A month ago, Minecraft developer Mojang introduced a chat reporting and moderation tools into the game. While such features are normal for many online games to combat harassment and poor behavior, it wasn’t received positively by the community.
One of the biggest issues with this new change is that this also expands into third-party servers, including ones that likely may have rules, or more lax ones, about the content and words able to be used.
One Redditor who hosts a server noted the system could be abused, leading to bans made by those who don’t understand the context within these servers.
In response to the widespread backlash of their new system, Mojang have stated they have no plans on backing off their new moderation features. The new information will certainly come across as rather off-putting to many fans of Minecraft.
“We appreciate and value your feedback, but it does not mean that feedback will always change the design principles Mojang Studios adheres to — this includes the upcoming reporting system,” reads the comment made by community manager MojangMeesh.
Given that it currently stands at -1952 as of this writing, it’s abundantly clear fans do not appreciate this response at all. Unfortunately for those fans, it appears that nothing will get Mojang to change their mind on their new reporting feature.
While it’s understandable to have moderation in Minecraft, which is a game that’s targeted towards its large fanbase of kids – having third-party servers, who already note rules for newcomers, is a massive overstep.