This post is a follow up to Cutthroat Politics – True Colours Revealed
Shortly after I tweeted about my post last night I was contacted by someone from ArenaNet asking if I had screenshots that had names on the comments. I did and have passed them on so that the parties involved can be reported appropriately.
Some commenters on my original post feel my stance on this is over-reacting, but way back before Guild Wars 2 released there was this post (I’m sure there were 2 but I can’t find the other one) that outlined ArenaNet’s philosophy towards community.
Our ultimate goal is to create an environment that is respectful, welcoming, inclusive and friendly. We want to create a global community where people will feel at home, and an environment that will foster both creativity and collaboration.
The main goal is to be inclusive, not exclusive, to encourage collaboration between communities, and to generate an atmosphere that is helpful, friendly, and above all, respectful. There is an unfortunate tendency in some online communities to encourage behavior that is detrimental to the fun of a lot of players by allowing a rather toxic and unwelcoming atmosphere. We want to set a new standard and make the Guild Wars 2 community a mature, friendly, helpful and inclusive one that is recognized throughout the industry as being so. With that goal, we will ensure that both our game and our forums reflect our standards, and we will evaluate our support for communities based on the standards they enforce upon themselves. – Martin Kerstein
Bans following release backed this philosophy up. As does the Code of Conduct for the game (esp. 1 and 12). I don’t consider the behaviour exhibited yesterday to be inclusive or welcoming and I’m glad that ArenaNet share this viewpoint. One comment, idiots happen. Two, eh, report and move on. But that many… nope, not welcoming at all. So thank you folks at ArenaNet for tidying up your corner of the internet playground. Lets have the fun without the bullies.
Soon after all that happened, my tweet was retweeted by the Guild Wars 2 twitter account, which was a brave thing to do considering the controversial nature of what was being discussed and highlights their stance towards this behaviour. I don’t have figures as to how much traffic my site has had, but my original tweet been retweeted 36 times. Thank you to everyone who retweeted and favourited it.
I also received over 30 comments on that post within 20 hours, from the entire spectrum of possible responses. I’ve closed them now because I didn’t really feel like the discussion was going anywhere. Hardly surprising considering the horrible comment formatting and that this is not a forum. Also, the kind of comments that were being exchanged were just winding people up, which cements views rather than changing them. I will thank those who commented, regardless of your stance, for taking the time and effort to do so. You’ve highlighted the support that already exists and the need to keep on making gaming a more open and accepting place.
Maintaining perspective with these incidents is important. There are far more horrible and shocking things going on along this vein every day and these three stories in the last 48 hours are just the tip of the iceberg. But I don’t consider that a reason to let the minor things slip. I expect more from my fellow human and you should too.
As for this particular incident, well I’m done. It’s in the hands of the people who can do something about it. Time to move on and fill all this bank space I seem to have with more stuff!