Given the strength of feeling by some against the profanity scanner, here is what I am prepared to do:
UPDATE ADDED - NOV 21, 2013
I've given a lot of thought about how to handle the profanity issue on Inward Quest.
Relying on a few members to deal with this is not going to be a long-term solution because there are no guarantees that any member will stay with the site indefinitely or want to do this task indefinitely. And we do not have enough volunteers to fill the gaps.
I also do not see that allowing high-karma members to police their own profanity is a viable solution since profanity is profanity regardless of how many karma points someone has and I'm not prepared to allow it on Inward Quest.
Instead I'm going to be more flexible with whitelisting words that are rarely used in an offensive/aggressive manner. I will be creating a thread on Meta for these words to be suggested for whitelisting.
Regarding those who think profanity is a "free speech" issue, let me remind you that you are accessing a private website that I own and fund personally. You do not pay taxes to me. You have not elected me. You do not even pay to access the website. You have no more right to "freedom of speech" on Inward Quest than any stranger who you invite into your home and then behaves in a manner that you not deem appropriate towards you or those you know. In those cases, I think you would be asking them to leave or else have them removed from your home. You would not be saying they have a right to "free speech".
Furthermore, there has never been non-offensive "free speech" on Inward Quest; people can ask a question about a concept in the book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," and that's perfectly on-topic, but asking how to change the tyre on your motorcycle is not, and never was. And yet, you still have far more freedom on Inward Quest than you could reasonably expect on any Stack Exchange site - Inward Quest originated from the Stack Exchange community.
You have to realize that while you have far more freedom on Inward Quest than many similar sites, that freedom is not unlimited. Every garden has weeds; no gardener leaves the weeds because they have a right to unlimited freedom of expression. If they do that, the weeds eventually take over the garden.
I am now closing this thread.
The question has been closed for the following reason "No longer relevant" by Simon Templeton Nov 21 '13 at 04:21
Almost anyone can edit past posts or gently remind another user of the NO profanity rule or explain to a new member that IQ has a rule against profanity.
A more conservative member may define profanity different than I would. They may view certain words or terminology or "talk" as obscene while other viewers would not. I don't think anyone needs to go overboard. We aren't the profanity police or IQ militia. Just use good old fashioned common sense & leave your personal prejudices at home.
OTOH, the profanity software scans words, regardless of how they are used. The scanner has NO prejudices - only an agenda. Could humans be as objective or would they view certain remarks or worse, attitudes as negative based on their own personal beliefs & experiences?
For example, look at what happened just now with Wade. His feelings are hurt & he's angry because he viewed my remarks in a way I did NOT intend. He's projecting - thinking I want him to quit. He has his own story going on in his head.
CalonLan made a great point
"Lol, profanity police now, and before you know it there will be people policing negative attitude and remarks. Think there's a difference between cussing and feeling down? Your definitions of borders of spirituality only border your own inability to rise above earthly hogwash and be, indeed, spiritual.
And if each spirit is contained in words we speak as well, how spiritual to limit spirits of others.
Spirits that thought of themselves as better spirits than others tried to make everyone in..
...in their own image. And who can't be remade, will be removed.
Hello there, catholic church, Adolf, Josef, Rome empire and many others I can't remember cause I suck at history lessons.
Well maybe the next year, some of this will finally click in your heads. See you then,..maybe" ~CalonLan (20hrs ago)
I don't want a personal watch dog or judge. I'll take a much milder version of the current software please.
I do not know why you put this in the first place Simon. but I am happy that you have put it down. communication is always the best way to solve a problem. what often people do not do and jump to the guns. because they are scarred or need to prove something to them self. it is pretty pathetic. first communicate with the person discuses the issue or the lack of understanding find common ground. if it does not work after a fee time. then take other action.
answered Nov 13 '13 at 06:47
I think for the most part it is a minor inconvenience to keep the site from Nanny Software black lists, or Google safe search list. It would be a royal shame for IQ to be blacklisted as a bad site.
If we think of it 99% of the posts are good information 1% is swear. This to me seems a strange discussion for spiritual people. I can't imagine the Christ and the Buddha having a conversation about being upset that they can't swear. If it upsets or offends someone I believe they would think twice before saying it or it wouldn't even come to mind to say.
answered Nov 13 '13 at 11:10