Doesn't this just give an excuse for people to use it in substitute?
No, as many people have already stated. Admins aren't robots. We don't operate on a YES/NO protocol when it comes to punishing someone. We already take into account what people are saying before we punish them. Just as we've operated for the past year, if we have any reason to believe that someone is skirting the rules just by switching a letter, they will be dealt with.
You are still welcome to report people for saying "nigga." Just recognize that sometimes we won't agree that they're being bigoted.
Imagine this: Someone on the server says "Can I say f***** here?" Do we insta-mute them? No, of course not. In this case, they're not using the word in a bigoted way (because they're referencing it as a word).
Is this an excuse for everyone to go out on the servers and say "CAN I SAY f***** HERE?" No.
If someone continues to say things like "Why can't I say f*****?" "Can I say f**?" "He got banned for saying f*****" they will be dealt with, even though they haven't used the word in a bigoted way, and on it's own, one of these questions/statements might not be considered bigoted.
Similarly, we're not going to punish someone for jumping on the server and saying "wat up niggas." Sorry. I'm just not comfortable getting in someone's face about that. However, just like we've been doing for the past year, if someone comes even close to using it to harass or attack another person, uses it excessively, or uses it in a way that seems bigoted, we'll deal with it like we deal with any other instance of bigotry.
I think there's a lot of confusion over what exactly we're "changing" here, and all it really comes down to is that we believe we're being too strict by punishing someone for saying "wat up nigga" (or something similar).
Let me be clear, personally, I don't use that word in real life. I don't have a particularly positive opinion of that word, or of people who use it. I think other admins feel similarly. There seem to be a lot of people assuming that we're "unbanning" it because we want or like to use it, which is not the case.
Edited by Savage, 20 August 2015 - 08:28 PM.