Should derogatory terms for software such as "Internet Exploder" be edited by others? I know that such terms are generally discouraged, but would editing them away be seen as "disrespecting the author"?

Background: I came across the use of Internet Exploder, and I'm wondering whether to edit or just leave a comment.

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    If this become the community consensus I think we should create an exception for Internet Explorer, lol – Thomas Bonini Aug 20 '10 at 4:15
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    I'm sure Jeff will clean that up himself, since he's in Bill Gates' pocket, you know. – user27414 Aug 20 '10 at 13:49
  • Well, in this specific case - I just followed the link - I'm pretty sure the derogatory term stems from man-weeks lost to implementing compatibility measures more than all-out hatred of commercial software, which makes it kind of okay in my eyes :) – Pekka Aug 20 '10 at 19:35

You should do both.

Leave a comment noting your approval, and edit in the missing M$ prefix...

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  • Heh, speaking of.... – squillman Aug 20 '10 at 4:09
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    Don't forget to go on a tirade about how they are a greedy corporation only out to make money. And try to use the terms "fat cats" and "cronies". – user27414 Aug 20 '10 at 13:46

Consider the purpose of StackOverflow. It is supposed to become the repository for information regarding technical problems and solutions. For that reason we would expect(enforce) a certain level of professionalism.

It's also important to consider the audience. While some people may think it's funny, it doesn't make them more likely to trust the question or the answer. In fact, it makes everything on the page seem more juvenile.

Edit out the offending line, leave a comment indicating that insults are never appropriate in questions or answers.

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Meh, if you want to go nuts. In this case I don't see the need. There are certainly worse cases.

As an example of things going the opposite way, here's one of my all-time favorites:
What's the difference between java and javascript?

Same sentiment toward Java, but currently at 147 148 upvotes (including mine, and now earlz). Sure it torks some people off, but you get that within any (viable) community.

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  • I wondered who'd been up-voting that... – Shog9 Aug 20 '10 at 4:11
  • @Shog I'd give it another except they seem to be hesitant on giving people extra voting power around here. – squillman Aug 20 '10 at 4:13

Per the usual, insults and epithets should infect and multiply through comments, not the questions themselves. Then again, is it worth edit-warring with someone who feels the need to call software names?

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