Take a good hard look at this, Sotonians.
@sotonians No thanks, language not fit for normal people to read.— kate horne (@chapelkate) January 21, 2017
Thus was born the legend of Chapel Kate, someone who has peered through our murky windows, and ran disgusted from what she saw. She attracted a bit of derision for this opinion, but some people have just got buttons. My mother in law cannot abide three words in particular. One of them is moist. I shan't repeat the others due to Chapel Kate considerations.
We're going to go with a substitution implementation. Each Sotonian will be able to choose from one of the following options.
Standard will be the default option for new signups or lurkers, and will just do the conventional asterixing out of the obvious stuff and the holiest of holies.
Custom sets will allow people to copy the standard rules, add or remove new substitutions and choose what gets substituted. This'll mean that someone will still know someone has called them a very rude thing (Chapel Kate considerations) and not have to actually read it. They may see Jeremy Hunt instead, for example.
No substitutions is just what it says on the tin, and what we have now.
It'll work best if peeps don't try to cheat it, so if you intend to let rip, do it fully and most importantly, do it accurately. It'll make it easier for the software to pick up.
I think we have a great site which people probably get a bad first impression from if they're finickity about language. I reckon this solution will uphold the site's tradition of free speech, drive signups and make us, to the outside, look a more conventional Saints forum, one where Scunthorpe has the *-bomb dropped on it (it won't be that poor :D).
I'm probably going to run a Custom Set myself, if only to substitute every instance of JWP with "Bazza's Personal Angel of Doom".