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8-12-2011 @ 12:16PM
I actually heard someone use the word "faggot" in public the other day. It was really quite jarring. It's honestly not something you see every day. These guys are right...there's a huge difference between keeping your kid in a bubble and putting them in a situation where anti-social behavior seems acceptable or the norm. If we're going to turn this into a real life argument, then I ask this: If you were standing in line at the store, and someone called their cashier a "nigger" because they were checking them out too slowly, would you honestly just "/ignore" the situation and think to yourself, "Oh, that's just life." I would hope not. I would hope you'd be shocked, speak up, and cheer when that person was kicked out of the store and told never to return.It's silly to suggest that the behavior in-game could or should be considered some kind of preparation for real life. It's also silly to suggest that a parent can't have their own timeline in mind as far as how early they think their kid should be exposed to some of the harsher realities of life.As far as solutions go, I always, always try to have at least one ticket open at all times. Those idiots who spout racism, aggressive profanity, or other hate speech think it's OK partly because nothing ever happens to them.The simple truth is that we, as a community, have allowed this stuff to become rampant. People, so often, shout empty threats of "REPORTED!" to people in an attempt to scare them out of their behavior, but fail to realize that this only encourages it when punishment fails to actually materialize. Next time you see someone /yelling the n-word, take 10 seconds out of your day and put in a quick ticket.Blizzard won't tell you what they do to these people, but I can tell you with fairly great certainty that they do action them. Blizzard's new system keeps records of all your tickets on battle.net. I recently went through and armory'd all the people I've put tickets in about, and with very few exceptions, all of these people could be seen getting achievements and looting purples on a daily basis until a sudden 1-3 day gap in their play starting on the same day my ticket was answered. In one case, the player's activity stopped altogether.Ignoring is fine, I guess, but keep in mind that this doesn't help the community get better. Actually teaching these miscreants that there are consequences for their actions is much better for everyone in the long run.
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