GameSpot is on the verge of momentous change as we prepare to re-launch the site in the biggest change it’s seen in 17 years. During this time of self-reflection we’re aiming to improve as many aspects of the site as possible. One of the biggest issue plaguing GameSpot is the abysmal practices seen in our comment section.
The gaming industry strives in partaking of past exploits in fantasy worlds and individual experiences that evoke emotional responses. We’ve all come together to talk about the latest game releases or to recall the good old days in gaming, it’s the very reason so many of you participate in our forums and comment sections. Not only do we encourage it, we can’t thank you enough for doing so on a daily basis. Unfortunately, some of you have decided to abuse our communal space with uncalled for levels of abusive and offensive language. We aim to fix that.
First offense: User will receive a warning.
Second offense: Seven-day suspension from the site.
Third offense: Permanent Ban from GameSpot
For the sake of clarity, this will include forums, comment sections, and blogs. The ban will be imposed to those that violate our guidelines within a span of 60 days of each offense. If no further incidents occur within the 60 day period, the user will be cycled back to good standing all is right in the world.
For most of you, the only effect of these changes should be a noticeable improvement in the quality of conversation across the site. On the other hand some of you might see this as an unrealistic request and to those individual I’d like to remind them that there are plenty of vestibules in the online space that would welcome your closed minded views. GameSpot will not tolerate hate speech, threats, and we will ban accordingly at our own discretion.
The GameSpot community team, consisting of Synthia Weires, Frances Troche, Zorine Te, and our dedicated moderators will be working diligently towards improving the conversation on the site. We hope you continue to enjoy the site and we’ll see you in the comment section.