There are many queer guilds on the EU servers (including Lets Grab Big Toyss [LGBT], Queér Home [LGBT], Rainbow Pride [GAaY], and others). What makes Agenda unique (as far as we know) among these guilds is that we strive to provide a safe and feminist environment in our chat and other channels. To ensure that everyone understands what we mean by that, we’ve written up this Code of Conduct.
We know that some people would feel uncomfortably restricted by these rules, and we actively encourage them to join one of the many other wonderful queer guilds out there! We believe that everybody should find the guild that is right for them, which is why it’s important to have a wide variety of guilds (queer and otherwise) with different cultures and goals.
Rules of Conduct
- We do not tolerate offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, national origin, ethnic origin, nationality, immigration status, language, religion or lack thereof, or any other identity marker. If you’re not sure whether something could be offensive or not, please err on the side of caution.
- We do not tolerate comments that support rape culture – this includes jokes about rape or any other form of non-consensual sexual contact, and also includes using the word “rape” to talk about victories and defeats in PvP or WvW.
- Always respect people’s choice of pronouns and gender identity. If you aren’t sure of someone’s pronouns, it’s best to ask first or use a gender-neutral term such as “they”. Be aware that there are more than two genders, and we have a number of guild members with non-binary gender identities. Don’t make assumptions about someone’s gender based on what they say or the sound of their voice.
- Respect people’s privacy. Many people aren’t comfortable using their legal or offline names in-game, for many good reasons. While you’re free to discuss as much of your own personal information as you want, don’t share other people’s personal information and don’t discuss links between other people’s in-game identities and their identities on Facebook or elsewhere. Never pressure other people to share personal information. Remember that some of our members live in countries where it’s illegal to be queer, and even those who live in countries with supportive laws can be the targets of violence and discrimination.
- Don’t use gendered parts of the body as insults, and don’t use language which equates gendered parts of the body with particular characteristics (such as testicles for courage or arrogance).
- No jokes about anyone under the QUILTBAG umbrella. Even if you’re joking about your own identity in a way that you feel comfortable with, other people who share your identity may not be comfortable hearing those jokes.
- Please try to use inclusive language, such as “everyone” instead of “ladies and gentlemen”, and “people” instead of “guys”.
- Remember that English is not the first language of most guild members, and guildies come from a wide variety of different cultural backgrounds – sometimes people make typos or errors in translation, or use language without being aware of its cultural context.
- We would like our guild members to create a safe and positive atmosphere in the rest of the game as well as in guild spaces. While representing the guild, please don’t make a habit of saying things in public that would be against this code of conduct.
- If somebody says that they’re feeling uncomfortable with something you’re saying or doing, please respect their wishes and stop. If you think they’re being unreasonable, bring it up with the guild officers rather than arguing directly. Please think about what might make people uncomfortable before speaking, not after – not everybody feels able to speak out and say when they’re feeling upset, and it’s better not to upset people in the first place.
- Sometimes discussions take place in guild chat about subjects such as politics, religion, feminism, medical procedures, or other topics that can provoke strong emotions. While we realise that not everybody is comfortable reading these discussions, we also believe that it’s important to provide a space for discussions of these topics to take place. If only a small number of people are involved in and interested in the discussion, you could politely ask them to move the discussion to whispers or to party chat. If the discussion involves and interests a number of people, then it might be easier for you to stop displaying the guild’s chat in your chatbox for a little while – you could ask somebody to contact you and let you know once the discussion has finished.
Consequences & Penalties
If somebody breaks one of the rules in public chat, there will usually be a response by other people in chat. If you are one of the people responding, if possible please start by explaining what was wrong with what was said – people do make mistakes, or speak without thinking.
If somebody breaks one of the rules and an officer isn’t online to see it, or doesn’t respond, then please let the officers know about it by contacting them in-game (via whisper or mail), or by using the officers’ email address (details available in game), or by posting a comment on this page (all comments are hidden by default). If possible, please take a screenshot of what was said so that it isn’t just one poerson’s word against another’s.
If somebody has broken one of the rules, one or more of the officers will contact them privately in-game to discuss what they did. For minor offences, this will be all the action taken. For more serious offences, they may also be given a formal warning.
Somebody who has received two formal warnings will be kicked from the guild if they commit another serious offence.
In extreme circumstances, such as outright and unapologetic racism or religious intolerance in public chat, the officers may discuss the situation and then summarily kick the offender without any formal warnings.