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Drama Mamas: How to help an abused guildie {WoW}

Oct 31st 2011 10:16AM I'm a police officer, but the advice I'm offering is personal- based on my professional experience- rather than just professional. But without knowing all the nuiances in this case, I think it's a pretty safe bet to say there is no amicable break-up on the horizon of this relationship. She's going to have to sever all ties with her husband if she wants to be free of him. I'm pretty sure any court that will grant her a protection order will say the same thing- *especially* if there are no children involved for custody disputes.

That means between her and her husband, someone is going to *have* to leave the guild. That's just how it is. Because if she gets an order of protection and a court tells him to have "no contact" with her, then that includes in-game. Out of game Robin gives solid advice: call the domestic abuse hotline (or call your local courthouse) and they can give you local resources that will help get her free and clear of her husband.

Gold Capped: Making ridiculous sums of money on the auction house {WoW}

Feb 14th 2010 3:51PM I see the title of the article and I get all settled in, ready to read about alternative methods of making gold. And I only find it's an article that tells me about you (honestly don't care) and what your "about" to do.

What a waste. Here's hoping the next article will have substance. You've already failed to live up to your promise in the article intro.

Raimi tackling another movie before Warcraft {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2010 3:10PM I agree. I don't think a "live action" movie would do so hot.

I think a CGI version would fair better- at a minimum the same quality as the game cinematics. At best, something along the lines of Beowulf (or better, as I'm sure the technology by then will be).

Drama Mamas: We hate hate {WoW}

Jan 22nd 2010 4:55PM When it comes to PUGs, I live by these words: "It's better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

While I think reporting people every time you're offended is a little extreme, I'm not against it. If you have a thin skin, you need to stay away from the internet in general. However, if you ask someone to kindly STFU because something offends you, then they keep at it just to annoy you, then I think it's report worthy.

The beauty about PUGs is you CAN drop group and move on. You CAN use the ignore feature. So just do that, and get on with your life. It only matters if you care.

And, Robin, thanks for introducing me to the word "Monkeysphere"- I loved that article.

Officers' Quarters: Ultimatum {WoW}

Jan 18th 2010 2:54PM One man does not a loot council make. If it's your old buddy, then it's nepotism. There's a reason you feel guilty, it's called a conscious. You know what you did was wrong.

The whole idea behind a "council" is to prevent the very thing you want: your friend to give you preferential treatment. A council would be there to give balance.

However I agree with most everyone here that even if you had a proper loot council, the cold hard numbers are always fair. The dice didn't roll your way and so you threaten to pick up your ball and go home.

Unlike so many d-bags out there in WoW-land, however, it sounds like you learned a costly lesson. Nothing to do now but eat your humble pie and move on.

Man imprisoned on fraud and theft charges over account selling scam {WoW}

Jan 13th 2010 11:50AM Gotta remember, Dabaens, that usually when you see a mugshot, you are seeing that person at one of the worst moments in their life. They can't all be glamor shots.

Man imprisoned on fraud and theft charges over account selling scam {WoW}

Jan 13th 2010 11:49AM While it's certainly within Blizzard's right to obtain the victim's information (plaintiffs are in civil court, YMMV) and ban their account accordingly, it seems like it's an aweful lot of trouble for them to go through to lose $15 a month.

Rather than looking at it as the bad guy winning, look at it like badder guy losing. Two wrongs, in this case, don't make a right. I think if the guy wanted to really punish account-buyers, he'd report them to Blizzard rather than trying to get away with a few measly dollars.

Man imprisoned on fraud and theft charges over account selling scam {WoW}

Jan 13th 2010 11:22AM Another child that got left behind in basic civics class.

Rogue, there are two types of law: criminal and civil. Criminal law applies to crimes against the state and other people. Civil law, basically, deals with violations of contracts or agreements.

If I offer to sell you a WoW account and you agree, and then I take your money and give you nothing, then in many states that can be a criminal and civil matter. Criminal because I took your money under false pretenses (fraud) and civil because I violated a contract.

Violated ToS falls just under civil court, and it's usually up to the damaged party to file the case.

TLDR: Blizzard law does not equal criminal law.

Man imprisoned on fraud and theft charges over account selling scam {WoW}

Jan 13th 2010 11:17AM It never ceases to amaze me. Things that happen all the time in the real world bleed over into wow and there are clueless masses who get up in arms about "civil rights".

Frizzle, you say "privacy?" I say "Freedom of the press?". If you read the original article, it says the man is facing fraud charges. He is. It's fact. It's public record. Do you scream "privacy" when an alleged child molester's mugshot is put up on the 11 o'clock news?