The software that applies hashtags I find very irritating. The hashtags do not make the the words go away. We all have a pretty good idea what word was meant. So whats the point? I find this silly! Many free countries around have guarantees for free speech. The internet is a bastion of free speech.
Applying someone else's Victorian morality upon us is degrading. We are in majority adults I would think most visitors to your site are. I have noticed that in the most of the cases where words that the "program" has hashed out a word ,the word is used with passion and in a way that the writer express themselves. There has been a rare few that have used hashed out words in anger and in spite... That's life!
Do you cover your ears when someone swears on TV or in the street ? One of the internets largest and most visited sites YouTube has NO restriction on comment content , other than up and down votes . And these are done by the users not by a program. To quote IQ's about page :"We don't run Inward Quest. You do. "
Now I think if you are worried about offending the very few that would find the odd hashtag word not in their taste, why not put a disclaimer in the gold welcome box.
Please bring back freedom of speech to IQ
Nov 12 '13 at 03:25