“Report Abuse!!!”

Every regular Robloxian has by now noticed the ubiquitous “Report Abuse” button.  As of this week it has crept into the game itself in the guise of a rather surprised looking yellow smiley.

Report Abuse

ROBLOX is a kid-friendly site. We work hard to make our community reasonably safe for young and old alike. That is why we don’t tolerate profanity, threatening behavior, phishing for passwords, impersonating an administrator, spamming, advertising, etc.

Each time you submit an abuse report using our automated system we review the report and take appropriate action. We will read the forum post, view a user’s profile, or comb through a transcript of in-game chat to see what is going on. We will then take appropriate action, such as a reminder to be nice, a warning, a temporary ban, or account deletion.

Questions, Questions

Hey Builderman! Which words are naughty? Can I say “¥αβ©π®@!”?

If you are asking these questions and thinking about the consequences of your actions, then there is a good chance you’re behavior is just fine. There are clearly utterances that are bad, some that are OK, and many things in the vast gray area in-between. We will make the call.

When does good-natured competition turn into a mean-spirited threat?

Think of Roblox as a vast neighborhood street. Kids play together, argue, make up rules, and learn how to get along by resolving conflicts. Be sensitive to how what you say will make others feel.

The Boy Who Cried “Wolf!”

Like nearly everything else in ROBLOX, the moderation system is in its infancy. But spamming the moderation system with repeated, bogus abuse reports won’t get you anywhere. In fact, it’ll soon put your abuse reports on the bottom of our priority list. So, only submit an abuse report if you feel somebody is doing something inappropriate.

Finally, we can’t do much about somebody who annoys you by breaking up your house in the Community Construction Site. But watch out: some day that annoying noob might find himself ostracized from the community. You’ve seen the first taste of that with the “Friends-Only” feature.

‘nuff said. Let’s play!
 

About Erik Cassel

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist of ROBLOX. @CasselErik on Twitter

10 thoughts on ““Report Abuse!!!”

  1. popmap

    somone reported me for bringing a plane to people and they said *im reporting u for bringing a plane u @$$* *name/jester101*place/survive a train grash*date/8/12/08*time/6:43pm*so if any one ses him plz report him for me

  2. hathair

    im a kid to so if somebody send’s me a message like this”your!@%^&(&(&*&^*^%%W#* all report

  3. Mr Doom Bringer

    You might want to add in an auto-sorting system, that sorts any reports below, say, eight characters to a low-priority list, or people who have been marked to that low-priority list. Kind of like a spam filter.

  4. Telamon

    Each report is read by an admin and action is only taken when we are reasonably sure of what was going on. We are well-aware of the fact that the person submitting a report is not always trustworthy. I think our false positive rate on moderative action is very low.

  5. Gamer3D

    I’ve already been wrongly reported. (At least the person said he reported me) His reason: “because”. I’m just wondering how you will sort through all of these reports.

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