Houses of the Blood MUSH is here as a cooperative environment for people to play together, tell stories and generally have a good time. But in the end, we are all people. Some people may do or say things we don't like or appreciate, and it can be in our nature, especially if we are emotionally invested in something, to lash out at the situation in question. And this lashing out can lead to harassment. Harassment on the MUSH can further be clarified as any conduct that creates significant anguish to another person, with the intent to bother, scare or emotionally abuse him or her. Note the words 'another person'.
Harassment can occur through page, @mail, OOC commentary, IC commentary that takes on a glint of OOC information, or off-MUSH means of communication such as e-mail or IM, among others. If you feel someone is harassing you, the first step that should be taken is to inform this person of your feelings and ask them to stop. Oftentimes this will result in the ending of the harassment, as sometimes it isn't obvious to someone at the other end of a text-based game that their words are being taken in such a manner. However, if the harassment continues, and the player in question refuses to do as you ask, it is in your best interest to involve staff in the dispute. Staff will work to help all players in question resolve the disputes. If there is no hope for resolving the conflict, staff will help make sure that the players in question don't have to interact until the harassment stops, or interact at all depending on the necessary outcomes. If the player in question does not comply, staff will take further and decisive action, with outcomes determined on a case by case basis.
As always, remember. We're all people. On the other side of the screen is another person, with feelings and emotions, just like you. Remember to attack the issue at hand, not the person at the other end of the connection. Emotions run high at times, but if you lose the ability to be civil, log off and take a break. This is a game, and it's not worth having hurt feelings -- or hurting others' feelings -- over. After all, we're all here to have fun.
The staff of Houses of the Blood MUSH has the final word on what constitutes harassment. There are some staff guidelines regarding what would constitute harassment on the game, but as a general rule, things that constitutes harassment in real life also constitute harassment on the game. This is including, but not limited to:
- Insulting a demographic group (race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, etc.)
- Continued contact when a person has specifically asked you to stop
- Organizing other players to do any of the above
Offenders via harassment have a single strike; if found guilty of harassment, the first offense will result in a warning and potential PennMUSH code restrictions such as @pagelock. On the second strike, offenders will be banned from the MUSH. There is no middle ground; staff will not tolerate our environment becoming toxic to the player majority. If you have questions regarding this policy, please see Apollo or another member of staff.