Love the site and the game. Outside of reporting players is there any way to filter bad language? I have found this isn't as kid friendly a sight as this parent would hope for. Does the site remove players chat rights if they can't control their language? I hate to punish mine by taking away their chat abilities, but I also don't want them exposed to some of the negative commentary that I've seen. Appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks, Destiny Dreamcrafter, mother of Lail Deathspear
This is a good question, and Destiny has a really good point. How many times have you seen someone circumvent (or try to circumvent) the chat filter in some inventive way? Honestly? Although for me it's only been a handful of times, I've still seen people curse and just say downright mean and disgusting things in game. Unfortunately, some people will find a way to circumvent even the best of intentioned chat filters. And, if you are one of the players who do this, I hope you find a way to stop. It's not funny. It's not cool. It's not expressing your anger well at all. Take a deep breath and take your hands off the keyboard. Do you really want to say that and have my eight year old accidentally stumble into that language? It's incredibly disrespectful of innocence, which is possibly the most pure form of magic in the Wizard101 community. Don't do it.
Now, from what I understand is that when someone is reported, the chat logs are investigated and if there is a problem, the person's account is suspended for a period of time. And also from what I understand, when a report is made, that same word combination from the chat logs is entered into the database of unallowable word combinations. So it seems our best course of action as players is to report it when we see it, so that it gets logged and it stops it from happening again.
I have a question out to Professor Greyrose about the above paragraph, and I'll get back to you if I get an official stance. (It's the weekend and she's probably sleeping).
In addition, I really support the idea of parents being given some kind of text box where we can add unacceptable word combinations to our own personal chat filter. Empower us. I do believe that in the economy we are currently in, it is highly possible that Kingsisle is under-staffed . . . especially since I haven't seen a job availability posted on the Kingsisle.com website in over six months. Empower us. That would be amazing. Heck, I'd love to see that entry I make on my end also go into some master database that KI would review in their own time. I'm sure we have plenty of adults willing to assist with populating a database with word combinations we don't like.
So, yeah, KI if you're listening . . . please request it on our behalf that parents be given more power with the chat filter.
I don't like the idea of this great game losing players over a few bad mouthed and disrespectful players. If anything is worthy of a report or a ban in my opinion, it's bad language.
To those that do keep their chat clean, you've automatically earned my respect without ever having to do anything more in the game than that. That is more valuable to me than any grandmaster achievement or pvp ranking ever. May good come your way because of it.