Alright. I don’t usually comment on posts over here, but allow me to clear up any confusion as the head admin for the Official Helldivers Discord and make sure no misinformation is being spread.
Pete, you’re a valuable member who has been a great part of the community for a long time. That being said, I’m sure you are fully aware we instituted a no politics rule recently as a result of recent incidents in the U.S. and globally. Our platform for Helldivers is simply not the place to be discussing political situations.
With that in mind, you posted anti-China memes and opinions repeatedly in the main channel and were warned by moderators to stop. After being warned, you continued, and were muted. After you were muted, you continued to leave and rejoin the server to bypass the mute and continue posting the same thing, claiming you’d “chosen your hill to die on” and we’d have to “keep it up or ban you.”
Clearly, based on what you were saying, you knew you were breaking a rule by telling us we’d “have to ban you.” Yet, you continued to rejoin, bypassing your mute, to post the same content. That is incredibly immature behavior and frankly I’m disappointed in how you handled it. That being said, it is important for me to clarify that you were NOT banned prior to this post. You were being muted whenever you left and rejoined in order to avoid your punishment.
You’ve admitted in your original post that you were posting offensive content - I’m not sure why you’re attempting to claim you were unfairly punished without any warnings when both Satire and Mellcor gave you explicit warnings not to post the content you were posting. You would have simply been temporarily muted but you chose to repeatedly leave the server and rejoin to evade your mute and continue posting offensive images. Please don’t act like you had no idea what you were doing and that nobody spoke to you - you’ve already admitted that’s not the case.
I respect your opinions and your right to hold them, but our community is not the place for politics to be discussed as it very easily leads to arguments between members and general toxicity or incivility. This has been a rule for a while now. It’s not because of any specific opinions that the staff team hold - it’s a general rule that applies to all sides of the political spectrum.
As for the “Official” part of the name - our server has half a dozen Arrowhead staff who have administrative powers. While I am not part of the Arrowhead staff team myself, multiple Arrowhead members do have power in our server and absolutely do have the right to revoke the “Official” branding or the Partner status if they saw fit. I discussed this with Arrowhead some months ago when they asked that the Verified status be transitioned to Partner status. Please try not to spread misinformation.