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2-02-2009 @ 1:39PM
The only questionable act from the officers was the use of an expletive to describe the member's behavior. But the use of the expletive was not an absolute wrong, it's questionable and may have been perfectly fine, as it's a relative sort of thing...If their guild "rules" are actually "don't be a " instead of "don't be a jerk" then actually saying, "right now you're being a is perfectly acceptable. The guild knows what the label means and the ground rules of what words are acceptable and not acceptable in guild discussions were set well ahead of time, just by having a rule saying "don't be a "...If the rules are truly "don't be a jerk" then yeah, maybe the expletive was out of line... but it would have been perfectly fine to call the guy out for being a jerk, it is what he was doing, it is the rule they were enforcing, don't have a rule saying don't be a then enforce it by describing something not in the rules, use the rules as written...But even if the rules weren't "don't be a " it might not be any problem using an expletive. Guild culture will ultimately dictate that. You can argue that name calling isn't acceptable, but then that seems to say that a rule like "don't be a jerk" isn't acceptable because it then requires the officers to call people jerks to enforce their rules, or it requires them to enforce a rule without citing the rule... Calling someone a jerk is calling them a name, maybe not as offensive as some, but that's getting into a game of degrees of offensiveness and takes us back to guild culture and considering how offensive it is "relative" to the guild culture...
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