This morning, some posts were made that were very hateful of other groups, that seem to have been ramping up over the course of the last couple of weeks. While we as Founders are heavy believers in free speech, we also run a business. These forums are an extension of that business, it is the face to our business where our residents interact on a daily basis. In the past, we have taken steps to curb the more malicious posts from users, but this seems to not have sent the message that we have repeatedly expounded on: We are an all inclusive grid, as are our forums.
We have heard repeatedly about groups of people, or people singled out, not feeling welcome here on our forums. This does not represent the company nor the Founders in any way, but when we allow some of the things being said that were said in recent days under the guise of free speech, it becomes our anchor that weighs us down as a company and as people.
Everyone has a right to come here for support and help, what no one has the right to do is to belittle any group or any person, or to tell others to go start their own grid. That sort of defeats the purpose of why InWorldz exists.
We will be reviewing the other sections of General Discussion such as Groups and Land and Economy, but for now, the entire section is closed off to regular users.
This is a sad day for the grid when our residents can not, or will not, curb themselves to understand that what they say on our forums is representative of the grid as a whole. That they see themselves as only one voice, but really they are the voice of a community that represents a delight in trolling, baiting, and hateful discourse. That they fail to understand that they take away precious time from our staff to moderate and clean up these posts, that we have to regularly step in to play referee, when we have so many more important things that need to be done on a day to day basis. When we as Founders have to start paying close attention to our forums to keep the fires down, then it's time something changes.
If that means removing the "free speech" portions of our forums for a while, then so be it. These forums were always meant as a way for our residents to communicate with us and others in a friendly manner. The friendliness has been gone for a long time, and it seems to be only getting pushed further and further away. Rather than single people out, which we have tried in the past, and then been blasted for "favoritism", we have decided to simply close the area of General Discussion.
We hope at some point in the future we can return the General Discussion to our residents, but for now, it is best that the forums act as a conduit for support for everyone. Obviously, if we see some of these things being repeated in the support areas or Classifieds, we will not hesitate to take further action of moderating those people or banning them outright from our forums.
Thank you and we hope everyone has a great day.
“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” ~ Maya Angelou