Blizzard announced yesterday in a Blue Post on the Customer Service forums that it would be policing certain ERP hotspots to actively enforce the RP server rules about OOC comments (specifically sexual, racist, and otherwise generally socially inappropriate ones) in /say, /general, /whisper, and /yell.
To which I say – YAY! Go them!
When is the team showing up in Feathermoon and all the other RP servers that have been dealing with this kind of shit since release?
Wait… they’re not?
Nothing so far says any of this will extend beyond Moon Guard. And truthfully, this is pretty great for Moon Guard, which has, rather sadly, seen an /increase/ in that kind of behavior, because some people on the internet are dicks. As someone who saw Feathermoon’s own public debacle (yar yar hump hump), it WILL calm down, give it a little time.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t make this some kind of great decision to patrol ERP hotspots and enforce the server rules on RP servers.
It means someone made a big loud fuss on on the forums, and the developers will now be “policing” Goldshire in Moon Guard.
It has nothing to do with the number of reports, the horrible emotes, racist comments, inane and mind bendingly inappropriate babble in /general, or the inappropriate and propositioning whispers that happen in Goldshire (and Silvermoon City) on all of the other RP realms.
There are currently six RP-PVP realms (Emerald Dream, Lightning Hoof, Ravenholdt, Maelstrom, Venture Co and Twisting Nether) and seventeen RP-PVE servers (Feathermoon, Argent Dawn, The Scryers, Blackwater Raiders, Cenarion Circle, Moon Guard, Sentinels, Sisters of Elune, Steamwheedle Cartel, Wyrmrest Accord, Earthen Ring, Farstriders, Kirin Tor, Scarlet Crusade, Shadow Council, Silver Hand and Thorium Brotherhood). Of those realms, five have been around since release – Argent Dawn, Feathermoon, Cenarion Circle, Earthen Ring, and Silver Hand, with Scarlet Crusade and Shadow Council releasing shortly after.
I’ve played on Feathermoon since shortly after release… and Goldshire has been a place I’ve actively avoided for RP since I started playing. It had a reputation back in the spring of 2005, before Moon Guard even existed. I’m sure other players on other RP realms can speak to the various dens of publicly aired sexual perversion and flagrant rule-breaking that happen on their servers as well.
RP griefing, ERP, and people flagrantly violating RP server rules have all been a problem since the beginning of the game.
I’ve reported countless players for inappropriate emotes, for names I can’t repeat in polite company, for standing naked on the table and dancing, for actively interrupting RP and being jerks about it, for saying and doing things that made me sick to my stomach. I’ve seen countless posts on the Feathermoon forums about inappropriate RP, about people emoting their particular flavors of sexy funtiems in public places, all of that.
So call me a naysayer (and I’ll accept the title this time) but I see this as a calculated move on Blizzard’s part to stem the tide of outcry (and also increased stupidity and harassment) that’s happened since the original post. Until this applies to more than just one area on just one realm, this isn’t some great victory for the RP servers to finally get the server rules enforced.
There are server rulesets for a reason.
Blizzard’s policy is that if someone is breaking those server rules, you submit a GM ticket.
It has become our job to police our own realms, by Blizzard’s own admission and, to some extent, rightly so – they can’t have GM’s everywhere all the time. Unfortunately, it seems that if someone makes a fuss and it goes viral, that’s enough to get a couple of GM’s to police one cesspool – even though similar cesspools (often in the same location!) exist on other servers, have existed on other servers for years, and have been reported, repeatedly and by countless people, for years as well.
This new revelation from Blizzard? Doesn’t change much of anything.
There’s not much other RP that happens in Feathermoon in Goldshire anymore. In fact, I think a good percent of the people who DO hang around in Goldshire are there to watch the train wreck, much as the original poster’s son and his friends were doing, and possibly to join in the “fun”. There’s not much consequence for a level 1 alt in a situation where there’s so much bad that one more voice makes little/no difference.
The rest of the RP just happens elsewhere.
Submitting a ticket is like using a teaspoon to stem a tidal wave.
It’s a good thing to do, as it’s really our only voice, and I still do it (as do most RPers I know), but ultimately tickets are not that effective against harassment. A GM report and an /ignore doesn’t remove the character who is naked and teabagging me from my screen, and it doesn’t prevent them from following me as I leave to go somewhere else to get away from them.
So forgive me if I’m not all that excited about this great new development from the Blizzard team regarding RP servers and harassment. I honestly don’t see that it’ll make much difference for anyone who doesn’t hang around Goldshire on Moon Guard.
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