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Do you report offensive behavior that occurs in general chat?

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Do you report offensive behavior that occurs in general chat?

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Kabjat
01.23.2012 , 07:43 PM | #1
EDIT: Just so people are aware because there seems to have been a question...I DO NOT have a problem with so-called swear words in chat. This is NOT about the language filter. The issue that is at the center of this thread revolves around certain topics and behaviors in chat that is wildly inappropriate and offensive. Bioware clearly outlines what those things are in the rules of conduct I linked at the bottom of this post.

Ok, first of all, let me just say that I am not one of those busy-bodies that tattles on people just for the fun of it. I really am a laid back person and honestly do not care what others do in their personal life. I sometimes use bad language and have even slipped before and said a bad word in the presence of my children. It happens, we are all human, you move on and try to do better in future.

Now, with that said, when I am playing SW:TOR and I see a swear word in chat I usually think nothing of it. After all, I don’t play the game around my kids so honestly I don’t care about a bit of colorful language. I won’t report someone for that.

What DOES get me is the frequency general chat will erupt with puerile, disgusting, and offensive talk that has NO PLACE in this environment. Now some of you will just say, “The ignore button is your friend. /thread.” Well, my answer to that is, what do you do once your ignore list is full? At the rate one encounters players who engage in disgusting and offensive talk, that list would fill in one night. To me, that is not a solution.

It’s also not a solution to just turn on language filter because let’s be honest…the language filter makes chat virtually unreadable. It filters words that shouldn’t be filtered and is a HUGE annoyance. I am not talking about the odd bad word. I am talking about several people talking about things that are disturbing, disgusting, perverted…you name it. Only solution is to leave chat. Why should the rest of us, who simply want to play the game, interact with others like DECENT human beings isolate ourselves just to avoid the LOUD MINORITY of childish people who cannot be bothered to control themselves on a public forum?

Confronting the offenders in general chat asking them politely to please stop or take their discussion to a private channel only gets you flamed.

So this got me wondering…how many of you out there are sick of the filth that scrolls through chat FAR too much? How often do you report those who make inflammatory, racist, sexist, and threatening comments? Again, just so I am not misunderstood, I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT A BIT OF FOUL LANGUAGE…I WILL NOT AND HAVE NOT REPORTED ANYONE FOR SAYING THE ODD BAD WORD. I am talking about continuously abusive and offensive language that does NOTHING to add to the community except to make it unpleasant.

I fully expect for trolls to respond to this. I really don’t care about them and only want to hear from those of you who have something constructive to add, whether it is for or against what I have said, either way I welcome your thoughts.

http://www.swtor.com/legalnotices/rulesofconduct After reading through this, I believe it’s up to the community to report offenders. For those of you who disagree and would claim I would be ruining your fun and should mind my own business, let me just remind you that you are a sentient being with the ability to make informed choices. You are not an animal and are therefore responsible for your own actions. If you choose to break the rules, you shouldn’t get mad when you are called on it.
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Hanscholo
01.23.2012 , 07:46 PM | #2
If someone is being offensive or abusive, absolutely report them. I have seen some disgusting performances by people over the years playing MMO's and i make sure i report it when it takes place. Its a social game, and while we need to all be aware that not everyone has the same standards, its not socially acceptable to treat other people badly.

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sian_gali
01.23.2012 , 07:55 PM | #3
I Know what you mean. I have reported a few people already and that's surprising. It's surpising because IRL I curse quite a bit and it is hard to offend me.
The things i see in SWTOR spatial are in another league altogether. The reports I made were due to really hateful racial & sexual slurs. I had a hard time the first few weeks of the game because my guildies were ahead of me and after seeing the spatial chat, I was reluctant to group up with strangers. I have other friends who went to RP servers and they are aghast at what we have in spatial chat. It has made me question my choice of where to play more than once, but I adore my guild so I am sticking it out. I will be reporting and ignoring for awhile but eventually it should calm down. I think the first free month many folks with no interest in star wars play because it is a new game then get out.

