Upcoming Forum Changes to WvW Match-ups Sub-forum

Upcoming Forum Changes to WvW Match-ups Sub-forum

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Posted by: CC Danicia

CC Danicia

Community Coordinator

The Community Team is launching a new forum initiative, to create and support a more inclusive and safe space for our players. We have upgraded our backend systems to add in different infractions, plus implemented new guides on how to interact on the Guild Wars 2 forums. We’ve written a helpful guide about giving constructive feedback, called How to Give Good Feedback, so the Developers can read and consider your thoughts & ideas. We’ve outlined the updated Forum & Moderation changes/punishments with Guild Wars 2 Forum Moderation Updates, giving suggestions on how to help keep the forums a more positive & helpful place.

With this in mind, we’re making some drastic changes to the WvW Match-ups Sub-forum. As of the New Year, we’ll be shutting down the Match-Ups Sub-forum. This sub-forum was originally created for the WvW community, to help with communication and discussion about the world match-ups. We created this at the community’s request, and it has helped keep WvW Discussion on-topic to the game play, versus discussion about the matches. That being said, the sub-forum has become a very toxic place, full of continued violations of our Forum Code of Conduct, despite regular and repeated warnings to the players involved.

When we created this sub-forum, we did so under the agreement and understanding that your posts would abide by the Forum Code of Conduct. Whilst we have always allowed for more teasing & “smack talk” in this sub-forum, the toxic and abusive behavior in this sub-forum has gotten entirely out of hand. Our Moderation & Community Teams spend an inordinate amount of time dealing with numerous threads & posts that are full of:

  • Insulting players, guilds, and servers
  • Name-calling
  • Accusations of hacking, exploiting, & griefing
  • Off-topic discussions
  • Image spamming
  • Hate Speech

It is disappointing, to say the least.

With that in mind, the Community Team will be removing this sub-forum in the New Year, to go hand-in-hand with the other changes we’re making. We encourage leaders in the WvW community to take the initiative in creating your own communities to host these discussions. Some options you could consider:

  • Current WvW communities hosted by players
  • WvW subreddits
  • Community hosted forums
  • Community hosted fansites

From now through the beginning of the New Year, we’re implementing a new change. As soon as a thread starts breaking the Forum Code of Conduct, we will close the thread. If new threads are created and go off the rails, we will close them, too. We wish for you to be able to wrap up your discussions and focus on bringing your postings in the WvW forum to a more constructive place. Any match-up threads created outside of the Match-ups Sub-forum will be removed and the original creator infracted.

Please take the time to review our Forum Code of Conduct if you have not lately. https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/rules

Please remember the following text from our Code of Conduct:

Forum moderators have full discretion to address any behavior that they feel is inappropriate. Your membership and participation in these forums is a privilege and not a right. ArenaNet reserves the right to suspend or terminate your access to these forums and/or to the game itself at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by this Code of Conduct

(edited by Moderator)