Aug 16th 2011 1:16PM Regardless of the violent nature of their crime, to outright state that he must go if there are minors is discrimination based upon fear.
There are a myriad of other affecting factors that can and will decide if such a person should stay in the group, not limited to if the person is reformed and repentant, if there is a majority of minors, if there have been other issues with them in the group, so on.
To outright say that someone convicted of a crime against children should never be allowed to participate in a game with children is akin to saying that convicted car jackers should never be allowed to walk down the street near cars because "you never know".
Convicted criminals get a really bad attitude if they've done something horrible, and part of that is justified. What's not however is shunning them from the majority of things other people do and take for granted because they "might" fall back into their crime. People do make mistakes, and it's unfair to broadly give advice to shun them for their mistakes when any decent person should take things on a case by case basis. Caution is warranted, but the situation must be examined as it's own rather than giving sweeping instructions for any and all cases.
I've never bought into the hogwash that people can't be accepted back into society after a crime. It's hypocrisy. No matter what crime, people can move on. I'm not saying let them bathe your kids. I'm saying let them raid with you once a week for a couple hours. Unless there are other issues (which may or may not happen, but aren't always the aftermath of this sort of thing) you should focus on the game itself with your guild members. We should no more kick people for their criminal past than for being women or children or transgender. If there are issues with them as a guild member, it will become apparent, but those issues should not be based solely upon information found out by someone snooping into the past of someone trying to to fit in as part of the guild and not cause incidence.
Aug 16th 2011 1:44AM Unless you live in some US states where consent is 15 and up, unless the partner is a legal adult, and then it's somehow less consent unless the parents agree.
It's all very tricky. Minor doesn't always mean the same thing, just as sexual offender doesn't imply they are always the worst sort looking to commit crimes again.
Aug 15th 2011 8:02PM Are you the GM of the guild? Then you have a right to ask him to go, kicking him if he becomes belligerent. But, you do not have the right to kick him if you are the only one with a problem, particularly if your children are not the majority of the circle of friends.
If the group has accepted him, he has the right to stay. You do not. If you have a problem with him, perhaps you should leave because the group doesn't.
If the guild is made up entirely of your children, you have every right to keep it non-inclusive. But just because you're a parent doesn't mean you have the right to decide for other people's children.
I do think you should be shamed. Your comments and your response in the article make it seem that you believe you are High Grand Mama Chieftain, and no child anywhere will ever have to worry that a criminal might be in their group.
"About X's sex offender status: If you do have any minors in the guild, I think he has to go. Regardless of what adults do with the information, the underage members absolutely need to be protected."
Seriously? They're not your kids (usually). Your responsibility as a parent and as an adult only goes so far before you're crossing the line. Would you be okay if someone punished your child in the supermarket for you? If no, then why would you be ok if someone made a decision about your child's welfare in a virtual setting where you've already given your consent for them to play with adults. The GM didn't sign up to be a parent, and you agreed to allow your child play the game. It becomes the parent/legal guardian's responsibility to make the choice, not the GM's. The GM is there to lead the guild in game related matters, but you as a parent cannot tell the GM how they should do your job for you.
Not wanting to be friends or have him in close acquaintance is not the same as urging readers "If you do have any minors in the guild, I think he has to go.". That is attacking him. Urge caution, as you have done, but do not urge discrimination heedless of the acute and unique situation of the group.
Aug 15th 2011 7:38PM I'm really disappointed with Robin's remarks. The GM is not there to protect minors unless they are his children or legal responsibility. The parents or legal guardians of these minors are responsible. It is not his job to kick people from the guild because he's "protecting the minors" unless there is some problem OTHER than being on the list.
Those minors are just as much at danger from former graffiti artists, shoplifters, and credit frauders. If they're convicted, they've been punished. In the case of the sexual offender, they're continuing to be punished for something they ONCE did. You cannot, I repeat CANNOT make the assumption that they are continuing to be a sexual offender. They are on a list so that people with close physical proximity can make the decision if they are ok with it. Not so you can freak out and forbid them from being able to raid if they've never done anything wrong in the guild. If your kid is in the guild with them, have you kid leave the guild. You do NOT get to tell the GM to kick the person in question.
