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Enforcing the Harassment Policy

Posted by Suzie Ford on Aug 05, 2010  | Comments

Enforcing the Harassment Policy -

World of Warcraft GMs will be working known hot spots in the game on a more regular basis to ensure that the Harassment Policy instituted by Blizzard is being accurately enforced. The stepped up 'GM patrols' come as a result of a father's complaint about Moon Guard's Goldshire Inn and the somewhat racy commentary and activities that take place within. Subsequently, he cancelled his WoW account

According to this parent's complaint, he found his son and friends inside the Goldshire Inn laughing at the activities within. The parent scrolled up the chat log and found:

Line after line, having absolutely NOTHING to do with RP: sexual emotes, gay bashing, racial comments....I sat there speechless.

And please don't tell me about the ignore button, I am well aware of that feature. The fact that this behavior goes on CONSTANTLY on this server is disgusting, and I will not allow my son to "discover" any more servers such as this.

Six pages into the (for the most part) bashing of this concerned parent, a Blizzard representative, Arrestide, weighed in on the discussion. Arrestide acknowledged that Moon Guard's Goldshire Inn was a frequent recipient of player complaints due to the rather over the top activity within. As a result, Arrestide said that "(m)embers 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."

Want to know more about the Harassment Policy that Blizzard has in place? Head here.

What are your thoughts? Let us know on our forums.

Via The Escapist.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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