Is WTF censored?

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    sorry, didn't mean do delete your comment, for context: waffles changed the title of the question to W*F as a joke and it got rolled back. – waffles Sep 30 '10 at 2:55
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    It is not. It is a very effective filter for moron questions, we like it. – Uphill Luge Sep 30 '10 at 2:57
  • @waffles no problemo. i'd play around like the way u do had i had mod's capabilities. – OTZ Sep 30 '10 at 3:05
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    @OTZ, the title editing was a general thing anybody with 2K rep could do, the comment deletion is something I totally avoid and do not do. Moderators deleting comments cause they feel they should not be there can cause a lot of trouble. I was deleting my comment and the mouse slipped, really. – waffles Sep 30 '10 at 3:08
  • @waffles, this merely reveals to me that even diamond mods cannot undelete comments. Interesting. – Pops Sep 30 '10 at 3:18
  • @Popular I think I can ... there is just no UI ... its a pain in the behind – waffles Sep 30 '10 at 3:22
  • @waffles Only because you're a dev though; I'm pretty sure mods have no mechanism to undelete comments – Michael Mrozek Sep 30 '10 at 9:52
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    Why is OTZ boxed? What'd he do? – Welbog Sep 30 '10 at 13:49
  • @Toronto - It may be automatic, due to all the downvoting on his questions, or it may be related to the items discussed here and here. – Brad Larson Sep 30 '10 at 20:09
  • @Brad: After a quick peek at these I have to assume that he was boxed for not appealing to whiners' whinings. That's not a good reason. – Welbog Sep 30 '10 at 20:20
  • @Toronto Just wanted to say I appreciate your concern. – OTZ Oct 8 '10 at 4:33
  • You're not the only one who's been banned for breaking rules that don't exist, OTZ. – Welbog Oct 8 '10 at 14:39


f*** and brainf*** are discouraged cause corporate filters block content, which already caused issues in the past.

Occasionally people will edit out f*ck and so on, which causes occasional storms on meta.

That said:

  • "IE is doing xyz, WTF?"

Is a horrible title, it conveys a judgement call which really does not add to your problem and does look unprofessional. I would totally support people editing it to

  • "IE sometimes renders pages with frobs under bla conditions"

Wow, much better.

The same could be argued about the actual body of a question, how is WTF making questions any better? I totally support editing a question and making it much clearer by removing the WTF? statement and offering a general improvement beyond that.

That said, no I do not think its in the "censored" list if such a list exists.

  • Now it ain't... – thyrgle Sep 30 '10 at 2:48
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    @OTZ All question posted on meta are presented-for-waffles-enjoyment. That's just the way it is. – Jared Harley Sep 30 '10 at 2:58

I assume this is about the deletion of your question WTF moments in C programming (10k only). That was just the normal process of cleaning the site. Closed questions of no obvious value are deleted on a reasonably regular basis by the action of 10k+ reputation users.

You'll note that this was not accompanied by a loss of reputation to you because it is not a punishment. Indeed, given that this particular question was rather heavily downvoted you'll get some rep back the next time a recalc runs on your account.

  • Actually it does have some impact, if you ask a stream of poor questions and they get deleted, it may impact your ability to ask questions on the site. – waffles Sep 30 '10 at 3:03
  • Also, I think that could possibly work as a question on programmers "Most awesome C++ war story" – waffles Sep 30 '10 at 3:04
  • Ah...I'd momentarily forgotten the new lots-a-bad-questions trigger. Thanks, pancakes. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Sep 30 '10 at 3:08
  • u like me, dont u? – OTZ Sep 30 '10 at 3:08
  • @waffles i did, though it wasn't the "most awesome". programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/7512/… it got closed pretty quickly. – OTZ Sep 30 '10 at 3:16

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