An Eye on Player Behavior and Reporting Improvements

Sure Spotlight on: Harassment

Mature Language Filter (aka The Profanity Filter)

  • This can be activated within your Interface Options: Main menu (ESC key by default) Click Interface > Social and check - Mature Language Filter.Once enabled, all inappropriate words in our profanity database will be filtered and masked to appear as jumbled characters, such as ‘*##@&’.

Note: The filter does not excuse the language used. :point_left:The filter serves as a temporary shield, to help parents of minors and others who do not wish to see it, to block it. Our policies prohibit the use of both clear and masked inappropriate language.

Very very incorrect. Your brother misunderstood I would guess.

This is the original 2004 Blizzard chat policy. It includes masked language too. The filter does not excuse use.

Original User Manual from 2004 - which has the EULA at the end. It points to the requirements for accepting Terms of Use with the website for it. I selected the first archived Wayback Machine TOU for WoW from 2004. I have copied out the relevant sections for you. Yes, it included hateful names and speech.

  1. World of Warcraft Rules of Conduct.

As with all things, World of Warcraft is governed by certain rules of conduct that must be adhered to by all users of World of Warcraft. It is your responsibility to know, understand and abide by these rules of conduct. The following rules are not meant to be “exhaustive,” and Blizzard Entertainment reserves the right to determine what conduct it considers to be outside the spirit of the game and to take such disciplinary measures as it sees fit. Blizzard Entertainment reserves the right to add to or amend this list of rules at any time, and you are responsible for checking these Terms of Use for any newly amended or posted rules each time that you log on.

A. Rules Related to User Names.

Each user will select a user name for his or her character, or allow the World of Warcraft software to select the name for him or her. Additionally, users may form “guilds” and such guilds will be required to choose a name for the guild. When you choose a user name, create a guild, or otherwise create a label that can be seen by other players of World of Warcraft, you must abide by the following guidelines as well as the rules of common decency. If Blizzard Entertainment, in its sole discretion, finds such a label to be offensive, it reserves the right to change the name, remove the label and corresponding chat room, and/or suspend your use of World of Warcraft.

In particular, you may not use:

  1. Names of another person with the intent to impersonate that person;

  2. Names which incorporate ‘swear’ words or which are otherwise offensive, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;

  3. Names subject to the rights of any other person without authorization;

  4. Names of popular culture or media personalities;

  5. Names that are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment or other companies);

  6. Names of religious deities or figures;

  7. Names of characters from Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft products, including character names from the Warcraft series of novels; or

  8. Names related to drugs, narcotics, or criminal activity, including references to drug substances; or

  9. Name comprised of partial or complete sentences (e.g., “Inyourface”, “Welovebeef”, etc);

  10. Names comprised of pure gibberish (eg, “Asdfasdf”, “Jjxccm”, “Hvlldrm”);

  11. Names that refer to pop culture icons or personas (e.g. “Britneyspears”, “Austinpowers”, “Batman”)

  12. Names that utilize “Leet” or “Dudespeak” (e.g., “Roflcopter”, “xxnewbxx”, “Roxxoryou”)

  13. Name that incorporate titles. The term “Titles” as used herein shall include ‘rank’ titles (e.g. , “CorporalTed,” or “GeneralVlad”) and/or fantasy titles (e.g., “KingMike”, “LordSanchez”)

Additionally, you may not use a misspelling or an alternative spelling to circumvent the name restrictions listed above, nor can you have a “first” and “last” name that, when combined, violate the above name restrictions.

B. Rules Related to “Chat” and Interaction With Other Users.

Communicating with other Users and Blizzard Entertainment representatives is an integral part of World of Warcraft and is referred to in this document as “Chat.” Your Chats may be subject to review, modification, and deletion without notice by Blizzard Entertainment. Additionally, you hereby acknowledge that Blizzard Entertainment is under no obligation to monitor Chat and you engage in Chat at your own risk. When engaging in Chat in World of Warcraft, or otherwise utilizing World of Warcraft, you may not:

  • (i) Transmit or post sexually explicit images or other content or language which in the sole discretion of Blizzard Entertainment is deemed to be offensive; nor shall you transmit any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable content or language, nor may you use a misspelling or an alternative spelling to circumvent the content and language restrictions listed above;

  • (ii) Carry out any action with a disruptive effect, such as cause the Chat screen to “scroll” faster than other users are able to type to it, including setting up macros with large amounts of text that, when used, can have a disruptive effect on the normal flow of Chat;

  • (iii) Disrupt the normal flow of dialogue in Chat or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users, individuals or entities, including, but not limited to, posting “Spam” messages on World of Warcraft (“Spam” messages as used in this document include, but are not limited to, any effort to use a computer or other electronic device to post an unauthorized and/or unsolicited advertisement to World of Warcraft);

  • (iv) “Spam” by posting or sending more than one unsolicited message or piece of mail to a single address or in a chat area;

  • (v) Communicate or post any user’s personal information in or on the World of Warcraft, or websites or forums related to World of Warcraft;

  • (vi) Use bots or other automated techniques to collect information or communicate or post any user’s personal information in or on World of Warcraft, or websites or forums related to World of Warcraft or Blizzard Entertainment

  • (vii) Harass, threaten, stalk, embarrass or cause distress, unwanted attention or discomfort to another user of World of Warcraft or other person or entity; or

  • (viii) Cheat during game play, including but not limited to modification of the game program files.

