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BioWare rethinks policy on homosexuality

Forum rules change, man apologises.

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BioWare has changed its mind about letting users of the Old Republic forum post terms referring to homosexuality.

Until yesterday, words such as "gay" and "lesbian" were banned on the forum. Community manager Sean Dahlberg posted that this was because "these are terms that do not exist in Star Wars".

The internet went bonkers, and BioWare has since decided to stop filtering the words. Dahlberg has issued an apology on the forum.

"My intention was not to demean anyone but simply to help promote a community that could discuss topics in a mature fashion," he wrote.

"When I first built the word filter list, I added a variety of terms to the word filter that have been used numerous times in derogatory messaging. There were some words added to the filter that should not have been."

Dahlberg went on to say there was "never any intent to limit discussion", but conceded, "I have overstepped my boundaries in my original statement and I sincerely apologise for doing so."


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