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Is 'damn' offensive?

I understand why keeping the site from being offensive is important policy and good practice. However, I don't believe censoring the word "damn" accomplishes anything besides muddling titles and ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

I flagged it. I'm a woman of color (but not Black), and find the use of this example offensive and, in particular, unwelcoming. Americans do NOT use "colored" in the twenty-first century, and we don'...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

The problem for Lou Reed was, "people of color" just didn't scan. Apart from "the N word," the casual use of which should always be discouraged, the way to refer to African-Americans has changed over ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

If you get feedback that someone finds an example you used offensive, and the bit they find offensive isn’t crucial to your answer, you should find another example. For every person that feels ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

First of all I'd like to thank everyone involved in the discussion here for their respectful behaviour. Before I asked the question I was thoroughly conflicted. On the one hand there was an answer ...
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Am I being rude if I answer a question with a documented expression?

On a site like this that addresses all of English, it's inevitable that there will be content that talks about offensive, rude, and vulgar language. That's fine! What your answer needs is just one ...
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Is 'damn' offensive?

This edit does not seem to have been mandated by site policy. The most formal "policy statement" that I've found cited is a Meta answer by Jeff Atwood, which reads in pertinent part [W]e do ask ...
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What words are offensive in titles? What are the rules?

The title has to be “radio-friendly”.¹ Potentially offensive words shall be censored in the titles, but can be explicit in the bodies and comments.² The rule applies to every site on the Stack ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

We completely support everything Matt said in his answer and want to point out that he led proactively and diligently by asking for help when he knew he needed to hear more voices. We will be giving ...
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Does cited material merit special consideration when the content is potentially offensive or unwelcoming?

The question that inspired this one has resulted in an "enough with the politics" remark. I understand, it's human nature to want to analyze situations from every possible angle. At the same time, I'm ...
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Is 'damn' offensive?

The original title is fine. Why do I think so? First principles: the SE network exists to gather expert answers to good questions and make them available worldwide to people who need them. SE ...
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

I would certainly take "Shylock" these days to refer to the unsavoury aspects of loan-sharkiness rather than be anything to do with religion. I'm aware that British attitudes to language differ ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

My question is: are the lyrics a problem? Yes. This discussion illustrates why they are a problem, and it should have been clear that they were a problem from the first complaint. If one is trying ...
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Does anybody else find this question questionable?

I disagree that the information about Down's Syndrome is irrelevant to the question. It should be kept, because it would better inform the answer. I am no expert on Down's Syndrome children (DS ...
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What's off-topic about the question regarding the history of a slur?

The question itself was (somehow) reopened by a third set of regular users, hopefully setting the matter, but here are my thoughts as to why it should be kept open. First, I think you're spot-on that ...
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Ethnic slur in question: what's the procedure?

This site has traditionally recognised the difference between using abusive / inflammatory language and asking / commenting about it. Usage of such language is frowned upon, to put it lightly, but ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

This answer really should have been a question, so I posted it here: Does cited material merit special consideration when the content is offensive or unwelcoming? I’m going to add another answer ...
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What words are offensive in titles? What are the rules?

I saw that the title to this question had been edited, with an explanation of "this now appears on the hot list." As pointed out by NVZ in a comment on my previous attempt to answer, the user who ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

Preliminary Thoughts I somewhat disagree with 1006a's rationale. Objectively speaking, although there was a drop in usage after 1970, Google ngrams shows that colored people is still used in the 21st ...
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

It must not have been an “anti-semitic slur” for Joe Biden, and I had never heard of it being considered that either. That said, it’s still a way to portray someone as a brutal loanshark unrelated ...
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

There are two issues here. The linguistic/cognitive nature of the fact and then how this site deal with such things. There's no doubt it is an anti-semitic pejorative. It has only ever been used to ...
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Ethnic slur in question: what's the procedure?

I regret I wasted my time writing an explanation when you apparently just want a rule citation. So, as Andrew mentioned in the comments, read the most recent guidance on flagging. If you care what the ...
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Does cited material merit special consideration when the content is potentially offensive or unwelcoming?

This is not a duplicate of the 'colored girls' question because it is asking a general question (ie are quotes or cited material) that is only one aspect of the other question (ie is 'colored girls' ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

@Tim Post I hope I don't run the risk of being suspended myself if I ask why guest271314's account has been banned across the entire network for five years. From what I can tell, the suspension ...
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Does anybody else find this question questionable?

Here's my (admittedly hot) take: We don't need to know that the children in this dance crew all have Down's Syndrome to answer the request for a "word that means contagious happiness or infectious ...
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Can we please close this offensive question?

I have deleted it until the content is changed.
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Is 'damn' offensive?

Regarding Website Policy Well, Merriam-Webster wasn't quite the reason I did it, so much as an ex-post-facto reference. I reacted upon seeing the word because I know it is policy to avoid them, and ...
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

I wish one of the answers mentioned the edit of @Tonepoet (made about 2 hours after the Meta question was posed) and whether that edit solved the problem in this particular case. (I think it did.) ...
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Does anybody else find this question questionable?

For the objection itself, I think the OP wanted to highlight a specific quality of the group. One might argue with more justification that it's the reference to nationality that's unnecessary. ...
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Does anybody else find this question questionable?

The question is off topic (e.g. lacks a sample sentence), but it's not offensive. It's asking for a word that can be used as a name for a group of people that makes other people happy with their ...
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