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This article is about banning from the game by ANet. For information regarding banning on GuildWiki, see GW:POLICY.

A ban is used as a last resort for players who had unacceptable behavior or violated the rules (see EULA) in an outrageous way. It materializes either through the impossibility to play on that account, or the impossibility to play from that IP address (e.g. the same computer from which the ban was taken). Bans are also known as suspensions or blocks.

The length of a ban is based on the severity of the offense and past behavior. For example, a farming bot would be banned forever, whereas excessive spamming would probably result in a short ban of a few hours or days. When a player is banned, their account receives an account mark. Ban lengths will increase as account marks are accumulated on the account.

Innapropriate language and/or use of racial slurs are an oft-cited reason for bans. ArenaNet is sometimes at odds with particular sections of the playerbase because even though some words or phrases are considered benign in one neighborhood, in others people may find them offensive. "They are too sensitive" or "It's okay where I live" is not a valid defense, and due to the difficulty of protesting a ban, it is best for players to err on the side of caution in all cases. If it would offend anyone in any way, it's probably best not to say it at all.

ArenaNet does not actively monitor the chat channels for profanity and racism. Rather, it is the responsibility of the players to report unacceptable behavior and EULA violations through the in-game /report command or by e-mailing ArenaNet directly. Once filed, these complaints are researched by GMs and other ArenaNet staff, and a conclusion is reached. However, the original reporter is rarely if ever informed of what happens to the accused.

External Links

  • Guild Wars: User Agreement - latest version from the official website
    • [1] - copy on the European website - sometimes more up-to-date
  • Rules of Conduct - latest version from the official website
    • [2] - copy on the European website - sometimes more up-to-date
  • Conduct Breaches and Outcomes - from the official website
    • [3] - copy on the European website - sometimes more up-to-date
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Up to date as of February 08, 2010

From Halopedia, the Halo Wiki

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A ban is the denial of a person or group's access to a service or resource. Bans are typically enacted by people in positions of authority in response to rule violations committed by an individual. The ability to ban is sometimes satirically referred to as "the banhammer".

In the Halo community, bans are administered by Bungie staff members when users break the rules for in-game conduct. Furthermore, the term "Banhammer" takes on a new meaning in the context of Halo gameplay.


The Banhammer

Bungie's banning system, commonly referred to as the "Banhammer", is an advanced anti-cheat mechanism used to regulate user activity in Halo 3. A July 2008 Weekly Update[1] stated that the system was being upgraded; the same update announced that the presence of modded content on a File Share would result in a ban. It also may have hinted at the then-unfinished "Ultra Ban".

A Bungie Weekly Update in August[2] announced that the Banhammer was upgraded with new features designed to crack down on File Share violations. The update also elaborated on specific File Share-related rule violations.

Halo 3's September Title Update introduced the "Ultra Ban"[3], which was applied retroactively to those who had committed severe rule violations in the past[4]; the ban is documented in more detail in its section below. Various other anti-cheat systems were also introduced, though they were not elaborated on[5]; an additional weekly update identified the system as "Banhammer 2.0".[6]

The Banhammer is capable of administering bans automatically[6][7] and it keeps extensive records both when a ban is administered[8] and during the course of normal gameplay; records taken in the latter instance can then be analyzed to detect cheat-related behaviors.[9] It is also known that Bungie employees can manually strike with the Banhammer.[10]

Types of Bans

Matchmaking Bans

Matchmaking bans prevent players from participating in Xbox Live matchmaking.

EXP Bans

An EXP ban prevents players from earning EXP from ranked playlists in Matchmaking. Such bans are usually temporary.

Voice Bans

Voice bans may be administered when users misuse or abuse the microphone during a game. Excessive vulgarity may result in a voice ban.[11] Such bans prevent players from using the microphone to verbally communicate with other players.

File Share Bans

Players can also have their File Shares taken away.

Console Bans

Severe offenses may result in a player's Xbox 360 console being completely banned off of Xbox Live itself. In some cases, the ban may be temporary, though permanent bans can also be administered.

Ultra Ban

The so-called "Ultra Ban" was introduced in Halo 3's second Title Update. The ban prevents players from playing any form of online Multiplayer, including Matchmaking and even Custom Games; it also prevents players from organizing parties in the Theater lobby.


There are a variety of actions that can result in a ban. Note that this list is not comprehensive.


EXP boosting, skill boosting, level reducing, habitual quitting, cheating, and standbying are all easily detected by the Banhammer and usually result in either Matchmaking or EXP bans.[12] Achievement boosting is not a formal offense[13], but the Banhammer often mistakes it for EXP boosting and bans it as such.[14] Attempts at EXP boosting by playing with inactive guests (that is, additional controllers without additional people) can also be recognized by the Banhammer and will result in EXP bans.[15]


Authors of modded content will receive permanent Matchmaking and File Share bans as well as one-month console bans if the content is uploaded to a File Share.[2] Note that this applies even if the content is uploaded by someone other than the author; also note that when a player renames a file, they become its new author.[2] Uploading modded content to a File Share will result in a File Share ban, even if the uploader did not create the content.

The above policies were enacted during July.[16]

Offensive Content

Uploading offensive content to a File Share can result in a File Share ban. This includes, but is not limited to, racist and pornographic content.[2]



Contrary to popular belief, uploading screenshots and film clips of modded content will not result in a ban, provided that the screenshots and films themselves aren't modded.[2] As of August 1st, 2008, there are no rules against downloading modded content to one's Xbox 360.[2]


The consequence of using mods in online matches.
  • An anonymous US gamer using the gamertag "Scar" managed to unwittingly download Halo 3 Epsilon. He played the game with his console connected to Xbox Live, and quickly came to the attention of Microsoft. On September 2007, his gamertag and console account were banned until December 31, 9999, resulting in the longest ban from Xbox Live ever.


