F***ing Censored Comments
As several people have pointed out, I recently implemented a script that translates swearing/cursing/vulgarity, etc. on the comments into "bleeped" versions. (E.g. "what the f*** is up with the f***in censoring of our f***in comments?")
I personally dislike censorship and did not want to do anything of the sort until it dawned on me that there are so many technologies out there trying to make the 'net a "safer place" [for kids], that by allowing mass amounts of swearing on the site would, in effect, result in this site being censored by other parties such as AOL, Google, and many other directories and third party software. Many of the search engines display "safe" results BY DEFAULT, which really sucks. Other sites or third party software may ban metalunderground.com content altogether if it were to contain excessive swearing.
So yes, part of me hates the script I put in place. But the fact that many of you have happened upon this site in the past 6 months (traffic has increased almost tenfold) makes me happy that I have made this site and the news and information we present more accessible for anyone to find in the long run. Afterall, one of the main goals of metalunderground.com is to get underground metal bands exposure, and that is not done by getting censored by a large percent of the 'net in the first place.
So go ahead, lemme hear what you f***in think about it! But in all fairness, I think you f***ing get the point even with the godd*mn f***ing "bleeped" profanity, so stop yer b****ing! ;-) If it makes anyone feel better, your unedited comments are actually stored as-is, so if I decide to update or remove the bad language filter, it'll all be shown just as you typed it.
In the end, like everything else on the web, "getting it right" is a technical endeavor. As such, I'd appreciate it if anyone becomes aware of a site or software that is filtering/censoring metalunderground.com, please let me know about it so I can look further into the situation for a possible resolution.
Thanks to all of our readers who've stuck around and exchanged ideas and opinions on this site (even when it's only a "F*** Slipknot", "F*** Phil" or "Linkin Park f***ing sucks!"). Trust that we know what you mean.
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