I try to read every word of every comment, and I respond to many of them. Comments are moderated here because I receive enough hits on the blog that I'm a constant target for comment spam. Other than the spam, I've only not published two comments. One was a one word comment with no value. The other was a direct private message to me. Everything else gets published, even if the comment calls me names or tells me I'm flat out stupid. ;-) Some comments get published faster than others, and for that I apologize. I try to get comments published every couple of hours if I'm awake, and from time to time, I miss valid comments that get flagged by the spam filter and there's a longer delay on those.(1)
Anyway, in a very busy week for comments, I liked this one the best. In my "Hats" post, I essentially went to bat for Mittens and argued why he shouldn't be removed from CSM7. This Anonymous comment gave the most succinct reasoning why the commenter felt CCP's actions were correct:
The point is that [Mittens] should not have been discussing RL suicide in game, at all. There was no way for him to know, at the time, if the player in question was or was not actually suicidal. [Mittens] should have reported the player to a CCP GM and discontinued the in game convo. [Mittens] is simply not qualified to make such a judgement call, esp. when drunk.
And, he certainly should not have exacerbated his mistake by encouraging this sort of behavior from other players in a public forum.
Plain and simple, [Mittens] violated the EULA/TOS - twice, if you want to be technical about it (the first time in game, and the second time at the Alliance Panel). He was stupid and he got called on it.
[Mittens] was just lucky that the player in question was *not* suicidal, or he might be under criminal investigation now, for real.
Role-playing is not an excuse. Being drunk out of your skull is not an excuse. CCP was rather lenient; a court of law would have been much less so.
And yeah, I have to admit that's a really good way of putting it, and makes a quite valid counter-argument. The same commenter, in another comment, made it clear that:
What he did was not only "morally reprehensible" but also illegal in many countries represented in the player base. Using communication technology to harass, offend, bully, gets people jail sentences. A student jailed last week for 2 months for a drunken rant on twitter in the UK for instance.Yeah, that too. Thanks for your comments!
(1) I still haven't figured out how the spam filter works, or why it flags the comments that it does.