Hey there, Strategists
Just over 3 years ago our Discord went live as a means to enable easier real time chatting and to replace our Mumble server with a free alternative. Not long after, requests for a location to sequester things of the PG13 variety that might get someone in trouble at work came around, along with other topics of conversation some wanted to engage in and others wished to avoid (namely politics); thus #basement was founded. At times it’s provided some very honest, interesting discussions, but it also brought about a fair amount of drama and negative consequences that have historically outweighed its benefits. On several occasions the boundaries of what is permissible have been tested, emotions have run high, and a member of the leadership has had to intercede. It’s been a talking point at multiple leadership meetings, and after much deliberation we’ve decided that it doesn’t positively influence the experience of our fellow Strategists when measured against its drawbacks.
Moving forward, topics that were previously permitted in #basement (chief among them, politics) are no longer permitted in public Strats channels (forums or Discord, including VOIP). There are other, more appropriate outlets for those discussions available across the Internet if you wish to engage in them. We’re a gaming community first and foremost, and we want to continue focusing our efforts on making Strats a great place to group up and have some fun; getting into heated discussions about the real world doesn’t really help us achieve that goal. As a general rule, if you wouldn’t feel comfortable posting it to #off-topic, you probably shouldn’t. Further reading on the matter is available in our FAQ.
If anyone has any questions/concerns/snark, I’m on the forums and Discord daily; feel free to reply to this thread or PM me directly on either service.