The topic of online hate and harassment was breached by a letter I received from the ADL. I shared this with CCP and they appreciated my sharing. They invited me to say something in the Forum and to the CMO. This is an important topic and essential to the survival of online gaming. As we come out of this current crisis let us hope we have learned better how to work together.
I also shared with Jonathan Greenblatt, who sent me the letter, my perspective on EVE online and the welcoming community that I find it to be.
On the topic of hate and harassment some don’t want the discussion calling those who report harassment various unflattering names, some not all. If we want to keep our online communities unregulated we need to prove we can self regulate and communicate in a civil and responsible manner.
Many, wisely, avoid the comments section of most online posts and not all are into chatting online or using voice communication, but we all want our freedom of expression. As communications skills improve more will participate just as happened with the printing press.
I decided to start this discussion by dragging out an old education site shared by Uncle Carrot, an avatar that has educational pages created for children only to include children of all ages.
Uncle Carrot has one affirmation. “You are a maker of worlds, what will you make today?”
The EVE player community seems very charitable and helpful when it comes to New Eden. The EVE commenter is more typical of anywhere comments can be found.
Is it possible to raise the bar when is comes to making comments? There are those who say we just haven’t leaned how, it’s not in our skill set yet, like reading a newspaper. When the printing press was invented it was used and abused. It helped start one of the worst wars in history and the rise of Protestantism; sort of the non-Catholic lives matter movement.
There is a learning curve involved with any new technology. It will be used, and misused, at every level until we all get the skill training. If this thread should go off the rails, as I have seen others do, you can always go to Uncle Carrot.
My escapism while I deal with tough topics, or tough times, is to enjoy making some videos that help me understand the dark side of human nature, the idiotic side and the side that believes in faith, hope and love. I just want to fly.
Darth Vader, Jar Jar Binx and Obiwon Kenobi went into a bar; it was an Internet Bar and they all wanted to play EVE online. They registered as the three characters from Two and a Half Men.