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thekid
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On Etiiquette and Behavior - Obscene Screen Names Mon, 07 November 2005 17:03
In this new politcally correct and kid friendly TtR, you would think I would like kid friendly Smile, why is that people are allowed to have obscene screen names.

I spoke of Sexgangster a couple of days ago. Doesn't evoke images of mom, baseball and apple pie, now does it.

Nor do these others I have seen:

Sh___face, yes for you impressionable youths you are correct it is Shootface.

And another that has bas____ in in it, correct again little ones it is bassie.

A__killer doesn't sound like a nice reputable profession.

As well as my personal favorite, who I see on quite frequently P____ in boots.

Now wouldn't one think that the impressionable youths like myself would be a lot more offended seeing and playing these people, than what was written in the forums, which I think they don't read in the first place.

There are plenty of others, but these were the ones that I remember seeing recently.

Why are they allowed to continue with abusive language in their screen names?

[Updated on: Tue, 08 November 2005 13:26]

      
ElSoyokaze
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Re:On Etiiquette and Behavior - Screen Names Mon, 07 November 2005 17:49
I've thought that Sexgangster was one thing, but "oh sh__" was in a whole 'nother league. I think it would be hilarious to see him come up as "oh [bip]" on the lobby list. =)

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bassie
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Re:On Etiiquette and Behavior - Screen Names Tue, 08 November 2005 08:13
thekid wrote on Mon, 07 November 2005 17:03

And another that has bas____ in in it, correct again little ones it is bassie.

Why are they allowed to continue with abusive language in their screen names?

You are right kid. I will change my name to [bip]ie.
      
Peter de Zeeuw
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Right To Censor And Kick Butt Tue, 08 November 2005 10:48
Hey Kid,

Mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut, but a week ago Nayeli also started a similar thread on the German forum.

http://www.daysofwonder.com/index.php?t=msg&th=5519& start=0&rid=83976&S=7c25e0278ed3248fa73941f7e53b5a1f

If it makes you feel any better:
3 November 2005
Peter de Zeeuw spanked Sexgangster (126-110)

You're welcome. Promiscuity has been defeated. You can let your Kids play this game again.

But what's wrong with P*** In Boots? That's the cute, little kitty from Shrek 2, right? Or... does he spells his name with a 'y' at the end?

Take care,

D.I.S.
      
thekid
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Re:On Etiiquette and Behavior - Screen Names Tue, 08 November 2005 13:18
Y else do you think she made the list, Peter. I don't understand german either but could see that sexgangster made their thread over a week ago. Doesn't anyone care that these people have obscene screen names?
      
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Re:On Etiiquette and Behavior - Screen Names Tue, 08 November 2005 20:49
Just to make it clear: we care, and consistently cull offensive screen names from the list. The system is not perfect, nor do we necessarily catch them all at once, but we will continuously work on it as on all other aspects of the community.

One would hope self-restraint and consideration for the community as a whole to remain the guiding principles, though that is not necessarily the case. The same remains true for posting, as well.

Eric @ DoW
      
travisjhall
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Re:On Etiiquette and Behavior - Obscene Screen Names Wed, 09 November 2005 01:39
Of course, names like "bassie" are perfectly reasonable. We can't expect avoidance of contained "rude words", especially when the combination of letters is such a common one. "Puss In Boots" is a well-known fairy tale character. An extra "y" might be pushing it, but in other cases "pussy" is a perfectly reasonable word to use. It is a regular occurance for perfectly prim and proper visitors to my house to say something like, "Oh, look at all the lovely pussycats." (There are currently 14 felines in the house.) "Pussy" is a word with a legitimate (and common) usage which is not rude at all, and many kids would be completely unaware of the less-well-known secondary meaning.

The "gangster" mentioned should probably have a forcible name change, and I am sure the DoW staff will do something about it. As Eric says, the system cannot be perfect or instant, and I wouldn't expect it to be so.

You guys should see the mess that resulted on FFG's A Game of Thrones boardgame forum when I misspelt "Night's Watch". I dropped the "s" and concatenated the words. (In my defense, between the recent movie, Babylon 5, A Song of Ice and Fire and one or two other sources, I can get confused concerning which source uses the words how.) FFG's content filtering software then turned my incorrect word into something far more obviously offensive than my misspelling. After I reported it, I think they've taken steps to correct their software.

And then there's the story about what happened when AOL refused access to all sites containing words from a list. The American Cancer Association filed a suit against them, because AOL members were unable to access the information they provide about breast cancer.

So, while we need to work to remain kid-friendly, we also need to avoid becoming oversensitive.

[Updated on: Wed, 09 November 2005 02:15]

      
AK_Aramis
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  Re:On Etiiquette and Behavior - Screen Names Wed, 08 February 2006 11:55
I work in elementary education... most 4th graders and up are aware of the non-feline meaning of "pussy," and I've not hear a child use it without the attached "cats" or "willows" (except for the other meaning) in 5 years of teaching ; two of those full-time.

It is not common in even children's literature any more. Kitty has replaced it's feline meaning. Which leaves mostly, well, feminine anatomy and a fuzzy-fruited willow.

Puss also has a slang connotation: a wimp, a pushover...

In general, children are remarkably aware of such dual meaning words.

I applaud DoW for policing their boards for this. It's brave to censor people on the net, and braver still to do it without a court order... Thumbs Up
      
    
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