I asked: How to say or suggest in an informal (and possibly rude) way that someone can be disregarded?, and noticed that it was quickly met with a flag and a couple of downvotes.

On the other hand, How to spell final "shhhh!" in gangster speak? was highly-upvoted.

Perhaps there is a difference in that the first one has potentially offensive English in the example sentence, while the second is talking about offensive Korean language; nevertheless, it is the language I was looking for a translation for.

Other sites in the network don't seem to have an issue with such questions - e.g. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/155664/how-many-different-parts-of-speech-can-the-f-word-be-used-as/155673 - but of course, we are free to make our own guidelines.

Do we want to allow such questions, and should we take any special precautions?

  • I think that as long as the examples are hidden, this type of question is okay.
    – Vladhagen Mod
    Oct 22, 2016 at 23:11
  • may be there should be a profanity tag or some indication in the title itself that it's about rude language, to help beginners filter it out more easily
    – user17915 Mod
    Oct 25, 2016 at 0:16
  • @user17915 I've added an 'offensive' tag. I had put the 'starred-out' language in the title partly as a warning but maybe the tag is a bit more subtle (I've now removed that from the title). Oct 25, 2016 at 8:34

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(Now that the flags have been dealt with, I'll post my personal view)

I think of Stack Exchange Language sites as, in general, a place to discuss topics from an adult technical/academic perspective. In alignment with that, I think all Korean words, even offensive ones, should be allowed on the site as part of genuine questions and answers.

As this is an English/Korean site I would also assume that offensive English vocabulary would be allowed, where necessary or helpful, as part of genuine examples, explanations, and so on.

I don't think genuine posts should be flagged as 'rude or abusive' simply because they are about rude language - only when the posts are themselves directly rude or abusive in their nature.

I do think that it's fair to limit use of offensive language to the minimum needed to make the point.

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