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In Topic: T1 WvW: The Big Three Olympians

27 December 2013 - 04:09 AM

Oh wow, I actually remember reading this thread when it was first posted heh.

Good times!

In Topic: The Queen's Speech

13 August 2013 - 03:27 PM

I think there is probably some more (better) things waiting for us that they haven't revealed yet. Still, the birthday gift items are a bit lame. Oh well.

In Topic: World vs. World: The End of Culling

14 March 2013 - 01:16 AM

The notion of not having to deal with culling anymore is amazing. Can't wait. ;)

In Topic: Wrongful Ban of my Account by Arena Net

09 February 2013 - 08:23 PM

I'm fairly certain they will never reveal the exact details on what they detected on your system as that would probably end up helping the real hackers gain a ton of insight on how to evade detection (assuming you people are telling the truth). Perhaps you can open up another ticket fully detailing every program you had running while you played guild wars 2 as well as what you were doing in the game (in your case, every little thing you were doing in the dungeon runs) and they might find something that was incorrectly determined to be a hack.

In Topic: The N Word

25 December 2012 - 11:43 PM

When you're dealing with people on the internet (who are from all over the world) you have to realize everyone has something that makes them uncomfortable, no matter how irrational it may be to you. More importantly, you also have to realize that people are emotionally weak and when in doubt will tend to safely cling on to what they consider as the norm in their society (after all, the norm is what the generally dumb majority favors as the flavor for the week). If you want to really get along with people you need to be considerate towards what they might find offensive. That or you might end up facing the consequences (such as this ban) meant to protect against "everyone's" feelings from being hurt equally.

Saying the N-word these days doesn't exactly have the same meaning it did years ago for a lot of people, but as you know, the meaning of words depends entirely on the context in which it was used. Some people don't care at all for the modern usage of the word despite it being used in a clearly friendly manner. It's a fact that the N-word has a lot of negative connotations attached to it regardless of the slang modern usage, and for some people it is still incredibly insulting. Why they choose to let it affect them to this day might just be because some people really are still using it offensively, which is also a fact. It's also possible that some people enjoy acting "apologetic" for events that took place in the past that they weren't even a part of just because they want to pretend they are suddenly more mature for it and it makes them feel good. In the end, why their sensibilities are affected by slang terms used in in a friendly context shouldn't really matter to you one way or the other as someone is bound to take offense to it, that's just the way it goes.  

Derogatory terms will probably have even less impact on people in the future as we continue to use these words with different associations, come up with new offensive words (after all you can make up any word and attach a negative social stigma to it), and as we continue to progress as a society and move past it to probably something even more pathetic instead. However, for the moment, you just need to be aware that some people will still react to the N-word even when used in a friendly manner while others frankly couldn't care less and it’s for your own good to play it safe and not use it.