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Blizzard is improving player reporting and implementing a new Social Contract in Patch 9.2.5 as a part of their ongoing efforts to foster a fun, fair, and safe game environment.

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As a part of our ongoing efforts to foster a fun, fair, and safe game environment for our community, we’re implementing some improvements to the system with the 9.2.5 update. We know how important it is for our players to be a part of a safe and supportive community, and we want to help foster that by providing you with tools and information you can use to help promote and create it alongside us.

Just the Start

Creating a positive experience in World of Warcraft is important to the entire team. As a part of helping drive that focus, we’ve pulled together a multi-disciplinary team to look at varying aspects of what we can do to help make things better. The 9.1.5 content update allowed us to provide additional updates to our reporting system that enable more visibility to player reporting by sending thank you messages to players who reported others for violating our code of conduct. Additionally, most players who are close to being actioned within the game are now receiving a warning message. This is only the start of what we have in store, and the 9.2.5 content update provides some further improvements to the system.

New Social Contract

When players first log in to World of Warcraft after the 9.2.5 content update goes live, they will be greeted by the new Social Contract. This contract will need to be read and accepted before a player can continue into the world of Azeroth. The contract outlines behavior that will help make your experiences more positive and provides an outline of behaviors that are not acceptable within the game.  While you should only need to accept it once, there may be a future point where you’ll need to reaccept the contract to continue playing.

Reporting Player Behavior

We’ve modernized how reporting works in-game, making it even easier to report disruptive or poor player behavior.

  1. Right-click the player's name in chat or other applicable area.
  2. Click 'Report Player'.
  3. This will open a popup allowing you to select the appropriate reason for the report as well as allow you to add additional details.
  4. Click ‘report’.

You’ll receive a notice acknowledging your report and thanking you for your help in making Azeroth a better place to be. Should action be taken against the reported player, you’ll receive an additional thank you message in the weeks following your original report.

Streamlining the System

We’ve also taken some time to further streamline our system and penalties, allowing us to act more quickly, accurately, and (if necessary) more severely depending on the in-game violation.

Looking Forward

These updates are merely the beginning of our efforts to provide a better place to spend your time. We know that Azeroth is special to many of you, and we want to make sure it continues to be a place you want to call home.

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Wasn't all of this already contained in the EULA?

This seems like they are trying to push some agenda instead of actually making the game a better place.

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16 minutes ago, Andser said:

Wasn't all of this already contained in the EULA?

This seems like they are trying to push some agenda instead of actually making the game a better place.

Its an attempt to compel speech, nothing more.

How they define hate speech is so loose that anything you don't like is hate speech....disagree with an opinion....hate speech, try to help some one play their character better, even in a civil way......hate speech...its all down to how each person defines it....hence why it WILL be abused.

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1 hour ago, VictorVakaras said:

If they want to really improve how people act in this game there needs to be some seismic shifts - like banning raider.io and damage meters. 

No I do not think so it will help at all..
It has been there for ages and even if they ban it, people will still use it..

But I kind of agree with your point, there needs to be a change, but the problem is very wide and I think it cant be solved by just doing something like banning raider.io..
Raider.io is a great tool imo, same as dps meter.. it helps you as a player to get better in the game and as your class..
But, the problem is, when other people, or even you, weponize it and start to using it as a tool to be toxic.. 
 

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This is not going to work and is going to greatly fall short.  What they are setting up will more than likely get innocent people banned than the targeted party.  You don't need an ingame social contract to inforce 'friendly' behavior in an mmo.  

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so do blizz employees have to follow this social contract and where do you report bad employee behavior cause as we all know, both are apparently something Blizz should have had for their employees not their players lol, just seems like more of the typical "do what we say not what we do"

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So much for buying Dragonflight. Of course they would name it this (they could've gone with anything else and I would've signed it) to chase libertarians away - ironic but unsurprising considering actual libertarians like myself despise Trump and bigotry/prejudice more than they do.

I'm sure they will implement this in Classic eventually, as well. That's fine - then I can give House Hexagon on YouTube reason to stop calling me a "fanboy" by cancelling my sub.

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14 minutes ago, xirus11 said:

So much for buying Dragonflight. Of course they would name it this (they could've gone with anything else and I would've signed it) to chase libertarians away - ironic but unsurprising considering actual libertarians like myself despise Trump and bigotry/prejudice more than they do.

I'm sure they will implement this in Classic eventually, as well. That's fine - then I can give House Hexagon on YouTube reason to stop calling me a "fanboy" by cancelling my sub.

