We got spam invited to a ingame chat channel  last night during raid that mocked  a particular female  player in a sexual innuendo,

I declined

I also reported the channel via GM. It’s ingame – it’s covered by Blizzards T’s & C’s.   If they don’t do anything about it,  well, at least I tried. Because I know if I got a channel named after me,  where people talked about c&ckslapping your forehead I would want someone to think it was inappropriate too.

Would I care less/more if it were about a guy or someone I didn’t know was a girl,  I still would have declined it,  maybe not have reported it – I guess it would have depended on how public they were making the humiliation,  and that was it was – humiliating someone by chat channel by mass invite.  Does reporting it make  me a dobber?-  I am sure there are many humiliations against people I don’t know about,  and nor shall I be a crusader and seek to end them all,  but inviting what seemed to be everyone in ICC to this channel, showed malicious intent –  and a very public ‘in’ joke.

Would it be so funny if she was in on it – or didn’t care,   my high horse so high I feel I have the right to feel insulted on  behalf of her because she is a girl? Righteously indignant when I should mind my own beeswax.  I should have just reported it, or perhaps not even done that,   not blog about it, not make a big deal out of it,  but it’s one of those things that makes playing with real people so distasteful sometimes.  Just because we have Wow in common doesn’t make you a decent human being.

I’m not suggesting that people treat each other any different in the real world,  but in the real world things are a little more defined with consequences.

When people in vent said ” hey did everyone just get an invite to this channel” I made an attempt at suggesting  they decline it out of respect,  but later in raid when they were pasting some of the channel conversations in raid chat – obviously some of them had accepted

It’s also kind of funny because I don’t even know the person it’s aimed at well enough to say that they also aren’t a nasty piece of work, and that this could be  just one side of a perpetual joke – well I don’t want to be in a ‘joke’ where it is ok to encourage people to talk  so publically  about c&ckslapping someones forehead – girl or not.  Because if I don’t say anything then we say it’s ok to treat people like that –   to think   – to type – to join ‘clubs’ were you can humiliate someone and vilify them sexually.

16 Responses to “Inappropriate”

  1. 1 Foo August 26, 2010 at 3:28 am

    I also report where something is particularly inappropriate.

    I find that particular type of nastiness feeds on itself. It is not permitted in our guild chat, nor on our guild vent. Though I suspect that standards are higher when I am online than when I am not.

    If someone feels the need to partake in humiliation, there are other venues (‘reality’ TV, certain other websites/games). WoW is not that place.

  2. 2 Stu August 26, 2010 at 3:33 am

    As a male player of WoW, I don’t believe anything you did was out of line. If I had been in your shoes I would have done the same thing. That sort of behavior has no place in WoW, and I wouldn’t be sad to see all of the players using it removed from the game.

    Not that you really need support here 🙂 I just wanted to commend you.

    • 3 Pugnacious Priest August 27, 2010 at 12:32 am

      ta – I just hope others also reported it. I quoted some of the text copied to the report and since apparently anything typed in game is accessible to Gm’s I am sure they could have checked the chat logs – but as Katherine said they will probably only get a warning, and more likely on the person who created the channel, not the ones who joined it for ‘fun’

  3. 4 Klepsacovic August 26, 2010 at 3:50 am

    If you waited until you were the one under attack, you’d have waited too long.

    • 5 Katherine August 26, 2010 at 4:13 am


      If WoW had more of a culture of reporting inappropriate behaviour it would be less prolific. Blizzard’s policy escalates the penalty based upon the number of times someone is reported (as well as the severity of the offense). So when most people seem to take the policy of just ignoring the worst offenders and disregarding the rest, it means when you actually report someone, all they probably get is a warning.

      • 6 Pugnacious Priest August 27, 2010 at 12:27 am

        we don’t get any feedback as to if our complaint was affective, just the standard response and so I guess most people don’t bother because they don’t believe they have an impact, or people will think you are overreacting if you take offense. – I don’t report things a lot – I worry also if I am too trivial, when I do report a big thing, like I believed this to be, then I won’t be taken seriously.

    • 7 Pugnacious Priest August 27, 2010 at 12:29 am

      i hope it never comes to that .

  4. 8 Xeppe August 26, 2010 at 7:22 am

    These were your guildies pasting into raid chat/frolicking in the sewer? How do you respect or like people enough to spend hours in their company after that?
    This is why I am guildless.

    • 9 Pugnacious Priest August 27, 2010 at 12:15 am

      Eye on the prize with a weigh in on what attitudes at higher levels of raiding you are willing to deal with – and what things you can do on the way to try and change them. I know they aren’t all like that, if thats any comfort

  5. 10 Narx August 26, 2010 at 8:30 am

    What happened to less drama?

    But yes, you did the right thing. People in my guild call me a party pooper for some of the stuff I report, but the truth is that if I don’t, someone else probably won’t.

    And let’s face it – it’s a game to have fun. There really isn’t room for junk like this.

    • 11 Pugnacious Priest August 27, 2010 at 12:06 am

      but drama happens more then nice stuff – got the standard email back due to privacy we can’t tell you what we did from blizzard, but I don’t think I could have not reported, and felt good about playing a game that allowed this to happen.

  6. 12 Anonymous August 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Just how lame it is, to participate in silly channel when you raid…

  7. 13 Softi August 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    That’s horrible, I have to say I’ve never come across anything like that in the slightest, the idea of it hadn’t even crossed my mind. Regardless of whether the person they were talking about was male/female an arse/not an arse, I still think you did the right thing, and I would as well if I heard about something similar.
    Good on you!

  8. 14 wowmentor1 August 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Don’t feel guilty for reporting that, the more we report idiotic behaviour and general player disrespect in WOW the better the game environment becomes for others. I’ve reported to Blizz various forms of behaviour from complete rudeness to suspected bots.

    The way I look at it is those that are rude may only get a 3 day ban (i think thats what they do on first warning) but they will hopefully learn a lesson here. As for bots the more of those we can get rid of the better.

  9. 15 Weatherlight - Runtotem EU August 31, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    “They came first for the Communists,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

    Pastor Martin Niemöller

    This quote wating to say, you did well! And please keep doing everytime you see something of the kind!

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