Important Update to the GameSpot Community Code of Conduct

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#1 Posted by GameSpot (900089 posts) -

GameSpot is on the verge of momentous change as we prepare to re-launch the site in the biggest change its seen in 17 years. During this time of self-reflection were 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. Weve all come together to talk about the latest game releases or to recall the good old days in gaming, its the very reason so many of you participate in our forums and comment sections. Not only do we encourage it, we cant 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.


It is my pleasure to announce that we will be changing our Terms of Usealong with revising how we moderate the site. If we are to grow as a community, we must hold some level of respect towards each other and in doing so we must be able to communicate like proper human beings. Hate speech and threats have no place in any community that hopes to be welcoming and engaging towards anyone who simply wants to talk to likeminded individuals. I realize that simply saying we are changing things isnt enough so starting today anyone with moderating powers on the site will enforce our existing guidelines (and continue to do so once new ones are in place) in the following way.
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 Id 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.

#2 Posted by freedomfreak (40643 posts) -
When are these rules gonna be implemented?
#3 Posted by Blabadon (26356 posts) -
Whatever it is, it can't be worse than the site's new design
#4 Posted by GameSpot (900089 posts) -
When are these rules gonna be implemented?freedomfreak
Now.
#5 Posted by charizard1605 (57755 posts) -
Whatever it is, it can't be worse than the site's new designBlabadon
#6 Posted by freedomfreak (40643 posts) -
[QUOTE="freedomfreak"]When are these rules gonna be implemented?GameSpot
Now.

:o So, the sticky informing us of said rules will be edited and such?
#7 Posted by clyde46 (46316 posts) -
Still not going to make this place any better, in fact it will end up like GB, which is shit.
#8 Posted by Blabadon (26356 posts) -
Question, will the new ToU affect GameSpot rudely mishandling people who support and celebrate its community like the SWA?
#9 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8741 posts) -
Question, will the new ToU affect GameSpot rudely mishandling people who support and celebrate its community like the SWA?Blabadon
Inb4thelock. [spoiler] #Xaero4King [/spoiler]
#10 Posted by Blabadon (26356 posts) -
Oh sweet, I just got a moderation
#11 Posted by psymon100 (6138 posts) -

On behalf of all of system wars - you can count on us ... you can count on us buddy!!!!!111!!!!!1!!!1!!

#12 Posted by NameIess_One (559 posts) -

Still not going to make this place any better, in fact it will end up like GB, which is shit. clyde46

This, the new ToU is flinging us right back into the dark age, and going by those pics posted by mitu, the new layout looks atrocious, defnitely a step back to the current one. I have no problems with change, and I understand the reasoning behind it, but if you're going to change the layout, do something actually good, instead becoming an inferior version of GB.

#13 Posted by finalstar2007 (25206 posts) -

Looks like GS is returning to how it used to be few years ago, kind of sad to hear that but at the same time very understandable.

#14 Posted by clyde46 (46316 posts) -

[QUOTE="clyde46"]Still not going to make this place any better, in fact it will end up like GB, which is shit. NameIess_One

This, the new ToU is flinging us right back into the dark age, and going by those pics posted by mitu, the new layout looks atrocious, defnitely a step back to the current one. I have no problems with change, and I understand the reasoning behind it, but if you're going to change the layout, do something actually good, instead becoming an inferior version of GB.

Its painfully obvious that this redesign was thought up by a nubcake in a suit.
#15 Posted by sherman-tank1 (8136 posts) -

This code of conduct is very vague. 

#16 Posted by Blabadon (26356 posts) -

Oh yeah, presenting the new GameSpot

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#17 Posted by NationProtector (806 posts) -
So which user is gamespot and how ca he have 333 posts and be the max level?
#18 Posted by NameIess_One (559 posts) -

[QUOTE="NameIess_One"]

[QUOTE="clyde46"]Still not going to make this place any better, in fact it will end up like GB, which is shit. clyde46

This, the new ToU is flinging us right back into the dark age, and going by those pics posted by mitu, the new layout looks atrocious, defnitely a step back to the current one. I have no problems with change, and I understand the reasoning behind it, but if you're going to change the layout, do something actually good, instead becoming an inferior version of GB.

Its painfully obvious that this redesign was thought up by a nubcake in a suit.

Yeah... fvck the community, we don't get a say in anything.