Criminals who have been punished have just as much RIGHT to be part of society as you do. You're not being harassed and kicked from guilds because you once told a lie. Those victims have had justice done, that's why the person is on the sexual offender's list. Sexual offense is no more a crime than grand theft auto, and you're allowed to uncomfortable by knowing the PAST of someone, but you're not allowed to DISCRIMINATE based upon it. Justice has been served, and unless it's your job to protect minors, you have no right to enforce continued discriminatory practices against someone who may simply be trying to be part of society and follow its rules again.
IF, and only IF, the person in question is an ill fit for the guild should you kick him based upon this information. That would include being unsociable, being abusive in conversation or otherwise. If the guild is made up on minors, and he is the only adult, ASK him to leave, and if people are uncomfortable, kick him. But do not blindly met out further justice on someone who is trying to reform and live within society. You are not authorized to do so, your peers have not given you the go ahead to act as the guardian of the society, and you have AGREED to live by the laws of your society which prohibit you from ATTACKING offenders on the basis that they "might be looking for more".
For shame Robin. Is this how you're raising your children? To be blind discriminatory sheep? Teach them that it's ok to live in a society with people who have reformed, otherwise they'll have no sympathy for anyone who does wrong. Including you.
Jul 27th 2011 1:11AM Thing is.. some of these people at my library do. They're there all summer on the same computer almost every day for most the day and they tend to have the same computer.
Or in other cases, public computers at some college housing setups. I've seen some nice apartments that provide computer lounges, and it's not impossible that you'd come in every night to play some WoW on the one in the corner.
Jul 26th 2011 10:23PM I'd imagine this would be helpful for people who mostly access from public computers such as in the library. Yes, they SHOULD be changing their IP daily when the computers are supposed to be shut down from the network, but does that always happen?
Having been to the library quite a bit lately to get things printed, there alot of people who practically live there and many of these computers are in pretty poor shape until the staff can run cleanup utilities. If I was in that situation I'd feel safer knowing that it'd ask me for my authenticator every time, rather than hoping. Just like I feel safer knowing that internet browsers don't save my password and login information without asking, because when I use a public computer I do NOT need to have that luxury performed.
Jul 24th 2011 2:10PM All playable races have armor skins mapped onto their skeletons. Even trolls and tauren have part of the shoes visible, because Blizzard probably wants people to be able to see those pieces of gear without inspecting.
Naga however would need to either change the way they do this (which might draw complaint about plate that moves like cloth) or simply not show them at all. Druids already complain that none of their gear shows up in bear or cat form, imagine an entire race that could start complaining about that.
Then we have mounts, which would require they go through and figure out how Naga mount them all, because most other races have a standard skeleton for mounts because of two legs. Sidesaddle would work, but that's alot of mounts to create where other races usually just fit in the slot. You've got to make sure the tail doesn't clip anything else if possible. Also, vehicles such as mechano-hogs, where does the tail go in the passenger seat?
Combine this with Blizzard bitching that not enough people use the barber shop as is, while they have hairstyles with glaring graphical errors. It's just not cost effective to make naga unless tons of people want them, and I doubt there could ever be enough.
Jul 24th 2011 2:01PM Some people buy the unique rocks.
So long as they're grey quality I wouldn't attribute anything more than love of collecting.
Jul 20th 2011 10:43AM When I was thinking up names for my Troll Druid, I asked my girlfriend to say things in Tauren so I could see how they look, not realizing how limited the language translation is in the game. So my name became Towa, as it was the most interesting one. We had some ideas about how my troll would have been saved by her tauren druid, and took up the class because of it.
It's now that I've researched that I find out Towa is the language of people living at the Jemez pueblo that's never written down, which I find very fitting because I'd imagine desert trolls being much like native peoples and I've always liked pueblo cultures.
Also.. Towa, because my toes show. Lol.
If I did it again I'd probably try and get the Indian name for Wukong from Journey to the West, since his style of fighting and magic reminds me alot of my feral druid.
Jul 20th 2011 10:28AM Most water in public places like these that isn't being maintained naturally with plant/animals will be blue or green because of chemicals.
You wouldn't want to drink it, but it's probably not any worse than the American theme park water which tons of people get doused in daily during the summer.