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So I'm curious on what the community thinks about the latest hot question being edited

From

Have there ever been 25 or more stars on Wonder Woman's panties?

To

Have there ever been 25 or more stars on Wonder Woman's satin tights?

The edit really doesn't make sense. Wonder Woman has a skimpy outfit that has multiple parts that really don't have their own words, apart from their underwear counterparts (which is essentially what she wears). And the title is mirroring the language used in the reason for the question in the first place. But, most importantly, Wonder Woman doesn't wear tights. And in the limited places the character has not worn the traditional suit... there's no stars.

So... are panties too racy for SF? Do we revert it back? Or do we try another word?


Current title:

Have there ever been 25 or more stars on Wonder Woman's "panties"?

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    Those aren't panties. That's the lower half of a bodysuit – Valorum Jun 9 '17 at 1:30
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    We could call it a suit for that matter. But the current edit invalidates what appears to be the intent of the author. The question here is is the word itself inappropriate? – Machavity Jun 9 '17 at 1:34
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    Are you asking whether the word is inappropriate or whether the question has been edited inappropriately? As the comments have pointed out, the term "satin tights" is actually part of the established canon to describe her outfit... – Valorum Jun 9 '17 at 1:37
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    Is the word panties inappropriate? If it's not, the question has a legitimate reason to use that specific term. And I'm not sure the lyrics from a TV show theme count as canon (if you read the full lyrics, it's pretty clear they picked that term so they could rhyme with it). – Machavity Jun 9 '17 at 1:42
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    I think you either use the canonical term, or something a little more appropriate, because her bottoms just aren't panties, panties are a form of undergarment, and the OP was definitely not asking about WW's undergarments. As Valorum pointed out it's the bottom half of a body suit, or a tankini. – Edlothiad Jun 9 '17 at 1:43
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    @Valorum The question uses panties because the rap video uses panties. The edit implies the word is inappropriate. Nothing unclear about that. If you want to have a terminology discussion we can have one. But this isn't my terminology we're debating either (nor my preferences) – Machavity Jun 9 '17 at 2:40
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    @Machavity - The "intent" is for the OP to learn about the stars on the lower half of her outfit, not to use the word panties. The specific language used is largely irrelevant. – Valorum Jun 9 '17 at 6:54
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    @Valorum: I disagree. The question is clearly motivated by the lyrics in the ERB rap -- otherwise why 25 stars as the cutoff. It should use the same term as the source of motivation. – ThePopMachine Jun 9 '17 at 14:57
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    To weigh in on the term and not the debate of intent, no, the term panties shouldn't be too racy, although given our usual maturity level, any given question about them may be and should be evaluated on their own. – Radhil Jun 9 '17 at 14:58
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    I posted that question. I don't care either way. I find the discussion it has generated hilarious. – EMBLEM Jun 9 '17 at 18:11
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    She's essentially wearing an altered version of what ballerinas wear when they're practicing - the leotard-thingie without the tutu around it. So what is that kind of outfit called? Also, I have no idea what "ERB rap" is being referred to - I thought "I see Paris, I see France, I see Wonder Woman's underpants" (or however it goes) was a children's rhyme from way back. – Omegacron Jun 9 '17 at 18:31
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    The real-world term is "hot pants" or "short shorts". – user14111 Jun 10 '17 at 1:46
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    Uh, guys? The bottom part of a bikini is also called panties. Like every single other word in every single language in the known universe, panties has more than one meaning. – Martha Jun 13 '17 at 6:22
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    @Omegacron A leotard without a tutu is called a leotard. – wizzwizz4 Jun 18 '17 at 17:47
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    @Martha I've only ever heard "bikini bottom" for it. – Matt Gutting Jun 20 '17 at 17:44
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It should use the original title containing the word "panties".

The question is clearly motivated by the lyrics in the ERB rap -- otherwise why use 25 stars as the cutoff. It should use the same term as the source of motivation.

As an alternate middleground, I might suggest the word could be placed in quotes.

Justifications of why the quotes are appropriate:

  1. It is a quote from the rap.
  2. There is a very good argument they are not actually panties.
  3. It acknowledges that the usage is potentially contentious.

RESOLVED

In accordance with the 12-0 vote as of this moment, I'm going to take the honour of editing the original question.

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    I like the suggestion of quotation marks. I think it would allow the title to use the relevant wording while also showing that it's being used in a technical way rather than being vulgar or immature. – BiscuitBaker Jun 9 '17 at 15:57
  • Six upvotes, no downvotes in an hour. – ThePopMachine Jun 9 '17 at 16:12
  • @BiscuitBaker I actually think the quotes would make it seem more taboo – DCOPTimDowd Jun 9 '17 at 16:18
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    @DCOPTimDowd: Quotes are appropriate for three reasons: (1) it is a quote from the rap, (2) there is a very good argument they are not actually panties, (3) it acknowledges that the usage is potentially contentious. – ThePopMachine Jun 9 '17 at 16:24
  • @ThePopMachine I was speaking in general terms, since the question is whether 'panties' is a racy term for this site, rather than canonical. Normally when people see a word in quotes, it's implied that something about it is questionable. – DCOPTimDowd Jun 9 '17 at 16:32
  • @DCOPTimDowd - That's a separate question. You have to ask them one at a time. – Valorum Jun 9 '17 at 18:44
  • @Valorum Huh? I'm not sure what you mean. – DCOPTimDowd Jun 9 '17 at 19:02
  • @Valorum I'm not asking any questions. And you're first example is the one being asked by the OP, which is what I was addressing in my earlier comment. – DCOPTimDowd Jun 9 '17 at 19:12
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    @DCOPTimDowd - Sorry, I thought I was addressing the OP – Valorum Jun 9 '17 at 19:27
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    An alternative to quotes would be to add [sic] to the end. – JAB Jun 9 '17 at 22:07
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    In light of the 12-0 vote as of this moment, I'm going to take the honour of editing the original question. – ThePopMachine Jun 9 '17 at 23:24

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