Now, this is SW and no one ever reads the OP, so I can't be 100% certain about this, but I'd wager my 670 a good chunk of that text can be summed up as:

"Take it up the ass, or get out, no difference to us!"

#19 Posted by Wasdie (49927 posts) -

So which user is gamespot and how ca he have 333 posts and be the max level?NationProtector

Staff account. They have a few of them.

#20 Posted by bbkkristian (14953 posts) -
Looks like sheep are going to have a ban clock above their heads. Them anti Nintendo moths bring out the worst in people.
#21 Posted by lundy86_4 (43438 posts) -

I'mma be banned by next week lol.

#22 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42906 posts) -

I'mma be banned by next week lol.

lundy86_4
Stay classy and you won't have a problem.
#23 Posted by Gxgear (10425 posts) -

Meanwhile the forums remains a free-for-all space where everyone can spit venom at each other.

#24 Posted by lundy86_4 (43438 posts) -

[QUOTE="lundy86_4"]

I'mma be banned by next week lol.

Stevo_the_gamer

Stay classy and you won't have a problem.

You need a stay classy sig, yo.

#25 Posted by Lucianu (9427 posts) -

There's a guy with 4 different alternative accounts that's been flooding the legacy boards for months now, and SW as of lately. There are countless trolls that add absolutely nothing meaningful to any disscusion, except ridicule, making a mockery out of people, and straight up negativity. That is what's f*cking up the forums, Gamespot. 

#26 Posted by charizard1605 (57755 posts) -

There's a guy with 4 different alternative accounts that's been flooding the legacy boards for months now, and SW as of lately. There are countless trolls that add absolutely nothing meaningful to any disscusion, except ridicule, making a mockery out of people, and straight up negativity. That is what's f*cking up the forums, Gamespot. 

Lucianu
You talking about Jakandsigz and his alts?
#27 Posted by bbkkristian (14953 posts) -
[QUOTE="Lucianu"]

There's a guy with 4 different alternative accounts that's been flooding the legacy boards for months now, and SW as of lately. There are countless trolls that add absolutely nothing meaningful to any disscusion, except ridicule, making a mockery out of people, and straight up negativity. That is what's f*cking up the forums, Gamespot. 

charizard1605
You talking about Jakandsigz and his alts?

Or Kazilla's alts?
#28 Posted by charizard1605 (57755 posts) -
[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="Lucianu"]

There's a guy with 4 different alternative accounts that's been flooding the legacy boards for months now, and SW as of lately. There are countless trolls that add absolutely nothing meaningful to any disscusion, except ridicule, making a mockery out of people, and straight up negativity. That is what's f*cking up the forums, Gamespot. 

bbkkristian
You talking about Jakandsigz and his alts?

Or Kazilla's alts?

Or G0ddyx?
#29 Posted by bbkkristian (14953 posts) -
[QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="bbkkristian"][QUOTE="charizard1605"] You talking about Jakandsigz and his alts?

Or Kazilla's alts?

Or G0ddyx?

Or Chris_williams?
#30 Posted by charizard1605 (57755 posts) -
[QUOTE="bbkkristian"][QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="bbkkristian"] Or Kazilla's alts?

Or G0ddyx?

Or Chris_williams?

Cris_Williams is really cool though
#31 Posted by Giancar (19068 posts) -
There is already a banned member in this thread. PD: Crying should be a baneable offense in SW too.
#32 Posted by Jonwh18 (9350 posts) -

There is already a banned member in this thread.Giancar
And much celebration was had.

 

What was he saying about me getting banned before him? Look how that turned out. :lol:

#33 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8741 posts) -
[QUOTE="bbkkristian"][QUOTE="charizard1605"][QUOTE="bbkkristian"] Or Kazilla's alts?

Or G0ddyx?

Or Chris_williams?

Or TheKazfather?
#34 Posted by Ballroompirate (22931 posts) -

"During this time of self-reflection were 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."

Not even close to being one of your top problems, as a long time member, poster, lurker and reader of GS I've seen the bad and the good of GS like the Jeff fiasco, the numerous horrible reviews, the merger between Gamespot and Gamefaqs just to name a few. The GS staff needs a re work, their skillset for being professional video game journalist/critics is poor at best.

