There has been a recent pronounced increase of some really unfortunate behavior from a small minority of our users in the live stream event chats. I'm not even talking about throw-away accounts made just to troll...many of the issues are coming from long-time members, some with premium subscriptions.
We don't ask much, but what we do expect from people can all be summed up by Giant Bomb's golden rule that we have always lived by - don't be a jerk. Well, what Ryan originally said to me before the site even launched was "I don't want people being dicks", but that's neither here nor there. However, for anyone that needs a short bullet point list, here are the basics:
- Don't attack other users or Giant Bomb staff - keep it constructive and civil.
- No hate speech or victimization of others - we don't mind a little profanity, but sexism and racial or homophobic slurs are strictly prohibited.
- No linking to porn, warez sites, hate speech, or any other site which would generally be prohibited by common sense and the rules.
The long version can always be found pinned to the forums in the Rules document.
Top Men are working on improvements to the chat as well as chat moderation tools. If you want to discuss specific problems or issues with chat unrelated to the above, please send a message to @rorie and he will be happy to talk to you and then forward your suggestions on to the engineering team.
Finally, please be aware that what you do in the chat does carry over to the rest of the site. If you get banned from chat for something really awful, chances are we are going to immediately ban you from the forums as well, and we don't want to have to do that.