posted on Jun, 24 2014 @ 05:23 PM
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
nvm. This "discussion" is too stupid for words.
You might think so, but this goes along with something that happened in my MMO days. I played City of Heroes, so part of the game was coming up with
character names. After a while, it was actually hard to do because yours had to be unique.
There was a thread on the CoX forums once about a player who had Spook as part of their name. As players are wont to do, the team this person was on
abbreviated the character name down to one word for ease of typing it. In this case, it was Spook. This game had a profanity filter that would
"bleep" out words and phrases it deemed potentially offensive with the comic equivalent for flavor.
So, as time went on in this team, the player in question kept seeing people referring to #@!%# or similar and was confused. It took them almost the
whole play session to realize that not only were the others referring to them, but that they had short-handed the character name to Spook which was,
for some reason, deemed offensive by the filter. They asked and no one on the team knew why.
An Internet search turned up that it was apparently an old racial slur that none of them had known, but now, thanks to someone, somewhere getting
their panties in a wad and getting that word added to the filter, a whole group of eight more people now know that Spook is an old racial slur.
Sometimes, it's not the person's intent that matters, but it's what the person who hears the word decides to make of it that counts.