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Postby Markal » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:41 pm

Clicking on the "Forum Rules" link in the User Control Panel elicited a weird message from my browser about missing security certifications. Is this safe to ignore?
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Postby NemZ » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:10 pm

Yeah, it's fine. Just go through the hoop of creating your own certificate in the 'advanced' option that pops up and it shouldn't show up again.
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Postby BobBQ » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:24 pm

Reminder for users on mobile devices: section 2.4 of the rules asks you to post in a form we can actually read. If autocorrect renders your sentences nonsensical, please turn it off or fix its foul-ups before submitting your post.

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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:28 am

I would like to seek a clarification as to what is considered as unacceptable comments on each others' (posting) habits, as per the Mod action described in this post plus Paul's and my own comments following it.

Because if advice to other posters is illegal, then we can as well shut down a large number of threads in the OT forum...
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Postby NemZ » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:34 pm

Turning a discussion about the site as a whole into an extended tangent on one guy was both off-topic and threatening to become the sort of dogpiling problem that had been mentioned before. Also he didn't ask for advice, and you aren't in a position to arbitrarily hand it out on behalf of the board.
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Postby Bagheera » Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:08 pm

I would think the topic of being intentionally vague and its effects on communication is a valid topic for discussion, though, particularly in that thread.

Also, it would be helpful if people understood the difference between dogpiling and widespread disagreement. If you say something stupid and/or offensive and multiple people comment on it, that's not a dogpile. That's a stupid and/or offensive statement getting its natural response. It's only a dogpile when people are intentionally kicking the original poster when he's down, in an effort to silence or humiliate him. And yes, that's a bad thing, no matter the topic at hand. But extending use of the term to include multiple people expressing polite disagreement is misleading at best, and downright disingenuous at worst.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:53 pm

Dogpiling is generally done to a statement that people disagree with in order to force the person to not respond by inundating them with so many points to contend with the discussion is buried before it began, or in an attempt to respond they end up omnislashing multiple posts to back up their statement, which is against forum rules if I'm not mistaken.

In the SD forum where this happened often, it was generally done as a silencing tactic rather than anything to do with polite conversation, which is (partly or in large part) what led to SD being closed. Calling it anything else is disingenuous at its best and worst.
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Postby Chuckman » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:57 pm

View Original PostDarkBluePhoenix wrote:
In the SD forum where this happened often, it was generally done as a silencing tactic rather than anything to do with polite conversation,


I never posted in SD except to inquire as to someone's point of view, attempt to change their mind, or illuminate spectators who read without participating.
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Postby NemZ » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:15 pm

The feedback thread is not an invitation to continue a graveyarded tangent, guys. Like it or not, an answer was given.

I mean we also generally frown on people obstinately continuing conversation threads that have been intentionally locked or purged, so don't push it.
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:22 am

Honest question with regards to a recently closed thread that was closed after the original author was repeatedly told to stop using a certain word :

If the word in question is banned, why don't you just add it to the list of banned words that will show up as asterisks in people's posts?

AFAIK, most forum software has such a blacklist for potentially offensive terms, and it is a simple solution to avoid unnecessary drama.
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Postby pwhodges » Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:08 am

Automatic banned word lists don't work nearly as well as one would like them to. They also sidestep the opportunity to confront real issues.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:04 am

The word-filter functionality in the forum software is geared towards removing the seven words you couldn't say on TV or the modern-day equivalent thereof, and doesn't handle the case where the deprecated slang is applied as an affix. At best it would locate just the affixed words and replace them in their entirety e.g. turning both "Askua-fan" and "Rei-fan" (which is roughly what the deprecated affix really means, any negative associations about the tagged group having been lost over the decade-plus of the usage) into "a fanatical supporter", with the "of whom" flattened.
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Postby TheFriskyIan » Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:24 am

I'd like to say that Xard did bring up a good point though, the example he gave may have been from 2013 but in terms of social-change, not much has changed. I don't see what makes usage back then different than usage now. I'd also like to say that several other sites I visit use this terminology quite frequently as well. Regardless, I don't particularly mind the unspoken rule of not using such terminology all that much, I'm rather indifferent towards it.

Just please don't ban "trap", I don't want to lose another internet home.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:43 am

View Original PostTheFriskyIan wrote:Just please don't ban "trap"
I'm more inclined to pre-emptively deprecate the use of the affix "-cel" which is showing signs of losing connection with its original coinage and becoming this decade's generic indicator of demographic.
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:24 pm

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:The word-filter functionality in the forum software is geared towards removing the seven words you couldn't say on TV or the modern-day equivalent thereof, and doesn't handle the case where the deprecated slang is applied as an affix. At best it would locate just the affixed words and replace them in their entirety e.g. turning both "Askua-fan" and "Rei-fan" (which is roughly what the deprecated affix really means, any negative associations about the tagged group having been lost over the decade-plus of the usage) into "a fanatical supporter", with the "of whom" flattened.


So it can't take something like "*-fan" (to continue using your replacement affix), with a wildcard for the preceding symbols? That's too bad. :|

Sometimes I wonder why we have all those fancy regular expression capabilities in programming languages, but they don't get used in the kind of situations where they would be a definitive plus...
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Postby Reichu » Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:01 pm

A filter isn't needed anyway. It wasn't a problem at all until Xard reappeared and wrongfully assumed the forum hadn't changed with the times. The user base in general knows better. The last time slurs were enough of an issue to merit us talking about changing the rules was back in 2015!
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:05 pm

View Original PostShamsiel-kun wrote:Sometimes I wonder why we have all those fancy regular expression capabilities in programming languages, but they don't get used in the kind of situations where they would be a definitive plus...


someone many years ago wrote:Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.


They are difficult to get right, come in a few subtly different variations (php has two different flavours, though fortunately one of those is deprecated), and generally allow scope for foot-shooting. Simple combinations with wildcard "*" meaning any zero or more non-space characters are easy exactly because they are less powerful.

The fact that there are no official word-filter extensions of any form suggests that, while something could be coded, the demand just isn't there.
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:42 pm

I also think any poster in any forum should have the ability to “read the room,” as it were. If a poster is reading the (years worth of) recent postings on this forum, they should pick up on that type of speech is being used, and appropriately “do as the romans do.” If no one else is using a slur, then it’s best to not introduce one to the conversation. I know if I were gone for an extended period of time, my first couple of days back would be spent getting a sense of the vibe in the forum so I know what conversing appropriately looks like.
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Postby robersora » Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:44 pm

I don't think we should discuss censorship just because one person isn't capable of switching into proper social conduct and isn't willing to adhere to basic etiquette / be purposefully abrasive riling up the community in the process. The problem with filtering words is, that language has nuances and intent does matter. I for myself do not mind no-no words, but I do understand social cues and if a person gives off negative vibes, which is something a filter inherently cannot do. So instead I suggest cancelling the respective person, if they are unwilling to behave in a friendly way.
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Postby glitz2hard » Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:17 pm

i'll admit i, even in all my attempts to be a nice little child, have a really, really bad habit of not getting my tone across properly. it's baaaad in real life, and even worse on the internet, and has created WAY too many problems. so my stance on censorship is... try to save it for the pms with your friends?
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