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Hey folks, minor PSA regarding fediverse etiquette: autocensorship, word filters, and text-to-speech 

C*ns*r*ng w*rds l*k* th*s, by dropping asterisks or other symbols in the middle of the word in place of a letter? It breaks word filters and fucks up text-to-speech readers. Please don't.

Hey folks, minor PSA regarding fediverse etiquette: autocensorship, word filters, and text-to-speech 

@LexYeen especially since unlike twitter there's no search so there's nobody to search for that word to yell at you about it

Hey folks, minor PSA regarding fediverse etiquette: autocensorship, word filters, and text-to-speech 

@LexYeen very good point. I'd add to this that:
1. this is what CWs are for
2. as Tim Minchin observed, "f***" is effectively an alternative spelling of "fuck" anyway; either just use the word or don't.

(and I say this as a person that uses "fsck" a lot, but that's a geek in-joke)

Hey folks, minor PSA regarding fediverse etiquette: autocensorship, word filters, and text-to-speech 

@LexYeen
Oh, I kinda forgot that *s do that. Sorry screen reader people

Hey folks, minor PSA regarding fediverse etiquette: autocensorship, word filters, and text-to-speech 

@LexYeen
to add to that: trying to avoid getting your posts targeted by people who search for specific terms with the intend to harass the posters, by obfuscating these words or names, for example by referring to Twitter as tw*tter or birdsite, or censoring names of public figures in such ways, is kinda pointless here anyway since most Mastodon instances don't offer full-text search, and rely on hashtags for search.

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