What makes people upset is not the scores your reviewers gives games it's how they do their reviews, without giving names you have a reviewer who plainly trolls the fanboys on this site, you have a feminist who makes it their crusade to make it a issue in every game they review that doesn't show strong powerful women kicking arse, then you have a sketchy reviewer who makes it his crusade to try and change how we look at games and he doesn't even finish or come close to finish a game when he does a review.

If you were a manager say...at a grocery store, someone came to you the manager saying one of your employees is acting rudely and un professional (say this isn't the first customer who's complained about that employee), do you A.) take action towards the customer for speaking to you ruining your lunch break or B.) Give disciplinary action towards the employee.

Also I'm not gonna say every poster on this site is a angel and yea there are some terrible posters here so I'm not gonna say we're not at all to blame, but you do have to see it through our eyes when we've asked for Union overhauls that were promised 5 years ago, then the whole spotty reviewers/journalists doesn't help ether.

If you want the community and GS to be better, work WITH us, NOT against us.

#35 Posted by tonitorsi (8397 posts) -

Oh yeah, presenting the new GameSpot

NewGS_Forums_zps2e94bc29.png

Blabadon

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#36 Posted by bbkkristian (14953 posts) -
[QUOTE="bbkkristian"][QUOTE="charizard1605"]Or G0ddyx?Xaero_Gravity
Or Chris_williams?

Or TheKazfather?

OR XAERO_GRAVITY!? :o
#37 Posted by foxhound_fox (88439 posts) -
So, the site will become even more sh!t.
#38 Posted by carlisledavid79 (10503 posts) -
Not a fan of the re design.
#39 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8741 posts) -
[QUOTE="bbkkristian"][QUOTE="Xaero_Gravity"][QUOTE="bbkkristian"] Or Chris_williams?

Or TheKazfather?

OR XAERO_GRAVITY!? :o

:shock:
#40 Posted by The_Last_Ride (71875 posts) -
So which user is gamespot and how ca he have 333 posts and be the max level?NationProtector
they haven't said, they made the accounts late last year if i am not mistaken. It went straight to lvl 72
#41 Posted by NameIess_One (559 posts) -

[QUOTE="NationProtector"]So which user is gamespot and how ca he have 333 posts and be the max level?The_Last_Ride
they haven't said, they made the accounts late last year if i am not mistaken. It went straight to lvl 72

I'm afraid your post is falling to banned ears... :D

#42 Posted by Seabas989 (10287 posts) -

It was fun while it lasted.

#43 Posted by The_Last_Ride (71875 posts) -

[QUOTE="The_Last_Ride"][QUOTE="NationProtector"]So which user is gamespot and how ca he have 333 posts and be the max level?NameIess_One

they haven't said, they made the accounts late last year if i am not mistaken. It went straight to lvl 72

I'm afraid your post is falling to banned ears... :D

wow, that was quick. Oh well. I think we are going to see a lot of banned users with the new guidelines
#44 Posted by CaseyWegner (70104 posts) -

you guys are overreacting. this is still way better than the older tou and better than the one we just had.

#45 Posted by quaappybla (718 posts) -

in any community that hopes to be welcoming and engaging towards anyone who simply wants to talk to likeminded individuals. 

GameSpot

So not system wars then?

#46 Posted by BPoole96 (22802 posts) -

Oh yeah, presenting the new GameSpot

NewGS_Forums_zps2e94bc29.png

Blabadon

I don't see System Wars on that list. If GS merges GGD and SW then I'm out of here

#47 Posted by super600 (30667 posts) -

If anyone has any more questions about this change just pm me or another mod and we will try to answer you question.I know a lot of users liked the previous tou but this changed had to eventually because of all the things that occured when this site was using the previous tou.This tou won't be as harsh as the tou before the previous tou anyway.

#48 Posted by super600 (30667 posts) -

[QUOTE="GameSpot"]

in any community that hopes to be welcoming and engaging towards anyone who simply wants to talk to likeminded individuals. 

quaappybla

So not system wars then?

This tou change applies across the whole site.

#49 Posted by PhazonBlazer (11861 posts) -

[QUOTE="Xaero_Gravity"][QUOTE="bbkkristian"] Or Chris_williams?bbkkristian
Or TheKazfather?

OR XAERO_GRAVITY!? :o

Or my axe?

#50 Posted by DarkLink77 (31697 posts) -

Oh yeah, presenting the new GameSpot

NewGS_Forums_zps2e94bc29.png

Blabadon
*hurls* God almighty, that looks awful.