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Old January 16, 2008, 07:32 PM   #1
Leif
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Names of Candidates

I'm probably being really nitpicky here, but humor me, please.

I'm not very savvy on programming, but is it possible to implement a filter that automatically changes the 'cute' mispellings of the names of candidates to asterisks, in similar manner to what is done for inappropriate language (at least I think it is). This would eliminate the Osamas, Shuckabies, Paulestinians, etc. They're funny sometimes, and I'm probably guilty of using an epithet on occasion as wel, but they just diminish the thread in which they're used and the forum in general.

I hate to complain. Maybe it's just my particular hangup. Is it possible? Thanks.
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Old January 16, 2008, 08:51 PM   #2
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Thing 1: I don't think that it is doable with the current software.

Thing 2: You're really talking about limiting the freedom of expression of our members. I don't like the "cutesy" misspelings either (usually... Paulistinians is pretty funny) because they don't add to the level of debate expected on TFL. Plus, if you have to attack the person, your argument probably isn't very solid.
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Old January 16, 2008, 08:53 PM   #3
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I think it would be nice if disrespectful misspellings were immediately changed when the thread is posted.

When a poster uses insulting misspellings, eg Hitlery instead of Hillary, it is usually because they have nothing intelligent to add.
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Old January 16, 2008, 10:14 PM   #4
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Yeah, I guess this is impractical on several levels.

It's only January ... 2008 is going to be soooooo long! I thought that this might help in some small way. Thanks.
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