Note: I didn't read shit but the OP.
If a person is a member of your guild they are there because you put them there or allow them there. You've formed an association of your own volition. You vouch for them, basically.
If someone who you (whoever you may be) vouch for shows up on some faggot this nigger that ignorant ass bullshit I feel it is entirely appropriate for someone to be like "Hey, get a handle on your boy."
See, because this person represents you. If you're like, ok, my man wants to be on some ignorant ass bullshit let him do him I'm less likely to want to be around you.
As for the bit about ED being a US server and folks being free to have their dumbass opinions, I don't think that concept means what you think it means. The bill of rights are our protection from our own government, not free license to act a fucking ass because IM AN AMERICAN AN I GOT THE FIRST AMENDMENT!
It is fully appropriate to tell someone they shouldn't have their dumb fuck opinions when their opinions are fucking dumb. If anything, it is your duty as a person of conviction, assuming you are such a person, to not abide positions you find distasteful. Through discourse ideally, through disassociation otherwise.
Something you may have overlooked, Mick. Maybe you missed that these people are not allowed to talk this way in guild. And as I said, this is a community board. I could go through a hell of a lot of threads here, and quote people using certain variations of "hate words."
Whoever wrote them could claim, "I was joking. Everyone knows that." Or in the case of the troll, they could say "I was trolling."
The point is: I can't read people's minds. This board is basically a place where people talk about all kinds of stuff, not just about the game. They just happen to play the game (or used to) and come to this board to basically voice their opinions (and by the rules, obviously moderators don't care what those opinions are, and barring something super over the top, like, revealing someone's personal private information, anything goes,) hoping that someone, somewhere, will actually give a flying fuck what they're saying.
Crap, half the time I don't even come here. It's not how I prefer to spend my time. But since I am here, and I bothered to answer the "concerns" of the person that came to me with them, I basically spelled out what our policy is. You may not agree with it, but it's your right to not agree with it. All you have to do is not join my guild.
It's as simple as that. And if you wanna send me an ingame mail because someone from my guild decided to post an opinion you define as a "dumb fuck" opinion, then please, refer to my original post about the matter.
I have opinions on a lot of things. Perhaps if you talked to me you would find some of them "dumb fuck" in your opinion. But that's just it. It's your opinion, and you're entitled to it.
I have considered the thought about it reflecting on our guild. If anything, I hope people see that House Blackstone is full of all kinds of respectful people; people you may or may not agree with, but have their own individual opinion about things from their own experiences. A "diverse" guild with lots of different opinions that people hold, but are still able to play the game together regardless of the "dumb fuck" opinions they decide to share on a message board (or not). People are comfortable and not all uptight when they're playing the game because they don't have to worry about being disrespected, and know that disrespect towards people in the guild while they're playing the game will get them kicked out, not something they say on a message board where everything goes.
If you don't like what someone says on a general discussion board, don't read it.