I don’t think I ever made this clear, so I think it’s unfair to you if we enforce the rule strictly without letting you know what’s going on.
As some of you might know, swearing on the main forum is against the rules.
This is because we pay for the forums using Google Adsense and Adsense has a specific rule against excessive profanity.
I know, most of you only swear once or twice and that would hardly be seen as excessive. However, there are over 200 members here! If all of you swear once or twice, that quickly adds up and becomes super excessive. So we’d really love it if you could keep your swearing to the minimum.
You have a few options here.
Censor out your swear words. Add some asterisks (*) or other symbols ($@£#%) to represent letters the swear words so that Google doesn’t pick up on the swearing.
Come up with some creative alternatives. We might even hold a competition for best fake swear word if this catches on!
Join the Restricted Section. You still won’t be able to swear in the main part of the forums, but we do have a dedicated adult section of the forums where all the adult stuff happens. The NSFW art, the swear words, the mature discussions. Say if you’re super angry and you wanna rant and rave and swear, you could take it to the Restricted Section! I’m going to set up a (semi) uncensored rants thread there now! If you’d like to join and support us keeping the forums running forever, it costs $3 a month on Patreon! Plus, you’ll have no ads!
I know people have a few questions about this, so feel free to ask away! But I’ll answer the ones I know are going to be asked below.
Will I be banned/suspended for excessive swearing?
You won’t get banned and it is highly unlikely that you’d get silenced or suspended. You’d have to be swearing constantly and ignore us when we warn you to get silenced for it. However, keep in mind that too many silences will equal a suspension. However, we do a lot of other things before we go down the silencing route.
So what do you do instead of those punishments?
If the moderators think it was accidental once or twice, they’ll edit your post slightly just to put asterisks in the swear words so we comply with Google’s standards.
If we think you’ve forgotten completely, we’ll give out a general warning on the thread for everyone to make sure they’re censoring out their language.
If it’s a personal problem we have issues with, we’ll send out a warning to you personally.
Then and ONLY then, if you don’t even try to censor your language, will we be forced to silence you for 1 hour. The silences will keep doubling in length of time until we have no choice but to implement a suspension.
Of course, you can appeal any punishments to me, but if it gets serious, I’ll have to ask you to go back and censor your own language post by post.
Can I swear in PMs?
Yes. Yes, you can. Just make sure you’re not making anyone in your PM feel uncomfortable!
Can I swear in the Adult Games section?
Yes. This is a free taster of the Restricted Section and you have to request access to it through @fcukforcookies or myself. You can swear there to your heart’s content – provided you’re over 18 and can legally drink in your country!
Hopefully that’s answered most of your questions!