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Slurs and Other Words to Refrain from Using on AVEN

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For posterity, the old version of this post, made on August 18th 2016, is as follows:

 

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The admod team has decided to elaborate on what words are considered insulting to use. Such words have strong meanings in some cultures, and are considered either highly insulting to a group of people (even if the person or thing you are referring to is not included in that group) or as abrasive content. Examples of such words include, but are not limited to:

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retard / retarded, cunt, nigger, chink, fag, faggot, hermaphrodite, jap, niglet, tranny, trap, wetback.

Please refrain from using these words and words like them as insults or derogatory terms.
 
Words such as retard and trap have different meanings, and are completely fine when used to refer to the alternate meanings (such as using retard in a musical terminology or scientific sense). It is also ok to use these words to discuss their meanings and / or connotations and why they may not be acceptable (for example, you may post asking why "trap" is an insult to a group of people). However, it is not acceptable to use these words as insults to people, or as a way of describing something as bad (eg "This rule is retarded" or "That person is retarded"). Please note that using the word "gay" to call something bad (eg "That's so gay!" to mean "That's stupid!") is also covered in this clause. Such uses of these sorts of words has been deemed actionable under the Terms of Service, as either personal insults or offensive content. Please remember that AVEN is a multicultural platform with members from all over the world. What may not be considered an insult in one culture can be very offensive in another; such a thing would be considered a breach of the Terms of Service.
 
The admod team may add to this list over time if new insulting words come into repeated usage on AVEN. However, this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM an admod.

 

I have now updated it with the new version, effective December 6th 2017.

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this has been updated on one of the terms, the previous wording was

 

 

Fag/Faggot: These are both slurs used against those in the LGBT, but also a word for cigarettes and a meat dish (or a bundle of sticks) respectively in the UK. They should both be avoided except in discussions about the words themselves. Cigarettes should be called cigarettes,  not fags; meatballs should be called meatballs, not faggots.

 

We have now updated it with the new version, effective March 19th 2018

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Updated to add this:

 

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Certain words that are generally acceptable to use when posting -- if there is nothing else against the ToS about the post -- are not allowed in usernames. This list is a list of examples, and is not exhaustive; the admod team reserves the right to act on words we didn't think to put here, if the word is deemed inappropriate or vulgar. Such words include, but are not limited to: blow job, anal, fuck, and other sexually explicit words, as well as shit, asshole, and swear words.

 

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