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.