[Haskell-cafe] Re: Haskell Weekly News: Issue 140 - November 22, 2009

Joe Fredette jfredett at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 21:50:22 EST 2009

I censored it because I intend the HWN to be a PG rated article. I  
figure -- while I am not under any delusion that kids these days have  
mouths fouler than mine, which is a feat for sure -- that some young  
programmer with strict speaking morals may stumble upon the HWN and say,

  "Hey self! This is a fantastically written weekly newsletter  
  recent developments in this community, and did I mention how  
  written it is?"

I should want said programmer to not feel any offense that can be  
easily avoided by a single * here or !@#$ there.

Generally I'm opposed to censorship -- but that generally entails an  
authority censoring against the will of the author, I think that in  
this case -- as I am the author/editor (not of the post proper, but  
rather the conduit to the post) -- that censorship-self-inflicted  
doesn't really count.

I guess my view is that such a paper with an unintentionally foul- 
mouthed name -- like Brainf*ck -- ought not be the reason for which  
your paper is rejected from a journal or other publication source, but  
rather it should be understood that it might be mildly censored (as I  
did) if it is publish, in accordance with the intended audience of the  
publication source.


On Nov 23, 2009, at 9:35 PM, Benjamin L.Russell wrote:

> On Sat, 21 Nov 2009 12:14:29 -0800 (PST), jfredett at gmail.com wrote:
>>  Typef*ck: Brainf*ck in the type system. Johnny Morrice [23]showed us
>>  his implementation of everyone's favorite profane programming
>>  language... in the type system.
> Incidentally, I've always wondered about the politically correct way
> of referring to this programming language (and related implementation
> in the above-mentioned type system) in academic circles; if I were
> writing a paper for submission to an academic journal, should I place
> priority on accuracy or propriety?  In general, for what kinds of
> publications should I prioritize one criterion over the other?
> In general, if a programming language-related term contains what is
> generally regarded as a profane word as a component, for what kinds of
> written material should I prioritize accuracy vs. propriety?
> -- Benjamin L. Russell
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