We’ve had a couple of new recruits unceremoniously crash and burn due to making completely inappropriate comments in guild chat.
The problem is – every guild culture is different. Our members definitely flirt with the line, but they know where the line is. I’m not sure how a new member is supposed to know where the line is. The obvious answer is to shut up and listen for a while – and if you’re not smart enough to keep your head down and do just that, then you’re just too dumb for the guild!
I was trying to explain it to the husband, and finally I came to the conclusion that it is OK if the off-color statement stays in the game world, but is inappropriate if it is directed against a specific person or references RL too much. I’ll give some examples:
OK: Jokes about in-game features
Example: “Look at my Giant [Penance]! You have [Penance] Envy!”
Example: (on twins) “There were two balls coming right at my face!”
Example: “The boss’s crotch was right in my face and he didn’t buy me a drink first.”
Example: Racism against gnomes or other in-game races.
Not OK: References directed at harassing or insulting any given person or group (that get too “RL”).
Example: “Prove that you’re a girl! Boobiepxplz.”
Example: “I’d be happy to show you what I’ve got (in my pants).”
Example: “I bet you’re one of those people with the stupid (insert opinion here) bumper sticker on your car.”
Example: Racist comments against real races (not gnomes, tauren etc)
Where does your guild draw the line? How do you communicate that “line” to new recruits?