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Hello all,

Recently there was a discussion about about a player with IRL issues with child pornography. Though there was no accusation of inappropriate behavior on the server, we decided that it was necessary to issue a ban across nerd platforms. While we think the risk of harm was low, if an on-server issue did arise it would have caused more harm to the community to not be proactive. We also determined we needed a consistent policy for taking action in the future.

A few players expressed, in #pve discord channel, their concern that this ban took too long to enact and wanted to see clear action in the future. We believe that this policy will enable faster action in the future.

To that end, the following two statements have been drafted to be included in the general "All Service" Nerd.Nu rules. As with all rules these will need to be evaluated and handled on a case-by-case basis, but having a policy in place should allow for quick and consistent enforcement. Please review and provide feedback and/or suggested edits.



Outside Conduct Policy
We do not want to police people's lives and actions outside the server, but some outside issues can spill over into the community and have high enough potential to cause irreparable harm to our player base and community. This written policy is needed to mitigate that risk.

Anyone found to have a conviction for, admission of, or credible evidence of having committed the following will be banned from all Nerd.Nu platforms:
    Financial, physical, sexual, or other types of abuse of children, dependent adults, or elders. This list is modeled after real world mandatory-reporting requirements.
    Any crime where a conviction results in a restriction on a person's participation in public spaces, or requires notification of proximity/participation, in all applicable jurisdictions.
    Violations of other Nerd.Nu rules directed towards Nerd.Nu players such as doxxing, harassment, racism, etc.

Why this policy is needed
Nerd.Nu staff has historically avoided bans for outside conduct, but as people's online lives and offline lives become more and more intertwined we feel that the risk to the Nerd.Nu community of inappropriate real-world actions by community members has increased. It is no longer possible to completely separate online/offline personas. Knowledge of any of these real-world concerns and failure to act by Nerd.Nu staff may be construed by those unfamiliar with our existing rules as tacit approval of their actions and result in damage to the community.

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This brings a great deal of peace for the crew at Freeroot. We see and appreciate the work that went into this.

@shanty_sniper, @varuka, @Standish_ & I have certainly spoken at length about this in Discord. It's probably our turn to listen for a bit. We look forward to the rest of the conversation with the community.

Cheers 🍻🍻🍻🍻 @pez252 @fazaden @defiex@Deaygo !

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