I spent a number of years as a teacher. In the classroom, I made it my policy never to publicly shame my students. I was hesitant to call on people who didn’t have their hands up. I didn’t like to put people on the spot or make people look like stupid or wrong in front of their peers. I felt it was important to create a learning environment where people felt safe to speak up and to explore ideas — even if those ideas weren’t particularly well-formulated. Of course, I taught literature and film, so there wasn’t really a “right” or “wrong” answer; rather the things we discussed in my classes were open for interpretation, and as long as students could substantiate their arguments with “proof” from the texts we examined, I was open to the ideas they put forward.
Sometimes, however, being “right” or “wrong” matters. And sometimes, sadly, public admonishments prove necessary.
Enter Failbot, an add-on that announces in raid-chat when someone screws up. One of our guildmates installed it recently, and it has proven to be rather amusing, particularly when people argue with it: “OMG, I do not fail at dancing!” /die
What I hope, however, is that the add-on isn’t just used to embarrass people who fail to move during safety dance or polarity shifts or void zones. Because at this stage of the game, if you are still standing in the fucking fire, it’s time you go to a remedial class.