I’d like to address a few concerns brought up here.
I dislike this change.
You're setting yourself up for a sticky situation that has been avoided this entire time by disallowing the word. You're now going to have to judge things based on context rather than if a word has been said or not. Each admin will have their own personal view on context, and it turns into a mess when this happens because you'll have competing ideas on what is ok and what is not.
I see no good coming of this change. What good does the Admin team see coming out of this?
Fridgeraider™, we have been operating this way for several months now. This is not at all an announcement stating a change in how we moderate our servers. This is an announcement clarifying that we’ve been moderating a certain way and have finally formalized that change in our rules.
No no, I know for a fact that there are/were Admins before now who would punish people for using the word "N*gga", but others that would not. That was a matter of inconsistency and opinions from you all as Admins/Mods. It wasn't handled the same. When I asked for clarification about a week ago, I was told it was not allowed (by head admin). Today, when I asked ;him again if that had changed, he said that changed in a meeting that you guys recently had. (this was in response to GP3)
You are correct that there has been some inconsistency in how we’ve presented our rules, and that is why we’ve decided to formalize and discuss this change.
Under our current structure, the head admins mostly focus on behind the scenes work. They ensure that our servers are top quality and are running 24/7 with unique and regularly improved plugins. They also keep the website running and manage our finances.
The senior admin team is responsible for setting new policies, specifically. For several months now, the team has been consistent in how we’ve handled incoming reports of the use of nigga. The mods that have joined our team over the past several months know and practice these rules along with our more senior admins.
When you inquired about our abusive language policy to a head admin, Deyanira, he stated our official policy to you, which is great. Unfortunately, our official policy was not up-to-date with how we’ve been handling reports for the past several months, so we discussed and fixed that at our latest admin meeting.
We do revisit rules when we think they need to be revisited. As a whole, we weren't enforcing bans on this kind of thing for months and our servers have been just fine. We're just updating the rules so they reflect the way the team has been issuing bans. Based on over 6 months of practice and experience with this policy and the fact that we've never had a better, more consistent and effective moderating team, I doubt anyone who didn't read this thread will even notice the difference. In the unlikely event that we see issues arising out of this decision, we'll gladly revisit the topic.
Additionally, in the future we'll try to be a little more transparent about rule changes and allow community feedback before anything is officially set in place.
I hope that helps clarify some concerns.
Edited by Cheese, 20 August 2015 - 05:19 PM.