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Rules of Conduct edit - "Trolling"

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We wanted to make everyone aware of an edit that will be implemented next week to this section of the Rules of Conduct. This is not a new rule, but an edit to further clarify the existing rule. 

 

Current version: 

 

Do not troll or make personal attacks

Trolling and attacking others, in any form, is not allowed. Trolling is posting (often, but not always, in a malicious, rude or condescending way) with the intent to provoke a negative emotional response from another user.

 

  • Accusing Others of Trolling: Calling someone a troll to incite someone or falsely accusing them of trolling can also be a form of trolling.

If you feel someone is behaving in a manner that violates the rules, please use the report tool on the forums. Do not engage the person exhibiting these behaviors, as this is often the very response and attention they are seeking. You may also employ the "Ignore Preferences" forum feature (Your Profile > Manage Ignore Prefs) to block posts, signatures and private messages from another user.

 

Upcoming changes (red text): 

 

Do not troll or make any personal attacks

Trolling, demeaning and making personal attacks on others, in any form, is not allowed. Per Wikipedia, "a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement." 

The posters’ intent is not discernible or material to ArtCraft, but the outcomes are. If in our judgement a player is interacting in a way that is provoking overly emotional responses and/or disrupting a constructive conversation, it will be regarded as trolling behavior.

  • Accusing Others of Trolling: Calling or labeling someone as troll or accusing them of trolling is also a form of trolling.

If you feel someone is behaving in a manner that violates the rules, please use the forum’s Report tool. Do not engage the person exhibiting these behaviors, as this is often the very response and attention they are seeking. You may also employ the “Ignore Preferences” forum feature (Your Profile > Manage Ignore Prefs) to block posts, signatures and private messages from another user. 

 

Reason for the change:
Some users felt that the previous language was too vague, so we've tightened it up to further clarify the policy. 

Edited by Pann
Note: This change has now been implemented into the Rules of Conduct.

Valerie "Pann" Massey, Director of Community
 

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