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  • VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

    Admitedly, I'm a new user to VMK. I joined at the request of a good friend of mine with the knowledge that Disney is a kid-friendly site with rules against questionable activities / language / behavior.

    I have two kids of my own, and I'm glad to see that Disney is taking responsibility for the safety of its child-users. HOWEVER.....

    There is a point where "protection" teeters over into the realm of the "absurd". I realize that in this age of slang, abbreviations, l33t sp33k and other coded communications, that there must be some way to control potentially harmful words from being transmitted between a potential predator and a child.

    But there are words that are not only G-rated, but commonplace, that are being turned into a string of ###'s. You can't say "AIN'T". Is the word "ain't" suddenly a metaphor for some vulgarity? There are other examples of common, everyday words that turn into the enigmatic ### stuff as well. It drives me insane to try and carry on a G-rated conversation about the most innocent of things while in VMK, only to have 3/4 of my sentences destroyed by filters. I end up having to talk like a retarded caveman or something.

    "Me go to box and sit down" "You have fun?" "How long you be here?"

    Is this intelligent communications? I think not. There's got to be some sort of way that Disney can allow responsible users to communicate in a G-rated fashion without slashing and blocking nearly every word they say. It becomes frustratingly redundant to even offer the ABILITY to chat, if this is the case.

    I mean... If they're going to do this much censoring, just include a drop-down menu with pre-programmed phrases. It would be simpler than making people so flustered with their efforts to type simple sentences that they want to throw their keyboards across the room.

    I'm not asking for something major here... just some common sense. Is anyone in agreement with me here?

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    Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

    I would agree, but we cannot always have the best of both. I would much rather have a restricted dictionary, than a completely un-censored one; visiting other sites, such as Habbo Hotel, makes terribly gracious for VMK's restricted wording. Of course, I would enjoy being able to have an everyday, intelligent conversation; however, you just have to put up with some issues. The most we can do is discuss this with staff and testers here and there; we could also suggest words using the "Contact Us" option. Basically, I wish for a larger dictionary as well; however, would rather have a restircted dictionary, opposed to an unlimited dictionary.

    By the way, welcome to MiceChat!

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    • #3
      Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

      There is a very limited dictionary. No it does not always make sense. If there is a word you feel needs to be added ask for it to be added. If its a normal word it probably will be added. I think it's easier to add words than to take away bad words.

      good luck
      Janette


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      • #4
        Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

        Originally posted by 1_Big_Cowboy View Post
        You can't say "AIN'T". Is the word "ain't" suddenly a metaphor for some vulgarity?
        Your beef is with the word AIN'T... it is not even a real word. Yes some of the words you can't say are very silly, but I would rather not have some basic words then then have the flood of words that people find a way to say anyway.

        J
        Kungaloosh!

        *END OF LINE*

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        • #5
          Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

          Originally posted by 1_Big_Cowboy View Post
          I end up having to talk like a retarded caveman or something.

          "Me go to box and sit down" "You have fun?" "How long you be here?"

          Is this intelligent communications? I think not.
          :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::l mao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

          I'm sorry - I hit this part of your post and couldn't stop laughing. Mostly because IT'S TRUE!!!!!!!!!! ROFL - VMK has an extremely limited vocabulary, BUT we ARE allowed to suggest words to the dictionary. If this bothers you that much, you should write to Contact Us on the home page. Sometimes they DO let more words into the vocabulary, and that helps out alot!

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          • #6
            Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

            At first when I started on VMK ( I am a mom of an almost teen) I was frustrated with the limited vocabulary but got use to it in time. Yes, I can understand ain't being in there because it actually is not a word, it is more of a slang term. If you look at the size of the dictionary you can see that it is quite large (great for killing spiders) so VMk can not please us all. I am glad they try to limit, but be patient as they are trying to update words all the time. Before you know it you will be typing VKM speech in your every day sentences (as I have done quite a few times and have corrected myself). As everyone else has said contact them and give them suggestions, they do not mind it.
            Welcome to VMK and MIceChat!
            Does expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected? Oh, my VMK name is
            TipperOfCows and I am a VMK addict!

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            • #7
              Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

              I agree, with Jerm, AIN'T isn't a word, its inpropper, i loose 15 points in anything for using that word.

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              • #8
                Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

                LOL! But your right, some words ppl say, ain't (haha) apporite.
                no matter
                how pretty or ugly
                y o u are,
                that ONE person thinks that
                y o u
                are the most beautiful
                person in the world &
                they mean it from THERE.




                vmk name: adventuredogi

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                • #9
                  Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

                  Originally posted by 1_Big_Cowboy View Post

                  Is this intelligent communications? I think not.
                  Welcome to Micechat to tell you the truth, half of VMK is below G-rated. We have ppl going around saying 'i a new worn bay.be and want a mummy and duh duh! - crawls on floor - ' and remember many of the ppl who say like all of these conversations are below the age group of teens. and it is true that many words like ' coming ' and ' contemporary ' are not allowed, but words like ' democratic ' are allowed..
                  i guess that Yavn voted for John kerry a few years ago seeing as how we cant say ' republican '.
                  Remember, if u ever have any questions about MC or VMK, tell us and we will answer it
                  ADD ME.[:


