Something has been bothering me for a while now. So I thought I might as well bring it up. As the title might indicate, it has to do with the censorship that is happening on these forums. (If anything following falls into the realms of offensive referencing, I apologize in advance. They are intentional, but merely for illustrative purposes.) Where do the boundaries go, for what words can and cannot be used? In the joke-thread, there are several asterisks covering over what is usually references to the male and female reproductive organs. Usually it is five or six asterisks, which I can only imagine covers over the medical terms for these organs. Other times there are less, covering for words that rhyme with rock, runt and the abbreviative version of the name Richard. These latter covers are obviously preferable to the usage of words of a questionable nature, which, no offense meant to anyone, younger users does tend to revert to. Not out of spite or because it is funny to use those words, but merely because these words might be in an everyday use around their normal lives, and thus they lack the filters, that others use to provide an acceptable tone. However, the censorships of medical terms, and the quite random use of the term *BROTHER* in one of the jokes, while they might not be a profanity filter issue, seems a bit overly zealous by my standards. Being a reporter, I grossly oppose the use of censorship at all, but can understand that certain circumstances does require an amount of control with these issues. There are many many reasons for using censorship on public forums. Sadly most of them are commercial. When you look at the Atari forums, the prohibition of use of profanity is solely a preventive measure, letting the company off the hook for any parental complaints that might arise, from Atari subjecting their users to these issues. Furthermore it is has a large deal to do with the public image, they want to project. While not exactly wanting to adopt a "Holy" attitude towards these terms, they surely do not want to be known as the company who lets language run rampant. I can understand their commercial interests, and I resent the people who blame whoever they can get away with for bad influences of their children. However, I do think that censorship has run rampant. Even in commercial situations. So what does this have to do with these forums? Well, the tone here is generally sober and luckily free of random profanity outbursts. Which I am sure we can thank the moderators for. And as such this is their playground. Workspace. Call it what you will. They are the ones making sure, that we are not pummeled by immature 13-year old rampages of dirty words. And while the forums is "ours" it is in fact, Diablo who pays for it, and who, in the end, has to answer to the content of these boards. So my question again: Where does the limit go for what can and cannot be used on these forums? I am of course talking about the borders of what is permissible. I am not crusading for the use of harsh words like the "rock" and "runt" variants, but there has to be a limit. If not where do we stop? Will we be able to say breasts? Chest? Even the word "Member" has a sexual reference implied, and thus in turn can be misconstrued as something offensive? And what does the providers of the webhotels say? Do they have excessive rules or guidelines that prevent the users from using certain words and phrases? This is not a complaint, merely an observation and a foundation for a discussion. Where do people stand? What do you think is permissible? And what do you think isn't? I am of course inviting everyone to partake in this discussion and not just the mods.