Change MapleStory's Bad Word Filter sign now

We, players of MapleStory Global, MapleStory South East Asia, and MapleStory Europe, demand that the bad word filter that has been present in the game software for many years be replaced with a bad word filter appropriate for our writing systems.

Under the current implementation of the bad word filter, entire messages are blocked from being sent if the software finds one or more instances of a filtered sequence of characters. The matching system is designed so that the sequence of characters cannot appear anywhere in the text of messages entered by players. Words that begin with, end with, or contain the filtered sequence of characters are considered bad words. Additionally, the bad word filter ignores spaces, so words that contain the sequence of characters when combined are also considered bad words.

The current implementation of the filter was appropriate in the earlier versions of the game, MapleStory Korea and MapleStory Japan. Since the writing systems of the local languages use a large number of characters and spaces aren't significant, there was a low chance of filtered words colliding with words used in normal conversation. However, the writing systems used in MapleStory Global, MapleStory South East Asia, and MapleStory Europe utilize fewer characters and separate words with spaces, so there are many more opportunities for collisions.

As is, the bad word filter is a hindrance to communication between MapleStory players, especially in the Global version. From day one, players were unable to say the words "cash item" (shit), the term NEXON uses to refer to the virtual items sold in its cash shop, "mini game" (niga) or "document" (cum). Since the most recent update to the Global version, the words "Christ", "tit", and many more were added to the list of filtered words. Because of the way the filter was designed, words such as "Christmas", "Christopher", "Christina", "title", "repetitive", and others are blocked. Additionally, simple and common phrases such as "bought it", "get it", "got it", and "about it" can no longer be used. These latest additions have complicated communication in the game and future additions have the potential to complicate things further.

One way to improve the way text is matched against the list of bad words is to specify whether each entry should filter words that begin with, end with, contain, or are exact matches. Additionally, a list of exceptions, words that can never be filtered, should be added. These technologies have been used in many applications for over a decade. Combined, they can enable a more powerful but less obnoxious bad word filter when used responsibly.

In January NxJoeW, Community Relations Leader of NEXON America, informed us that fixing the bad word filter was a low priority at the time (URL: It is unacceptable for it to remain a low priority any longer. We deserve a quality gaming experience from the leaders in online games. The bad word filter needs to be fixed immediately.

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  • 24 February 20161000. Kafei Vance
    MapleStory Version MapleSEA Nexon, if you wish to earn money, I suggest you give maplers more appealing things to them.
  • 17 February 2016999. Llamas Shelton
    MapleStory Version BlueDecade It's ridicolous, everything comes out censored, You can barely talk.
  • 27 January 2016998. Pat H
    I support this petition
  • 26 January 2016997. Pieolence Pope
    MapleStory Version GMS we can't even say Petition in game any more...
  • 22 January 2016996. Bladedude Cordova
    MapleStory Version Global The swear filter sucks i cant type a whole sentence without that thing going off.... )_)
  • 20 January 2016995. Rabidmoon Peck
    MapleStory Version gMS Props
  • 18 January 2016994. Ailpoison Kane
    I support this petition
  • 10 January 2016993. Patrick D
    I support this petition
  • 09 January 2016992. Caroline Norris
    MapleStory Version Global This filter is going to nowhere. You need like 5 tries to say something if the first time didnt work. There is too many sentences you cant say
  • 05 January 2016991. Gab Olsen
    MapleStory Version GMS Cant type anything anymore :[
  • 04 January 2016990. Wizet Gallegos
    MapleStory Version MapleStory Global I want Wizet!!! Not N(oob)EXON
  • 04 January 2016989. Sebastian Gray
    MapleStory Version Global The filter needs to be fixed!
  • 02 January 2016988. Jessica W
    I support this petition
  • 25 December 2015987. Max Mckinney
    MapleStory Version Global Maplestory Please change this, Nexon. It really bugs us, probably more than hackers. I mean, what good is playing hacker-less Maplestory if you can barely communicate to friends?
  • 16 December 2015986. Jason Best
    I support this petition
  • 13 December 2015985. Electricer Bush
    MapleStory Version global plz fix the filter, nx overdid it
  • 03 December 2015984. Angry Fatasiand
    MapleStory Version GMS im so angry i can fire lazer beams out of my p'enis
  • 02 December 2015983. Xaznbndtx Schmitt
    MapleStory Version Global i cant even say "hi pts in savage"
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  • 26 November 2015981. Bob Mccarty
    MapleStory Version Global The filter is stupid.
  • 25 November 2015980. Rafi S
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015979. Desiree B
    MapleStory Version GMS The filter is insane. You should also remove "gay" from the filter, since you can say "straight". Someone's sexual orientation is not a curse.
  • 23 November 2015978. Nionknght Rowe
    MapleStory Version Global Can barely even talk to people anymore -_-.
  • 21 November 2015977. Jonathan Powell
    MapleStory Version MapleStory Global (GMS) Nexon has gone overboard with the Swear Filter.. -_-
  • 21 November 2015976. Paperfans Deleon
    MapleStory Version gMS This is a TERRIBLE feature. Why cant I say the words Jewish, Japanese, or even petition? Please fix it. People are threatening to quit.
  • 21 November 2015975. Ray Walsh
    MapleStory Version GMS sucks
  • 18 November 2015974. Steph Foley
    MapleStory Version global i quit ms...but...anyways...wizet...if u want ms to be it

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NEXON America Co., Ltd., AsiaSoft Online Pte, Ltd., NEXON Europe Limited, and NEXON Korea Co., Ltd.


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