diaspora* already replaces some characters, so
® just as
I suggest to replace
diaspora\*) if there is no word-character before or after it.
/\W(diaspora)\W/i replace the group by
diaspora\* this case it should catch all occurrences of the word diaspora even at the beginning of sentences and the beginning of lines and even including the hashtag #diaspora and if someone uses “diaspora-protocol”. But it would not affect if someone writes something like “disporians”.
The only downside imho is if someone really really means a diaspora just as in diaspora but this usage is way more unlikely but meaning diaspora*
Ooh no, sorry, not for me.
diaspora* isn’t a special character such as , © or the others. It’s a brand. And I don’t think we should ‘force-brand’ on use of that word. If people want to ‘brand’ the word when they use it relating to this project, they can add it if they want; but what is the harm in someone using the form ‘Diaspora’ (capital D, no asterisk)?
As you say there are other use-cases from this word. It is a loan-word from ordinary language, after all, and it would definitely be inappropriate to ‘force-brand’ the word in a phrase such as ‘the African diaspora’ or ‘the Diaspora [of Jewish people]’ in a post.
There is already no need to escape the asterisk after ‘[Dd]iaspora’ or ‘[Dd]’ as a whole word, so it’s easy to add the asterisk if you want to without a risk of messing up formatting. I really don’t think we should force the asterisk on anyone who didn’t intend to use it.