steve: whats your opinion on censorship
A wiki "contributor"
who does nothing but censor words
they find offensive. Neither the circumstances nor the standards of the rest of the wiki matter to the Bluenose — if they think a word is the least bit "naughty", it gets excised. Reasonably intelligent censors will actually go through the effort of rewriting the passage so that the offending terms are no longer needed, but the far more common simpleminded variety will merely replace all but the first letter of the "bad word" with asterisks, use spoiler font, or "safe" swearwords
. They may also simply delete the offending words and go their merry way without even making sure that the remaining text even makes sense without what was removed. In short, they are rather #$¢%ing
They will then sit back and bask in the illusory satisfaction that they have made the world a measurably better place — at least until their change is reverted.
The Bluenose Bowdlerizer rarely has anything other than moral indignation to offer a wiki — they are usually too busy making it "safe for children", regardless of whether children are part of the intended audience or not, to actually contribute anything of value.
Not every troper who removes a few curse words is one of these, though. Sometimes vulgar words are gratuitously inserted into articles note
making them come off as immature. Removing such words when used inappropriately is encouraged on this wiki, especially since The Google Incident.
On the other hand, replacing them with asterisks or other symbols is discouraged and a bannable offense if done repeatedly. This includes the use of a so-called Net Nanny or Nannybot, automated programs that do the censoring while editing and are just as undesirable as "symbol-substituting" Bowdlerising.
See Moral Guardians
, Culture Police
and Scunthorpe Problem
. Compare Censored for Comedy
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dime, the Stan Rogers song about said sailboat, or the denizens of Nova Scotia, Canada
(known as 'Bluenoses' since the late 18th century). Nor to be confused with sailors who have crossed into the arctic circle
for the first time or ardent supporters of Rangers F.C. Also not to be confused with a certain Rudolph expy