I've come across a post edit and I wasn't sure what to do with it.

OP used the term Googling my ass of which was removed in an edit by another user. For me this kind of language is no issue but I guess some people might find it offending.

Is it ok to always approve these kinds of edits or do we draw a line at cursing and stuff like that?

Or, optionally, am I just overthinking it way to much :)

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I don't find it offensive... But, for some reason, with other men it's all fine, if a girl reads that, I would have some objections.

I had the opportunity to work in teams with very smart programmers. In that environment there was a lot of swearing. After spending 1 day in that team you could swear for 30 minutes without repeating yourself. Some code comments would involve swearing.

Now, the difference is that this is a public space. It's like an open space... You don't swear and use bad language when a customer is visiting your company.

And then is the debate, can Googling my ass of be considered bad language. From my point of view ass doesn't qualify. What I would consider offensive:

  • remarks about 1st and 2nd grade relatives
  • phrases involving genital organs
  • TBD ... (feel free to pitch in)
  • Thanks, I agree. I've never worked with developers that don't swear. Diseases, genitals and remarks on family members are definitely not ok but the rest is fine by me too. Sep 27, 2013 at 11:40
  • how about combining remarks about relatives and some organs? :)
    – Marius Mod
    Sep 27, 2013 at 12:23
  • @Marius I think I know a few of those in Romanian that you might be talking about and they are DEFINITELY not appropriate ;) Sep 27, 2013 at 12:35

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