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3-04-2011 @ 12:32PM
I think the turning point where the OP and his/her fellow officers went from skeptical to straight out concerned was when they were confronted by the alleged creepy dude. I can understand, from an officer's POV, the necessity to remove someone due to their overall behavior or because their behavior was disrupting the guild/raid/game environment. Some players who are unceremoniously kicked-- both young and old-- have the tendency to guilt the GM/officer(s)/guild with, "But I'm depressed!" or "I've had a rough life!" or "I have this condition...!": stuff you can't possibly prove online and just adds drama fuel. A lot of times, the skepticism arises out of, "Well, why is this suddenly relevant when you made no indication of such things beforehand?"But despite all of that, that's no reason to dismiss the alleged danger to the person as "out of sight, out of mind." My guild has a strict "No Interaction" rule with black-listed ex-guildmates (e.g. those kicked for unsavory reasons). You can talk all the crap you want in /g so long as people tolerate it. But don't go and actively, for example, grief the person or-- in this case-- have disreputable conversations with them, especially when they're a minor. And since the alleged creepy dude is another (ex)guildmember, it crosses into officer/GM jurisdiction once again.I think the main concern of Powerless is making sure that (s)he has done everything they could to make sure nothing bad happens-- regardless of what they think of the young girl and the reasons they kicked her for. The absolute last thing Powerless and their guild want is to hear that some worst-case-scenario has happened and they're wondering, "Did we do everything we could to prevent it?" or the finger gets pointed at them for not doing enough to help. (I'm quite sure we've seen some extreme cases of parents blaming WoW communities, guilds, servers, et al for some mishap to their child before.) It's not hypocritical; they're more concerned citizens who feel that they're witnessing something bad and want to prevent it, or at least see if there is anything they can do further to prevent it.I hope this addressed what you were talking about, Frozenstar!
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