Recognizing no in-game, IC or OOC authority but the Moderation Staff since 2004
A Place not for White Washing, but for the Bright White Light of Truth to shine down upon those judged unfairly by cliques, cabals, and armchair experts.
Step One: Identify the Victims of Blacklisting. Victim is the correct word, as Blacklisting is both an attempt to Shame and Bully by a group, towards an individual.
Step Two: Allow the Victims to Speak Their Truth. Judgement free, no wise-ass comments from self proclaimed experts. Just human on human discussion.
Step Three: Mediation. Instead of presenting "evidence" citing spin doctored "examples", both sides need to express their goals and work toward them.
Step Four: Healing. Bad names, bad vibes, propaganda, bullying, manipulation, lies, and shunning leaves wounds on both sides of a conflict. Self-selected space away from players that have inflicted harm on "Blacklisted" players should be honored and respected. Doors can remain shut, but unlocked, to offer the hope for civil discourse.
Step Five: Re-integration. Unfair manipulation of excluding individuals from Regions, Alliances, as well as more minor exclusion by refusing to respond must end. Shunning is something IRL Cults use to harm cult members. NS Gameplay should not follow a cult like model. Extra-NS platforms like discord and similar devices should be treated similarly.
You might be asking "Why? Nation so-and-so has had x many chances to be nice and it never worked out. What has changed?"
3 Things have changed.
1) The exclusion of players has led to less amusement for less people on site. This was the original goal, to shun people. However, shunning is even less acceptablethan many of the so-called offenses Blacklisted players have allegedly committed. Thus, those promoting the Blacklist, are in fact, more guilty of bullying, shaming, and manipulating than many Blacklisted Players.
2) The game has not changed, its population demographic has. As more "chatty" type groups embrace discord life, NS is being increasingly neglected. THIS MUST STOP.
The game is the point, not just personal politics and personality cults. The younger players are quick to be offended and even quicker to turn to harsh methods of retaliation. The irony is similar to The Stanford Prison Experiment, also The Milgram Shock Experiment; and its definitely undesirable.
3) Gameplay is suffering. Political correctness, labeling people then shaming them for their beliefs and bullying them is not what the game is about. Its supposed to be played.Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose in the game. But as my pal Kenny says "...That the secret to survivin' Is knowin' what to throw away And knowin' what to keep 'Cause every hand's a winner And every hand's a loser..."
The White List is designed as a player created remediation concept to end the popularization of bullying on site. Rule-breaking is handled by our more than capable Admins and Moderators. Some nations are witnessed trying to "White Knight" situations in order to ingratiate themselves to the powers that be, and 'build their political resume' to work towards a Mod position.This is fine, but NOT when it is done at the expense of others. Bullying works both ways, Manipulation too. Lets end it so we can use our time on site to GAME.
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