I have recently returned to Hellgate, after getting an email saying that Beta is now open.
Today in the last few hours I witnessed a chat moderator publicly threaten 2 players with gagging, because of “Tomfoolery” (to use the mods own words).
It appears several private reports were made against at least one of these players, the content of these reports were not made public.
During the following public “discussion”, both the 2 players threatened with gagging, stated that they had done nothing wrong and were victims of a few players falsely reporting them. Other players joined the conversation saying that they were indifferent and had found no offensive behaviour, and if anything the reporters should be the ones being punished. There were also a few players who clearly had problems with the “style” of how the reported players chatted (one made several statements they thought one of the reported players was Wollah). However, they themselves used threats, trolling and toxic name-calling and urged the chat mod to punish Wollah.
I suspect reading the chat log of this conversation would show that:
- The moderator caused a major disruption to the community, by dealing with this incident publicly.
- There is a small group of easily offended players who have attacked and falsely reported players.
- The chat mod, and by default any community managers are no longer in a position of trust.
Omerta can you please look into this.