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Disemvowelr™ - A new passive-aggressive form of moderation..
by magnus
07 Apr 2009 19:17

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Keywords: Disemvowel, Devowel, Revowel

Description:
Where to start? Basically, this modification will allow you (the moderator) to strip a post of it's vowels (ie. "disemvowel" -- get it? See what I did there? Oh yes..) Why would you want to do this? Well, I can think of a multitude of reasons.. none of them relevant, but I digress. Disemvoweling has been made e-famous by popular blog sites such as BoingBoing and Gizmodo.


Details:
So, what is disemvoweling exactly?

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wikipedia
In the fields of Internet discussion and forum moderation, disemvoweling is a technique used to censor unwanted postings such as spam, internet trolling, rudeness or criticism and yet maintain some transparency, both of the act and the underlying word. Disemvoweling (also spelled disemvowelling) appears to model the word "disemboweling" and involves removing vowels from questionable text, either as a form of self-censorship or as a technique used by forum moderators and newsgroup operators. The net effect of disemvoweling text is illegibility or legibility only through significant cognitive effort; thus the technique helps to suppress unwanted comments.

Neat idea, huh? Yea.. I thought so, too.. and here we are!

Cliff-Notes (y'know, for the slow..):
This mod will turn this:
Quote:

This site sucks, you (and your dog) suck too. I'm going to go eat paper, bye!
... into this!:
Quote:

Ths st scks, y (nd yr dg) sck t. 'm gng t g t ppr by!
(FYI, if you need pictures.. I attached those too.)



Installation:
  1. Download and unzip the attached archive.
  2. Upload included files to their respective directories.
  3. Import product-disemvowelr.xml via the Product Manager.
  4. ???
  5. Profit!

Notes:
All template edits are done automagically for you. However, if you'd like to do them yourself in an alternate location, color, whatever -- simply disable the auto-template editor plugin via the Plugin Manager.



Comments:
As with all my hacks, this modification is provided free of charge. However, if you find this product useful and have money burning a hole in your pocket, feel free to make a small donation, I won't mind.. really. :)

Version History:
  • 1.0 - Initial release, here's to hoping..
  • 1.1 - Added a FAQ entry as to what disemvoweling is and linked to it from within the disemvoweled post.
  • 1.1.1 - Added auto-template support for postbit_legacy
  • 1.2 - Icons! Yay! Also included instructions for manual template edits (see README.TXT)
  • 1.3 - Fixed a problem when disemvoweling a post with quotes (or possibly any BBCODE). Now the post is stripped of BBCODES before disemvoweled. No more broken quote tags.

* Please note that this modification was developed on a forum with a userbase of 1 (myself). I've tested it for basic functionality but I cannot guarantee functionality or behavior on your forum. So, please -- make backups before installing this product!

Oyabun 07 Apr 2009 19:51

I don't get it. What does this do? Im german and i don't understand the description and the pictures also doesn't tell much (to me)

magnus 07 Apr 2009 19:54

Allows you to strip a post of it's vowels, rather than deleting it.. thus allowing for public shaming of the affected party.

More information about disemvoweling at Wikipedia: Disemvoweling.

DobieGillis© 07 Apr 2009 20:11

I'm cautious. Your screen shot shows the word diemvowel in the postbit. Looks like it may stretch it out a bit.

magnus 07 Apr 2009 20:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by DobieGillis© (Post 1785943)
I'm cautious. Your screen shot shows the word diemvowel in the postbit. Looks like it may stretch it out a bit.

... What?

vbboarder 07 Apr 2009 20:40

Hey Magnus, glad to see you're releasing VB 3.8 mods.... your mods are cool!

Sweeks 07 Apr 2009 22:05

Very amusing, does it show the disemvowelled notice to all members or just staff?
________
The Cigar Boss

magnus 07 Apr 2009 22:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sweeks (Post 1786018)
Very amusing, does it show the disemvowelled notice to all members or just staff?

All members.. I thought it would make a more effected deterrent that way, as well as explain what happened.

bahrainfalcon 07 Apr 2009 22:14

You did a great job ! Thanks

Sweeks 07 Apr 2009 22:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by magnus (Post 1786022)
All members.. I thought it would make a more effected deterrent that way, as well as explain what happened.

Is it simple to remove the notice? I would like this one without it and let our members know about it but when people spam and troll they will end up confused.
________
CREAMPIE TEEN

magnus 07 Apr 2009 22:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sweeks (Post 1786028)
Is it simple to remove the notice? I would like this one without it and let our members know about it but when people spam and troll they will end up confused.

