Although I am on hiatus, I continue to receive likes and comments from the community, for which I am grateful. However, this morning I woke up to a like from an account with a blatantly racist name. I reported the account, hoping that the staff will conduct an investigation into the matter.
However, through discussion with another user, I learned that these kind of accounts are widespread. In fact, one can type the first 4 letters of any racial epithet, and a user name matching it or some variation will appear. Folks, there are hundreds of them. Some are really obscure and only used in white supremacist circles, or antebellum period pieces.
Needless to say, this needs to be addressed in a swift and decisive manner.
I recommend running a select query on the user tables with a “like” query, including some of these epithets, and replacing them with a placeholder name and a warning.
Moreover, I believe some sort of prophylactic measure should be implemented to prevent future ability to choose names like these.
Going back into hiatus mode,