There seem to be two somewhat separate things to consider here:

The first should be a matter of simple fact, but perhaps my ignorance is showing again! ;)

1) Would the presence of the word in question trigger filters or blocks from users' workplaces,etc? Or would it cause PerlMonks to be placed on a 'corporate blacklist'?

This has nothing to do with what anyone finds "offensive", it is an issue of keeping the site accessible for everyone.

Does anyone know for fact what threshold triggers these things? Could someone find out?

2) Does the presence of this post make PerlMonks less 'family friendly'?

I'm not sure how one evaluates that except by consensus. It seems to me that the answer would vary from family to family.

Perhaps, in absence of clear Monastery guidelines, the best clue is in the phrase 'highly offensive' (an even more subjective concept than 'family friendly'!).

Despite my own personal prudishness, it seems to me that this phrasing sets a very high bar for reaping. The 'family friendly' concept and the 'avoid corporate blacklists' goal are given as justifications for why a 'highly offensive' post would be considered for reaping.

And, honestly, despite my vehement distaste for certain language, or even the discussion of certain topics in a public setting, I cannot say I am 'offended' by the post in question... although I am not sure if we should each be using our own personal yardstick for offensiveness...

Hmmm... if we are trying to make this a comfortable site for everyone, should we not consider more general standards of offensiveness? (Mine certainly does not qualify as that... *sigh*)


In reply to Re^2: Consideration for obscenity by Eliana
in thread Consideration for obscenity by ptum

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