Absolutely, everything is template based. Just remove/comment out the portion of the auto-template edit plugin that adds it.

Wired1 07 Apr 2009 22:33

Heh, nice mod :)

pete_brady 07 Apr 2009 22:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sweeks (Post 1786018)
Very amusing, does it show the disemvowelled notice to all members or just staff?

Quote:

Originally Posted by magnus (Post 1786022)
All members.. I thought it would make a more effected deterrent that way, as well as explain what happened.

can you make it "all members except the author of the disemvowelled post"?

glorify 08 Apr 2009 02:44

Looks cool, will try it out. :)

soletrader 08 Apr 2009 04:28

how does one set usergroup permissions on who can use this?

Daniel_HBK 08 Apr 2009 04:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by magnus (Post 1785929)
Allows you to strip a post of it's vowels, rather than deleting it.. thus allowing for public shaming of the affected party.

More information about disemvoweling at Wikipedia: Disemvoweling.

i got it too [i'm Egyptian :D] , thanks man :)

redlabour 08 Apr 2009 10:38

Awesome Idea but does not work.

There is no Link for this Function shown in the Postbittemplates. vBulletin 3.8.2

Hugo Holbling 08 Apr 2009 10:55

Am I reading the coding correctly insofar as this only functions with the default postbit, not postbit legacy?

Quote:

Originally Posted by DobieGillis© (Post 1785943)
I'm cautious. Your screen shot shows the word diemvowel in the postbit. Looks like it may stretch it out a bit.

I agree and think it would be better to replace the postbit text with an icon.

magnus 08 Apr 2009 12:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by soletrader (Post 1786244)
how does one set usergroup permissions on who can use this?

It's a moderator function. Those with the ability to moderate posts may also disemvowel them.

magnus 08 Apr 2009 12:24

Quote:

Originally Posted by redlabour (Post 1786423)
Awesome Idea but does not work.

There is no Link for this Function shown in the Postbittemplates. vBulletin 3.8.2

Sure it does. Are you by chance using Legacy Postbit? If so, template edits would need to be manually.

magnus 08 Apr 2009 12:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hugo Holbling (Post 1786426)
Am I reading the coding correctly insofar as this only functions with the default postbit, not postbit legacy?

Correct, the auto-template feature (currently) only modifies postbit, and not postbit_legacy. Edits would need to be made manually.

I'll include postbit in the auto-template edits in a quick update.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hugo Holbling (Post 1786426)
I agree and think it would be better to replace the postbit text with an icon.

I'm a programmer, not a designer. :) Plus, there are so many different styles out there -- finding an icon that goes well with all of them is a futile task. Hence, text.

I'll have an update with a few customization options. To choose between text or a user-specified icon, postbit or postbit legacy, etc.

imedic 08 Apr 2009 13:23

Great idea for a mod. I never have enough moderators tools to make my life easier :).

I am too looking forward for a postbit legacy version.

Hugo Holbling 08 Apr 2009 14:08

Great, thanks magnus. Looking forward to the update and the ability to choose postbit legacy. :)

ericgtr 08 Apr 2009 21:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by imedic (Post 1786486)
Great idea for a mod. I never have enough moderators tools to make my life easier :).

I am too looking forward for a postbit legacy version.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hugo Holbling (Post 1786511)
Great, thanks magnus. Looking forward to the update and the ability to choose postbit legacy. :)

Thirded. :)

Installed though.

SoloX 08 Apr 2009 23:08

I changed postbit to postbit_legacy in the following code to make it work for legacy! :)

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ericgtr 08 Apr 2009 23:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by SoloX (Post 1786899)
I changed postbit to postbit_legacy in the following code to make it work for legacy! :)

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Didn't work for me. This isn't too hard to figure out but it has to be picked apart so I'll do it when I get home and if magnus doesn't have it up by then I will share it. Many people use legacy so I am surprised it's not added.

imedic 08 Apr 2009 23:52

Unfortunately does not work.
If I copy paste your code it gives error on product upload. I have manually replace it and still no luck to see the link in postbit.

magnus 09 Apr 2009 00:08

The above code has been wrapped in <phpcode><![CDATA[ ... ]]></phpcode> tags. Those will need to be removed.

