Online Abuse and Taking a Stand

Sad CreeperFor those of you who were online yesterday morning you were confronted with something very ugly and disturbing. A couple of sick individuals thought it would be funny to come onto a family friendly Minecraft server and hurl racial and sexual abuse at players of all ages.

Our plugin that was supposed to block this failed miserably (Swear Filter), and because of this, users were subjected to seeing profanity and other horrific bullying language for the better part of an hour. Worse yet, there wasn’t a single staff member online.

I cannot apologize enough for this and I assure you that I am completely reexamining our entire staff situation and other ways to prevent something like this from occurring again.  I appreciate each and every one of you who contacted me and let me know about this incident.

It was two users: tannerthebob and creeperkeeper345 from the IP 50.88.223.254.  Both users have been banned as well as their IP address.

Furthermore, I have turned this over to their ISP Brighthouse Networks and they are currently investigating this matter.

Normally server owners just ban the offenders and sweep it under the rug. I know I have in the past. But I’ve decided it’s time to take a stand.  I’m armed with their IP address and their ISP knows exactly who they are. In 2013 it’s time to put an end to hate speech. And if it takes public shaming, let’s do it.

Using the N word and other sexually charged and profane language with the intent to hurt isn’t free speech: it’s a crime. I’m going to stay on this until it comes to a resolution.

This is a teachable moment and a reminder to us all: we all live together on this planet. There is no room for intolerance, hate, or bullying. We don’t tolerate it on Towncraft and we’re doing something about it.

Kolgrath

Hello, I'm Kolgrath and I own and operate the Towncraft Minecraft Server. I've been playing Minecraft since 1.2.5 (Around July 2012) and have been in love with it since! I am really enjoying all the cool stuff going on at Towncraft and that is the ONLY place I play! I have my own YouTube channel, and my channel name is Kolgrath. Also, be sure to follow @Kolgrath on Twitter! I post all kinds of updates and funny Minecraft stuff on there... and sometimes I post giveaways!

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6 Responses

  1. Biblop von Biblopson says:

    I agree with this wholeheartedly. This is a blatant offense, just like with the cyberbullying that I am experiencing at school. THIS is the most serious issue in the current world.

  2. Excellex says:

    I agree with biblop and Kolgrath as technology grows in this age and so does the issues, not everyone can stop them, but we can atleast stop them on Towncraft, as it just isnt right to insult someone with such profanity and such, especially in public chats and such for the world to see.

  3. mhp4085 says:

    thats terrible 🙁

  4. TheVortex says:

    It’s simply very terrible to have this happen, it is sad that this is part of the reality in our Century.

  5. TheVortex says:

    I am very great full to have a server like towncraft where I can relax and not have to worry much about stuff like that, even though we can’t stop it we can try.

  6. It is time to take a stand, and maybe update the swear filter.

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