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An extension of texting apps to charge the companion a small fee for every "illegal" word they use in chats

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Povilas S
Povilas S Jan 27, 2022
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A separate app or (better) an extension you can use with most texting apps that enables a betting game between users. The game is about not using certain words in chats. Whenever the rule is broken and the app detects "illegal" word, the one who used it is charged a small, predefined fee which instantly goes to the account of the other party.
The initial idea is about not using swear words, but such function could be used in many creative ways, from betting not to use filler words like um, eh, etc., to not using someone's ex-partner's name which still evokes hard feelings for the chat companion who recently broke up with that person (and so on).
Why?
  • Quit/weaken your bad verbal habits through a fun, challenging game.
  • Challenge someone else to quit their verbal habits, especially if they are annoying to you.
  • Become more self-conscious and train your determination.
  • Make some money in a fun way.
  • Such a game guarantees some fun at least for one, but most likely both participating sides. E.g., you can try to tease some swear words out of your companion. The companion can try to swear in funny "legal" ways, use weird abbreviations, etc.
Why text chats: It simply seems the easiest option to realize technically. You could use software to listen to people speak and try to identify forbidden words from speech, but it would be more complicated since written words are strictly defined by existing keyboard symbols and vocal sounds are way more diverse and harder to pinpoint. It could at least start as a texting game and maybe take other forms later, if it's successful.
How it works:
The words: The easiest way for the software to know which words are "illegal" in chats is for the participants to define those themselves. E.g. if I got enough of the frequent swearing of my companion, I'll probably know by hard all the swear words they use (or If not, I can scroll through chats to check), so I can write a list of those, then additionally include all the possible abbreviations and alternatives. Then I show the list to the companion for him/her to agree not to use any of those words and once we had a deal we submit the list to the software. The list can be checked at any point by both sides after the bet has started, but it can't be modified, unless the bet is stopped, restarted, etc.
The fee: The participants agree on a per-word fee that seems fair to both sides, then define it to the software in the betting rules, together with the word list.
The end of the bet: The easiest way to go about this is to set the time limit after which the bet is over, e.g. - one month. To have a safety switch on your money you could define a limit amount, which, when paid, ends the bet. Let's say you pay 10 cents for one forbidden word to your partner, once you paid 10 EUR, the bet is over. This could also work both ways - whoever swears more and first pays the limit amount, loses. Perhaps the best would be to combine the two - either the time is over or you paid the limit amount, whichever happens first, stops the bet.
The bet could also end on mutual consent, e.g. if both sides decide to change the rules, include more words, change the fee, etc. Or the rules could be changed by mutual consent without stopping the bet.
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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Jan 27, 2022
In my country, when texting, people often don't use diacritical signs some of the letters have so ć, č, ž, š, and đ turn into c, c, z, s, and dj. Relying on the context of the sentence to give meaning to the word that hasn't been written properly.
I would definitely want to propose this extension to some people I frequently text with so that they would get punished for not using the correct letters.
There would be more work for coding and it would have to be done in advance by a third party I believe. Just because you would have to put in all the words that have letters with diacriticals. Also, there are some words that would have to be exempt because their correct form looks like the incorrect form of another word with a different meaning - "sisao" and "šišao" for instance.
Yet I do believe that this could get implemented and promoted with the help of a branch of the government as there were some actions regarding propper writing in the past.
One could also blacklist english words, noting when they are used in the middle of a native language sentence.
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Michaela D
Michaela D8 months ago
If it makes you feel any better many Greeks text in greek with english letters (greeklish), so the whole alphabet is replaced. This not only doesn't make any sense, it also makes it slower to read.
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Povilas S
Povilas S8 months ago
Michaela D 😄 Are you from Greece? I suspect this is because people text both in English and Greek and it's easier to just have one alphabet always on than to switch every time.
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Michaela D
Michaela D8 months ago
Povilas S yes I am from Greece. It started because it was cool and we were using acronyms like "lol" "omg" etc so, yes, we wouldn't need to change the alphabet, as you said.
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Bet against yourself

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Feb 03, 2022
There could also be an option to run a bet against yourself. The money accrued can be a type of savings fund or could be sent to a charity of your choice.
This can be a good way to check on your own spelling/grammar/vocabulary or a fun way to drop a habit.
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An app that distorts every message you get with an "illegal" word

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Michaela D
Michaela D Jan 27, 2022
How it works
When you set up the app it notifies the contacts you choose that from now on every text that contains swear words, your ex's name, and everything else you decided is illegal will be distorted. It will be altered so much that you won't even know what the main text was about. You will only receive a random sequence of words or a specific sentence ex "Illegal content destroyed" or something funny that you set up. The same message will also be sent back to the sender so that they are reminded you didn't get the message.
Why
Even higher motivation than just paying 10 cents, if people want to contact you they have to do it right.
*It can stand alone or in combination with the betting version.
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Povilas S
Povilas S8 months ago
Why not just blur the illegal words instead of the whole message?:) I think it might be very frustrating not only for the sender but also for the receiver to get a message and have no idea what it was about. You might even reach out to the sender for clarification xD Then they might get angry and use even more swear words and this could go on for a while as a funny act xD
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Michaela D
Michaela D8 months ago
Yes, I did think about that. I'd say it depends on the person. For a bigger impact on the sender, you blur the whole message- like this, they will think twice before typing these words, as it really messes communication. If you just don't want to go so extreme you only blur the word.
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Povilas S
Povilas S8 months ago
Michaela D In the case where the entire message gets blurred, does the sender get to know exactly why their message was not read, which words they shouldn't use, etc.?
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