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15 Minutes of Fame: Progressive guild thrives under uncommon leadership team {WoW}

Sep 30th 2011 11:26AM At one time we had a fair number of more conservative members. And most of them were pretty quiet about politics. But in the end virtually all of them chose to leave and form (or reform) other guilds which had very similar standards to ours, but were entirely apolitical. We still have very friendly relationships with these other guilds and there are quite a few people who have toons in both guilds. The only time I have ever kicked someone from the guild was for using explicitly racially or sexually offensive epithets or for causing undo drama. As an example, frequently in game and in real life, we hear people say, "That's so gay," as a put down. Another common ingame remark might refer to "raping" the opposing faction in a BG. While neither of these is a kickable first offense, the individual responsible should expect to have a long conversation with an officer about why such language usage is offensive to many members of the guild. For the record, I have never had to explain to a fellow progressive why the phrase, "That's so gay" is offensive. Does this mean that we we believe that all those to the right of us politically use this phrase as an insult? Absolutely not! Anyone who asserts otherwise is manufacturing drama here. However, in our collective experience, those that do so have always from the right side of the political spectrum.

The website Daily Kos is explicitly for partisan Democrats, and that's where many of us come from. The game is where we relax and play. We like playing Wow, and we like talking about current events from a liberal or progressive or Democratic Party perspective. When we are relaxing, we have no interest in debating the latest from Fox News. We're not a debating society. We're a bunch of Democratic and progressive activists who also play WoW. We are not denying anyone the ability to endorse any candidate or idea. However, if we wanted to play with people who do so, there are thousands of other guilds we could join. We want to talk the nuts and bolts of liberal politics while we play. If that's not your cup of tea, that's fine. Just don't take the fact that we exist as an attack on you personally.

So why do we "discriminate" against those on the right? We don't but just as in a guild for vegans or for cat lovers or for Christians, someone who wanted to talk about health benefits of eating meat or the superiority of dogs to cats or why atheism rocks, would end up causing drama, someone who wants to talk about how awesome Rick Perry is or how social security is a ponzi scheme would also end up causing drama. The main issue for us is one that will probably surprise many here. We find that when we know someone in the guild holds such views, we tend to censor ourselves so as not to offend said individual. But this is at cross purposes for the reason for our guild — to be able to comfortably talk about something that we believe in while playing a game we like. This is not to say that a person who doesn't agree with us politically is a bad person, but only that they would do better in a guild of foodies or animal lovers or a guild with no religious foundations. For this reason we are selective about who we admit.

Why is this such a hard concept to grasp?

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