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Lack of Interest [Suggestion] Optional Swear Filter...

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by PNE-Online, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. PNE-Online

    PNE-Online Member

    A feature that we have felt would be beneficial to our community is an optional swear filter where users can select in their settings whether they would like profanities to be censored or not; instead of a universal filter.

    This would nullify the temptation for users to bypass the filter when it is activated; or complain about the content of the forum when it is de-activated.
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  2. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    I think that's more likely an admin's decision to perform as it's pretty standard for it to be in the TOS - "no profanity". Just my honest opinion.
  3. Chris M

    Chris M Active Member

    I like the idea of a personal option to activate/deactivate the swear filter. It means that people are free to express themselves and not every user has to get offended by others posts.
  4. woody

    woody Member

    I've used the selectable Curse Filter on my forum for years...allows users to filter what others say if they are surfing with their kids. IMO, a must have :)
  5. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    This is a better solution :)
  6. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

    This is what was suggested in the first post :p

    Regardless, I think it is a good idea - but I also feel that too many user settings make things a little less fun for the end user. I mean, who wants to come to a website and have to configure x, y and z before they start to use it? The average user will come and post, regardless of whether you asterisk out any profanity.

    But that's just my opinion, and what do I know. :p
  7. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    I don't ever mind having lots of options, so long as they're just frills. So that if I didn't make a choice it wouldn't interfere with my ability to actually use the site. FWIW.

    I never heard of an optional censor - that's pretty nifty. Much better than a plain old censor.
  8. woody

    woody Member

    agreed...which is why my filter is pre-populated with the filtered words and pre-set to 'on' for any guests or new members. The option to switch it 'off/unfiltered' is in their User CP, as is the option to add additional curse words or remove those I've added.
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  9. DSF

    DSF Well-Known Member

    Can everbody help me.
    What's a "Swear Filter"? Please say it's with other words. I can not translate "Swear"
  10. woody

    woody Member

    curse filter...something that turns the word 'damn' into '****' ...or whatever words the admin/user chooses to use.
  11. DSF

    DSF Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Now it's clear for me. :D

    A "censor"-filter ist standard in most forums. I think it's a MUST
  12. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    Yes, and XenForo already has one. :) What's being discussed is the ability to make this an "optional" filter so that any user can turn it on or off for themselves. So if they are offended by profanity they can leave it on, otherwise they can turn it off. :)
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  13. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Nice idea. You could make it an admin setting like this:

    Word censor (enter words in textfield below)
    • Censor on for all users
    • Censor on by default, but users can disable
    • Censor off by default, but users can enable
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  14. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I like the idea of users being able to add words to the filter (for them of course).
  15. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    There's something that seems wrong with this idea. I mean, someone who is offended by "s***" and doesn't want to see it on the forum isn't going to want to type the word into a list of filter words... does that make sense? Perhaps you could offer multiple levels of filtering, without actually listing the words filtered? :)
  16. Moses

    Moses Well-Known Member

    Try typing "Z enforo" without the space and you'll see XenForo. This is how a swear filter should work, as it adds lots of flexibility.
  17. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    I agree, the ability to specify replacements for certain words is great. K eir also turns into Kier. :)
  18. woody

    woody Member

    my forum has 50k+ members, which yields 50k ideas on what words are offensive :) Flexibility in the system has worked, and once they set it within their CP, there is no need to return to it.
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  19. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I get the idea of flexibility. My point is that I don't think people are going to want to type out all the words they don't want to see. If they find the words offensive they're not going to want to type them out (and see them in their user CP), right? :)
  20. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    I think this is a bloody good idea... users love options, and options don't come from an admin controlling everything. I don't see an issue with a user typing the c or f word once into their area to never see those words again, or other specific words that upset them. Very minor amount of effort for overall user gain IMHO.

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