I will say from the beginning that I do not agree with harassment in any form, but equally I disagree with the use of harassment as a unprofessional front.After much thought, GM [Fugen], the new game manager came with a “Harassment Policy Guidelines / FAQ”, in my opinion a poor overview of what harassment really means. In fact, GM [Fugen] is haunted by BettyPaige, which binds monotone.
WHAT CONSTITUTES HARASSMENT?
This is not an exhaustive list, but examples include insults about a player’s sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, weight, etc. Continued griefing and annoyance of players. Abusive language, including language that attempts to get around the chat filter or is an obvious replacement for profanity. Mapchat/roars that include any of these things. Creation of multiple accounts to bother players or to spoof players’ account or character names. Multiple comments of this type over a period of hours, days, weeks, etc.
That is the vision of GM [Fugen] about harassment. I think Fugen should seize the book and read what is really harassment and what is not. I remember one aspect as an element of harassment:no laws prohibits status-blind harassmen. It is perfectly legal to “harass” until the job/what he do/what he plays becomes unbearable. From there the law enforce harassment.Harassment has several components, but many of the aspects listed by GM[Fugen] constitute disciplinary sanctions in the real world.Harassment in the virtual world is quite something else.Fugen must talk with the attorney of Acclaim to give him highlights. First, to list the criterion of sex and talk about sexual harassment in virtual world is very difficult. One of the pillars that support sexual harassment in real life are provocative clothing, gestures, touchings. We all know how the wardbrobe in 9dragons looks like (some are provocative in any meaning of the word)…
Let’s take a look at a law enforce :
Harassment of persons by threat or coercion, in order to obtain sexual satisfaction, by a person who abuses the authority or influence bestowed by a function made, shall be punished with imprisonment or amend.
Is laughter of the cry in virtual world. Let’s translate into a game. A player stripped of clothes (because the game lets you undress) in safe area say to another player that she si a ‘bitch’ and would like to make sex with her or whatever. Sexual harassment tends to result in sex/rape or touching some of human body parts, which is not possible in the game. Leaving aside the legal aspect of the problem temporarily, sexual harassment is translate in concrete actions such as kissing, caresses, touching of a sexual nature, a sexual discussion, certain gestures that creates an unpleasant state, embarrassing for the person injured .
I’ll remember Fugen, that insults are a totally different spectrum.Harassment can be sexual, moral, verbal or can came from an authority. Even Acclaim can harass us, the players.
In real life, another form of harassment : if someone follows his victim repeatedly or oversee home, workplace or other places which he/she attends, “thus causing a state of fear”, the act is punishable by imprisonment or amend.Phone calls, messages, emails send with frequency and by content alert the victim shall be punished with imprisonment or amend.
So if you see a player and you start following on some maps can be interpret as harassment.I admit that I harassed a spammer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS5OBodM3Ag
In real life, the high point of harassment is where a person can not tolerate. The threshold is made by cultural differences,educational variables, such as personality and differs from person to person.
Another issue raised by BettyPaige case is the authority of hero league / hero band and the leaders. Acclaim involvement in a hero league or hero league business is a bad thing. A hero league has leaders with authority which impose rules and behaviors. In 9 dragons are very few leagues that are leading a policy of approving the conduct and practices against human rights, defamatory, anti-nationalist bahavior and so on. Acclaim steal the leaders authority and I fear if they will start empty the authority, the leagues will cease to exist.
For example, after a hero league lose a SVS, the league chat is full of remarks against the league that won and the aspects discussed brings in all sorts of people involved in winning svs.Many knows very well what I talk about.We all know how hot the things are after the ‘fire’ of events and how quick they calm down. This is an internal mechanism of the league. Now, let’s say that someone makes ss and sends to Acclaim as ‘ABUSE’ title. What will do Fugen? He’ll ban an entire league? It’s nonsense.
Furthermore, this policy of constant pursuit can become an harassment policy of players from Acclaim part, the authority itself. He who wants to impose limits become the one who haress.
So, Fugen, here for you a few things that you should think:
-When you come to slam some rules you should limit all situations with clear examples, something you didn’t do. You slammed some absurd things, and general lack of content as harassment. You should revise them.
-Fight against harassment should not be done for personal reasons and should not become a shield for protection against unlawful or personal fights.
-The way you presented the problem will lead to personal hatred and bands/hero league hatred. It will be a total discomfort to always feel follow in your own league or band, which can lead to traumatic experience for some avatars.
– Acclaim to impose some rules must become a credible authority and it is not now. One of your tasks this would be.