quoteMany US players know about the magic that is the RP Moon Guard server, specifically in Goldshire. It is always full, and when I say always I mean always, of erotic roleplaying.This topic is not a new one, and we know it's a concern for our players and our player-parents. We hear perennial complaints about spots in our game where this activity is said to take place, and Moon Guard Goldshire appears in that list with some regularity.
Often the public assumption is that unless a GM appears with a crack of lightning and a mighty hammer, Blizzard is turning a blind eye.... this is very much not the case, so I'm hoping to shed a little more light on this topic from Blizzard's perspective.
For reference, the In-Game Harassment Policy:
It's our goal (and in our interests, obviously), to present a safe and accessible environment for play. While defining "offensive" behavior can be subjective, the policy linked above reflects our working definition, and our intent to keep certain types of offensive behavior from affecting the play experience.
With millions of players in hundreds of servers and thousands of channels, it is impossible to manually monitor everywhere. To this end, World of Warcraft provides features to help players protect themselves and help us moderate accordingly:
- Profanity/obscenity filter to automatically intercept the most obvious offensive language
- The ability to report any player violating the rules
- Ignore functionality to remove individuals from appearing in chat
No single one of these, by itself, is always sufficient. It's critical to understand the rules we're enforcing, and where they apply. Relevant to this case, whisper chat between two consenting individuals, guildmates, etc is not an area we are out to pro-actively police. Any offensive in-game behavior needs to be reported in order to receive the right followup.
"Punish in Private"
Some posters on this thread have suggested that Blizzard ignores those reports. From several years as a manager for our call centers, I can promise you that we take action routinely.... because they call us. Or they email us. Sometimes there's blame placed on a roommate or sibling, sometimes an account thief committed the offense, etc. The point is that players appeal because players receive actions. You won't see it happen.... well, unless it happens to you. Otherwise you can only decide whether you will take our word on it.
Okay, what now?
Members of our CS team will 'patrol' Goldshire on Moon Guard on a regular basis, and take appropriate action for individuals violating the Harassment Policy. Note that this pertains primarily to public messages (/say, /yell, General) and unsolicited whispers. We won't be showing up with that mythical crack of lightning-- we'll just be watching silently for any rule-breaking language and following up privately with the player[s] in question.
quote ThelovebugI disagree. Telling someone not to play wow to avoid explicit sexual content in a public channel is like saying if you dont want to see people having sex on the produce don't shop at that store. We have laws to keep that stuff away from public view. And if blizzard wishes to enforce their own policies against it, then by all means. Their is no reason they can't do that crap in whispers.This is world of warcraft. If you allow your child to play this, you know you're going to be exposing your child to cursing, harassment, and a lot of sexual themes. I don't see anything wrong with erotic RPing. If you have a problem with it, cancel your subscription to WoW or shut up about it. It's ridiculous to punish players for having a little mature fun on what's supposed to be a mature game. It's rated Teen, and by 13, I already knew about s*x (new here. not sure what's allowed and what's not, but since it's on subject, I hope they cut me slack? Idk.) and that was in school they taught it. So unless you're trying to shelter your child (Which is a bad idea), I suggest shutting up about it. It's not killing anyone and if nerds want to get off to pixels, let 'em! I was sheltered. I am now a potsmoker who drinks whenever handed a bottle. I break laws most people don't dare to. I wasn't let out of the house onto the porch because my mother thought I was going to be kidnapped. But I digress. My point in all this being? Just let the kid see it. He's going to watch porn at some point. You parent's aren't so worried about that. So why worry if your child is talking dirty pretending to be a 25 yr old babe? Same as pr0n. pr0n is worse, actually! Because you see the actions. So tl;dr is.. don't shelter the kid. he'll grow up like me. i'm 19 and Idk where my life's goin. Don't make your kid turn into where i am today. That's no way to live. Trust me. Not to mention that there's an ignore and mature language filter feature. so. sorry for not sympathizing with blizzard but they are being unreasonable. if you don't want your kid exposed, don't give him the tools to do so.
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