your regular reminder that censoring words l*ke th*s is actively counterproductive because it bypasses the filters that people set up for themselves

to take an innocuous example, if i use filters to block the word "orange", and you write "or*nge", you have now ensured that i will see a post that i have explicitly tried to get out of my timeline

@melissasage As I understand it, didn't that technique evolve on Twitter to avoid text-based searches of certain hot-button issues? Like I thought the whole thing was just to avoid reply-guys, which are a lot harder to get around here in the first place thanks to the lack of text search.

@witchfynder_finder yeah. this isn't twitter, though, and we have more than enough other ways of dealing with reply guys since we have competent moderation, mutes, blocks, etc. There's no sense in doing one that breaks post filtering.

also mastodon instances do have full-text search. or so at least i think? idk. radtown doesn't bc ours is infamously broken, so i don't know what it's like on, say,

@melissasage Yeah, exactly.

And if there are instances with full-text search, they aren't using the mainline version of Mastodon unless that feature got added recently. It was specifically left out to help combat that sort of behaviour (which is also why some people try to push hashtags so hard).

@melissasage @witchfynder_finder (you can only search posts you personally made or personally interacted with prior to searching)

(ours is broken but even if it was working it wouldn't let you jump in somebody's menchies who you've never heard of before)

I may add that text to speech programs get crazy when they read an asterisk like this: * .

@witchfynder_finder @byttyrs @melissasage

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