Jun 26th 2007 4:16PM @119 re: "Ad Hominum"
None of us are ADVOCATING the use of the word, we are merely attempting to provide an explanation and argument as to why we believe that far-reaching and overhead policy should not treat the term as hate speech. I believe that we all stand by the fact that as compassionate and understanding people we are not out to offend or harm anyone in our speech, yet we do feel stifled in theory when it is suggested that our support for people who use the word "rape" in an acceptable context without having their accounts banned.
Of course I believe (and I believe that I speak for almost everyone here) that if something is bothering you, show courtesy and respect to the who one who has offended in the same way in which you wish for them to show courtesy and respect to you.
The /ignore command exists for a reason, if someone offends you please use it. I know I do all the time.
Again, I am not in any way advocating the use of the word "rape," merely defending those who do (correctly) under the same guise of courtesy you wish to be shown.
Jun 26th 2007 3:15PM @105
"If it's "just a word" and "no big deal", then why are you so rabid when someone asks you to please stop using it? If it's truly "just a word", then it should be "no big deal" for you to show a modicum of empathy and stop using it."
Exactly. No reason to make sweeping community regulations concerning it.
Jun 26th 2007 1:57PM I don't believe that any of the intelligent posters in this thread who are miffed at the moral posturing of a minority are ADVOCATING the use of the word.
I believe that the point that we despicable people are all trying to make is three-fold:
A) It is possible to offend people via language
B) It is not the moral imperative of Blizzard to regulate non-hate speech
C) People are fully equipped to /ignore players in order to fulfill the social gaming experience they wish to have.
Let's not fix a system that isn't broken. We're not making pledges to use the word "rape" at least six times a day, we simply have faith in individuals' abilities to click their mouse on the "ignore" button.
Jun 26th 2007 1:22PM Let's extend out much-lauded concept of tolerance to include things that we may not find appropriate, yet which hold little to no destructive intent. While I personally do not use such language (I just don't, and hardly curse in general) I do believe that the stronger individual is the one who resists antagonizing the individual who utters something one can find "offensive." The targeting of those who we disagree with is paramount to the initial speech in the first place.
Let's set an example in our own behavior, and allow those who wish to be jerks a prime spot on our exalted "ignore" list.
Maybe blizzard should allow reporting when players /spit on each other, eh?
Jun 15th 2007 10:28AM I'd have to assume that this a strategically placed drainage pipe which through a series of complex tunnels, portals and demonic slave labor, allows Blizzard to keep the barrens free from flooding.
What flooding, you may ask? Ever wonder how many tears are shed by frustrated and insulted toons down there? Yeah, all that liquid needs somewhere to go...
Jun 14th 2007 9:23AM Let's think about two numbers for a moment. And this isn't anything scientific, only an observation.
Halo2 hit 2mil unique users over live a few months back.
WoW has 8.5mil, even adjusted for farmers, etc, that's still 3/4 times the number that one of the most popular FPS console shooters has.
I'm not too worried, and I have a feeling this post is prematurely crying wolf.
Jun 13th 2007 7:55AM I wish I knew if any of my old guild buddies from AOL NWN were still around...
Jun 11th 2007 10:03AM "Come on Lemmy, we have to ask someone which boat goes to Stormwind..."
Jun 4th 2007 12:46PM @11
Burning a crucifix on someone's lawn is shock value? Jeeze, that sounds a lot more like threat, harassment and a slew of other illegal activities.
Call me old fashioned, but I remember days back in (AOL) NWN when the very notion of a guild/team named anything other then something (even thinly) RP-based was unheard of.
While I agree that the initial post is "wishy-washy" it is attempting to spark conversation by not taking a hardline stance.
Sadly, we're not going to see "better" names because, for Blizzard, the sort of RP-naming that is truly called upon for a Swords and Sorcery RPG is a thing of the past. These names should be stricken for the fact that they target a certain group hatefully (with the exception of "Jesus had a Soulstone, THAT is clever and innocent) and, PC be damned, I think we're all intelligent enough to realize that we can do without this sort of childishness.