Earlier today, hundreds of signs were discovered at a player's wall, apparently the work of several different players. These signs included choice phrases such as "lynch the gays", "i once licked a fishy [vagina]", and many others that either bashed staff, were homophobic, or just outright disgusting and disgraceful; some of the signs were even made by long-time and high-ranking members.
So far, four people connected to the sign placements have been banned for an extended amount of time (or permanently, in some cases). On a server where we all come together to build, have fun, and make friends, this horrific and abusive behavior is contrarian to the environment of tolerance we aim to create. What if a child saw those signs? We had a seven year-old apply just the other day. This is the most appalling event on the Shire in recent memory, and those involved have been punished justly so. I personally am horrified and disappointed in the dozens of signs that were persecuting people of my sexual identity, along with the people who created them. I still am unable to believe that this actually happened.
To anyone reading this who was a part of this aggression, I have just one question: what the fuck is wrong with you? In what world do you live in where stuff like this is appropriate, even as a 'joke'? If you believe that staff members are 'overreacting' and need to learn how to take a joke, then maybe you should sit down, take a break from the server, and learn how to make one. Talking about raping newborn kittens (yes, that was a sign, and its creator has been permanently banned) will not get laughs in the environment I and many others were raised in. Shame on you.
And finally, let this be a warning to any other member who thinks something like this would make a hilarious joke;
Shape up, or ship the fuck out.