When I originally wrote this request, I was basing it off of Jeff's assertion that "expletives are not acceptable behavior on meta or any other Stack Overflow site." After going through a number of these posts, however, I also found that the use of the word "damn" is often an indicator of a low-quality post (as explained below). Before doing anything about this, though, please read Mark Trapp's excellent response and then flag posts if they need flagging, but do not blindly replace (i.e. censor) all instances of "damn" with "darn" (especially in a phrase like "Damn Small Linux").
I just flagged an "answer" that was no more than a gripe about XCode.
damned this happen to me also, why Xcode 4 so complicated now???
This got me thinking—how many other questions and answers on Stack Overflow use the word "damn"? Perhaps these would be good candidates for posts to flag...
It turns out that there are over 2,700 Stack Overflow posts that use the word "damn." As you can see from the examples below, the use of the word "damn" is a bit of a low-quality "smell": in many cases it indicates posts that should be flagged for removal (as not an answer, for instance).
Komodo Edit has a reasonably good Vi emulation mode. It's also very good for code sense etc.. and supports a plethora of languages. Linux and Windows... and damn, I should be on commission with these guys... wait a minute, it's freeware... Damn! Damn! Damn! [link]
Ended up "touching" the field again as a workaround.
Damn you EF. [link]
I'm looking for the same thing... Damn it gives me a parser error... :( [link]
Damn! it's so easy! http://www.ioncannon.net/programming/975/spring-3-file-upload-example/ [link]
Damn! I don´t know that it is possible to use wildcards with the assertConfirmation command! :-) [link]
If anyone has the time or inclination, it probably wouldn't hurt to look through these posts and flag (or remove) any that clearly do not belong on the site. The following caveats apply.
- Read Mark Trapp's excellent response.
- Flag posts if they need flagging.
- Do not blindly censor all instances of "damn" (especially in a phrase like "Damn Small Linux").