Automatic ban dialogue

  • Dear community,


    During the Legends on Tour 2019 Summit the Customer Service team presented a new system to improve the rule enforcement. The most visible part of these improvements is the new in-game “offer and accept” penalty-feature. With it, the rule enforcement team can determine a penalty while issuing a ban to an account, and the player can then accept that penalty to continue playing right away! There will be no need any more to message back and forth to get your account unbanned.


    Below here, you can see how the process will look like:


    1. The rule enforcement team notices a violation of the game rules


    2. They ban the account and offer a penalty action based on the global guidelines


    3. As soon as the player does an action in the game, a pop-up window appears with the information about the ban reason and the penalty condition he/she needs to accept to resume playing.


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    4. The dialog screen has a button to Agree on the penalty right away. When the button is pressed, the penalty is instantly executed, the account is unbanned, and the player can continue playing. There is also a link to contact the customer service team, in case the player wishes to talk further about the punishment directly with the team.


    5. After the player clicks "Agree" on the penalty dialog box, the game sends an in-game message to the account which contains the information about the penalty executed.


    6. The dialog box also contains the information about the time left until the offer is executed automatically. In all cases, the offered penalty is executed after 48 hours from the moment the ban is issued. This means that any banned players will get back to the game latest after 48 hours, but he can agree with the penalty offer at any time he wishes during the countdown.


    7. Even if a punishment is applied, you can still reach out to the Customer Service team to get your case reviewed and receive additional information.


    We hope that this new process simplifies the communication in regards of rule enforcement and punishments, and especially cut down any delays in the communication about these actions.


    This will be implemented on Anglosphere servers with the update on June 7, 2019.


    Your Travian: Legends Team

  • Dear community!


    After we announced new ban dialogue, we received wide range of questions about "why" and "how" the new automatic punishment would work. We collected most frequent questions and asked our rule enforcement team to give some answers. Here they are:


    Q: Why 48 hours? Why do we need that timer at all?

    A: The timed unban removes a long-time issue of "being in protection of a ban". We know that in some ban types the account is opened to attacks after certain timeframe, while still remaining unable to do actions... unlocking the account with penalty gives at least chance to react.


    Q: What if "punishment" is about account deletion? The account will be just gone in 2 days?

    A: Account deletion is a separate process and type of punishment. Same rules as before apply to it (5 days of deletion + additional delay due to recent gold purchase if applicable).


    Q: The automatic punishment is an issue for people who are away for a few days and let sitters run the account in the meantime. The account owners have no chance to appeal the ban before the punishment is applied.
    A:
    In general, our aim is not to ban innocent and apply punishment only in cases where we have hard-proof of violating the rules. With our future dedicated team & full multihunters training, the number of false bans will be much lower.


    Q: What if the ban was unfair and player accepted punishment? Will the punishment be reversed? Will there be any additional compensation in those cases if user half-rebuilt account (spent gold etc.)?

    A: We would like to emphasise that with the future punishment system there is less chance that account has been banned by mistake. Therefore, we do not expect false bans to be happen that often. However, yes, there is an option to reverse punishment. Each case will be handled individually. In general, if you believe that the ban is issued by mistake, we still recommend you use "contact support" button. The case will be looked closely by our rule enforcement team and needed actions taken.


    Q: Why did my account *not* get a punishment offer? I have the usual ban and can only contact Support to solve my issue.
    A: Unfortunately, not all the violations will receive a punishment offer initially. It can still happen that you must contact Customer Service in order to receive your punishment and remove your account restriction. We will work on extending this system across all violations in the near future.


    Please, keep in mind that moving to a new system is still ongoing process. In the future we’ll keep sharing information what other steps we’re planning in order to make this process as effective as possible.


    Thank you for understanding.


    Your Travian: Legends Team