Microsoft Recruiting Players To Hunt Xbox Trolls

#1skermacPosted 2/14/2014 10:38:13 PM
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A common complaint of online gaming in its present form is the prevalence of toxic players who make the experience unnecessarily miserable for others with their behavior. Often, such people are found on Xbox Live, and Microsoft is rolling out a pair of new initiatives to help hunt down their trolls.

The first is Enforcement United, where Xbox players can sign up to serve justice to players who may be making the community a worse place. The second is Xbox Community Level, a program where players can level up and earn rewards by being a positive member of the Xbox Live collective, like volunteering for Enforcement United.

At first, players will only be judging the appropriateness of other playersí Gamertags, looking for potentially bad ones that the built in filters didnít catch. Despite present restrictions, attention-seeking players always seem to find a way to use numbers and wonky letters to spell out offensive identifiers for themselves.

There will be a system of checks and balances in place so players arenít just arbitrarily punished, though I expect there will be some level of false positives as always tends to happen with ďtribunalĒ style community judgment systems like this one. That said, I think itís a good idea and could help, at least to some degree, to make gaming on Xbox Live more livable. Enforcement United is in its beta phase with this Gamertag analysis program, but thereís no reason to think it couldnít extend to other aspects of someoneís profile or online habits as well.

A community like Xbox Live is simply too big to be policed by Microsoft employees alone, and this is a good way to draw from the positive members of the community to help make the space a better place. Obviously this wonít solve every issue, but I donít think it can hurt either.

Right now, only Xbox Live Ambassadors are eligible to serve in the Enforcement United beta. Ambassadors help out with customer service issues players may have on the behalf of Microsoft, and can rank up their new Xbox Community Level by doing so. You can sign up to join here if you like

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/08/03/microsoft-recruiting-players-to-hunt-xbox-trolls/
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#2Xeeh_BitzPosted 2/14/2014 10:39:42 PM
So Microsoft has officially started the Xbox One Defense Force, how pathetic lol
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#3WinternovaPosted 2/14/2014 10:41:44 PM
If Enforcement United determines (by group consensus) that a gamertag is offensive, it's just passed on to a PET member. I wouldn't worry about gamers passing judgment on other gamers through this system. It's fun to use, though...and it amazes me what gamertags people try to use. It's sickening at times.
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#4skermac(Topic Creator)Posted 2/14/2014 10:44:12 PM
oops guys, I just saw this is old news. I would delete the thread if I could. I should have looked at the date first, all I did was google XB1 news. Really sorry. Mods can delete this thread, thanks.
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#5WinternovaPosted 2/14/2014 10:44:38 PM
Xeeh_Bitz posted...
So Microsoft has officially started the Xbox One Defense Force, how pathetic lol


It's nothing new...it's been around for almost a year, IIRC.
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#6aheroafakePosted 2/15/2014 12:37:45 AM
skermac posted...
oops guys, I just saw this is old news. I would delete the thread if I could. I should have looked at the date first, all I did was google XB1 news. Really sorry. Mods can delete this thread, thanks.


This isn't old news to me. And when does the completion stop? Because I'm at 105% completion.
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#7aheroafakePosted 2/15/2014 12:48:04 AM
Xeeh_Bitz posted...
So Microsoft has officially started the Xbox One Defense Force, how pathetic lol


Microsoft is trying to make Xbox Live a more enjoyable and friendly place for the community. Who cares if they're outsourcing? I don't see what's so "pathetic" about it.
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#8loafy013Posted 2/15/2014 12:58:44 AM
aheroafake posted...
Xeeh_Bitz posted...
So Microsoft has officially started the Xbox One Defense Force, how pathetic lol


Microsoft is trying to make Xbox Live a more enjoyable and friendly place for the community. Who cares if they're outsourcing? I don't see what's so "pathetic" about it.

If these boards are any indication, a friendly and enjoyable place can have drastically different meanings. Mature people understand that criticizing something doesn't mean you are troll out to upset people. I would be worried about those who seem to be out of control like I've seen here. I could say there are 20 things I love about the Xbone and 1 thing I don't. Some people who read this would start yelling Troll!!! Pony!!! for whatever reason. It is those people who I think would be first to sign up and start reporting people for all the wrong reasons.
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#9aheroafakePosted 2/15/2014 1:05:04 AM
loafy013 posted...
aheroafake posted...
Xeeh_Bitz posted...
So Microsoft has officially started the Xbox One Defense Force, how pathetic lol


Microsoft is trying to make Xbox Live a more enjoyable and friendly place for the community. Who cares if they're outsourcing? I don't see what's so "pathetic" about it.

If these boards are any indication, a friendly and enjoyable place can have drastically different meanings. Mature people understand that criticizing something doesn't mean you are troll out to upset people. I would be worried about those who seem to be out of control like I've seen here. I could say there are 20 things I love about the Xbone and 1 thing I don't. Some people who read this would start yelling Troll!!! Pony!!! for whatever reason. It is those people who I think would be first to sign up and start reporting people for all the wrong reasons.


Do you really think Microsoft didn't realize this? Microsoft does have ways to ensure that none of the people doing this can wrongly punish others. I understand what you mean though.
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#10RaRitsujunPosted 2/15/2014 1:09:13 AM
LOL@MS.
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