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Disemvowelr™ - A new passive-aggressive form of moderation..
Mod Version: 1.3, by magnus (Member) magnus is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.1 Rating: (4 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 48
Released: 07 Apr 2009 Last Update: 27 May 2009 Downloads: 189
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files  


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

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Old 09 Apr 2009, 17:47
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Would be a nice feature for you to choose a usergroup that always has disemvoweled posts.
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Old 09 Apr 2009, 17:51
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Originally Posted by magnus View Post
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.
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Old 09 Apr 2009, 20:55
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Originally Posted by Hugo Holbling View Post
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.
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Old 09 Apr 2009, 20:57
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Originally Posted by GCSkye View Post
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.
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Old 09 Apr 2009, 20:59
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Originally Posted by magnus View Post
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.
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Old 09 Apr 2009, 21:05
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Originally Posted by Hugo Holbling View Post
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!

Last edited by magnus; 09 Apr 2009 at 22:00. Reason: Apparently I can't spell.. I blame public schooling.
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Old 09 Apr 2009, 23:43
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Nice work, magnus!

I'll have use for this. Looking forward to the icon update and consider this installed!
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Old 09 Apr 2009, 23:57
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Originally Posted by GCSkye View Post
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
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Old 10 Apr 2009, 00:15
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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
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Old 10 Apr 2009, 17:22
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As promised, 1.2 is released -- now with ICONS! (thanks Hugo Holbling)

Also included manual instructions for template edits.
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 22:23
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AWESOME! I was actually searching for this last fall, and finally checked again, just as you released! GREAT mod!
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 22:24
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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...!
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Old 16 Apr 2009, 22:59
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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?

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Old 18 Apr 2009, 02:42
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Originally Posted by bigcurt View Post
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!
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Old 18 Apr 2009, 11:30
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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.
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