A few days ago my friend was apparently going to bed at 3pm. I asked her why she was going to bed at 3pm but it was in quotes so I wrote the question and "3pm" separate but it converted to "in the afternoon early".

Why does this happen in Roblox chat?

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    I don't play roblox but it seems that previously there was something called Safe Chat which would only allow you to type certain phrases, it's possible that there is a new system that replaces certain phrases (like time entries) with non-committal phrases like 'in the afternoon'. – Robotnik Apr 11 '17 at 3:00
  • @Robotnik I don't think this is an automatic replacement; your edit seems to be assuming a specific behaviour that doesn't exist. – Frank Apr 11 '17 at 4:06
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    @Frank - Fair enough, I'm not sure how else one would interpret "...I wrote the question and "3pm" separate but it was in quotes so I said "in the afternoon early..." as anything other than that the output (what he 'said') was different to what he typed ("3pm"). It certainly wouldn't be the first chat-bot which replaces known phrases with other text. If you know of something else that might cause this (or have a different interpretation) please let us know. – Robotnik Apr 11 '17 at 4:41
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    Automatic replacement is common as a filter type. It really does sound like you are describing that. – JMac Apr 11 '17 at 10:57
  • If I had to guess, it’s for child safety. Roblox is played by a lot of children, so I imagine they wouldn’t want adults telling kids a specific time to meet. – Stevoisiak Nov 25 '17 at 0:00

This is a custom filter created by whoever made the game you were playing. Roblox has never, and will never, manually replace what you said with something else except for hashes (#).

  • And, unless your stars are particularly well-aligned, the Roblox chat filter will change "3 p.m." into "#####", so it's to your advantage to write "early afternoon" instead (and hope that doesn't get changed into "##### #########"). That said, I've never met a Roblox game that even attempted to mess with the chat filters, because it's such an impenetrable moving target. – Martha Jan 16 '20 at 23:35
  • Aye, this is certainly an edge case, but an edge case is still very real. – Corsaka Jan 17 '20 at 8:36
  • Why do they censor times? – inakilbss Feb 16 '20 at 20:47
  • @inakilbss Could be used to derive timezone, and thus location. – Corsaka Feb 16 '20 at 21:28
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    @inakilbss Welcome to roblox! Enjoy your stay. – Corsaka Feb 16 '20 at 21:36

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