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Dec 06

What is Blizzard doing to curtail bad behavior in their playerbase?

As I was reading through some of the forums I stumbled across a post on WoW insider about Blizzard’s harassment policy. While we don’t encounter it often, sometimes it does come up. I thought I would take the opportunity to remind everyone about our own guild policy.

Harassment won’t be tolerated in the Dogs of War. However there is a difference between harassment and ‘smack talk.’ The goal of this guild is to provide players with a friendly and helpful atmosphere where they feel like they can accomplish more in game than what they can do on their own. We will push you sometimes to go outside your comfort zone. We may ask you to change your rotation, and gear in a way you are not used to. We may drag you into a group or into playing PvP when you’re used to PvE. We might even bug you to talk to us in vent. Give it a try and don’t take things too seriously (see rule 1 of the in game guild rules.) All of it is meant to build the team and to help you grow as a player.

There will be times that tempers will fray when we can’t down a boss, or keep losing in arenas and someone will say something you don’t like. That’s ok. It’s part of human nature. Let it go, take a break, and come back to it. The game will always be here and we won’t force you to do something you don’t want to. We may whine about it but that’s only because we want you to play 😉

If you feel uncomfortable or offended by someone’s language or behavior, please tell them. If you are uncomfortable doing so, Let me or Nost know so that we can deal with it. That’s what we’re here for. If it’s something we have done or a policy that really bugs you, tell us! We won’t get offended and we won’t kick you out of the guild. We welcome feedback on what you want to see and welcome your ideas on how to make things better. This is your guild as much as ours.
With that said, here’s the post I found on WoW insider:

 

Harassment is a serious issue, and we’ve dedicated significant resources toward dealing with it. In fact, we have a large support team, and we’ve (comparatively) recently implemented faster tools to deal with harassment.

If you’re experiencing harassment in-game, there are a few steps to take.

  • Don’t respond, or get involved in an argument. Stooping to using language that violates our policies simply opens yourself up to suspension, and doesn’t accomplish anything. Seriously, don’t do it.
  • Use right-click Report on their name next to any lines of text that contain offensive language–the appropriate category should be Language.
  • Use /ignore to close the lines of communication.
  • If your harasser by-passes the /ignore feature and contacts you on an alternate character, immediately place that character on ignore, then open a support ticket to report Ongoing Harassment, and include that phrase, as well as the offending player’s name, realm, the exact phrase that they used to harass you and that they by-passed the /ignore feature to do so. Please be detaled, our Support team works hard, but they aren’t wizards. Mostly.

On the forums, just mouse-over the offending post, then click the ‘downvote’ hand, then select the ‘Report’ option.

You won’t receive notification when another player receives any kind of disciplinary action due to our privacy policies, but rest assured that we like to make sure that everyone is on the same page regarding what constitutes acceptable conduct in-game.

 

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