Words and images that would be considered offensive, profane, or obscene by typical WikiDoc readers should be used if and only if their omission would cause the article to be less informative, relevant, or accurate, and no equally suitable alternatives are available. Including information about offensive material is part of WikiDoc's encyclopedic mission; being offensive is not.
In original WikiDoc content, a profanity should either appear in its full form or not at all; obscene words should never be bowdlerized by replacing letters in the word with dashes, asterisks, or other symbols. However, when quoting relevant material from external sources, rendering a quote as it was originally spoken/written trumps our style guidelines. If necessary, you may indicate that the blanking was in the original quote by saying so in some way outside of the quote, for example by using "[sic]".
Discussions about whether to include an offensive image or profanity are often controversial. As in all discussions on WikiDoc, it is vital that all parties practice etiquette and assume good faith. Words like "pornography" or "censorship" tend to inflame the discussion and should be avoided. Objective terminology is more helpful than subjective terminology.
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