People that, shall not be named for reasons of privacy (among other things) are discussing why they think the new ability to hide profiles CREATES toxicity.
The usual argument is that people will assume “you’re hiding something from me because it’s a bad thing”. By “bad” thing, they usually mean that you have a lot of hours into 1 hero, but want to play another. I have three accounts. THREE. Why? Because I was NOT allowed (by others) to play what I want. It took me roughly 3 seasons to climb out of Gold in solo-queue as a Reinhardt main with probably the worst teams I could imagine, but that’s not the point.
These people, are insisting that hiding your profile creates a negative stigma. But if hiding your profile is a NORMAL thing, that the majority of people do, then there won’t be such a stigma against it. In fact, the DEFAULT is to be hidden except to friends.
“But you have a bunch of hours on this hero, so playing insert hero is throwing!” Or they say “basically throwing”. This is, false.
Please read the BOLD text that was stated by Blizzard employees.
Please keep in mind the fact that you can NOT edit a Blue/Dev post, without it turning to a normal block-quote, so you know this is legit. This has NOT changed.
Blizzard said this and I even provided a link.
If you FALSELY REPORT someone, because they are playing a hero that isn’t working, or because they are doing badly on a hero, you are FALSELY reporting them and YOU deserve to be suspended/banned.
That’s how this works.
PSA to people hiding their profiles:
Never resort to toxicity or insults. If someone tries to pressure you into it and you don’t feel comfortable with it, or you are being harassed- mute them, leave voice chat, leave text chats.
This means they can NOT report you for abusive chat, and if that’s what you’re suspended for: a GM can look and see you weren’t in the channels. As for griefing, if you play strongly (although you may not be very good), if you are actively trying, you will recieve results. Worst case scenario, record your games with a free application such as OBS. Welcome to the One-Trick issue.
*Disclaimer: Do not discuss One-Tricks here, that’s not what this is about. This is for people who are too stubborn to listen to what the Devs have pointed out.