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Map deleted off B.net, no real reason given.

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Badass... really?

This game contains it's fair share of "inappropriate" words on it's own.
It also contains plenty of suggestive themes! (holographic pole dancer in cantina anyone?)
Even blood and gore are abundant....

This is outright hypocrisy if you ask me...
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While players are encouraged to share the maps they create through Battle.net, published maps are subject to review to ensure that they promote a fun and safe environment for all players. You can learn more about the StarCraft II content policy here: http://us.blizzard.com/support/article/33752

If a map is found to contain inappropriate content, it will be removed from Battle.net and the map maker will be contacted via email. Should a player have any questions or concerns regarding a specific action, he or she is welcome to contact our support representatives by using the following web form: http://us.blizzard.com/support/webform.xml?locale=en_US

If you see a player-made map that contains inappropriate content, simply right click on the map image thumbnail under "Details" and then select the "Report this Content" option.
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Lylirra, why are the words deemed inappropriate on the content policy used in the original campaign then?
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While players are encouraged to share the maps they create through Battle.net, published maps are subject to review to ensure that they promote a fun and safe environment for all players. You can learn more about the StarCraft II content policy here: <a href="http://us.blizzard.com/support/article/33752" target="_new">http://us.blizzard.com/support/article/33752</a>

If a map is found to contain inappropriate content, it will be removed from Battle.net and the map maker will be contacted via email. Should a player have any questions or concerns regarding a specific action, he or she is welcome to contact our support representatives by using the following web form: <a href="https://us.blizzard.com/support/webform.xml?locale=en_US" target="_new">http://us.blizzard.com/support/webform.xml?locale=en_US</a>

If you see a player-made map that contains inappropriate content, simply right click on the map image thumbnail under "Details" and then select the "Report this Content" option.

I mean no offense, but what was the point of posting this? It's not really helpful to those who are upset by the review process itself. And most of us know when we send an email to that address its pretty unlikely we'll get a helpful response.

If a Blizzard representative is going to take the time to address an issue like this I would hope it would be with something a little more helpful than a help page copy/paste.
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At current, I expect no more then damage control from Blizzard employees right now, until patches start rolling out to fix issues, or changes in processes are actually made.
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Rated "T for Teen" not "E for Everyone". Granted online interactions are not rated by the ESRB (says it right on the box). Why would the online community have a lower rating... than the game itself. Is online "E for Everyone" and the Single Player "T for Teen" seems backwards.
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Note the map was not originally removed for the word "Badass" it was actually removed because the waves depicted an inappropriate image on the Minimap.

Edit: Added link for clarification.
Details here. http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/248296954
Edited by Brimcon on 8/4/2010 12:18 PM PDT
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Note the map was not originally removed for the word "Badass" it was actually removed because the waves depicted an inappropriate image on the Minimap.

What did it look like my good doctor?
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I have to ask, why do you guys review maps "to ensure that they promote a fun and safe environment for all players" in this game, and not the original? That's all well and good but the relative anarchy (there was pretty much NO regulations on the original SC) promoted a HUGE map boom. The worst things I ever saw was "!#!# defense" and the random strip ones. OH NO! Less regulations=More creativity, just like in real life... We don't need our hand held, seriously.

Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
-Benjamin Franklin

Corny as heck, but it applies to this situation. We don't need to be protected blizzard, we want creative control.
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I have to ask, why do you guys review maps "to ensure that they promote a fun and safe environment for all players" in this game, and not the original?


Because we can. Literally. We have a support department now of size and ability to enforce these types of things. It simply wasn't possible when our in-game support used to consist of approximately 20 technical support agents. We did, however, actually police Warcraft III maps to a small degree if they were reported. But it was a rather archaic process.

That's all well and good but the relative anarchy (there was pretty much NO regulations on the original SC) promoted a HUGE map boom.


You're confusing our removal of inappropriate content with some draconian measure to delete maps as we see fit. Our goal is purely to ensure that maps don't contain inappropriate content, as defined here: http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&articleId=33752

Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
-Benjamin Franklin


Keeping people from seeing your hate speech and obscene images on our private game service is not the same as relinquishing your constitutional freedoms in the hopes of increased personal/familial security. Ben would tie you to a kite and let go of the string for making such comparisons.
Edited by Bashiok on 8/4/2010 1:01 PM PDT
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I literally just read through the expanded Starcraft II Inappropriate Content Policies (http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&tag=SC2icpolicies&rhtml=true) three times word for word and there is no reference to profanity whatsoever.
Edited by FixBayonets on 8/4/2010 1:14 PM PDT
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Can we get specifics on what is deemed inappropriate? Since the campaign [uses minor profanity], I think I should be alright using the word as well, as long as it's not in excess of course.
Edited by Lylirra on 8/4/2010 1:18 PM PDT
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Thanks for taking the time to provide some real feedback bashiok. Its much appreciated.
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