Anyway, I have postbit_legacy support finished .. I had intended to finish the other features before releasing, but since the demand is there, I'll release the minor changes. I'll have it posted tomorrow morning (the code is on my work machine).

magnus 09 Apr 2009 14:00

As promised, I made v1.1.1 available which will detect which postbit layout you're using and modify accordingly. Nothing else has changed.

Hugo Holbling 09 Apr 2009 17:16

Thanks, magnus - much appreciated. It works great. :)

I'll try to figure out how to replace the text (Disemvowel/Revowel) with icons; I suggest the famfamfam font_delete and font_add silk icons would work nicely.

GCSkye 09 Apr 2009 17:47

Would be a nice feature for you to choose a usergroup that always has disemvoweled posts.

ericgtr 09 Apr 2009 17:51

Quote:

Originally Posted by magnus (Post 1787293)
As promised, I made v1.1.1 available which will detect which postbit layout you're using and modify accordingly. Nothing else has changed.

Thank you.

magnus 09 Apr 2009 20:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hugo Holbling (Post 1787440)
Thanks, magnus - much appreciated. It works great. :)

I'll try to figure out how to replace the text (Disemvowel/Revowel) with icons; I suggest the famfamfam font_delete and font_add silk icons would work nicely.

The next release will allow you to choose between text or (user-specified) icons via the AdminCP. If you come across any (public domain) icons you feel would fit nicely with this hack, feel free to post them up. :)

magnus 09 Apr 2009 20:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by GCSkye (Post 1787456)
Would be a nice feature for you to choose a usergroup that always has disemvoweled posts.

That's not really what this hack was designed for, if you want someones posts to ALWAYS be disemvoweled, you may as well just use Tachy Goes to Coventry. This is meant more to be a surgical strike, rather than a carpet bombing.

Hugo Holbling 09 Apr 2009 20:59

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Quote:

Originally Posted by magnus (Post 1787586)
If you come across any (public domain) icons you feel would fit nicely with this hack, feel free to post them up. :)

I think the famfamfam silk icons attached would do nicely. :)

magnus 09 Apr 2009 21:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hugo Holbling (Post 1787592)
I think the famfamfam silk icons attached would do nicely. :)

Wow.. yea, those are pretty perfect (and free!) if you ask me. I'll definately be including them in the next release.

Thanks for pointing those out!

Alien 09 Apr 2009 23:43

Nice work, magnus!

I'll have use for this. Looking forward to the icon update and consider this installed!

Wings69 09 Apr 2009 23:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by GCSkye (Post 1787456)
Would be a nice feature for you to choose a usergroup that always has disemvoweled posts.

I know you said this isn't what you intended the mod to be used for, but I would also just like to second this. I allow my users to "buy" custom titles etc for other users(with vbcredits) for fun, and I'd love to be able to get them to "buy" this for someones posts for x amount of hours :)

ericgtr 10 Apr 2009 00:15

Just thought I would throw this out there, might be pretty cool with this mod.. Swedish chef speak http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=134327 :D

magnus 10 Apr 2009 17:22

As promised, 1.2 is released -- now with ICONS! (thanks Hugo Holbling)

Also included manual instructions for template edits.

biome.pat 15 Apr 2009 22:23

AWESOME! I was actually searching for this last fall, and finally checked again, just as you released! GREAT mod!

biome.pat 15 Apr 2009 22:24

Oh PS, I'm nominating you for MOTM. Clearly.

And no way this would work on 3.7.3, huh? Well, I suppose this gives me reason to finally update...!

bigcurt 16 Apr 2009 22:59

Thanks for this..it looks great. However, there is a small problem. When you put something in quotes instead of just leaving the quotes it turns it to: "&qt"..any way to fix that?

Curt

magnus 18 Apr 2009 02:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigcurt (Post 1792832)
Thanks for this..it looks great. However, there is a small problem. When you put something in quotes instead of just leaving the quotes it turns it to: "&qt"..any way to fix that?

Curt

Really? Hrm.. that's weird. This is just a simple preg_replace(); .. it shouldn't be doing that. I'll take a look at it. Thanks!

bigcurt 18 Apr 2009 11:30

Ya, also when I do it both on my test forum and main forum and someone has a quoted post..it messed up the quote tags by taking away the uoe :P.

bigcurt 28 Apr 2009 03:58

Any ideas?

bigcurt 06 May 2009 17:59

Eh, I love this idea but it just doesn't work right..have to remove. Thanks for the mod though bud. If you could make it where it doesn't remove vowels in quote, tags, etc..then it would be great.

