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Are expletives allowed on SE sites?

I've had a number of times when I've wanted to use explicit language in comments (in non-offensive, possibly humorous ways), but I've censored myself because I didn't feel it was worth the possibility of some overly politically correct user reporting me for being offensive just due to the phrasing I've chosen to use.

Personally, I have a policy of not being afraid of my own damn language, but I know that this can lead to issues.

So I'm curious, does Stack Overflow have an "official" policy on swearing/explicit language/words-that-someone-somewhere-might-find-offensive?

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marked as duplicate by Yi Jiang, Michael Mrozek, Pëkka, The Unhandled Exception, Peter Mortensen Feb 20 '11 at 17:47

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Seems like a definite no to me:… – Nifle Feb 20 '11 at 11:21
As long as it is tastefully asterisked: – Uphill Luge Feb 20 '11 at 14:10
Extensive discussion of one such issue in Is the language “BrainF_ck” offensive?. – dmckee Feb 20 '11 at 14:19
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This seems pretty official to me, being as Jeff Himself said it:


Expletives are not acceptable behavior on meta or any other Stack Overflow site. If you can't effectively communicate what you need to say without resorting to lowest common denominator cursing, then keep it to yourself.

If you use expletives, you will get a warning.

If you continue to use expletives, you will be placed on timed suspension.

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I've always felt that StackExchange is extremely professional, and that profanity is better suited to off-duty-hours conversation, so this makes perfect sense. – kivetros Mar 24 '11 at 18:00

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