I think the major problem right now is that many reports have conflicting PoV's because one side or both are "embellishing" the truth. Those reports end up being closed because of conflicting PoV's and not being able to take one member's word over another. I suggest that reports should be made private, with each member involved posting their PoV but only staff being able to read and/or see the evidence. With that in mind, if someone posts a PoV that conflicts with actual video evidence from the other side, that will help stop people from lying to get away with rule breaks.
Sadly, it's always been like this AFAIK, I remember being banned and pointed for logging out to report 3 guys who tried to KoS me, so that''s nothing new. But I agree that being on the receiving end of a robbery or taken hostage, should you chose to forfeit your revenge rights, you should be allowed to log out without repercussions.
The false reports verdicts being thrown around without proof of malicious intent are just undermining its meaning. This will eventually lead to members not wanting to report rule breaks for fear of being punished themselves. Then you get a community where rule breaks become more and more common and shitty RP is accepted or just flat out brushed off because our standards are dropping due to fearmongering. Nothing good will come of this.
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