I’m not “attacking yet another poster”. Please don’t put words in my mouth or deliberately misinterpret what I write. I like to talk about ideas, not people.
My mentions on Row were positive ones.
I don’t have an issue with people’s names. I am questioning the motives of people who do. The posters in this thread are the ones who feel the need to report people with names that does not please them. The OP is asking the community if Blizzard has plans to enforce the naming rules and state that she has reported many but seen little results. This is then answered to various degree of perceived credibility in terms of my assuming that few of the people answer actually work for Blizzard so their answers are opinions, guesses and anecdotal testimony at best.
I was asking what a positive change to the issue was and as a preferred example I was commending Row. I think his suggestion towards the solution was the best one: to flood the server with positive inspiring RP actions that makes griefers go away. Fighting the negative effects or giving RPers a hard time with a love and passion for RP instead of anger. Row seems to be one of the few sensible people here who I sense has a great sense of humour. Fighting hate with love instead of trying to fight hate with hate. Row suggestion, to me, moves things in a positive direction and promotes a goal I think we should aim for. I like what he wrote.
When arguments are hard to find but someone wants to progress the debate, it is sometimes easier to call the opponent, ridicule and patronize them, to try and destabilize their credibility, is that why you are trying to paint a picture of me as someone who is attacking you or the members of the community?
When you use phrases like “attacking members of the community” are you then trying to polarize and make it “them (or in my case him) vs us”?
Does that somehow enable and legitimize the collective negativity?
On topic of names I would clear up some confusion. I am not opposed to any of Blizzards policies. I am questioning the motives and methods of people (subbed players) who take it upon themselves to try to enforce these rules, especially the one relating to non-fantasy and non-medieval names, on RP servers.
Blizzard policies and code of conduct, as I understand them and it, is about tolerance and accepting for people of all colours, sizes, shapes, genders, religions, political views and anything that would in other non-secular societies be grounds for persecution. It is what I like about their games. The stories help us understand things about ourselves as humans. While blizzard have stolen with arms and legs from just about every other popular culture in the genre of fantasy and science fiction, they have done so in a respectful, loving and caring way, to pay homage. One of the unique things Blizzard have managed to do is to make Orcs sympathetic, before WC3 that was more or less unheard of.
There will always be haters. The naming policy on names that are in violation of copyright, are inciting hate and intolerance or is impersonating Blizzard staff is, theoretically, in effect on all servers. What is unique to RP servers is the addition of a non permittance of “non-medieval” or “non-fantasy” sounding names. If someone is ´griefing´ other players or going out of their way to hurt others or disrupt their game play, it is my opinion that they should be reported regardless of what server they are on, because it goes against the policies but more importantly because it is a terrible thing to do to another human being.
What I am trying to question, here in this thread, is the motives of the players trying to enforce of the latter, the one with the specific RP-feel clause, as that the rule is subject to personal opinion and therefore in itself contradictive and ambiguous, making the attempted enforcing of it subjectively difficult for both reporters and blizzard staff.
But it is there and it is possible and I am not questioning the how. I am questioning the why?
If this was a brand-new feature within the game it would be hard to tell if it works but we are fortunate enough to have experience and to a certain extend data available to examine and analyse.
So, after 15 years of Role-players reporting people with names of players and guilds on Role-playing servers that sounds non-medieval or non-fantasy -like, what is your impression of the levels of success of this reporting on the RP server demograph?
If you played from the beginning, as many of us did, do you see more or less non-medieval and non-fantasy names on RP servers now than you did then?
And if you do so, do you think it is as a consequence of people reporting the names?
And what, looking back, do you think the effect of this reporting has had throughout the last 15 years?
My personal impression of that is that it has created more negativity and bad reputation for Role-players in that people remember bad experiences better than good experiences, being reported and on the receiving end of a forced name change I think is mostly perceived as a bad experience. It has helped build a ´freakshow´ image of Role-players, unintentionally inviting people to come when they are bored to point and laugh and try to stir things or wind up easily offendable players, especially if there are server queues and they naturally are jerks. Enabling these jerks by playing into their game just makes it easier for them and it is my opinion that reacting with anger and reporting just add fuel to the fire.
Example from a typical WoW player-troll mindset:
“Booooooored, lez all roll bald gnome chars on an RP server, strip naked, run to IF and die naked in the shape of a giant piece of the male anatomy in front of the anatomy and watch the tears come flooding”
(this actually happened on my server and the names of the naked bald gnomes did not support any level of immersion).
But that was a side track and my opinion and personal impression alone as I sense a pattern and a correlation between the number of people who are reported and who come to disrupt our game play.
So, after 15 years of reporting non-fantasy and non-medieval -sounding names of characters and players, what are the actual effect on the RP servers, are they better or worse and is their correlation that can prove that the change for better or worse is influenced by the reporting?
If there is no evidence that supports that reporting non-fantasy and non-medieval sounding names has a positive effect and stimulates a change for the better, is it then worth doing?
Also, Blizzard are not exactly observing their own policies, how many NPCs have names that are directly referring to real world people and or are popular cultural references?
But as mentioned these are done with love and care e.g.:
Harris Pilton the Bag Vendor, Old Man Hemming (Ernest Hemmingway, author of, among other stories, the book: The Old Man and the Sea) the Fishing Trainer and one of my personal favourites a signpost on the western edge of Deadwind Pass that bears the words “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here”. In some translations of Dante’s Inferno, these same words are written on the gates of Hell.
So, my attempt at addressing the issue is to advise to roll with the punches as Blizzard themselves lovingly makes no reservations about not adhering to their own policies, as opposed to spending time, energy and effort to report non-fantasy and non-medieval -sounding names.
What I want to know is what do you get from reporting non-RP sounding names?
What are you hoping to achieve by reporting?
What, if any, effects have you actually seen these reporting’s have had, in terms of numbers (e.g. after I started reporting the latest census shows that non-RP names on the realm has gone down by 14%)?