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Disemvowelr™ - A new passive-aggressive form of moderation..
by magnus
07 Apr 2009 18:17

5 Attachment(s)

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 18:51

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 18:54

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 19:11

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 19:28

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 19:40

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

Sweeks 07 Apr 2009 21:05

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

magnus 07 Apr 2009 21:13

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 21:14

You did a great job ! Thanks

Sweeks 07 Apr 2009 21:18

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 21:21

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 21:33

Heh, nice mod :)

pete_brady 07 Apr 2009 21:57

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 01:44

Looks cool, will try it out. :)

soletrader 08 Apr 2009 03:28

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


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