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Are expletives allowed on SE sites?
What kind of idiot is Richard? - or: Expletives in answers

i would like to know if there is a policy (and i wasnt able to find any) on asking questions which are "good" - in the sense of the quality of the content and the quality of the question but contain vulgar words like this post:

Trouble connecting to MySQL database using PHP

im not exactly saying it's "good" otherwise, but it's just an example of a question however it contains vulgarities in it. do we keep it or do we close it?


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Vulgarities should be edited out of questions and answers. That's why we give so many people that privilege.

In general posts with good content should always be kept around on the site.

  • What about questions/answers with links containing offensive words?
    – netcoder
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 3:51
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    @netcoder In that case I'd hide the link in some test, which I'm about to do. But the context is necessary. Bad words are a necessary evil in cases like that I suppose.
    – jjnguy
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 3:53
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    @netcoder Check out my edit. I think that's appropriate.
    – jjnguy
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 3:55
  • Yes, yes indeed.
    – netcoder
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 3:56
  • But what about posts that are about bad words? ;)
    – user159834
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 4:52
  • @Madmartigan Ha, that's pretty interesting. In that context the word isn't even being used in a vulgar way.
    – jjnguy
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 4:54

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