The company started moderating the character names of the video game as kids started using slurs when choosing their characters' names.

Is "moderating character names" grammatical? Is it idiomatic? What's a better way of saying this?

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Yes, "moderating character names" is exactly the right term to use in this context.

For web sites, online games, etc, the word moderate has a specialised meaning: you can read more about it on this Wikipedia article. The article defines it as:

... monitoring and vetting user-generated content (UGC) for social media platforms of all types, in order to ensure that the content complies with legal and regulatory exigencies, site/community guidelines, user agreements, and that it falls within norms of taste and acceptability for that site and its cultural context.


The phrase 'moderating character names' is fine for use here. It should help to alleviate situations of use of unsavoury names.

From Google Dictionary,

moderate verb /ˈmɒdəreɪt/ 1. make or become less extreme, intense, rigorous, or violent.

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