@tide said in Competitive TF2, Harassment, and Volunteering:
The way many other (and larger) esports leagues operate, players can get banned from things they do outside of the game and its environment, and I see this as perfectly okay. Why should it be okay for a player to be 100% toxic out of the game, and when ingame, they skate around the rules so they are not banned? Usually, this goes hand-in-hand with those in the higher divisions, as I’m sure RGL is scared that they will decrease the overall size of the divisions if they actually banned every player that needed to be banned. This is a multifaceted issue, and I as every other competitive tf2 player is affected by consistent inaction and this sort of ‘grey zone’ that allows for toxicity to perpetuate within our community. I love this game and I love this community, and we shouldn’t hold ourselves back from making it the best place it can be ^_^
RGL is not scared about the decrease in the size of the divisions at all. If players are violating the rules that are laid out in the rulebook, then they will receive a punishment. It does not matter if you are a top-level or a community member. The league receives over 15+ misconduct reports a week. Having the volunteer admins to have to go through every single report, come to a conclusion, and issue the appropriate action can take a toll on these staff members. This is an important detail to consider since it is not only the staff’s job to do so but the players as well. Players that see harassment occurring around them and allow it to occur are allowing this behavior to perpetuate and become normalized. Change can only occur if everyone helps.
Furthermore, RGL does not believe it is fair to police the words and actions of players in a private setting and therefore will not apply much scrutiny to these reports unless we suspect a genuine intent to harm or threaten another player. We have made this clear in our rules and have continued to enforce these guidelines. Gossip in private Discords, being spammed in private Steam messages, or in-game “trash talk” are all examples that do not constitute harassment. In particular, in-game banter is a part of every competitive activity and has always existed. Players cross this line when they resort to personal attacks.
If you do see harassment occurring, then you are always welcome to use our report system, Steam reports, or the Discord Trusty & Safety report system. Ultimately, issues like these can not be properly addressed if they are not reported. In my personal opinion, I believe RGL is doing the best that they can to address harassment in our community. As stands, the league has drawn a line in which they wish to deal with these issues. If anything, you tend to have a larger vocal minority of players that believe RGL is overstepping their boundaries by penalizing players for using slurs in scrims. The league and player base believes this is not acceptable, so it has continued to be enforced. It is essentially a tug between two sides because you will always have one side of the spectrum that believes the league should be laxer with enforcement and the other side believes that there should be more enforcement.
In the end, the topic of harassment in the community can only be addressed if all leagues, organizations, and players work together to speak up against it and not allow it to occur. RGL can always do its part to improve on how it deals with moderation. The league, as well as any other leagues, will never be perfect with this. That being said, the goal of a more welcoming and respectful community is an integral part of the league and is something that we want to continue.