Reminder Regarding Permissible Links

They do need to get the discord links off their site so unfortunately it does require moderation action. But I dont feel like they should be banning people for it, just make it be a warning

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I must also add in that Roblox’s excuse of Discord not having a moderation team is invalid as there are job opportunities out for working as a trust/safety specialist. (https://gyazo.com/1c6cbd1edbc7c00e420aad31587616bc)

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Does this mean that any reference to something like your Discord username or group will be blocked, even if not a direct link and just the Name#0000 part, because it can be extrapolated to be from it if you already know what it would look like?

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That’s still not acceptable moderation. It’s things that happened prior to the rules. No official moderation actions (warnings are official, and go on your record), should be issued for this kind of stuff. Removing it is fine.

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I also just wanted to add on that Discord does have a Terms Of Service and will take action against your Discord if you violate their terms of service. (https://discordapp.com/guidelines)

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Well my thinking is that that would be too radical for roblox

It was always against the rules to post links to Discord whether obscured or not. This post introduces no new rules, it is just a reminder of the rules that are already in place, and explains why links to Discord and similar services cannot be allowed.

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So linking people to my twitter profile so they can follow me is okay, but linking people to my twitter profile is not okay if I have a link to my discord server?

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really speaking specifically on the discord issue, but more so how they’ve been issuing warnings all around for stuff that’s 4+ years old. I might’ve let a bit more inner rage about the current issues slip out than intended.

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It’s fine unless they’re going to ban all of their front page games.

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An approval process wouldn’t have much success. Even if a Discord server is okay upon review, a month from now the community moderators maybe aren’t as active and inappropriate content becomes rampant. It wouldn’t be feasible to approve a Discord server without realtime moderation from the staff, which in turn isn’t feasible either.

We might have success with limiting Discord links to 13+ users (which is already done to Facebook on profiles).

If this is concerning Roblox’s image rather than compliance for legal reasons, it may be why Discord’s moderation was deemed inadequate. Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook are all big names – parents use these sites themselves and are comfortable with them. Discord is relatively new, and isn’t as well-understood.

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I can imagine linking to your Twitter or Twitter posts will be fine as long as you don’t have a (pinned) post with a link to your Discord/other non-approved service and then linking to that directly.

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Better go ban Phantom Forces and the entirety of the SyLiS development team.


https://twitter.com/stylis_studios

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This is a little illogical. Games with guns, blood, killing and relatively mature content are allowed on the site (and even promoted/streamed) but a text program is banned? I’m quite sure that the majority of Discords are properly moderated to keep out inappropriate content save for very few servers with NSFW channels (don’t know why you’d even make one). Let’s not forget that Discord has become a community staple and has good things like


(without a role because its relatively small right now)


(bots with moderation capabilities)

…and so much more.

But hey, all the points for and against Discord’s ban are mostly all good. I’m just a guy sitting here wanting to post and talk on this topic.

If not Discord, then we need better ways to convey our information and to have a better outreach with our individual communities, such as this feature request.

EDIT: Also another point:

Roblox removed the guest system and requires you to sign in as well to play games and view content now.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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You can use Report Abuse if you believe that content on the website violates the TOS.

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I’m willing to be that what he said was sarcasm and he was expressing the fact that the rule is completely terrible as many innocent developers would be banned for no reason.

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Nice…?

I did a little investigation - turns out (theoretically, if these rules are to be enforced) we can start to say goodbye to the frontpage.

Reasoning

The marked games either uses gyazo / prntsc links on the developer’s Twitter timeline (directly available from their Twitter, not a retweet, not switching to “with_replies”), or mentions Discord somehow on either their Twitter timeline, Roblox group or other medium accessible from the game page. Descriptions with @twitterHandle are also included.

Though obviously this won’t happen - but it does give some insight as to what impact this rule has on Roblox’s community.

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I guess I gotta start Reporting Abuse now as I want to follow the rules.

/shrug

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As someone who owns a Discord server with tens of thousands of members, it doesn’t need to be stated that I disagree with this move.

However, I’m going to state it anyway.

This is silly. Discord, when compared to Twitter or YouTube, actually has the best child-safety tools. There are built-in screening filters that use risk analysis to ensure almost all dangerous content is filtered on servers that opt in. On top of that, there are numerous bots that add even more security functionality.

Developers should be allowed to link to their own secure servers from within their games. Filter it on the website. Filter it in chat. But don’t prevent us from putting it in our games.

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This policy needs to be looked at again. Almost every developer uses discord to interact with their community. Discord is actually safer than twitter and youtube, as it requires you to sign in to view content.

Discord allows you to write bots, which can have moderation capabilities. Most if not all discord servers have moderators that keep unsafe content out.

Seriously, this is a really horrible way of ‘protecting’ players <13.

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