Okay I read a lot about what we need to do to bring back players to UO. How do we attracted new player, etc., etc. I have seen may good and bad ideas. Why is it NO ONE will tackle the one thing that I feel like has cost UO more players than changes any dev. team has made or any expansion. It is the proverbial elephant in the room That is Griefing/Bullying. Yeah let's call it what it really is, bullying pure and simple. Bullying is NOT something that happens to kids. It can happen to adults too, in the work place, online, heck one could be bullied by your neighbor association aka "the lawn Nazis". In 12 years of UO I have seen more people quit because of this and UO's procedure for handling which is basically let the bully win. We're always told to stand up to a bully, but UO says leave the dungeon/area/chat, put them on ignore and page. The problem with that is, you gave the bully what he wanted. I'll us an example we can all relate to: Player A is killing dragons in destard. Player X, our bully, shows up. Player X decides he don't want to share the spawn with Player A. So Player X starts luring spawn on Player A. Player A asks him to stop. He launches some "colorful metaphors" at Player A and continues his anti-social behavior. Player A according to UO's procedure must leave destard, then page a GM, and wait for said GM. Congratulations, Player X just got exactly what he wanted, the spawn all to himself. I've seen the reverse too, where a player goes to a dungeon to hunt and a player that is already there engages in the same anti-social behavior. The bottom line is the way it is handled NEEDS TO CHANGE. What I don't get is why EA Games, or for that matter the gaming industry as a whole doesn't get on the Anti-Bullying bandwagon? Geez, everywhere you go you see anti-bullying campaign slogans. John Cena and his muscle bound compadres are even telling us to "Be A Star" and stand up to bullying. After watching a WWE show I find it ironic, but I digress, at least they are trying to do something positive. UO problems are complicated by the fact that many of us use TeamSpeak or Ventrilo. We use AIM, ICQ or some other instant messenger. Some guilds exchange phone numbers and text one another. This is all well and good, nothing wrong with making friends. The problems start when the relationships go south for one reason or another. Often time harassment/bullying can start in one medium and carry over to another. I often think the GMs fail to understand the complexity of the situation and the little box on the harassment Gump barely gives you enough space to put name-shard-facet much less explain a situation. Also we have players who claim griefing/bullying is "their play style". Bull-crapping shenanigans! Bullying is NEVER a play style. I also think using a player's real life issues as fodder should be a zero tolerance thing. Obviously banning doesn't work, we've all seen perma-banned players come back. How's this for an idea, UO jail. Instead of banning toss their chars into UO Jail. They could log into their accounts but the chars would be in jail, they couldn't recall/sacred journey out until their jail sentence was up. They could not use chat or anything. This is jail bro. If they have multiple accounts tied to the same Master account then guess what...jail just got crowded. If one acct. gets jailed on a master account then all will be jailed. This would prevent a bully from coming back in game on an alt. account after getting a account tossed in jail. Also it needs to be made fully clear that after a char/acct. has been "paroled" from UO jail if they go after another player for retaliation they can expect to spend one MONTH in jail. I know this isn't supposed to happen but it has happened. When Lord British started UO, he set it up so that we the players would administer the punishment /justice. That went to the wayside with the addition of Trammel. I am not disrespecting Tram, it was a needed addition and I live there. It has left players at the mercy of the GMs to deal with the bullies. I think it is high time that we the players start working together and with the GMs/Devs to take back UO from the griefers/bullies. I think one way we can start is by using the strategy we use at the University I attend. We have a campus motto: "See Something, Say Something" . It doesn't just apply to seeing crime, or something weird on campus. It applies to domestic situations, harassment,, and other sorts of things. So if you see player bullying another player, don't be a bystander! Page a GM! Even if its in general chat. I know I am no "Disney Princess" or "Miss Congeniality". Many of you will say I deserve whatever I get, but I am talking about everyone in UO. No one deserves to be bullied, not even I no matter how terrible you think me to be. Peace UHall Bros. and Sis'.