Good Grief! Can Online Harassment in Games be Stopped?

Events transpired this week in my MMO of choice that has led me to question certain aspects of in-game harassment and how it should be dealt with. LOTRO is somewhat famous for it’s helpful and welcoming community, so when that ecosystem is disrupted enough by a single player to spawn several forum threads and to cause some long-time players to question why they still play the game, it catches my attention. Without going into too many of the gory details, certain player-run events have recently been disrupted by a single individual who his choosing to place his/her player in a inconvenient spot, irritating the attendees of the event. Those who report the player are told by the in-game GMs that the player is not doing anything wrong, and that they should stop submitting tickets.

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