Unturned has seen a lot of positive changes recently for the community, making it a much more welcoming place. These changes include the removal of certain slurs from chat, the addition of the Ukrainian flag to the menu, the Pride event and new cosmetics, statements of support and donations for persecuted groups, and the inclusion of pronouns on the forum. In particular, the improvements in the Discord community have been quite significant.
However, there are still some concerns I have about the wider community:
Servers: While I agree with the closure of the Ukraine vs. Russia maps, there are still servers and server networks that raise concerns. Some of them have extremely hostile rules, staff, or plugins targeting minority groups, either overtly or in practice. There are even plugins out there that enforce a “white-skinned” character appearance and remove all LGBTQ+ and Pride-related content from the server, including quests, cosmetics, and text.
Regarding the Unturned official Discord:
Rule 3: I believe this rule could be worded better. If enforced too strictly, it might seem like it discourages peaceful discussions of groups supported by SDG. It’s also somewhat vague and confusing,(e.g:possibly leading a trans user to think they need to hide their identities to avoid punishment). While I haven’t seen Unturned official staff enforce it in a problematic way, I’ve encountered similar rules in other servers that ban discussion of many persecuted groups, including Ukrainians, LGBTQ+ individuals, people of color, and more. This is a worrying trend.
Volunteer Moderators: It’s great to hear that more volunteer moderators are being added to the team, as moderation has been slow lately. However, I think this should be done cautiously. Some users in the Discord community who follow the server rules might hold bigoted views outside of the server. It’s essential to conduct thorough checks to ensure that no problematic individuals are brought onto the staff team. Additionally, having diversity on the staff team is crucial for recognizing dog whistles and addressing them effectively.
In summary, while Unturned has made significant progress in fostering a more inclusive and welcoming community, there are still areas that need attention and improvement to ensure that all players feel safe and valued.