World of Warcraft offers many opportunities to engage with other players in a variety of ways and to help support positive experiences in these engagements we wanted to inform you of a new silence penalty we will be implementing with the pre-expansion patch for Legion. Depending on the type of report, players who are found to be abusive in chat or engage in inappropriate chat behaviors may be silenced from engaging in certain ways within the game.


For a VERY long time there has been a need for a means to discipline a certain type of player. You know, the ones who think they can do whatever they like without consequence, especially when it comes to being unpleasant and toxic over group chat. It is therefore perhaps no surprise that, with the absolute minimum amount of warning or ceremony, a Silence penalty will be introduced in the Legion pre-Expansion patch. What is most telling, at least for me, is not the introduction of the penalty. This is long overdue. What I noticed first and foremost?


However, I don’t think this goes far enough.

I’ve already seen the objections to this, and it is unsurprising. The fact remains that policing has been criminally overdue in this game, works very well in Blizzard’s other titles, and is what is needed right now to address those who think that they’re beyond the law. No it won’t stop bad play or persistent stupidity, but it will mean that people like me, once Legion goes live, can rejoin General and Trade knowing that the real cockwombles will finally be silenced.

There is never going to be a time when this will be anything but good.

5 thoughts on “The Sound of Silence

  1. I saw a bit of discussion on this last night. What prompted it was a gold seller. But the penalty would not really hurt them that much. They would just make another free trial account.

    Some people were concerned that because they may toss out a controversial topic to get people talking, were worried they may be reported. And even when answered that it had to be investigated first, the reply was either they would be so overwhelmed with people reporting things, and most would just not be silenced, to them automating it to handle excess reports and relying on people to contest it to reverse it.

    Personally I think there are people that will be more inclined to bad behavior initially just to see if the do get caught. And maybe even some that would take it as a challenge for just how far they can go before being silenced.

    Eventually it will most likely be used as intended. But those first few weeks? I expect a lot of bad behavior, in both people trying to get reported, and those trying to report people that are walking a fine line.

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  2. I think there will be some false starts in implementing this, but I really hope Blizz sticks with it. The best feature, imo, is that there is an ever-increasing timeout for successive infractions. This effectively takes away the stage from these pathetic attention seekers. And honestly, I love your idea of banning AH activity also, maybe not the first time but as an added punishment for serial offenders.

    Sadly, people need to learn that just because this a game that allows adults to indulge their inner child does not mean they should also indulge their inner brat. (And actual children/brats need to be taught some manners.) There are literally millions of Internet sites that allow people to be as vile and disgusting as they wish, but WoW absolutely should not be one of these sites. I applaud Blizz for doing this. Even if it is not a perfect solution, at least it is a start. I would rather that people feel they are walking on eggshells for fear of drawing an “unfair” sanction than the way it is now where people feel they can say anything they want without any consequences.

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  3. I’m stoked!
    What I really like about it is that it relies completely on the community to set the standard. If someone says something and no one cares (even if it might be deemed offensive) then nothing will happen because it will not be reported.


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