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Hi there. I was just wondering why the forums censor the profanity in posts. This is a GTA fan site. GTA is a game where profanity is used all the time. I am sorry if this was done already. Just please, a simple explanation would do well. I did notice the Ironic? topic below, but I really did not get much of an explanation, so please do not flame me. Thank you.

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The sponsors who help keep GTAforums alive frown upon profane material.

 

Foul language and porno and such fall under this category.

 

Thats the simplest explanation, I could possibly give.

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Just please, a simple explanation would do well. I did notice the Ironic? topic below, but I really did not get much of an explanation, so please do not flame me. Thank you.

What more of an explanation do you need?

 

GTAForums would get in trouble with advertisers for uncensored cussing.

 

No Advertisers means No Money, and no money means no GTAF.

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Just please, a simple explanation would do well. I did notice the Ironic? topic below, but I really did not get much of an explanation, so please do not flame me. Thank you.

What more of an explanation do you need?

 

GTAForums would get in trouble with advertisers for uncensored cussing.

 

No Advertisers means No Money, and no money means no GTAF.

Indeed, it doesn't get much more black and white than that.

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Just please, a simple explanation would do well. I did notice the Ironic? topic below, but I really did not get much of an explanation, so please do not flame me. Thank you.

What more of an explanation do you need?

 

GTAForums would get in trouble with advertisers for uncensored cussing.

 

No Advertisers means No Money, and no money means no GTAF.

Indeed, it doesn't get much more black and white than that.

Unless you keep flickin' the light on and off, then you have more black and white. icon14.gif

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Wait? Google is censoring this website?

 

Awesome.

 

 

Svip gives more points to Google.

 

Ooo, powerful Google, censor'er of sites.

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Why would people who don't like profanity put ads on a gta site?o_0

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Why would people who don't like profanity put ads on a gta site?o_0

Cash from ads on high-traffic sites outweighs today's emphasis on such values.

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Why would people who don't like profanity put ads on a gta site?o_0

Cash from ads on high-traffic sites outweighs today's emphasis on such values.

There cant be anyway that the few google ads on this site goes to paying for much of the site?

Or am I wrong? and google ads make the site billions? /dr evil.

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Most sites that display user submitted content use some sort of filtering of "bad words". The fact that this site is about GTA makes no difference - the games have age restrictions, the internet (unfortunately) does not.

 

And yes, it's also in the google adsense policies that sites displaying their ads may not contain "excessive profanity".

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Can't you just make it filter the swear words for "guests" only, or just give registered users the option of disabling it?

 

It's a little silly to think blocking out one letter in a four letter swear word will some how make it okay to use. I remember when c*nt wasn't filtered. Or was it wank? Oh, wank still isn't apparently. ha.

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Can`t you just make it filter the swear words for guests only, or just give registered users the option of disabling it?

 

It`s a little silly to think blocking out one letter in a four letter swear word will some how make it okay to use. I remember when c*nt wasn`t filtered. Or was it wank? Oh, wank still isn`t apparently. ha.

Good idea. But it would take an awful lot of scripting to overwrite the GTAF data, though.

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It's a little silly to think blocking out one letter in a four letter swear word will some how make it okay to use.

And it's even sillier to make such a fuss over it. It doesn't change the intended message at all and despite any claims otherwise, the filter clearly does make words less offensive - why else would people bother to go round it?

 

Desperately wanting to read uncensored swear words instead of a small asterisk, to the extent of asking for separate content to be displayed to guests and members, is ridiculous. Not to mention, a little odd...

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I know a magic way of getting past it, but that nearly got me in trouble last time so be good

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Does it really matter?

 

I mean when we see "f*ck", we know what the missing letter is. Its no big deal.

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Does it really matter?

 

I mean when we see "f*ck", we know what the missing letter is. Its no big deal.

Indeed. After five-ish years here, I've become used to the whole * thing.

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I don't really see what's so clever about swearing anyway. Certain words have been used to such excess that they have lost all impact. These days I associate swearing with bogans and drunk morons, though in conversation I am quite the potty-mouth.

 

I guess what I'm trying to say is: it takes more imagination to insert your own style of profanity than to fall back on the 'old favourites'.

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Most sites that display user submitted content use some sort of filtering of "bad words". The fact that this site is about GTA makes no difference - the games have age restrictions, the internet (unfortunately) does not.

 

But words don't have age restrictions...

 

I give up.

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dfrawley888

Why are those words bad anyway? How come all our lives we were taught that they were bad?

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There's a little problem with this that might cause technical difficulties. For example, members CAN have f*ck, sh*t, c*nt, asshole, f*ckhead, etc. in their names but when you quote them, it gets censored, so you get the wrong nickname. So, if someone's profane nickname gets parsed through the asterisk-stick, it might cause some problems.

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Hell, it's better than GameFAQs' forums, where all words must be fully censored, and if you post something like "f***" instead of "****", you get modded.

 

I guess it is kinda silly to censor the words on a GTA fansite, but it doesn't really matter.

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