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quality shitposting, praise kek

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3 hours ago, xirus11 said:

So much for buying Dragonflight. Of course they would name it this (they could've gone with anything else and I would've signed it) to chase libertarians away - ironic but unsurprising considering actual libertarians like myself despise Trump and bigotry/prejudice more than they do.

I'm sure they will implement this in Classic eventually, as well. That's fine - then I can give House Hexagon on YouTube reason to stop calling me a "fanboy" by cancelling my sub.

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I personally try to keep politics out of my video gaming, i don't care if you voted for Trump or Biden or neither at all, i don't care if you are a Conservative, Liberal, politically neutral, i just want to play the game, adding this stuff in there is just making me not want to play, my sub runs out in 4 months anyway.

In the end, Netflix learned their lesson, from what i read, they are purging woke content and even fired several woke employees who complained about this purge of woke content, i mean $50b dip in their stock worth is a hint that woke content is NOT what the people want.....Disney is standing their ground, but it will only cause them more stock losses.

The same will happen to Blizzard if they keep this up, cause this contract to not criticize, basically, the original law in the UK, US and pretty much every EU country already has anti-discrimination laws, so this contract is needless, the only thing they are adding is 'you can't criticize someone's ability to play the game...ie. you can't say they are playing it wrong....you probably won't even be able to give them direction on how to do better at their class and rotation....it is a form of criticism of their ABILITY......they are rather clever, but its compelled speech, nothing more, nothing less.

 

I mean, do i care if i raid with a gay person? why would i care if they are gay, female non-white, trans or a kid......i don't care, i just want to play the game and have fun, i was already taught by my parents to not judge someone by their appearance or their traits that they have no control over......race, gender, sexuality, i don't care what you are, just play the game...this contract is not needed at all.

Those that are the bigots will be bigots regardless and those that are bigots will get reported with or without this contract, so why have it? Do you think we need to be lectured? no we don't, so stop it, the more stuff you do like this will only sink what little respect you have left....which is not much now-a-days.

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5 hours ago, Andser said:

quality shitposting, praise kek

I dont understand the "kek" thing sorry. Can you explain the context? If i google it, i understand it HERE as following: "Praise the loser" since kek would mean a type of human marked as "loser" by other human beings. Maybe im just not into this communitys which use this "kek" shorting's often. (question is meant serious, since i do not use "kek" or any of the people i play with)

 

Also i do not understand why someone would bring up political things here, especially if they are only about some things like voting for american president's, when the rest of world do not or does not care what americans vote for. (at least not in gaming)

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13 hours ago, Baharok said:

I dont understand the "kek" thing sorry. Can you explain the context? If i google it, i understand it HERE as following: "Praise the loser" since kek would mean a type of human marked as "loser" by other human beings. Maybe im just not into this communitys which use this "kek" shorting's often. (question is meant serious, since i do not use "kek" or any of the people i play with)

 

Also i do not understand why someone would bring up political things here, especially if they are only about some things like voting for american president's, when the rest of world do not or does not care what americans vote for. (at least not in gaming)

Kek is an ancient Egyptian god of chaos commonly depicted as a humanoid frog, currently it servers as a way to give in to the accelerationism going on in the western culture - meaning that pushing more and more political or ideological nonsense will eventually lead to the downfall of those civilizations.

 

I couldn't care less who is the president as someone from Europe, but its funny seeing how useless those in the USA are, at least in the EU presidents are only representative and not that much functional, but the way USA markets the whole campaign is as if the president ruled the whole world.

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4 hours ago, Andser said:

Kek is an ancient Egyptian god of chaos commonly depicted as a humanoid frog, currently it servers as a way to give in to the accelerationism going on in the western culture - meaning that pushing more and more political or ideological nonsense will eventually lead to the downfall of those civilizations.

 

I couldn't care less who is the president as someone from Europe, but its funny seeing how useless those in the USA are, at least in the EU presidents are only representative and not that much functional, but the way USA markets the whole campaign is as if the president ruled the whole world.

My thoughts too somehow. 😉

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On 5/27/2022 at 6:03 PM, Lithari said:

I personally try to keep politics out of my video gaming,

I try to, as well - and seeing as I believe in liberty and LEAVING PEOPLE ALONE, it really isn't that hard for me.

Blizzard and ArenaNet, on the other hand...

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3 hours ago, xirus11 said:

I try to, as well - and seeing as I believe in liberty and LEAVING PEOPLE ALONE, it really isn't that hard for me.

Blizzard and ArenaNet, on the other hand...

In the end, its Compelled Speech and i honestly see this whole thing being abused.

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