Dear Would-Be Hackers, please read this first.


I want to take a moment to try and encourage you not to hack or deface this site.  I know this is a lofty request, so I am going to approach it from a few angles.

Appeal to your humanity (version 1):

A lot of people have put a piece of themselves into this site.  Whether it’s the thousands of people who have signed the pledge, or the much smaller number of us who are working behind the scenes to keep it running.  This matters to us.  It’s precious.  But more than anything else, we are all united here because we’re trying to be better people to other people, specifically the gaming minority.

When you deface the site, it’s like you’re defacing each one of us.  Some of us like our faces.  When you hack the database and delete signatures, you’re taking away the voice of thousands of people.  All of us like our voices.

Appeal to your humanity (version 2):

Imagine you made a huge house of cards that you spent hours and hours making and you were super proud of it and you showed your friends and they were all like “ooo! pretty!” and then they added their own cards to make it bigger and then some jerk came up and started flinging shit — literally, pooping and throwing it — at the tower.

Don’t shit on our house, please.

Appeal to your logic (version 1):

What if — and just take a leap of faith with me for a second — instead of hacking the site, you sent us an email instead?  You’re probably opposed to what you think we’re doing here, so why not specifically voice your concern?  You’re likely part of our community, in one way or another, so why not state your case and see what we do about it first?  Only one person has done that so far, and you might be surprised by what happened.

We’re here for all gamers.

Appeal to your logic (version 2):

Take a look at the evidence, and you’ll realize that in the long run hacking/defacing the site doesn’t help your cause, assuming your cause is to stop ours.  Sure, it’s set us back a bit, and it’s annoying, but in the biggest picture of all you’re drawing more attention to something you’re trying to silence.  Life doesn’t work that way.  The only way it would work is if we gave up.

We’re not going to give up.

Anything I’m missing?

I could beg, explain this doesn’t have to be an Us VS You situation, beg, or even consider begging (please please please don’t hack the site!).  If you’ve gotten this far and the thought in your mind is still something like GAB IS BAD MUST DESTROY GAB, odds are I can’t convince you otherwise.  But maybe someone in the comments can.  Read through those, converse, and see what happens.

Or, I suppose, you could just hack the site.  But please don’t.


Gamers Against Bigotry

  • Some of the arguments against this site are that it impedes upon people’s right to free speech (or as some like to see it, say whatever you want and think it’s okay to be derogatory, cruel, etc, etc). If this is the reason you feel compelled to destroy someone else’s hard work, please realize that this website is also a form of free speech. So, all you are really doing is exactly what you are trying to keep from happening. This page isn’t about limiting what others say, it’s about people making the PERSONAL pledge to limit THEMSELVES to language that is void of hurtful things. If that’s threatening to YOU then clearly we have bigger issues. If you don’t believe in this cause, don’t be a part of it. Simple solution that allows you the opportunity to spend the time you would take defacing this site or shutting it down, on something else more meaningful. Spend your time contributing to the world in a positive way…it comes down to a simple choice.

  • Amanda

    I am a gamer who has studied gamers for many years, I’m even going to marry one, and I must say that sites like this are topics of contention for the two of us. He is of the opinion that “You don’t feed the trolls” & that this just makes them come out in hoards. I, on-the-other-hand, believe that the trolls can be integrated & taught to play nice, heck they could even learn something about being human if given the education and the chance. Places like this on the internet are good places to start this discussion. I mean, someday I’m going to be a mom gamer and I don’t want to introduce my kids to a gaming culture that still doesn’t respect so many of its members.

  • Eric

    This isn’t about squelching the freedom of speech. This is about having respect for another person. They’re just like you, they enjoy gaming, but just because they may not be at your skill level, or made a mistake (we all do it), does not mean they should be told so in a disrespectful manner. If you make a mistake, how do you feel when you’re told so in a disrespectful manner? You are disrespectful right back, but why? It’s because it actually hurt your feelings to be talked to in that manner and if it hurts your feelings, take a minute to think about how the people you are disrespectful to feel. Bigotry and other disrespectful forms of communication should not be the norm, nor what the gaming community is known for. When you come across someone who makes a mistake or isn’t at your skill level, offer to help them. And if someone politely offers to help you, do not resort to the disrespectful communication either. RESPECT for your fellow person, goes a long ways, and it starts at both ends. This website was a step forward (please do not erase that step), and you can help be the next step, where gamers actually are respectful of one another. If we all work together, we can continue forward until the steps take us to the community level, the society level, and hopefully with work and continued forward progress, the world level. A more respectful gaming atmosphere for the entire gaming community is a wonderful goal, but we get there one step at a time and you can help by taking a step yourself.

    And if you still are yelling out freedom of speech, think about this. If you physically assault me, I can press charges and it’s a crime. Why is it your right if you verbally assault me?

  • dfbksfb

    nigger nigger nigger

  • linn3ar

    good luck with the campaign I wish you every success . Not all gamers are racist ,small minded bigots . As a mature gamer i salute you .

  • LVHC

    I am what people call a hacker and i resent the above statement to hackers real hackers work for Microsoft, make your anti viruses as well as firewalls and do NOT attack the innocent. we do not verbally attack people nor do we attack them physically, however people throw the word hacker around like candy lately, getting someones password is NOT hacking, getting there whole life is, making there lives better is hacking, using coding to make games, anti viruses and software to help others is hacking, please read before you post hacking I’ve seen this time and time again and i am getting tired of seeing it,.

    and to the little script junkies who seem to have it out for this site, two words “grow up” don’t make us real ones have to take a stand next side by side with GAB because we will, we have been quiet up until now hiding in the shadows working quietly doing the jobs asked of us to help people and here you come prancing here to sit there and destroy something you probably haven’t even taken the time to read, that your friend or friends said they didn’t like it and to take it down because “it’s the internet and i cant be tried for crimes up here” news flash you can and will so think before you act this isn’t a game this is someones hard work your attacking for no reason other than self gratification you want something to do go fight with Sony and leave GAB alone this is your last warning there will be no other.

    • Hacker is definitely thrown around flippantly these days. When I was growing up, it meant exactly what you’re describing, now it’s more about trolling than it is social change.

      I appreciate the comment. And apologize for reinforcing that aspect of the problem in this post.


The Pledge:

As a gamer, I realize I contribute to an incredibly diverse social network of gamers around the world, and that my actions have the ability to impact others. In effort to make a positive impact, and to create a community that is welcoming to all, I pledge to not use bigoted language while gaming, online and otherwise.

Bigoted language includes, but is not limited to, slurs based on race? (e.g, "chink," "nigger," "wetback"), ethnicity? (e.g., "kyke," "polock"), gender? (e.g., "cunt," "bitch," "tranny"), religion? (e.g., "dirty jew," "papist"), sexual orientation? (e.g., "gay," "fag[got]," "dyke"), and disability? (e.g., "retard[ed]").

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