There has been a buzz recently about BioWare dropping the ban-hammer with prejudice on SWTOR gamers for things such as profanity, going to Illum before level 50 and anything that appears like chat “spam”, even if accidental.
This has a lot of players asking if BioWare is being too heavy-handed in their banning practices. While most of the threads on the official forums about it are quickly locked or deleted, there is a discussion going on about it at Reddit and one user also captured a screenshot of their ban warning email which was posted on the forums but that thread was later deleted.
Basically, this user said he was sent an email warning after using profanity in private tells to friends in game. The email warns the user that he will be banned if he is caught using this language again. No one seems to be able to get a good public explanation from BioWare about this policy and it has a lot of gamers really ticked off.
The Rules of Conduct on the official SWTOR forums include (among many, many other things):
EDIT: Stephen Reid replied to the Reddit thread on this topic with an official response:
I can state unequivocally that no-one has been banned for ‘going to Ilum before level 50’. More details on that should be outlined tomorrow on the official Forums.UPDATE: Here’s the post – http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=1060894
As that post mostly deals with Ilum-related actions, as a side note regarding swearing: We have a profanity filter to help with public chats, but in private messages (AKA whispers/tells), party chat or guild chat, if a person is swearing and are reported, they’ll be investigated.No-one has had action taken on their account without a report being filed and there is no active monitoring of ‘private channels’ within the game.”
We’ll bring you more info as we get it because we know this is an important topic for players.