In the wake of many recent events, I think one thing is true and plain-- we need a better moderation team. Even if it’s only a few people that have the ability to dole out at least temporary bans, it’s better than nothing.
Time after time, we see reports go untouched for a long while, or not at all. Such was the case with Atal’kah, who was absolutely confirmed to be a pedophile, but wasn’t dealt with until he himself ended up directly messaging Goudy (somehow). This is the utmost concerning thing to me. We already see the unwanting of more licentious affairs in broad view, with such rules forbidding ERP in the main phase and no advertising for ERP in rp announce. Evidently, there is a standard (or was a standard) that such themes weren’t meant to be held out flagrantly to be seen, and now knowing that a troll was allowed to display an F-list with clear evidence of pedophilia is a bit disturbing to say the least. It’s only further put off by the fact that he was only banned because he somehow accidentally messaged Goudy concerning it all, thus getting banned only for annoying him.
This has been a trend, as it wasn’t a one time instance. How do I know? Well, look no further than our newest two cases: Quick/alianna and Aleyn.
The first case has had at least three ban reports (not including the report that had been made today, as it would be unfair to get iffy about that one being unheard to with it just being posted), starting with a simple report on spam-- which people have been banned over in the past. The other two detail rather disrespectful actions on the part of the offender (that being Quick), and seeing that he goes unpunished for such actions is stupid. It is stupid that he is getting away with it. It is stupid we are having to resort to mob justice to see him get even a -bit- of containment and punishment for what he has done. It is stupid that he is going unmoderated and still given the platform he needs to continue his heinous actions. Many people are doing what they can, but it ends up falling upon his deaf ears-- in short? He needs a ban, but nobody can dole such out except Goudy or Dread. From many people’s viewpoint, this is absolutely and entirely unacceptable.
The second case, Aleyn, is more recent, but is most definitely reflective of the Atal’kah case. I’d argue it is certainly more severe as it has impacted real-life minors, ranging from the age of 14-17. As someone who was a victim of child sexual abuse herself, I can’t stand for someone getting away with it. I especially can’t let her get away with such when not only evidence has been provided, but she has -confirmed it- herself. I don’t care how apologetic she may act, she needs her due as well. Acts that exploit and manipulate minors should -not- be going under the radar, whatever the means or ways were. Anybody that calls me overly dramatic on this front, in the kindest way possible, can eat a dick. Especially after a case like Atal’kah having made their way through and around with only annoyance to be written as their reason for being banned, it’s a thing of great concern for many. Simply put? If nothing as far as the law is concerned is going to happen, then they at least are more than deserving of a ban. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
Of course, the two conspired to blackmail/leak personal information of someone that they had no right in doing so. Simply put? I think it’s more than time they’ve gotten at the very least a timed ban, if not a permanent one. They’ve created more damage than good.
And so, with all of the damage they have caused, you think staff would have changed it. Of course, it is only a thought-- as they didn’t. This isn’t okay.
In whatever way you see fit, I think one thing is clear in that we need better moderation. Whether it be beginning to put together a purely moderation team (whether it be two to three people to tend to bans and the like, who are selected by the community) or having Goudy/Dread be more attentive, something has to be done. Some people want the “drama” to just end, while others wish to see something come out of such conflicts again and again-- and both are justified in what they want. We shouldn’t be letting pedophiles and stalkers go unchecked by the very people who run the server, no matter how free the server may be to those on it. It’s not legal, it’s not safe and it’s not tolerable-- not a single bit. So, let us put an end to this-- because if it isn’t dealt with, we shall only see more like the likes of Quick and Aleyn come through and go unchecked.