I would like to ask for your help. As you know, Custom Units are created with random names. These names are generated by randomly pairing an adjective with a noun. However, while often humorous or just silly, occasionally an offensive pairing will come up.
To solve this and keep the ER-301 experience pleasant, I would like to add a list of suppressed pairings. This means there would be 3 lists used to generate a name:
List of adjectives
List of nouns
List of suppressed pairings
However, may I have your help in suggesting candidates? I will also make it so each individual user can edit these 3 lists but I still would like a decent default set of words and suppressed pairings.
Here is what we have so far:
“Random Custom Unit Naming”. Users being aware of that might be able to apprehend the fact that a pairing that is offensive to them has been randomly generated, cancel said unit and generate another. Attempts to universalise pairings of words which cause (or purportedly should or should not cause) offence creates far more problems than it solves.
Very good points and I very much agree with where you are coming from.
However, I see this as not a problem between the user and the ER-301 but more about preventing misunderstandings in people who happen to be casually viewing you working on the ER-301. They will most likely not understand that the names are randomly generated and you might not have the time or opportunity to explain it.
Of course, if people feel this kind of “cleansing” is less attractive then just replacing the whole random name mechanism with something more controlled (AAA, AAB, …, ZZZ) then I’m open to that also. I just felt this was the easiest and most practical way forward because honestly I didn’t think there were really that many embarrassing combinations, although @Unity2k showed me differently.
I’m more in the camp of random nouns and adjectives and I could have easily lived with whatever awkwardness might occasionally popup, but it’s like the name Muffwiggler in that certain sensitivities at this time warrant the kind of awareness you put forward.
Please stick with current method and minus the combos identified so far I don’t see a problem.
The easily offended are often marginalized populations who are tired of being outside the dominant culture and find words and phrases that isolate or diminish them to be offensive. Just 50 years ago words such as [list of ugly racist terms - self edited as I hope I made my point] were relatively common and only the easily offended would have taken umbrage. Sensibilities change as culture evolves and while you could just as well call a custom unit Scheisse Schwanz for all I care…the world isn’t made up of old white men such as myself. I for one like polite society.
cwejman changed to cwejwoman
makenoise to makemusic
and metasonix is banned altogether…
it’s a big difference to have abusive terms, cusses etc and what @odevices described as suppressed pairings.
the only term i see as offensive is white power, and only because it is clearly defined as a racist group.
50 years ago is pretty much ancient history, or no history at all, to the easily offended among us in this forum, wouldn’t you think?
As for society at large, in the climes where being offended has any currency, the grossly offensive terms you cite are laughably dated. Much finer distinctions drive the offense-taken sensibility. That’s the rub.
reductio ad absurdum. nothing about making music demands a truly random unit naming convention; your free speech is not being suppressed. the option to manually name your unit “used boy” is not being removed.