Since its launch, Minecraft has single-handedly become one of the most successful games in the industry.
Minecraft gameplay is based on harnessing players’ creativity through a building system. Thanks to this, players can create small levels to a huge world using square pieces.
Minecraft also lets you create your own servers to play offline or invite friends online. Thus, players have access to dozens of levels to explore from the start.
However, Minecraft recently received an update that brought a much-criticized change: the inclusion of the “Player” or “Chat” reporting feature.
Apparently, the new system has the potential to be dangerous for player accounts, even on private servers.
The controversial “Player” or “Chat” report feature after Minecraft 1.19.1 update
Many Minecraft players are expressing their disagreement with the inclusion of the “Player” or “Chat” reporting feature after the 1.19.1 update.
Microsoft’s unnecessary and overzealous injection of its rules into independently managed and paid for servers is not acceptable. Chat report functionality MUST be stopped NOW!
Minecraft no longer cares about its community
Minecraft no longer cares about its own players. With this new chat reporting system heavily pushed by isolated companies, we now see a new and miserable age that no one ever asked for and the vast majority of players are against.
There are even players considering quitting the game as it would be the only way for the developers to understand how unwelcome the change is.
As much as I agree, I think the only way to win here is not to play. If enough people leave and stop paying for Realms/Other Services, maybe they’ll realize their mistake. But who knows. I know I’m done with the game now, just doing my last laps here.
The system poses high potential risks to accounts
Minecraft’s “Player” or “Chat” reporting feature poses a potential ban risk to user accounts.
Indeed, the context of Minecraft chats can be changed for convenience using exploits such as GasLight. So Microsoft might receive a report with something you didn’t actually say and take it for granted.
This implies that potential trolls can report an account and cause an unfair ban even on some private servers.
The system is here to stay, revealed Mojang
Unfortunately, it looks like the Mojang team is determined to implement Minecraft “Player” or “Chat” reports as a permanent feature from now on.
According to the company, they are aware of all complaints, but this will not change the “design principles” they adhere to.
we know that the player reporting system introduced in this upcoming update has been pushed back. We appreciate and appreciate your feedback, but that doesn’t mean that feedback will always change the design principles that Mojang Studios adheres to – that includes the upcoming reporting system.
Some Ways to Bypass Minecraft’s “Player” or “Chat” Reporting System
Fortunately, players will have tools at their disposal to circumvent the system when creating a server.
There are servers currently that may include options that automatically disable Minecraft chat reporting, such as Paper, Bukkit, Spigot, and others.
Additionally, there are already mods and plugins that can be applied to servers that block functionality in an easy way.
The No Chat Reports mod can be used client side or server side and disables the chat report feature. Used on the client side, the mod prevents anyone from reporting your posts, and on the server side, it prevents any posts on that server from being reported.
If you own a server running Spigot, you can also use the NoEncryption plugin, which does the same thing as the mod, but may be more convenient for Spigot server owners.
However, Mojang may apply tougher measures in the future. This way they could force the inclusion of Minecraft’s “Player” or “Chat” reporting functionality.
For example, Mojang might decide that the inclusion of the Minecraft ‘Player’ or ‘Chat’ reporting system is a requirement to comply with the EULA (END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT). Failure to comply with EULA may result in account ban.
Petitions against the Minecraft Chat reporting system have garnered thousands of signatures
To top it off, it’s worth pointing out that there are already online petitions to remove the “Player” or “Chat” reporting feature from Minecraft that have garnered thousands of signatures (4,538 signatures so far).
Only time will tell if the decision will remain sustainable or if the developers will consider reversing it. We will update this story as events unfold.
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