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ThiBash.5634
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Is the word [edited by filter to remove] in a name allowed? I’ve been reporting people who use it for a while now, but no action was taken. If it’s not against the rules then it’d be good to know because that would save both Anet and me some work.


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In order to have an intelligent discussion, let me point out that the word/name that ThiBash is asking about it like “darp” but with a “e” for the “a.” Having said that, I understand that some people can see the word as somewhat offensive. However, we discussed this as a team and we feel it’s pretty commonly used to mean not-very-bright, silly, stupid. We don’t block silly or stupid.

I understand you may see the word as a jab at mentally disabled people, but our feeling is that this word is quite different than using [the “R” word for a mentally challenged individual] and therefore we have not been taking action against the former word.

I’m open to your thoughts about it, but again, that’s our general feeling, keeping in mind that we’re not trying to censor every possible word of every possible level of offense, but words that are quite clearly offensive, and seldom have multiple or confused meanings.


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so why is it filtered on the forum then if it’s fine in game?

That seems like a valid question

It is a valid question. The game’s Name and Word Filter is not adopted into the forums; a different person determined what to include in the forum’s filter. He is out of the office but I will inquire about this. (And ThiBash — I did not know of any relation between the word and role-playing. I will broaden the question to other team members to see if we want to include it, but our initial instinct is still that it probably does not need to be added.)