  1. Bungie Weekly Update 07/03/2008
    "This includes some never-before-unleashed technology that will effectively terminate your Halo multiplayer experience online in every imaginable facet."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Bungie Weekly Update 08/01/2008
  3. Bungie Weekly Update 09/12/2008
    "Last week, we mentioned some of the “Peace of Mind” changes that were coming to TU2, one of them being a new type of ban."
  4. Bungie Weekly Update 09/12/2008
    "For special folks [...] we’ll be retroactively applying this ban to their accounts."
  5. Bungie Weekly Update 09/23/2008
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bungie Weekly Update 09/26/2008
  7. Halo 3 Forum: Ultra Ban Help
    "Bungie specific bans are not based on feedback from users. They are based on automatically collected data." ~ Tom Gioconda
  8. Bungie Weekly Update 09/12/2008
    "You see, dear reader, whenever the Banhammer strikes, records are kept and those records are sortable, viewable and actionable en masse. M-Dub and the Wolf take great pride in the numerical sorting of massive amounts of data while Shishka languishes softly on a waterbed of e-tears."
  9. Bungie Weekly Update 10/03/2008
  10. Bungie Weekly Update 09-26-2008
    " [...] And yes, I did send the proper form to Banhammer afterwards."
  11. Halo 3 Forum: shishka, this one is for you :)
    "You can potentially get voice-banned if a Bungie employee catches you being extremely vulgar (and no, we do not accept reports of vulgarity, so don't message me about it), but I've never played a game with someone who I then turned around and banned because he called me a name or something." ~ Shishka
  12. Banhammer Details: 12/18/2007 10:24 AM PST
  13. The News: TU2 FAQ
    "Yeah, "achievement boosting" is kind of lame but honestly it's not really something we can/will punish people for." ~ Brian Jarrard
  14. Halo 3 Forum: Should Bungie provide us with a terms of use?
    "Acheivement boosting often looks like EXP boosting to the banhammer - so if you acheivement boost, you're likely going to get punishments for EXP boosting." ~ Tom Gioconda
  15. Halo 3 Forum: Wow no reason banning
    "We can tell when you're playing with a party, and we can tell when no input is being given via the controller. [...] the unused controllers method of social boosting is the most common and most EXP bans result from that behavior. [...] playing with "bad" players won't get you banned, unless they are so bad they are unable to figure out how to pick up the controller." ~ Shishka
  16. Bungie Weekly Update 07/03/2008

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Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From the RuneScape Wiki, the wiki for all things RuneScape

Due to a recent update by Jagex, the information in this article may be out-of-date. You can help to improve this article by updating the information.
This article is about bans that apply in-game. For information on bans that apply on this wiki, see RuneScape:User block policy.
An account can be in the bottom, middle, or top zone on either pillar. One pillar represents ban offences, and the other represents mute offences.
A quashed offence.
Historically, accounts could be in green, yellow, orange or red zones, depending on the number of black marks.
Players cannot vote in polls whilst they are banned.

A Ban may be given for repeated violation of the Rules of RuneScape. An account starts off with 0 out of 10 black marks, but this may increase if the player breaks the rules. The account is in the green zone if it has no black marks, though changes through yellow, orange and red as offences accumulate. The black marks and the zone can change suddenly if the player commits serious offences.

Offenders may be banned or just muted, and either may be temporary (for example, for 24 hours) or permanent. Muted players cannot type freely in the chat interface (though they are able to use Quick Chat), but banned players are unable to log into the game at all. Players who are banned are also not allowed to vote in polls or go on the forums without first logging out.

A player with more than 10 blackmarks

Generally, players are permanently banned after 10 blackmarks. But if certain appeals are made, players may result in more. You will be on a last chance, in which case any more offences will get you permanently banned, unless another last chance appeal is made.

There was once an area called The Black Hole in the Dwarven Mine area of RuneScape Classic where banned players were sent for an indefinite amount of time. However, this was later removed.

A division of Jagex known as Customer Support currently handles bans and blocks.

As of 11 May 2009,Jagex no longer hands out Black Marks,but instead archives the offence. They have also quashed some offences.


Game bans

Banned players are notified when they log in.
The ban notification for RuneScape Classic

Game bans restrict players from access to their accounts, usually for violating one of the Rules of Conduct. If the player appeals their ban, it may be accepted, either restoring the account completely or with a permanent mute.

Permanently banned or muted players may be offered a "last chance appeal". The Game Guide says: "If you are permanently banned or permanently muted and have appealed all open offences, you may be given the option to make one final appeal in order to regain your account. Please be aware that if your appeal is denied, then you will be permanently banned or permanently muted and have no further chances to appeal your offences."[1]

Forum bans

Players may be banned from the RuneScape Forums.

Bans from the RuneScape Forums are for essentially similar reasons to those in-game. However, they also include flaming and spamming; while spamming in-game is an offence, many players do not realise this and it often goes unreported.

If a player is muted or banned from the game, they are also automatically banned from the forums. The opposite is also true.

See also

Instant permanent bans

Taking part in real world trading will result in an instant permanent ban. Some forms of bug abuse will cause a player to be permanently banned. Using some types of Macros or "bots" will result in an instant permanent ban.


  1. ^ "Ban Appeals", RuneScape customer support

External links

  • "Bans and mutes", RuneScape Manual
  • "Forum Black Marks/Bans", RuneScape Knowledge Base
  • Appeal an Offence/Ban

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