                  WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM MICECHAT...
                  1. IF YOU APPRECIATE SOMETHING THAT ISN'T THE MAJORITY OPINION, YOU'RE NOT WANTED HERE.
                  2. IF THERE'S CHIPPED PAINT IN THE QUEUE FOR A LINE, EXPECT SOMEONE TO WRITE OUT A BIG STORY BASHING IT. WOOHOO.
                  3. IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 24, YOU'RE AN 'EISNER BRAT.'
                  4. PEOPLE WHO ARE DEEMED AS 'MODERATORS' AND OTHER ADMINISTRATION ARE MORE IMPORTANT DIETIES THAN JESUS CHRIST.
                  5. YOU CAN EXCPECT TO BE BADLY REPPED IF YOU TRY AND MAKE A SERIOUS POINT.
                  6. YOU ARENT TAKEN SERIOUS IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 16.
                  7. AS AN ADD-ON TO #6, YOU SHOULD BE TREATED AS A SUBORDINATEIF YOU ARE IN A THEME PARK WAITING 30 MINUTES IN LINE FOR A DRINK WHILE SOMEONE HAS TO RECOUNT PIZZAS.
                  8. "Disney may not care to hear your comments, but we do." WTFFF??? THIS ISN'T A DISNEY FAN FORUM, IT'S A DISNETY BASHING SITE.
                  9. CERTAIN PEOPLE OVER ANALYZE A SIMPLE THREAD AND CONSIDER IT TO BE A CONTRACT FULL OF LOOPHOLES THAT HE/SHE CAN GET AROUND.
                  AND FINALLY...
                  10. PROLONGED USE OF THIS SITE CAN CAUSE AN EXTREME HATE OF DISNEY AND ALL DISNEY RELATED THINGS.

                  M-U-H Muhfukka.
                  [:

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                  • #10
                    Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

                    Originally posted by evanescence4ever View Post
                    ' democratic ' are allowed..
                    i guess that Yavn voted for John kerry a few years ago seeing as how we cant say ' republican '.
                    Keep in mind, that the word 'democratic' isn't just used for the political party, it is used in another situations as well. For example, voting on something in VMK would be democratic.

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                    • #11
                      Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

                      Why can't they just monitor better? Or have a 13+ age VMK site?

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                      • #12
                        Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

                        I have to admit to being frustrated with it at first, but eventually I got used to it. Of course, I don't have long conversations on VMK since you can't say what you want to though.

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                        • #13
                          Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

                          I get frustrated with it as well. I am a pretty verbose guy and I lot of times its four or five times (heh, I just typed "for" there - man VMK is effecting my spelling now)before I can get an acceptable sentance out.

                          However, I understand the limitations. You can do a dictionary in one of two ways. Make a list of words you cannot say, ot make a list of those you can. Its pretty clear, that even with the limited list that is in VMK at this time, people can get pretty creative. Dating, having children, and having "adult recreational activites" all goes on - even though you have to talk like a caveman (Falshing on Gieco commericals here, that diversity training is hitting home)

                          I too am the parent of two childern - young children - younger than the tweens that VMK is targeted at, yet old enough to read and type, but not quite old enough to understand duh.duh and "taken" and "oh bay.be I glove when you do that"

                          I do not look foward to the day when I have to explain all this to them anyway, I sure as heck don't want it to happen in an on-line game.

                          In an ideal situation, there would be live people monitoring VMK and bouncing troublesome users, but VMK is free, so thats not going to happen.

                          An advance text interperter would be interesting, but again that takes programming time and server resources - which again take money.

                          -dave
                          "I'm gonna build my own amusement park. But with gambling and hookers!" - Bender
                          "You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity." - Bullet Tooth Tony

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                          • #14
                            Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

                            I know how you feel on this one. I set up a trade with a MCV friend on here that is in my friends list, they ask me if I can come now or if I can make it later through VMK Message, and I type;
                            "Yes Im come.in" It sounds retarded.
                            the oc freak. <3*

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                            • #15
                              Re: VMK Censorship Gone Insane...

                              Arg i get so frustrated from it it drives me insane when i am trying to carry on a conversation with my REAL life friends about something good. Not vulgar or rude or anything it's complete madness some of the things you can say i was in Haunted Mansion Ballroom and these two people where talking:

                              Boy: Hey bay be
                              Girl: Hey sweet thing
                              Boy: are u ready for this?
                              Girl: oh yea i am oiled and wear.in lace >_< !!!
                              Boy: good follow me to my room i have plans for this


                              OMG i was like: >_<!!
                              i didn't say it but i sat there in open-mouthed shock for like a full 60 seconds. I was amazed by this.

                              You can say ' brutal ' ' gnarly ' ' nifty ' 0_0 they're not bad words but uh.... why can't simple words be in the dictionary when these are as well? doesn't seem right

                              Bionic Village Babe of the RCMC
                              "Wisdom is knowing what you don't know" - Socrates

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