I have never seen anyone swear in a question or an answer, but I haven't seen any rules regarding profanity either. I'm just wondering: is there some sort of regulation against profanity, or is it generally just frowned upon? I am pretty new to the community so please forgive me if there is some obvious rule I have overlooked.

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    Can you find any reason profanity would be allowed?
    – Daniel
    Commented Jul 30, 2011 at 18:29
  • @Dani So we can say the actual name of Brainfuck, for example.
    – Vortico
    Commented May 4, 2012 at 12:59

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No, profanity is not allowed in questions or answers.

Are expletives (cursing, swear words or vulgar language) allowed on SE sites?

In addition to the professionalism issue, there's also the matter of being blocked by corporate proxies based on inappropriate language.


It's generally frowned upon, I think. There aren't any formal rules, but this is a professional site. I would suspect that if your post had profanity in it, someone would edit it away.

My personal rule of thumb is that if I wouldn't say it at work, then it doesn't go into a post here.


I can't see why it might be even remotely necessary to be honest.

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