Recently there have been some concerns about guild chat; specifically, how it is policed and how overly strict it has been as of late.
The guild leadership is adamant about keeping <Sentinel> a safe and friendly place for everyone. We expect our members to always be 'respectfully mature' when talking in guild chat. This means being conscious of your language and conversation topics.
Threats, insults, and racist or sexist behavior has never, and will never, be tolerated.
However, slip-ups do happen. An occasional swear-word or off-color joke isn't going to kill anyone. Guild members shouldn't have to feel that they are 'walking on eggshells' and afraid to do or say anything that could potentially offend. We want you to be able to relax, unwind, and socialize with your fellow members, and not constantly anxious about stepping on someone's toes.
Guild members also shouldn't have to worry about being 'piled on' if they do make a mistake in chat. If there is a concern over something you may have said or done inappropriately, ONE officer will contact you privately. You won't have four or five people telling you publicly to 'knock it off.' When the officer contacts you, he or she will ask you to stop, and explain the reason why. If the behavior continues, you may be given a reprimand or possibly asked to leave the guild.
Officers are solely responsible for policing guild chat. If an officer is online and feels that action needs to be taken, they will do so. Recruits, Outrunners, Sentinels, and Keepers should be attempting to do this themselves. If an officer is not online and you witness something you feel is inappropriate, message Adellwyna through the guildsite with screenshots and/or chat logs of the conversation in question. I will then handle your concern.
The guild leadership will soon be implementing a 'safe word.' If you feel there is a conversation or topic in chat that is making you uncomfortable, speaking the safe word will politely let everyone know that the topic should be dropped, and nothing else should need to be said about the matter. More info (and the word, of course) will be posted soon.