Am I the only one who really hates the word filter? It just doesn't seem necessary when we're all adults and it's spelled out in the rules that swearing isn't allowed.
We may all be adults, but we don't always act like them. Proper "adult" behavior is also very fluid. There's language that I'll use in other situations that I would never use here -- but not everyone is able to compartmentalize like that.
Yes, the rules say that swearing isn't allowed but then we have the question of how to enforce that rule. We could live without a filter, but inevitably, EHellDame and the mods would deal with dozens of "s/he used a bad word" reports every day. Then they'd have to go through the whole moderating process, chiding the misbehaving poster (or banning them) and fixing the bad post. EHellDame and the others have lives and don't need to spend all of their spare time dealing with that. So, the filter keeps the bad language out with a minimum of effort on the part of management. I know that I
wouldn't want to have to enforce the rules manually.
Then there are the ads. Google AdSense matches keywords in the content (and your location) to customize ads. Much of the time this is ok, but AdSense has little ability to understand context, so it doesn't know that you meant the nickname for Richard and not a slang term for male anatomy. Easier to substitute wingadingdingy than for EHellDame to try to get Google to block certain ads. I've seen
the kind of ads that can show up if you don't filter and I'd really prefer not to. Wingadangdingy is a small price to pay for that. Tweaking the text in relationship
is a small price as well.
I find the filter more amusing than annoying.