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Prohibit posting on forum "IC threads" if the message is not backed by a real GTAW character.


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48 minutes ago, Kari said:

Really, I think it just speaks to the types of members who create false characters whom have zero beliefs except hate, more than anything else.

This, but sadly it's only ever encouraged instead of being handled. In reality, by removing the edgelords and creeps from the community, this problem would be solved without any other action needing to be taken.

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There's no way you can find out who posts comments in those sections IC regardless if this rule is implemented or not, it'd make literally no difference. If you run an IC media site, require registration or IC subscription before users can post & your troll problem is solved. You can't stop anyone else from doing their own thing on their own IC sites, if what they're doing is illegal than that's for the police to worry about. If they're not effecting you, just move on.

 

The only issue I would have is when they're using ghost characters to directly and negatively effect characters overall ability to roleplay, criticism of public figures which would naturally happen wouldn't fall under this imo.

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Our faction (LSI) has ran into /some/ issues in regards to figuring out who the comments are coming from. It’s difficult to prove if it’s from a main account, alt account, or even (maybe in some cases?) a character that doesn’t exist in-game. 
 

It’s not particularly an issue, unless it relates ICly such as a law suit, death threats, or roleplaying internet service details when not using a VPN - such as reporting them to law enforcement. 
 

It would be hard to enforce this. We (our Faction) more or less just consider the comment section “free roam” to avoid any issues, whether it’s positive or negative, as it would be a headache just to try and pinpoint who the comment came from especially if it’s needed for IC roleplay. 
 

With the post above this one, you could require a subscription or registration prior to commenting. But that’s as far as I see it going. It would work, but again sort of promotes non-engagement. I personally love the comment sections on articles, even if it’s filled with criticism or negativity.. some might think otherwise though. 
 

Blatant MGing or commenting as a non-existent character would, and should, be reported as normal. In the end, it’s just not ideally enforceable. 

 

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+1 

 

It is annoying. You see people pretending to be troll accounts using offensive hate language to boost threads, words they would never dare to use with their own characters.

 

Calling someone slurs is fine when you can pretend to be Joe Hillbilly a conservative right-wing character that doesn't exist. And it becomes just a loophole to be disgusting without any ic consequences. Especially when the purpose is to make rude comedy trolls to a make a thread stay on top of the forum page, when the rest of the player base really doesn't care. 

 

It is power/metagaming.  

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55 minutes ago, Remington said:

Our faction (LSI) has ran into /some/ issues in regards to figuring out who the comments are coming from. It’s difficult to prove if it’s from a main account, alt account, or even (maybe in some cases?) a character that doesn’t exist in-game. 
 

It’s not particularly an issue, unless it relates ICly such as a law suit, death threats, or roleplaying internet service details when not using a VPN - such as reporting them to law enforcement. 
 

It would be hard to enforce this. We (our Faction) more or less just consider the comment section “free roam” to avoid any issues, whether it’s positive or negative, as it would be a headache just to try and pinpoint who the comment came from especially if it’s needed for IC roleplay. 
 

With the post above this one, you could require a subscription or registration prior to commenting. But that’s as far as I see it going. It would work, but again sort of promotes non-engagement. I personally love the comment sections on articles, even if it’s filled with criticism or negativity.. some might think otherwise though. 
 

Blatant MGing or commenting as a non-existent character would, and should, be reported as normal. In the end, it’s just not ideally enforceable. 

 

 

But it would certainly weed out the trolls, you could even have a very minimalist approach if you didn't want to go the subscription route and simply ban VPN and Tor use IC it is possible to do IRL. Wouldn't be quite as invasive or restrictive on engagement but still effective. 

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+1 Could try to opt in to having it so you must set what character you are posting as somehow (through say a dropdown menu- invisible to anyone but admins only in the IC sections) Then they can rp using a vpn if they wish still whilst it's -definitely- posing as a character. Then if things like no vpns are emoted being used etc you can take the IC routes through investigations and such with law enforcement to catch someone if they go too far icly 🙂  

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On 8/4/2023 at 4:31 PM, Natala said:

+1 

 

It is annoying. You see people pretending to be troll accounts using offensive hate language to boost threads, words they would never dare to use with their own characters.

 

Calling someone slurs is fine when you can pretend to be Joe Hillbilly a conservative right-wing character that doesn't exist. And it becomes just a loophole to be disgusting without any ic consequences. Especially when the purpose is to make rude comedy trolls to a make a thread stay on top of the forum page, when the rest of the player base really doesn't care. 

 

It is power/metagaming.  

I do get your point and agree with some of it, but that is the essence of the internet. Just like in real life, people act differently online to how they would in person, considering they're anonymous and cannot be harmed on the internet and will not face the consequences of their actions.

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