After some discussion among the admins, we wanted to have a conversation with the community about binds. In TF2 in general, the use of binds is clearly on the rise, but we've been becoming concerned about extensive use of certain binds in our community.
I want to start by clarifying a few things:
- No one is in trouble
- This is not directed at any individual player
- Our rules are not changing
With that being said, let's remind ourselves of a few rules:
- No spamming
- No abusive language
- No harassment
- No bigotry
I want everyone to take a hard look at their use of binds and make sure they're not breaking any of these rules. In general, we want to see fewer "taunt" binds like "rekt" or "scrub." We are not saying that you can't ever say "rekt" after a kill, but we don't want to see people saying it after every kill. Regardless of your status as a member or non-member, constant use of taunt binds reflects poorly on our community.
I used "rekt" as an example, but let's look at another: a "med down" or "med dropped" bind that's sent to server chat (rather than team chat). It's pretty clear that this kind of bind is designed solely to get under people's skin. This is a good example of a bind that we don't want to see in server chat (team chat would make more sense). Again, it's totally fine to make fun of your friend (or me) for dropping uber, but let's get away from using these binds on a constant basis.
Like I said, no one is in trouble, and no one's going to get banned or punished for this. If we do see excessive use of taunt-y binds, an admin may approach that person privately to ask them to tone it down. As a point of clarification, none of this applies to non-taunt binds, as long as you're not spamming them (this game is the Kanye best).
At the end of the day, TF2 is a game, and occasional shit-talking is okay, but we need to balance it with creating a welcoming community on our servers, and the admins feel that the use of some binds has reached a point where they are interfering with that.
Feel free to discuss or ask questions here, but I'd ask that if you have questions about a particular bind you use, that you direct them to me or another admin by PM.
As an additional note, if you see someone in-game using binds that you feel go against the spirit of this message, please do not use !report. We'd prefer you message an admin privately so that we can have a one-on-one discussion with them. Of course, if they're spamming or being bigoted, etc., please do utilize the report function so that we can take care of it immediately.
Edited by Savage, 08 May 2014 - 04:25 PM.