There are a couple of chatrooms on chat.SE where strong language is considered OK. By this, I mean that room regulars may use possibly offensive language (no racial slurs, just words like f**k) and talk about possibly NSFW stuff (no pictures, just text. Jokes and the like). It's always in good humor -- there's no hostility here, just a more adult environment. I personally don't see much of a problem here; it may scare off a few users but I'm not really sure if that happens much. The main site is supposed to be professional, and its looks reflect that. Chat is supposed to be informal, and it looks informal too. I personally would be surprised to see such language on main, but not so much on chat.
Sometimes, these things get flagged. There have been multiple occasions when a user sits and looks for stuff to flag in the transcript. Not only is this annoying, but it also leads to people getting chatbanned. If strong language is allowed in chat, I'm not sure if disallowing users from flagging is the way to go here, flagging is an escape route for legit problem situations.
So, I have two questions here:
- Should strong/NSFW language being used in good humor (not meant as an attack) be allowed in SE chat if the room regulars are fine with it? As in, should we allow a per-chatroom policy on the language being allowed? Rules against personal attacks et cetera still hold.
- If so, should anything be done about users who go through flagging everything? By "something being done" it need not be a mod action like suspension, it could simply be something like linking the user to a policy or explaining what sort of things are allowed in the chatroom.
To be perfectly clear, I am talking about offensive/strong language used in good humor only (and not in a way that is attacking a group of people or a person in absentio). If directed towards someone, it must be as a joke where you're reasonably certain the receiving party (usually a regular) will not take offence.