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Quote of the day: Careful with 'sensitive real-world' topics

A member of a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender virtual gaming guild posted a welcome message on the "World of Warcraft" site saying that the guild was "glbt friendly." She was warned by the site publisher to stop on-site recruiting, or risk being banned from the site--a move that triggered much debate in the gaming world.

A spokesman for game publisher Blizzard Entertainment said it was only trying to enforce a policy designed to protect all WoW members from being harassed. After all, many players in the gaming world are young, male and prone to hurling insults.

"We encourage community building among our players with others of similar interests, and we understand that guilds are one of the primary ways to forge these communities," a company statement read. "However, topics related to sensitive real-world subjects--such as religious, sexual or political preference, for example--have had a tendency to result in communication between players that often breaks down into harassment."

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