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One distinctive feature of modern Russian language is that profanities are not used simply to emphasize normal language, but in most use cases substitute core words in sentences and bring a meaning of their own. I've seen many exchange students struggling to understand casual Russian dialogs containing мат, though their grasp of spoken language was satisfactory or even good.

The question here - should we allow the questions regarding origins, meaning and proper use of Russian profanities? If there are 500-pages dictionaries dedicated simply to мат, doesn't it mean that we should dedicate time to questions regarding it?

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Sure thing we should! Isn't it the most remarkable part of the Russian language?

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    It's hopefully not, but I agree to allow it.
    – texnic
    Jun 15 '12 at 9:48
  • Also I wouldn't say that this is a part of Russian language only. As far as I know, other Slavic languages have the same words.
    – Malcolm
    Jun 20 '12 at 9:56
  • Malcolm, did anybody but you said anything about it being a solely Russian thing? Jun 23 '12 at 4:56
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They should be allowed with certain provisions:

  • Question titles should not contain profanity
  • Questions should be tagged accordingly, so that they may be filtered out
  • They should satisfy all other quality requirements and not contain vulgarity for the sake of vulgarity.
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    Why no profanity in the title? I'd prefer "What's the origin of [word]" over "What's the origin of this swear word?" as an informative title.
    – Tim
    Jun 14 '12 at 21:19
  • @ТимН because not everybody wants to see profanity?
    – kotekzot
    Jun 14 '12 at 21:20
  • kotkezot, at the same time not everybody is embarrassed by the profanity being an essential part of their mother language. Jun 14 '12 at 21:40
  • @bonomo that doesn't mean we should offend people.
    – kotekzot
    Jun 14 '12 at 21:42
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    kotekzot, there must be something said in FAQ or the disclaimer section about that, which is what most people do not to offend the others Jun 14 '12 at 21:52
  • oh, i am sorry i though i did my best, now it's your turn, itn't it? Jun 14 '12 at 21:55
  • kotekzok, thank you for being so kind and letting me know about your limitations, next time i will put some extra effort to make sure people with like you won't be left aside. Jun 14 '12 at 22:02
  • kotekzok, I feel so tired tonight, can I do it tomorrow, I promise I will Jun 14 '12 at 22:17
  • Tags about that would probably be meta tags.
    – Alenanno
    Jun 14 '12 at 22:43
  • @Alenanno are you suggesting we create a separate method of filtering out those questions then, or that we shouldn't provide that option at all?
    – kotekzot
    Jun 14 '12 at 22:48
  • I don't know how other sites handled it... Perhaps we could ask other language sites?
    – Alenanno
    Jun 14 '12 at 22:50
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    Just create a suitable tag like "profanity" or "mat". Although Cyrillic tags don't work, the Latin capital form MAT would work.
    – KCd
    Jun 15 '12 at 0:05
  • I agree with @TимН... Profanity should be allowed in titles. Jun 15 '12 at 22:31
  • If we are tagging, then that tag should be ignored for anonymous users and by default. Should we let Google see the questions?
    – nanofarad
    Jun 21 '12 at 18:30
  • @ObsessiveFOSS I think hiding them by default is a little too much. Perhaps a popup asking whether you'd like questions re: profanity to be hidden?
    – kotekzot
    Jun 21 '12 at 19:48
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Since the community is torn between the 2 existing options (all-out profanity or heavily regulated profanity), I'm posting this revised suggestion.

They should be allowed with certain provisions:

  • Questions should be tagged accordingly, so that they may be filtered out
  • They should satisfy all other quality requirements and not contain vulgarity for the sake of vulgarity.

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