  • (ix) Participate in any action that, in the opinion of Blizzard Entertainment results in an authorized user of World of Warcraft being "scammed " or ‘defrauded’ out of gold, weapons, armor, or any other items that he/she has earned through authorized game play in World of Warcraft.

No it isn’t. I’ve used plenty of archaisms in my time hereon, and that usage of the word is exactly one such.
Unless you’re trying to prescribe mine intent, in which case I suppose I should just hand you the keys to my unfortunate consciousness since you apparently know it better even than I.

Care to elaborate when this was added. I am damn sure the game was not released with this information. At least not when I started playing on January 6th of 2006.

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how? human reviews your report, if its false, nothing happens.

This company though…

Just like the community council was a dog and pony show to suggest increased feedback, this is a message to the woke - “we are creating a safe and inclusive environment, and reducing negative experiences”.

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See above - I just edited it to add the 2004 original rules baring even masked language.

Now, it is possible that your brother was reported for chat in Guild Chat - guild chat is considered “at will” in that people opt in. I don’t know if this will change, but Blizz generally did not action stuff said in guild chat unless it was really really bad. They felt that if you did not like guild chat, you could leave.

Public chats and groups is what they always focused on. Is that maybe what you were thinking?

some was funny when they leaped 5 feet in the air

Kind of weird that you are following around the alts of WoW players and posting their character information on the forums like it’s a big surprise that people post on alts here. Is Trikzi your main and the only character you post under? I highly doubt it.

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I don’t know for the first, because I don’t know you.
For the second I will say it seems odd to me because it is just a word, and a word can have any number of meanings, or even none at all. They’re all just runic scrawl of the mind seeking wanly to express itself to its peers, their meaning ultimately decided by ourselves alone.

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Posting on alts when relevant to a conversation, like posting on your DK when talking about DK stuff is not abnormal. Posting to sock puppet is something the forums don’t control well and people don’t like. They do call it out when they know about it.

I really really really hope we eventually get to post like the other Blizz forums - with the Battletag instead of a million alts.

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Wrong!!! Thinking for yourself is offensive to the masses. Conform to what the woke deems is offensive, or be censored accordingly.


There’s a dude on our realm that was spewing religious, extremely… uuh… well very bad stuff on all kinds of topics with the other being the main driving point… I’ll put it that way. He was around for a solid 2 months before he suddenly went bye bye.

I have a feeling on what happened with that but honestly, should have been dealt with a long time ago.

Anyway going into what you were saying, the dude didn’t curse at all when he went on his rants, but it was the context of his language that was highly offensive.

What? Go ahead and check my characters I am not that person. Why are you accusing me of that. I am just calling out how creepy it is to try to do some kind of forum doxing. Weird stuff.

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Ngl, all of that sounds like white noise at this point. Always advocating, never acting. But at least it makes you feel good.

The fact that you eat up this cooperate talk of more automation without “advocating” for actual humans to moderate bad behavior speaks more than any words you could speak.

Right…just like “stupid”, “moron”, “idiot”, etc., are “just words”. Give me a break :roll_eyes:

If they’re “just words”, there’d be no reason for Blizz to delete posts nor silence us about it.

This is an excuse to be a jerk, and you know it.

Done talking with you. This isn’t going to go, anywhere.

Blocking you, too.

Nothing will change if Blizzard still does nothing if there’s not enough ‘reports’ to meet their threshold.

Plus when they say ‘streamlined’ Blizzard usually means automated, which in my experience is quite poor.

As others have mentioned this also fixes nothing on the forums from what I can tell.

I don’t mind the words, as long as they’re not being directed at others. That’s my stance on it, doesn’t make it OK to use the language against others.

I would hope so, ‘advertising gambling’ isn’t allowed but for some reason it never gets actioned and of course there’s leeway and ways to get around it. People using emotes to say “X won this amount of gold!” is something that I would consider to be advertising the gambling.

Which is a problem itself with Communities and custom created chat channels. Really furthers the entire “selective enforcement” issue.

They aren’t.

so i assume if new players refuse the social contract they will be given the option for a refund right?


I find it equally creepy that somebody would bypass my ignore feature just to harass me.

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