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?