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'Save Minecraft!' Cry Players After Mojang Starts Moderating Private Servers

  Minecraft is on fire. If you follow the fandom on social networks or certain message boards, it's a good feeling. An influx of angry fans has resulted in Mojang's controversial decision to allow private servers to be moderated and banned players across the entire community. Fans are now united behind the fight cry Save Minecraft in opposition to what they see as an existential danger to the massively popular online builder. If Mojang believes that every skilled coder against this system won’t try to embarrass them, I would bet against Mojang, Taylor AntVenom” Harris, a big-time Minecraft YouTuber, tweeted. Not an attack, btw. Just calling it like it is. #SaveMinecraft A different player was more concise. Fuck 1.19.1,, they wrote in a Twitter that's been deleted. Some blame the studio. Others believe that Microsoft is responsible for the policy change and blame the tech giant. Mojang and Microsoft declined comment. The hate and the hashtag are all because of Wednesday's v1.19.1 update for Minecraft: Java Edition. Players can now report their friends for inappropriate chat messages or dangerous behavior even on private servers. Mojang stated in an FAQ that the behavior that will lead to ban is hate speech and bullying, harassment, sexual solicitation, or threat of harm. Meta Quest 2 (Oculus) (128GB) All-in one VR Meta will raise the price for the Oculus Quest 2 (aka Meta Quest 2) starting August 1 Now is the best time to get into VR if you have been interested. The reports are sent to Minecraft moderators, who decide what follow-up action should be taken, including bans for players. It sounds like a good system especially for a game that anyone can play, even though it is marketed towards children. But it's also a major intrusion into a part of Minecraft that has historically been ruled purely by players. Read More: Minecraft’s Worst Server Was So Exposed, Griefers Could Look To The Future While Mojang said it won't be monitoring online chat or using bots to moderate, players still fear the new tool could be abused to wreak havoc on private servers. One theory is that players could conspire against one another to maliciously report a person on a private server and then ban them completely from the game. Gaslight V2 has been a tool used by players in the past to manipulate chat logs. The developers claim that it still functions in the latest version. The company wrote last month that it recognizes that private servers operate independently from Mojang Studios. Many use that independence in order to create remarkable Minecraft innovations which enrich the community. It also stated that players must adhere to its terms of service regardless of where they play the game. Every player deserves a safe Minecraft experience no matter where they choose. Mojang showed the changes several months ago, but people are reacting to the studio's decision. MojangMeesh, community manager for Minecraft, said that while feedback is appreciated, it doesn't mean that feedback will ever change the design principles Mojang Studios adheres too. She also called on users to stop harassing developers over the issue in unrelated threads. Harassment is not helpful: neither the devs who get it, nor the players passionate about an upcoming shift, they wrote. This behavior is detrimental to our ability to have constructive and open discussions with you. Bullshit, lmao, sorry, but this whole shitfest was on blast by your local community for about one month now and there has been very, very little genuine discussion from mojang to go from it, one commenter responded. Another commented, Simple Question: How long does an appeal take? Since we are all concerned about false positives, please give us a timeframe. Mojang has stated that bans range from three to seven days in duration and that appeals and reports will all be reviewed by humans. However, some players still worry about edge cases as well as the freedom of private servers to be run as they please. Mods have been trying to circumvent the new moderation process. Mega blog No Chat Reports, a program that allows you to delete chat reports from messages, has been downloaded more than 200,000 times. It says it removes cryptographic signs from messages to ensure they are not associated with a specific Minecraft account. Others in the community take a more nuanced approach. YouTuber xisumavoid has his own private servers and argued in a recent video that players aren’t fair weighing the abuse or predatory behavior that moderation would catch. There is going to be good that comes out of this system, he said.

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