Profanity, Vulgarity and Masked Vulgarity

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  1. returnofsid

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    After much discussion, among staff members, and after taking considerable time, to edit posts and thread titles, we've decided to make an announcement, regarding the use of Masked Vulgarity. This is directed at ALL MEMBERS.

    In case you're unaware of what "Masked Vulgarity" is, it's the use of keyboard symbols, in place of actual vulgarity. It's generally used as a way to get by the Vulgarity filter, on forums. To be honest, we all know what Masked Vulgarity is. I didn't think it needed to be said, but I suppose it does...this is a "Family Oriented" forum. All members need to keep that in mind, when they're posting. The Masked Vulgarity needs to stop.

    Staff members do not have time to "police" every thread that's made, nor should we need to. From here on out, when Masked Vulgarity is encountered, we will not take the time to edit it. Instead, we will DELETE the thread or post, completely. We will also issue a warning. This warning will come in the form of an infraction. The reason for an infraction is so staff members have a record of what has occurred. Continued use of Masked Vulgarity, by someone who's received a warning, may result in a temporary loss of posting privileges. Further violations may result in the member being banned.

    We staff members do not want to have to enforce this. There's no reason for mature people to need to use Masked Vulgarity, on a family oriented website. Let's all keep R2R family friendly and clean.

    Thank you all, Very Much, for your cooperation!!
     
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    Let me start by saying, from all staff members, THANK YOU! We've noticed a HUGE reduction in the use of Masked Vulgarity and that is appreciated!

    Since it's been almost a month, since this announcement was made, enough time for members to familiarize themselves with this policy, we're going to start enforcing this, as outlined above.

    We will delete offending posts, without warning and issue an infraction. Please keep in mind, Infractions are not permanent, nor will initial infractions reduce anyone's abilities on the forums. An infraction is just a way to inform a member of an issue and a way for staff members to track the enforcement of this policy.

    Thank you all for your understand and cooperation. In case anyone is unclear, I'll reiterate...

    Swear words are not allowed on our family friendly site. We have a "swear filter" that automatically replaces swear words with Asterisks. We have had issues with posts including Masked Vulgarity, as a way around the filter. We've also had issues posts that include swearing that the filter does catch. There's absolutely no need for this and it will not be tolerated.
     
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    Just a reminder that we have started giving infractions for offenders of this rule so please don't break it, I hate giving them...
     
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    It seems that it is time for another reminder....
     
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    Unfortunately, it's time for another reminder of our policy. Please review and familiarize yourself with this thread. Staff members don't like issuing infractions, but we will not be wasting our time editing to remove vulgarity/masked vulgarity either. Please don't force us to issue infractions for something so easily avoided.
     
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    A reminder of the definition, from the original announcement post...

    So, for those who are using symbols, such as &#* etc. in place of letters, to "spell" a vulgar word, you are in violation of our Masked Vulgarity Policy and will receive an infraction.
     
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    We have been issuing infractions and have adopted a zero tolerance policy for this problem. Please don't use profanity on Reef2Reef, we absolutely hate it and hate giving infractions. There are much better ways to get the same point across than using profanity.
     
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    Just another reminder, please review the rules above and refrain from using vulgarity in your posts. Team R2R IS currently handing out infractions for violations of this rule.
     
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    Bump. This rule includes abbreviated vulgarity and asterisks and symbols used to get around the profanity filter.
     
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    Time for another reminder....
     
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    Time for another reminder....
     
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    It seems that this thread needs a bump as a gentile reminder that vulgarity is not allowed....
     
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    It seems that this thread needs a bump as a gentile reminder that vulgarity is not allowed....
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    Let me start by saying, from all staff members, THANK YOU! We've noticed a HUGE reduction in the use of Masked Vulgarity and that is appreciated!

    We will delete offending posts, without warning and issue an infraction. Please keep in mind, Infractions are not permanent, nor will initial infractions reduce anyone's abilities on the forums. An infraction is just a way to inform a member of an issue and a way for staff members to track the enforcement of this policy.

    Thank you all for your understand and cooperation. In case anyone is unclear, I'll reiterate...

    Swear words are not allowed on our family friendly site. We have a "swear filter" that automatically replaces swear words with Asterisks. We have had issues with posts including Masked Vulgarity, as a way around the filter. We've also had issues posts that include swearing that the filter does catch. There's absolutely no need for this and it will not be tolerated.
     
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    Friendly reminder bump :)
     
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    Friendly reminder :bump:
     
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    Another friendly reminder...we've seen a lot more intentional use of Masked Vulgarity lately and we're going to start cracking down on it...again...
     
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    Reminder bump; we're starting to see a rise in offenses again.
     
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    Just a friendly reminder. :)
     
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    Guys, lately the vulgarity/profanity use is happening a lot more frequently. Unfortunately, that means we're going to have to be stricter on those posts once again. Please help us out by avoiding words that may be offensive to others (even if they aren't offensive to you), and also avoid abbreviations that involve those terms. Thanks!
     
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