Thanks

ti07shadow 17 May 2009 23:31

nice mod. i dont think ill use it, but just in case im gonna tag it for future reference :p

magnus 27 May 2009 14:27

Sorry for the late update, but things have gotten pretty hectic the past few months and I haven't had time to breathe let alone update my vB mods. Anyway, should be good. Let me know if you hit any other snags!

~ m.

sheep92032 04 Jun 2009 20:13

I don't think spammers care whether you shame them. All you're doing it allowing your forum to be flooded out. Google 'WoW forum' if you want to see what your forum will look like if you let it happen.

magnus 10 Jun 2009 15:48

Quote:

Originally Posted by sheep92032 (Post 1823473)
I don't think spammers care whether you shame them. All you're doing it allowing your forum to be flooded out. Google 'WoW forum' if you want to see what your forum will look like if you let it happen.

Ideally, this would be used for troublesome posts (ie. flamebaiting, off-topic, etc.) Think of it more of a "pre-warning" before and official infraction is given.

Digital Jedi 10 Jun 2009 16:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by sheep92032 (Post 1823473)
I don't think spammers care whether you shame them. All you're doing it allowing your forum to be flooded out. Google 'WoW forum' if you want to see what your forum will look like if you let it happen.

It's not a spam tool, it's a troublesome user tool.

I won't be using this because, well, I chased all the jokers out of my forum. But I must say, it's funny. If I ever start getting trouble again, I'm definitely installing this and Miserable Users.

1Unreal 28 Jun 2009 22:55

Wonderful idea. Installed :)

biome.pat 10 Jul 2009 19:00

Hmmm any way that disemvowelr could be made to ignore text between QUOTE and IMG tags? Maybe not quotes (as I'm sure people would figure out a workaround and just quote their whole post), but ignoring IMG tags would be useful... This might be complicated though...

I'll update if I figure anything out!

biome.pat 10 Jul 2009 19:42

Ugh... I've got nuthin... Drats.

I'm sure it involves preg_match, but I can't wrap my mind around it right now... :(


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barcena 11 Jul 2009 09:10

I have doubts:

Does this mod takes the vowels by itself or do the admin has to disemvowel-whatever the post?, I guest the Admin or Mod has to do it. I find this hilarious and I'm so having it, but since my site is in Spanish I don't know if it will work, guess so if I, as Admin, take the vowels out, but aside from the hilarious part it takes more time than delete or edit the post, right?.

imedic 07 Aug 2009 20:39

@barcena - If you set the rights for a group to use it you just click a link to devowel and same to restore. Easy to use and very effective for a visible warning.

I found a possible bug (or is just on my forum).
If you reply to a thread with a disvoweled post, below you can see the post in clear.
I guess it should not be like this as it beats the purpose of having the mod.

J105C 08 Aug 2009 16:18

WOW, what an awesome idea!

ctbo 14 Aug 2009 21:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by magnus (Post 1786031)
Absolutely, everything is template based. Just remove/comment out the portion of the auto-template edit plugin that adds it.

There seems to be two sections in the .xml that look like they are adding the message (from laymans view) could you confirm exacty what section(s) should be removed to take away the message.

Thanks

gmerin 16 Aug 2009 02:48

Cute. This should cause about as much frustration as the Miserable Users mod. Thanks.

amish_irish 20 Aug 2009 22:21

Works great but anyone can quote the disemvoweled post to see what the person said and the person can just quote their own post and repost it. Any work around for this? Otherwise I like it a lot.

ctbo 27 Aug 2009 18:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by amish_irish (Post 1871239)
Works great but anyone can quote the disemvoweled post to see what the person said and the person can just quote their own post and repost it. Any work around for this? Otherwise I like it a lot.

Yup I was interested in this but tbh seems a bit useless with the quoting issue :|

8thos 12 Nov 2010 03:16

I need this for VB4

New Joe 12 Nov 2010 16:22

Quote:

Originally Posted by Octavius. (Post 2120770)
I need this for VB4

Have you installed it to see if it works on vB4 yet?
So many Mods do, always worth a try.

8thos 19 Nov 2010 04:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by New Joe (Post 2120979)
Have you installed it to see if it works on vB4 yet?
So many Mods do, always worth a try.

Doesn't work. It gives me this error.

The following error occurred when attempting to evaluate this template:
%1$s
This is likely caused by a malformed conditional statement. It is highly recommended that you fix this error before continuing, but you may continue as-is if you wish.


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