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Valve continue to roll out new experiments with their Steam Labs, one of which is now live which you can try out with special Chat Filtering.

As the name easily suggests, it will enable you to filter out commonly used strong profanity and slurs sent via chat all across Steam. If you choose to join the experiment and enable it, the filtering will be applied across Steam Chat, games that support it and eventually they may roll it out across "more forms of user-generated content". They said that it basically moves the filtering they built for games like CS:GO, Destiny 2, and Dota 2 and puts it directly into your Steam settings.

Why? Valve said it's all about empowering users to make their own choices. They do ban them already from being displayed in public places but they don't want to block all areas against users wishes.

We know marginalized groups can reclaim language for themselves, and we don’t want to stand in the way of enabling groups of Steam users from doing so when chatting with one another on Steam. So players have an option to see profanity and slurs from their Steam Friends, if they wish.

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They make it clear it will be shipping to everyone, as requested by both Partners (publishers / developers) and Users, it being a Steam Lab experiment for now is just to fine tune the experience. For the full explanation, see here.

Additionally, it seems Valve rolled out one other major change in how the Steam store works. When it comes to redeeming Steam Wallet codes (the ones you buy in stores) you can no longer redeem them in a different currency to your main one. They say it's to prevent scams. It should not affect sending gifts directly through Steam, it only mentions redeeming the codes. More on that here.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Steam, Valve
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Quoting: DedaleIt seems to me that with that system, the censorship in on the side of the user. So, if a user X is shocked by bad words he or she turns on the filter without bothering the others. That sounds like a good compromise to me.
Yeah. Glad Liam put the UI right in the article here, so we can see exactly how it works. It really seems to put the power in the hands of the user in a pretty fine-grained way. So I'm sure, since everyone will look at that and think about how it would work before posting, we won't get a bunch of generalized inapplicable "censorship bad cuz snowflakes" posts.
Dedale 29 Aug
Or people complaining there is not yet an option to filter profanity without filtering slurs.
kibbles 31 Aug
Yay! I love the nanny state! Today it's "slurs", next "pronouns", next "misgendering". I'm so happy the mentally ill with their toddler mentally have invaded gaming! Quick! Someone call me a nazi!
Quoting: kibblesYay! I love the nanny state! Today it's "slurs", next "pronouns", next "misgendering". I'm so happy the mentally ill with their toddler mentally have invaded gaming! Quick! Someone call me a nazi!
Yer a moron. Just don't turn it on. Problem solved, duh.
Eike 1 Sep
Quoting: kibblesYay! I love the nanny state!

Weil, as you're confusing Steam with a state, I knew the rest wouldn't be worth reading. Turned out it wasn't indeed.
Eike 1 Sep
Quoting: Purple Library GuySo I'm sure, since everyone will look at that and think about how it would work before posting, we won't get a bunch of generalized inapplicable "censorship bad cuz snowflakes" posts.

Sure. :-D

There's people so easily triggered though, they would call themselves snowflakes if they'd realize.
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