So actually quite recently, I had a chat with a GM about these two exact same issues. Griefing in RP, and ERP. The guy (Klastiom, great GM) had some incredibly good insight into exactly what is happening WRT the server, and what is currently being done.
The GM team, right now, cannot log onto WoW very often to check logs or see what is happening in game. Roughly, and this is a ballpark figure, 80% of the GM team is Ireland based, and the others are based in France. With the corona situation, they struggle to access their computers and get in game to see griefing, which is usually what they do as and when a report comes up to take a look themselves. This is no excuse for the times before corona when this wasn’t done, but I know that when I’ve reported RP griefing to the GM’s, they’ve taken pretty good and appropriate action. This is just a bad time for some pretty obvious reasons.
Now, for the ERP situation:
"Blizzard are currently in consultation and solicitation with their legal department and management, and are evaluating the situation in it’s entirety and in the works of re-defining a more robust policy." (Taken word for word from Klastiom. I don’t know if I’m allowed to post this here, but, well, it’s here now.)
They have admitted that this is a situation they have openly tried to dodge, as it is so complex - “Until now we have been trying to see how it unfolds/unfolded, but you are right, it is reaching an unfortunate level where we may just have to clarify a few things.” (quote by quote) With the current COVID-19 situation, all of their US and EU offices are closed, which is slowing things down a lot. Any explicit sexual content falls currently on the inappropriate category.
As Klastiom has also said, "World of Warcraft is a PG-13 game, yet some of the things that happen in certain RP games are not PG friendly. In fact, if we want to be bluntly honest, some of the things people do can even have legal consequences, something that players are not aware of or have even cared about. We normally do not act over it when it happens in private channels, but if someone is making inappropriate comments in public channels, we have to take action. The same if someone sends an inappropriate whisper and it is reported by the receiver." (Again, quote by quote)
He also said this:
"RP is a very small segment of the WoW player base, and often the issues that brings to the table, particularly at this level, risk being more costly and troublesome than what the RP community as a whole represents. Because of that, in a way, the more stuff like this that comes up, the more, in a way, the RP community might just be digging their own grave. Particularly in Europe where legislation has been evolving to protect individuals from ‘certain online aspects’." (QBQ)
As an afternote, some point in the future, he has said that ‘there will be a somewhat public discussion on the forums about these matters’.
I’ll let you guys read through this as you will. It’s something I posted in a Guild chat when it came up, but I think it’s good to put here for everyone else to read now this thread has come up, as well. I’ll stress that everything quoted in the relevant quotes came from a GM’s mouth, and isn’t my own opinion.
I remember back in the day a long time ago, you could report someone’s username for being against RP realm standards. I wish Blizzard would take RP a little bit more seriously, and RPers, like they did back then.
And hey, if a GM wants to take down my post if I’m not allowed to make this on a chat I had with Klastiom, do it. I’m not entirely certain of what I can and can’t share from that, and I’m not a big fan of sharing stuff if I’m not allowed to.