As we’ve seen in the past few years on many websites, Botting has grown into a large issue. On Roblox especially we’ve seen how Bots are now one of the biggest, if not THE biggest threat to both new users & developers. Roblox is still yet to of responded to concerns about this issue with possible solutions or changes in attempt to combat them - instead Developers & users have lost several features in the attempt to ‘band-aid fix’ the problem. This includes removing the comment sections completely from games and catalog. Bots since then started mass-messaging players in games, Roblox then tried to bandaid-fix the problem by removing in-game player lists and place in heavy chat filters.
Now we’re once again at a point where the bots have evolved, if you will, and are now not only finding ways to still auto-message players and bypass the chat filters… but are now also in games spamming off-site links, games being automatically placed front page, and now malicious plugins, models, and other assets are being mass-taken and placed in the front page of the library.
Danger to both the community & developers
These plugins and models are NOT safe. They’re being used to place in backdoors so they can steal games and bypass FilteringEnabled. Nothing has been done about any of these models yet, most have been up for over a week and have been proven to be malicious. Many of these plugins are even shown to look exactly like other popular, non-malicious plugins, so players are more likely to insert or download them.
We are at the point where we’re relying on other botted items to give warning to people not to take or use the items.
What’s being done?
We need answers. It’s been several years and the situation continues to get worse and worse each day. We are being left in the dark if anything is actually in the works to try and fix this botting issue. We’re seeing thousands of users getting games stolen and accounts compromised. At this point, almost every item on the front page of library is a threat and we’re not even seeing these items being taken down days and weeks after they’ve been reported on.
This isn’t an easy thing to resolve, I know. But why are we not placing models and items into some sort of review process if 100, 000 users take or join that place/item at the exact same time? That should be screaming red flag.
Botting is an epidemic on this site. In my opinion it’s out biggest threat to both users and developers right now. I’m scared to download or insert anything into my place from toolbox. I would hate to be a clothing designer, as your creation will most likely be stolen and mass-sold across the platforms by bots. I fear for the kids and new ones joining the site, how they’re being flooded by these dangers.
We need answers. We need something done. These band-aid fixes don’t do much other then a temporary patch and a large hit on user experience. For the sake of this platform please tell us you’re at least trying to resolve this.