Originally Posted by DLSDO
Alright. I know this is a really stupid question that everyone knows the answer to but me but oh well here it goes...........
Why does everyone blockout the names of the companies?? D*, E*, C* etc
PS. Please don't attack
Scott is correct, as to the current use of *'s. As members join forums, and see the use, they naturally presume there's a reason, and follow suit.
Years ago, when BBS (bulletin board systems) began, it was considered outside the ethics of posting to use proper nouns...a person's name, or name of a company, etc., in a post. The forums were much smaller then, and only the regular members would know, who or what, the poster was referring to.
It was unheard-of to post your true-given name in any public forum. Thousands of posts, I signed, K*.
The asterisk is also used to emphasise a word, as in, "the picture had *great* quality."
Currently, the D*, C*, etc., is used out of habit, or simply because it is faster to type.