Over the last couple of days global chat (GC) was often overtaken for hours at a time by offensive, abusive, sexually charged, racist or otherwise inappropriate, foul and filthy language postings by a few players/alts.
Especially at times when mods were (maybe) not around. Bans later on were not very effective, because offenders would just come back next night with newly created low-level alts (L1).
In order to effectively stop those bad apples from quickly getting back into global chat with quickly created new alts, I would like to suggest a general level requirement for participation in global chat. At least L3, better L5, maybe as high as L10.
Edited 6/25/2021 10:27:14
Global Chat: player level requirement please: 6/25/2021 10:40:07
"Main" low level accounts yes, but L1-L3 ALTS should definitely be excluded. Also like Arrow's suggestion of a certain date limit, but that alone is not good enough, because some of these offenders have a lot of low level alts "in storage" already.
Global Chat: player level requirement please: 6/25/2021 13:34:39
Having some sort of minimum level requirement has been suggested before, but been declined since new players need to be able to get help. Especially with idle, new players are unlikely to reach level 4 (when you unlock forums) or something along those lines in a reasonable amount of time.
The real problem is the fact that only 20 or so people are on global regularly, and that you need to make half of them moderators to ensure 24/7 moderation.
Getting an alt to level 10 takes 3 games on average, so with a bit of preparation you can still get a massive troll army.
Global Chat: player level requirement please: 6/25/2021 13:36:46
can mods see if an account is an ALT and if yes, can they see what the main account is? If yes, suspending/banning main account plus all alts would also be a quite effective measure. Although it would not hinder them to create new L1 alts ...
To me it looks as if the filth of the last 3 days (early morning in European time zone) comes from alts of only 2 or 3 main accounts ...
Edited 6/25/2021 13:38:08
Global Chat: player level requirement please: 6/25/2021 13:45:34
I agree with Nonolet. If you block level 1 players from Group Chat that will block the Spam by 90%. Sure some people are going to find a way but you won’t get the massive chat shutdowns that occur for hours at a time like you do now. Why do people from Italy have no etiquette.
Global Chat: player level requirement please: 6/25/2021 15:42:17
thing is, everything that has been thought of has been thought of, and usually for such an easy solution someone already suggested it somewhere. next time I recommend asking around before making a forum thread suggesting an idea that doesn't stop trolls but stops actual players
Global Chat: player level requirement please: 8/1/2021 08:08:13