New replacement: „diaspora*“


(Deus Figendi) #1

Hi folks,
diaspora* already replaces some characters, so <3 becomes and (r) becomes ® just as (c) and (tm) (© ™).

I suggest to replace diaspora and Diaspora by diaspora* (or diaspora\*) if there is no word-character before or after it.

Like in /\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*


(goob) #2

Ooh no, sorry, not for me.

diaspora* isn’t a special character such as :heart:, © 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.