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1-22-2010 @ 3:25PM
This column gets pasted into my guild's forum. Just in the past week, I've had two guild members ask how to report someone for racist comments and others have asked how to put someone from another server on ignore, again for comments. None of us could remember how to add someone from another server. I, personally, have not run into this but I know a number of guild members have. While someone can scream loudly about "Free Speech", we need to remember that WOW is a "closed" environment. Because it's not the same as dragging a soapbox to the corner of 1st Avenue and Main Street, Blizzard has made the rules under which we must abide to play this game. When we click "Accept", we agree to abide by those rules. Those rules say no hurtful language is tolerated. I know, for a fact, Blizzard has a no tolerance policy. One of my guild members named his bank alt for an herb. But, in another language, that word is one of the worst things you can call someone. Someone, who knew, complained. Although he protested to the point of pulling up a dictionary and quoting directly from it and saying he would have no way of knowing the word meant something else in this dialect, Blizzard would have none of it. He was banned for 3 days and forced to change the toon's name. He did not argue against changing the toon's name. He happily picked something else. He just argued against the ban but lost anyway. No, I will not tell you what it is so don't ask.
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