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#1 compl3x

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:58

There is a topic in the "site issues" forum about people circumventing the swear filter and some people started to express their views about swearing so I thought instead of going OT in there, I would make a topic here. I am just wondering how people feel about swearing.

 

I'll express my personal views later as right now I am kind of pressed for time. Have at it, ****ers...

 

 

(I didn't swear there, I typed the asterisks myself!)




#2 Javik

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:00

Indifferent. Swearing doesn't offend me at all but I feel no burning desire to be able to swear in my posts either.



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:03

Indifferent. I'm not nearly as offended by swear words as some folks in the thread in S&FI are.



#4 ozgeek

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:05

Swearing is a extreme negative way to verbally communicate your frustrations but many people take it as offensive.

 

When people swear at me, I do take offense but then accept it as their way of verbal-ling their frustrations. I work as a cashier and I have had my share of customers swearing at me. 5 seconds later, I forgot what it was about.

 

We are in a world where swearing is slowing becoming acceptable in society.



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:12



#6 Javik

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:58

Swearing is a extreme negative way to verbally communicate your frustrations but many people take it as offensive.

 

When people swear at me, I do take offense but then accept it as their way of verbal-ling their frustrations. I work as a cashier and I have had my share of customers swearing at me. 5 seconds later, I forgot what it was about.

 

We are in a world where swearing is slowing becoming acceptable in society.

 

To be fair, as long as it's not overdone the odd expletive here and there can be used to add emphasis to a sentence, so it doesn't always have the be questioned. Normally I'm not a big fan of swear filtering I'll admit but the staff want to keep Neowin as work friendly as possible and that I can understand.



#7 jakem1

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:14

Swearing is a extreme negative way to verbally communicate your frustrations but many people take it as offensive.

 

When people swear at me, I do take offense but then accept it as their way of verbal-ling their frustrations. I work as a cashier and I have had my share of customers swearing at me. 5 seconds later, I forgot what it was about.

 

We are in a world where swearing is slowing becoming acceptable in society.

 

I think there's a difference between swearing at someone directly (which would presumably fall under the personal attack rules) and swearing about something in general.  I don't think that swearing is necessarily negative - if used in moderation it can be an ideal way to express a feeling and, depending on the situation, swearing can be quite humorous and a good way to lighten the mood.



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:47

On a forum I don't think swearing is needed at all, to me it just brings the over all quality of the community down. When I randomly come across someone on a forum saying "f" this, "f" that I think to myself "shut up, no one cares".

In real life i'm indifferent, unless someone is swearing at me it doesn't bother me either way. Lets be honest we probably all have at some point. What I don't like is people who swear all the time and feel the need to in every other sentence, that to me gets annoying fast.



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:59

Well I should ****ing think that if you can't deal with a little ****ing bad ****ing language, you are a right ****ing ****..

 

Which is to say: It's a part of the language, and people will choose to like to dislike it as they see fit; but it's part of the language, so you can't really stop it.

 

Being anoyed at people for using such language is a complete waste of time.

 

/shrug

 

Interesting side note, there was a finding by an Australian court that the only word which is still obscene is "****" which is a the c-word for ######. Every other word has been integrated as common usage in our society, thus can't be considered obscene.

 

So **** the lot of you in other words :p


I think there's a difference between swearing at someone directly (which would presumably fall under the personal attack rules) and swearing about something in general.  I don't think that swearing is necessarily negative - if used in moderation it can be an ideal way to express a feeling and, depending on the situation, swearing can be quite humorous and a good way to lighten the mood.

I agree with this most thoroughly. Intent is important.

There's a big difference between saying "**** you ****" and "That ****ing hurt".

 

I don't think moderation is a requirement, but each to their own >.<



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:00

Against and indifferent. Depends on the circumstance.



#11 Max Norris

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:09

For me one-on-one I'm indifferent, I'm pretty colorful in my speech in person a lot of times, I grew up in a military environment, etc, I've heard it all and it doesn't bother me.  In a public setting though (forums included) I'm inclined to censor myself, there may be kids around and such, and personally don't approve of it.  If you have to resort to showing off how many four letter words you know to win a stupid "which phone is better" argument, you already lost.  As tempting as it is to tell some of the trolls/idiots here to do something that's either illegal in 48 states and/or anatomically impossible, I'll usually cut it down to a simple "derp" as I'd rather not try to explain what I just wrote to my daugther if she saw it.



#12 cork1958

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:57

There may a time and place for it, and I swear once in a while and usually when I'm mad/frustrated to the max.

 

Now, my wife's family has some of the filthiest mouths I've ever heard in my life. My wife is a goody 2 shoes and almost never even says hell, but her 1 brother and 3 sisters can't complete a sentence without an "f" this or "f" that just about TWICE in every sentence!

 

Her youngest sister even got fired from a very well paying job for her filthy mouth, but it didn't slow her down a bit. Used to get in arguements with wife about taking our son to visit them, when he was a youngster!

 

That kind of vulgarity is just plain obnoxious and unnecessary!



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 12:02

I believe as with many things, swearing has it's place.  It's about context more than anything, including audience.



#14 Richard C.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 12:07

Indifferent, although some people take it a bit too far.



#15 exotoxic

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 12:21

I very rarely swear but i am not offended by it. Depending on the context i think it says a lot about the person.





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