I just went into an answer to a question (for the second time on Music.SE, if I remember correctly) and deleted blatant vulgarities. (The question in question)
My thinking was that we want people to be able to do a web search, come across this site in the search results, come here, and find an answer or at least more information without being hit with such language. As such, I felt that the borderline abuse of my edit powers and slightly changing the intent of the paragraph in question was justified. I also thought that it should be done right away rather than wait for a higher-level moderation process to take place.
Was my thinking correct? Should we jump in and edit out blatantly offensive language as soon as possible? I think I preserved the intent of the passage even though I deleted entire words. I thought about replacing offensive words with other symbols or something, would that be preferred to deletion?
Or should we flag and wait?