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5-21-2010 @ 9:44AM
This is a notice that we’re making changes, in attempts to break the ability for the Free Speech Party to continue functioning. For those unaware, this group allows citizens to meet together and discuss what is wrong with our government, which can then be shared with others who are also in the group. In some cases this manifests itself through rallies/conventions/revolutions in the world, but more popularly is used to give a voice for those who disagree with us.We’re making this change for two reasons. The potential undermining nature of the group and/or changing the government is not intended and not something we will allow. Groups held by the citizens are never intended to interact with the government itself. This is mirrored in our stance and restriction of free speech and personal rights. The second reason is that it removes too much player patriotism and gives people the ability of decision-making when it comes to our government. While some other groups also work to this end, we find that the Free Speech Party and the act of rallies against the government simply goes beyond what we’re willing to allow.The change we’re making in attempts to break the functionality is light in its touch and approach. When blocking any functionality we run the risk of affecting other groups, but we’ve targeted the changes as carefully as possible. If we find that the Free Speech Party group (or any group attempting to replicate its functions) are meeting after these changes we will take further, more drastic steps.--------------------THEY CAME FIRST for AVR,and I didn't speak up because I didn't use AVR.THEN THEY CAME for Deadly Boss Mods,and I didn't speak up because I didn't use DBM.THEN THEY CAME for Grid,and I didn't speak up because I didn't use Grid.THEN THEY CAME for meand by that time no one was left to speak up.While this is a drastic comparison, it serves to illuminate the issue. Free Speech is not just limited to words, or causes. It extends to art, and expression. Does AVR make the game too easy? Perhaps. But where do you draw the line? At what point does a mod get banned because it takes away from the challenge of the game, and at what point does a mod get banned because the powers in charge fear change or power within their communities hands?AVR is not hacking the game. It is simply allowing players to draw on the game field to help react to boss encounters. How is this different than Power Auras? How is this different than BigWigs making your screen flash and shake? Where is the line? If we don't stand up for basic freedoms of speech, we give up all our rights as players of this community.
5-21-2010 @ 10:46AM
This isn't about Freedom of Speech. Stop trying to distort the argument with push button issues.And you want to know where the line is drawn? It's drawn around the space where it comes to directly interacting with objects in the game. Which through various methods of interpolation is what AVR did.
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