The difference between
"GW, you have all the intelligence of a ham sandwich"
"blah blah unpg I don't know how this works, this uppg thing sucks"
Is that one is funny/intelligent sounding, and the other is the exact opposite of that. We would like to maintain at least some perception of being high-brow, you know, for the kids. So, yes you can make monocle jokes.
August 2 2010 6:14 PM EDT
I'm all for lifting chat rules completely, letting everything fly to the winds, if it will.
I still like to think of CB as Jon's living room... despite the fact he's moved a couple of times since then.
People are rarely kicked for simple accidental profanity anymore, a message in pm is about all they get. Is that really so bad? I get what you're saying Hatch, I just figure it makes for less argument about what is an isn't an acceptable usage of profanity the next time we get a feisty one... (not that I'm forgetting about you Cy)
August 2 2010 6:26 PM EDT
Intent is a major factor. I've dropped "hell" in threads many times, but until I tell someone to go there, I don't expect it to be a problem. I just did a forum search for another word and was amused by the hits.
But there's a huge difference between peppering a post and being obnoxious. Just look at Kongregate.com's chat window to see why moderated language is nice.
August 2 2010 6:29 PM EDT
I'm quite finding that chatops are killing me for minor offenses. Shame.
Don't be upset when you actually get the attention you're crying for, Cy :)
August 2 2010 6:33 PM EDT
The problem I have with the kill is it prevents me from talking in my clan room or talking with others in PM. And so I like random outbursts, I see nothing wrong with talking about "Gay Fuel", which is sold locally as an energy drink.
Cyc, it's okay.
When I go to my local bar and start screaming obscenities at people, I get pissed when they kick me out too, especially since I haven't finished my drink yet and it's my turn on the dartboard. Man I hate those suckas!
August 2 2010 7:11 PM EDT
Is that what happens after you order "Gay Fuel?"
Man... now I'm going to have to google that... This better be worth it.
August 2 2010 7:12 PM EDT
Yep, it's real.
August 2 2010 8:38 PM EDT
I agree with everything Hatch said on the matter.
See my comments on this poll about the matter: http://www.carnageblender.com/poll/poll-results.tcl?poll_id=461
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