28/06/2020 - Community-Wide Bans Information
As you all know, tonight a few bans have taken place, including well-known community members such as Mage, Aquaa, and Kenty. These bans were issued by @Fredy following a shoutbox discussion regarding a recent ban getting out of control. The situation escalated to the shoutbox becoming filled with toxicity to the point where it was uncontrollable by staff. Bans were given for these reasons, and the severity of the bans were increased due to the major situation this caused.
Fredy's approach of community-wide bans was a big move to tackle toxicity, and many of the banned players are repeat offenders, a few already with very long server bans. The behavior that was displayed in shoutbox earlier today was unacceptable, as a staff team and a community, we have no prejudices towards ethnic groups or sexual orientation. However, this does not give members an excuse to post photos such as the ones posted today, with the sole intention of taking the piss, mocking, or making fun of these groups.
We want to create a welcoming environment in this community and such behavior cannot be tolerated, especially due to the various community members who are part of these minority groups.
The majority of the bans given today were due to instigating the situation, mainly by those who aren't active on the server and are known for causing problems, or simply continuing the situation and jumping on the bandwagon when it was obvious people were being punished. The bans were looked over by myself, @TinySlayer and @Fredy after they were given, and those who were active and generally not ones to cause issues were unbanned.
Although this was a harsh approach to the situation, it was necessary to tackle the toxicity within this community and I hope that you can all understand.