Today is a new day of the week. How about we roll out a new language rule? The following words are banned.
- Faggot and any derivations (to include negative sexual slurs)
- Racial slurs and any derivations
- Use of "retard" or other related slurs
- Use of "rape" to flippantly describe something out of context
The mods hope that this clarification will help Viners know exactly what words they can get busted for and what words are technically okay.
A few notes by way of explanation:
- We ask, of course, that just because you can use certain words that you still treat each other civilly. Insults are still against the rules. You can't call someone a "bitch" and then get upset when you get a warning. "But 'bitch' is an okay word to use in the forums!" you might say. Sure, but not in the way you used it.
- You can't use the F-word. Don't edit it to make it "okay." (No: f_ck, fvck, f$ck, etc.) We don't want to see it. Pick a different word. Move on.
- Sexual orientation slurs are out. People have a problem with the ban of the word "faggot." Get over it. It is hateful speech and not allowed. Included in this rule is the use of "gay" to paint something negatively.
- Racial slurs are out. It does not matter if you claim right to a word or phrase because it belongs to "your people" - don't use them. We don't want to foster an atmosphere of exclusion. This extends to edits (examples: n!gg@, g00k, ch!nk, wetb@ck, etc.).
- Do not refer to someone as a "retard" or to something as "retarded." Also, do not tack "-tard" onto the ends of words. Calling someone a Narutard is the same as calling them a retarded Naruto fan. Don't do it.
- "Rape" is a word with incredibly negative connotations. It is not a joke word and should not be used to casually describe the outcome of a fight where rape isn't even involved.
In addition, do not use words for the human anatomy that are deemed offensive. Do not use sexually explicit language.
As to videos with language: If there is language that is not safe for work then please put a warning before the video as NSFW.
That should do it. We hope these rules are a bit more straight-forward. Please note, however, that a lack of tact in the use of "swear" words could get this rule repealed. Please use discretion when choosing words to represent your thoughts, especially on staff articles.