Silence Penalty: The Community Standard

“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.”
Justice Potter Stewart

Silence Penalty: The Community Standard

Misdirections wrote Time Out For Trolls, discussing the Silence Penalty.

Alternative Chat wrote as well with The Sound of Silence.

Both of these writers bring insight into the topic, go read their stuff. Having done so, it will help shape your understanding of this new system; soon to be in place.

Now, Alternative Chat used a term “real cockwombles”, of which I have no idea what it means. This writer lives in a Land Far Away and so has different language.

Which brings me to my point and that is: it is the community that sets the standard.

The quote at the top of this page is from a ruling on pornography in 1964 and the decision on if something is obscene. The Justice said (now famous for it), “I know it when I see it.”

It will be up to the community to keep their realms clean. What is offensive in St. Petersburg, Russia might be very different than in London, England. I’ve never been called a cockwomble (yet!) but in London, this might be hilarious and not a bother.

If the community works at it, it will be kept clean. We will have to trust Blizzard to “know it when they see it” for all of the reports by us.

It will be regional, by realms. Some realms might get a “reputation” for loose play and require much gossip and a visit; much like Goldshire in Moonguard if they survive this Silence Penalty. It will be timely; daytime will be much stricter than night time but the Nighters will get more bans, I betcha by golly.

However, I think that we are all delighted. Absolutely delighted.

cockwomble ‎(plural cockwombles)
1.(Britain, slang, derogatory) A foolish or obnoxious person.  [quotations ▼]

See, that wasn’t offensive at all!

Silence Penalty

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Silence Penalty!!

Wowzers! There will be a new Silence Penalty in WoW starting with the pre-expansion patch. MMO Champs has the blue post, you can (and should if you have not) read it here.

Thank Elune that it will be investigated. Praise Elune that no one else would know if I got Silenced (it is a thing now and needs to be capitalized).

On one level I’d love to see a player gagged in game but I realize that the idea is pretty darn cruel.

Now, I think Blizzard has to define the term “troll”, so we understand the nuance of the Silence Penalty.

My big question is: 24 hours of Play Time in game or 24 hours in Real Time? Can’t we get clear language or did I miss it: I only see the implication in “silenced for a very very long time” suggesting in-game play time.

I applaud this. Plenty of players seem to play with the intent of starting a ruckus. This, this is like Ignore Squared with twice the satisfaction and half the frustration. If I ever worked at Blizzard, I’d love to be the judge on these cases.

I think we all have levels of different tolerance. I don’t mind swearing, for example, especially creative use of language. And that is simply me. I have little tolerance for racial slurs and hurtful language and I freely report; it feels like a duty to me.

How interesting would it be to save the cases over the next year and put them in a time capsule to see how we judge or rule “correctness” as a standard. Ten years from now it will be different as it is different from ten years ago.

“Reported”. I’ve seen that in Trade Chat and mocked for years.

Now if we want to piss someone off; we have to be clever, sarcasm honed to a fine point.