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Statement Regarding PiratesAhoy! Policy

Discussion in 'The Burning Brig' started by Pieter Boelen, Mar 31, 2014.

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  1. Pieter Boelen

    Pieter Boelen (Not So) Old Seadog Staff Member Administrator Storm Modder Hearts of Oak Donator

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    The following announcement may come as a shock to many of our forum members
    and is certainly the most difficult thing I have had to do in my nearly 10 years at PiratesAhoy! as it involves a long-term active contributor.

    Our community has always been a place where people can do what they like to do and where we all support each other as well as we can.
    This is not an easy thing to accomplish and we don't have a perfect track record on it either. But we have to try and make an effort.
    After all, we may be pirates, but we are also gentlemen. (And ladies)

    However, we have been seeing an increasing amount of attacks on the forum, both personal and directed at PiratesAhoy! as a group.
    We have overlooked these for the most part, even though any personal issues should be kept to Private Messages and not be posted on the public board.
    This message by our most long-term forum member also explains quite well why the attacks on PiratesAhoy! itself are uncalled for.

    Another related issue is an attempt to use the Hearts of Oak recruitment forum for one of our member's own commercial desires,
    without the team's explicit permission. This clearly indicates a conflict of interest and does not belong in a public area.

    The one thing that cannot be ignored though is to compare a respected contributor to a certain notorious historical person
    and subsequent attempts to publicly smear the name of said member. This is not behaviour that we expect from any member of our community,
    but is especially concerning as all the above was posted by one of our own Staff Members.

    The involved person should know, by now, that I have always done what I can to support him and his work and so have many other forum members.
    Therefore the decision has not been taken lightly, but after careful consideration
    the remaining PiratesAhoy! Staff Members have agreed that such continued misconduct can no longer be tolerated.
    We are truly sorry that it has had to come to this, but the afore-mentioned member is hereby banned from our community.

    As always, we remain happy to support all members on this forum, old and new, wherever and whenever we can manage.
    Modding on the Storm Engine games will continue to the best of our abilities, as will our development on Hearts of Oak: Conquest of the Seas.
    The only thing that we ask in return is for everybody to treat each other reasonably and respectfully.

    If anyone has any valid concerns about general or personal issues, the PiratesAhoy! Staff is always willing to discuss this as reasonable people.

    Best regards,

    Pieter Boelen
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    PiratesAhoy! Community
     
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  2. Jack Rackham

    Jack Rackham HoO Team Member Quest Writer Storm Modder

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    With the risk of being banned myself I DON'T think this is right at all.
    Except the unfortunate mentioning of a certain dictator I think MK expressed very well what concerns me too.
     
  3. Pieter Boelen

    Pieter Boelen (Not So) Old Seadog Staff Member Administrator Storm Modder Hearts of Oak Donator

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    This thread was meant as announcement only. My apologies for leaving it open for response for a while.
    It has been closed properly now.

    A further announcement:
    A lot of valid points have been raised lately, which we are intending to address in a separate post soon.
    In the meantime, please contact a PiratesAhoy! Administrator in Private Message if you have any further concerns.
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2014
  4. Pieter Boelen

    Pieter Boelen (Not So) Old Seadog Staff Member Administrator Storm Modder Hearts of Oak Donator

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    Closing Statement:
    To avoid any potential confusion on this in the future, it is worth to clarify on the following:

    The above mentioned decision was unanimous between all PiratesAhoy! site staff, including the site owner.
    All members who voiced concern about it either in public or in private have been given a fair explanation and respect the decision.

    We refuse to drag out this fight that should have never been necessary in the first place.
    It is best left where it belongs: In the past.

    We have a very simple "live and let live" policy here. All we care about is to have fun with our pirate games.
     
  5. Armada

    Armada Sea Dog Staff Member Administrator Project Manager 3D Artist Storm Modder

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    A Reminder of our Anti-Trolling Policy

    Here at PiratesAhoy!, we try to make this forum as friendly and welcoming to as many people as possible.
    This involves making sure that all our members abide by our Forum Rules, and taking appropriate action when someone steps out of line.

    Unfortunately, we recently had to ban an individual who didn't seem to take these rules seriously enough.
    We wouldn't normally disclose the details leading up to a ban, but the site staff members have collectively decided that it's time to make an example of what happens when trolls try to push their luck.

    The individual in question approached a member of staff regarding a recent trolling incident, and instead of respectfully listening to the staff member's response, the individual replied with this comment (with some sensitive words removed):
    For this comment and the argument that followed, the individual received a one-week ban as per our warning system.
    We took this step to give them some time to reflect on their actions, with a second chance upon their return. However, instead of changing their attitude, the individual posted this reply as soon as their one-week ban expired:
    Clearly, the message didn't get through, so we followed up with a permanent ban, again in accordance with our warning system.

    The messages we want to reiterate to everyone are as follows:
    • Trolling of any sort IS NOT tolerated at PiratesAhoy! under any circumstances.
    • Disrespectful comments towards ANY members (staff or otherwise) are NOT acceptable.
    • Everyone who visits the forum is subject to the same forum rules, without exception. Failure to adhere to these rules will have consequences.
    As ever, if you come across anyone you believe to be a troll, please report them to the site staff via the Report button at the bottom of their posts. And if you have any queries regarding our anti-trolling policy and how we enforce it, please contact a member of staff via PM.

    We hope that everyone here continues to have fun in a safe and respectful environment.

    - The PA! administrative team
     
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