Waffles is getting upset.

The management, with its magnificent reality distortion field, seem to have a Stalinesque attitude towards the F-word, with one notable exception: user profiles.

Sometimes, after clicking on a user's profile I am promptly presented with a nasty word. This makes me cry, because I did not sign up for this horrid language. I am a delicate flower waiting to bloom.

Why is the F-BOMB still allowed in user profiles?

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    No... Why would you do this? There's one last sanctuary where I'm allowed to be myself. Why must you draw Atwood's unyielding gaze to it? Why do you hate me so much, waffles? – Welbog Nov 27 '09 at 20:46
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    Atwood has SQL and full text search ... he sees everything like the eye of mordor. – waffles Nov 27 '09 at 20:50
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    I eat Net Nanny for breakfast with my – waffles Nov 27 '09 at 21:01
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    Because you like lasers. – mmx Nov 27 '09 at 21:04

The user page is a reflection of that user and it is their page to do with what they will.

(Within reason, of course.)

We also allow explicit self-promotion on the user page, which is not allowed in posts, either.

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    Now that we have expanding user cards, profile content is much easier to see 'accidentally' than deliberately. I'm not saying this policy needs to change, but people that have ... interesting ... profile content might want to take steps to ensure that inappropriate language doesn't appear in the expanded info on mouseover. – Tim Post Dec 23 '11 at 14:27
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    Sadly "within reason" is now a rather confusing caveat, at least to many people. meta.stackexchange.com/q/336608/218334 – Kyle Strand Nov 7 '19 at 20:01
  • Does the site allow blatant endorsements of political candidates in the 2020 US Presidential elections posted as profiles? I am thinking like this. – grovkin Nov 30 '19 at 11:50

The language used in questions and answers reflects on the site as a whole. Language used in a profile reflects only on the owner of the profile.

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    We hope that is how people will see these things – Malachi Jul 3 '14 at 16:58
  • @Malachi Well, all we have is hope. We can't really expect that. – iBug says Reinstate Monica Jan 12 '18 at 16:09

The Q&A side is for well worded Qs, and well worded As. A well worded ANYTHING doesn't need swearing. A profile describes who you as a person are, and swearing is an easy way to help define large swathes of a personality.

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    re: "easy way to help define large swathes of a personality" ... or, y'know, lack of same. :) – quack quixote Nov 27 '09 at 21:19
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    Is part of a personality, after all :P – Phoshi Nov 27 '09 at 22:01

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