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9-30-2011 @ 8:20AM
::dryly::I learn a new meaning of the term "ad hominem" every day, it seems. Now it seems to mean "espousing political and social principles with which I disagree."How's this: I'm not a member of Wreck List, principally because I'm a roleplayer and that's the one thing they don't really do. Otherwise? I'm the Libbiest Liberal That Ever Libbed Liberally, High Queen of the Kingdom of Greater Liberality. When I selected my guild, I looked for two things: roleplaying focus, and an indication that I wasn't going to be spending my time surrounded by racist, sexist, homophobic asshats. I found that in my current guild, which is extremely roleplaying friendly and includes, in the very first paragraph of its guild bylaws, the following statement:"Selfishness, aggressiveness, flaming people because of gender/ethnic/racial/orientation issues, sexism, and disrespect to Guildmates are all signs of an attitude that the Guild does not condone.We do have a in-game channel and a voice chat system in place. Humor and friendly teasing are acceptable, and profanity is not prohibited. However, respect should always be maintained - genuinely offensive and abusive language, such as egregiously racist, sexist, or homophobic comments is not tolerated."These are not ad hominem personal attacks. These are descriptions of real-world behaviors that many guilds, not just explicitly liberal-progressive ones, find completely unacceptable, period, full stop. If that excludes those who practice such attitudes from membership in a given guild...well, frankly, that's the guild's right to reject such things from their communities and to call it what it is when they do it. Generic softheaded kumbayaism is all well and good but eventually you will have to decide what is and is not acceptable to you at a guild community level, and those principles will require specific definition and enforcement.
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