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MysticGryph
01.23.2012 , 08:06 PM | #4
I have clicked report spam a few times, also the other night the spam report function was down, so I submitted a ticket reporting a very annoying, abusive user talking in /1 (the dude was a troll)

The problem is, the /b/tards get on the game and because they're used to socializing with other 12 year olds that speak in memes, they don't understand why people dislike them.

I'm on an RP server so generally /1 is pretty good. People actually use it to socialize and they type properly "not lyk dis". Alot of people tend to take unkindly to people with names like "awesomedude" and report them, and they also jump down the throats of people that show even the slightest bit of troll in them (which is kinda good in a way)

Personally I don't like spam, in my guild we have a specific rule against it. If it comes to a point where general chat is bugging me, I either close it or just ignore it. I've been around enough beta weekends and launch to learn how to ignore the chat without actually pressing anything
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01.23.2012 , 08:12 PM | #5
I'll be honest, I'm a pervert and I love joking around. Sometimes it offends people, but I try to be tactful at the same time.

That being said, if I see someone that's openly degrading themselves or others in any manner, I will report them.
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01.23.2012 , 08:12 PM | #6
I see people being racist and trolling quite often in the game, especially on Dromund Kaas. Really makes me sick. I should probably start reporting them.
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Kabjat
01.23.2012 , 08:17 PM | #7
thank you all for your comments. I'm very glad to know that I'm not the only person who genuinely is bothered by this type of thing. To be honest, I hesitated starting this thread because it seems like if you show any kind of disgust with what has come to be 'commonplace language' once you are online you are immediately trolled and made fun of and told to 'grow up'. I mean, really?? Maybe it's just because I didn't grow up socializing behind the safety of a computer monitor that I find I cannot separate online rudeness from RL rudeness. It's all rude, no matter where you are. LOL
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Kabjat
01.23.2012 , 08:23 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Brosephiine View Post
I'll be honest, I'm a pervert and I love joking around. Sometimes it offends people, but I try to be tactful at the same time.

That being said, if I see someone that's openly degrading themselves or others in any manner, I will report them.
see and that's how my husband and I are! In our old WOW guild we were all over 30 and in g-chat things would get pretty colorful xD. I can be pretty perverted with the jokes too, but I would only ever do that in a controlled, private channel like g-chat where I know everyone there is of age and won't be offended.

It's the public chat channels that this occurs that bother me, lol....other than that, I'm about as crude as they come >.>

But in general chat, you have no idea who is seeing it...or their sensitivities. When some idiot starts mouthing off about a topic that could very well be a trigger for someone...maybe something happened to them that was really traumatic...I dunno, I suppose I'm just a carebear with a thin skin. ROFL
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Kabjat
01.23.2012 , 08:26 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Ardim View Post
I see people being racist and trolling quite often in the game, especially on Dromund Kaas. Really makes me sick. I should probably start reporting them.
hehe I don't know what it is with Dromund Kaas. That zone seems to turn people into brazen trolls. Luckily it doesn't last TOO long and then you are in the Barrens...er, I mean Balmora.
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Myk-Ron
01.23.2012 , 09:00 PM | #10
WoW has had this issue for years, and the simple fact is that there is no real solution. Sure, you can report people for being crude or offensive or whatever. You can report people because you don't like them (I've seen it work in WoW). In the end, though, nobody is forcing you to read the swill. It takes a certain amount of willpower to not read it. It takes more willpower once you've read it to not respond. But, it can be done.

The inherent problem is the internet provides people with a the means to be complete d-bags with no real reprecussions. Bioware may ban a player, but nothing is going to stop them from creating a new account and going back to their old repulsive ways. The internet removes the human part of interaction. When you remove the ability for one person to inflict physical harm on another, all bets are off. The very worst of humanity can be found on the internet...thriving.

That being said. I've been superbly pleased with the current climate of my server. The grammatical acumen alone was enough to bring tears to my eyes. I'd quit WoW almost two years previous, and my dreams were still haunted by what passed for communication in that game...

Unfortunately, I don't think there is an answer to this issue other than to shrug, and hope the game attracts and continues to attract a more civilized crowd.