I recently considered this node for reaping in accordance (or so I thought) with Monastery guidelines:

Good reasons to consider a node include:
  • To reap a highly offensive posting. PerlMonks is meant to be family friendly. And perhaps more importantly, we'd like to keep PerlMonks off of corporate blacklists which would prevent worthy monks from participating while at work.

In the United States, this particular word seems still to be considered obscene, not family-friendly or safe-for-work, since the Supreme Court has not overturned F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation as far as I know. Admittedly, the definition of "obscene" seems a bit fluid, but Wikipedia discussion on the topic points to a study conducted in England in 2000 which identifies this particular word as the third most severe obscenity in the English language.

It seems strange to me that 8 monks of level Friar or above voted to keep the node, even though it had no other content and no redeeming value that I could see. According to reap rules, if even two monks vote 'keep', the node stays. I have been told that this particular word is considered less offensive on the other side of the Atlantic, but I can't imagine why 8 monks would bestir themselves to vote 'keep' on this one. Can any of you who voted to 'keep' the node help me to understand this?

In reply to Consideration for obscenity by ptum

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