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Why was the esoteric languages thread locked? Obviously there was controversy about whether or not the name of a certain famous esoteric language should be sanitized or not but to the best of my knowledge everyone was having a good time with the thread and sharing some cool programming-related oddities.

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    I think it was put in 'timeout'. – Joel Coehoorn Oct 2 '09 at 18:48
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We've been having issues with Brianfudge lately. A vampire came to the conclusion that bad words must be censored because some corporations use content filtering and, as we all learned in school, two wrongs make a right.

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    No, that's three lefts. Two wrongs make money. – Joel Coehoorn Oct 2 '09 at 18:50
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    2 Wrights make an airplane – Dinah Oct 2 '09 at 18:55
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    @Dinah: What do two airplanes make? – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Oct 2 '09 at 18:56
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    @Pesto: If they love each other very much, a little airplane. – ベレアー アダム Oct 2 '09 at 18:57
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    @Pesto: shhh, we do not speak of airplanes in pairs this close to 9/11. – belgariontheking Oct 2 '09 at 18:58
  • I wonder how many people flagged belgariontheking's comment as offensive. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Oct 3 '09 at 23:50
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There was a bit of an edit war and the Mighty Lizard stepped in and put an end to it, because he does not f_ck around.

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bf got added to the question Dec 23 2008. (fully written out ). Sep 30 2009: it got re-written to block out the f word.

Then it got rolled back between those two versions half a dozen times.

Bill finally stepped in and locked it.

The interesting thing is that besides the edit Bill did, only one user edited the post to remove the f word.

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    I find it very interesting that it has been there spelled out for almost a year! And all of a sudden it is deemed offensive... and now it stays censored while I have the impression that most of the community doesn't want that. WTF? – fretje Oct 3 '09 at 17:50
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    @fretje - Most of the community doesn't like it, but most are willing to accept it because it risks tickling Websense and other web-blocking software used by schools or businesses. I philosophically disagree with this strategy of appeasement, but Stack Overflow is a mostly benevolent dictatorship, so I don't have a say in the matter. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Oct 4 '09 at 0:13
  • @Chris: Still makes no sense... What I also said to Jeff Atwood in the comments on this answer: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/24079/…: "I don't understand how this "corporate net filtering" thing you talk about would be a problem for this site, while it isn't a problem for Wikipedia." – fretje Oct 4 '09 at 11:47
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It seemed pretty self-explanatory at the time, but since I forgot about it and let a day go by before unlocking it, I can see how that's no longer the case. I was alerted to an edit/rollback war in progress and decided the question and one of the answers needed a cool off period. Thanks for reminding me about it. It's unlocked now.

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    Excellent. Let the edit war resume! – user27414 Oct 2 '09 at 18:56
  • @Jon B: Even as I wrote that, I had a feeling that someone would take it as a "Game On!" declaration. :) – Bill the Lizard Oct 2 '09 at 18:58
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    Despite the edit war people, thanks for re-opening the thread. I think the vast majority of the readers and contributors were enjoying it for its face-value. – Dinah Oct 2 '09 at 19:04
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The moderator stepped in to stop the edit wars over m_nging of obscene terms. See this link.

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    @W_lboug: you're just jealous that you'll never beat Lance's -15 record. – user27414 Oct 2 '09 at 19:00
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    @Jon B: Pfft. I could if I wanted to. – Welbog Oct 2 '09 at 19:03
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    I have absolutely no doubt of that in my mind. – TheTXI Oct 2 '09 at 19:03

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