I just terminated my flight recently on Expert server because of a user trolling me at LAX. This isnt a post about said user specifically but Trolling others as a whole. Since the increase in requirements to get to Grade 3 there was a strict decrease in the presence of those I would call “trolls”. On TS1 it is difficult to differentiate between trolls and just users that really do not know what they are doing versus not caring about the rules.
We all know that Expert is the place for those that care about their flights and have already had discussion on how to allow other users to continue to grow in their ability before using Expert properly. However, I believe this is on a different level. What can be done to effectively prevent people from getting on Expert with the intention of trolling other and solely that? 4
I do not believe that raising the grading requirements will help at all, rather a rework of the reporting system is needed. It is impossible for a user to be ghosted by one user but that is the issue, the system just encourages trolls to troll. With global coming out I do not believe anyone wants to be trolled by someone when you are about to finish up a long flight and are limited on range because of fuel burn.
What I am proposing is that users have the ability to report another user with the first warning effectively telling the other user that they are On Guard. This lets the user know that they need to be aware or stop what they are doing. After 30 seconds if the same user who reported has the ability to report again, this time broadcasting to anyone on the same region (pre-Global) that a user needs to be paid attention to. Finally, if after 10-30 seconds another user reports that same person a ghosting is put in effect. To assist with users flying in a region with only them and the other user a pre-designated cooldown time can be implemented and if necessary the same user can report a third time and ghost the violator. All during the process the person reported cannot send a retaliatory report to the user that report him. This means that for predetermined period of time the other user cannot report whoever has reported him. This protects the person reporting and communicates that the trolling user is to stop or receive a ghosting. This would only be implemented on Expert Server
For post global I believe that this is only enabled when someone is on the same airports frequency or is operating within the airspace of airports. Outside of Airport airspace it is difficult to pretty much troll someone as most often I have seen trolling occur only within airport airspace.
Thoughts? Ideas? Concerns? Commentary?
Final Note: I do believe this is a necessary change that is needed. It is one outside of just raising grading requirements as a user’s grade really does not determine if someone is trolling or not.