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How the Profanity Filter Works

Chat Service provides a server extension, called Profanity Filter, that detects and filters language that you or your employer consider offensive, abusive, or inappropriate. The Profanity Filter extension can filter words in all messages, including whispers and invitations, in dynamic and registered channels. On a server-wide basis, you can apply individual filters to private messages, invitations, quit messages, part messages, channel names, and nicknames. You should use the Profanity Filter extension if you employ a rating system for rating channel content.

To use Profanity Filter, you first create a list of restricted words. After you create the filter list, you can filter conversations on an individual registered channel, or you can filter conversations on all the dynamic channels in the chat community. When a channel member sends a message that contains one of the words in the filter, the Profanity Filter extension blocks the entire message and sends a private message to the channel member who sent the message. This message is typically a warning that advises the offending member not to use the word in question.

You can create an exception list for each filter by adding words one at a time, or by importing a list of words from a text file.

It is also possible to set up language filters from a chat client using a set of in-band commands. To do this, you must be logged on to a chat client as an administrator.

Caution   Activating the Profanity Filter extension or any other server extension can decrease Chat Service performance.

Related Topics

Create a List of Restricted Words Filter Conversations in All Channels Filter Private Messages Filter Channel Names and Nicknames Set Up Language Filters from a Chat Client