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IGN: MatthewKilp
By MatthewKilp » over 3 years ago

Hello everyone!

While the updates most people look foward to are usually new features and bug fixes (which are still being worked on by the way), sadly a few people feel the need to break the server rules. In order to stop some of these messages reaching our players, we have started work on making our chat filter work again to try and force users to comply with the server rules. Sadly, the time taken to impliment the chat filter takes away from the time we have to work on new features - blame the people here for that.

We've had the chat filter in the past, and one of the things we've noticed is that people are always determined to get their message through to chat, even after the server warns them what they are trying to say is against the rules. This is the reason behind the main change we'll be making to the chat filter.

In the past, the chat filter just warned you. Sadly, we feel this wasn't effective, so here's what will happen as of when we deploy the new chat filter in response to certain rule breaks:

  • Swearing / racist language - message blocked, automatically muted for 4 hours.¬†¬†whilst we make sure nothing is being set off incorrectly & to get players used to this, it's currently at 1 hour.
  • Excessive caps (5+ in a row) - message made lowercase (not that serious offense, but is being dealt with)
  • Mentioning other server names -epending on the grouping of the server on the filter, one of the following could apply:
    • Message blocked
    • Kick & message blocked
    • 5 minute to 1 hour mute & message blocked

The main reason for automatic mutes is to prevent what we found happening a lot: players changing some letters in the blocked words around to bypass the filter. Now, they will have to wait for 4 hours to do so. However, I am aware people will still attempt this, so here are the current plans for chat filter bypass punishments as they stand:

  • 1st offence - 48 hour mute (2 days)
  • 2nd offence - 7 day mute (1 week)
  • 3rd offence+ - 1 month mute

Whilst these may seem extreme, we've tried to be nice, and it's not worked that well. These punishments will be un-changable: you will have to put up with it until the end, no getting out of it. Furthermore. we will be adding any bypasses you use to the blocked list of words, so that they can't be used again. The automatic punishments will only apply to certain things we feel the filter won't have any false-positives for, however some actions may be blocked & not punished .

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