In 2017 CCP had a drive to overhaul and refresh EVE Online’s web presence. Part of this was the launch of new forums for EVE Online, Introducing the New Eve Online Forums,
When we made the announcement, we used the text "For the launch of these new forums, we’ve undertaken a complete review of the forums rules and how we utilize and enforce our moderation policy, with a view to relaxing things and promoting more open and liberal discussion. ".
Hilariously, some people took this to believe that you would be able to have an open discussion in the new forums without any heavy-handed censorship from CCP. Ha!
Oh God, how that one made us laugh back in Iceland. We all had to dash into Kaffibarinn for a few shots of Fjallagrasa Moss Schnapps at the time because we were literally laughing so much. I mean really, open and liberal discussion, come on, right?
Getting serious for a minute though (frowny face), recently some rather naughty pilots have tried to discuss some stuff on the forums that is really just not on. and frankly, this has left us a little rattled.
Moderators have had to work hard to shut down any ‘inappropriate’ discussion of these topics but some of them are so distressed now that they keep singing (read: yelling) ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ and demanding more Bjórlíki. I mean who drinks THAT?!
Anyway in the spirit of helpfulness here’s a list of things that you really mustn’t discuss, okay?
- Sexist, misogynistic and homophobic content within Eve.
- Whether or not CCP cares about sexist, misogynistic and homophobic content.
- Whether or not CCP does anything tangible about sexist, misogynistic and homophobic content.
- Whether Brian is the son of God or just a really naughty boy.
Also please don’t reference anything silly like the Everyday Sexism Project or the use of the hashtag #MeToo_). The very idea that we might need to update our thinking on things because the world around us has changed a bit (well, quite a lot actually) is just really, really scary.
We now off to have a long lie down.