37 Ban and Report Categories for Minecraft Servers

Standardizing the language to ensure good community management practices

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We've carefully chosen this list of 37 report and ban categories for Minecraft servers to help you better communicate and enforce community management policies with players and staff. Consistency is key when it comes to taking action and enforcing rules on a Minecraft server, and that consistency begins with standardizing the language used to describe potential offenses.

In time, by using these categories when issuing reports about your players you’ll start to uncover exactly where your server’s biggest strengths and weaknesses lie. Identifying and understanding these factors can be game changers to building a positive and more transparent server culture. In the future you’ll even be able to get long-term insights into how your player culture is evolving as policies are put into place based on these categories, and acted upon by you and your team members.

A slide from our recent Player Safety Webinar for Minecraft Servers.

Use this list in your rules and enforcement

There are a number of positive impacts on your community that will come out of using this list of report, ban, mute, and kick categories with your server staff. It reduces confusion, makes it easier to create processes or act on different situations, and gives you more information about the health of your player-base.

Most importantly: Speaking the same language and tracking the same behavior categories can benefit the entire Minecraft server scene when we discuss and tackle these challenges. It can also help servers to educate players about those behaviors and actions taken to combat them.

Rather than analyzing hundreds (or 30,000 as we saw on one network) of self-defined text descriptions attached to bans, kicks, mutes, and reports, you can simplify. Many of these descriptions are only different due to typos or different input formats by moderators, which makes identifying solutions for problem areas in communities nearly impossible.

An example of a ban with the "antisocial" category using the GamerSafer plugin.

All of these categories are available as ban, report, mute, and kick reasons for your staff to use within the GamerSafer plugin or in the community guidelines and tools you already use on your servers.

Why we chose these categories:

We've chosen these categories as the foundation for where we’ll begin our journey with building better Minecraft player reporting and community management tools.

The categories also follow the latest reports created by organizations like Fair Play Alliance and Anti-Defamation League, trends in the gaming industry overall, and the specific use-case for Minecraft servers. If you have any suggestions or questions about any of the below categories, feel free to reach out to us using the form at the bottom of this page.

If some of these categories aren't relevant to your community, that's OK! But we do suggest you at least consider each category and your processes and enforcement policies for them so that you and your team are prepared before they happen.

37 Report, Ban, Mute, and Kick Categories:

Toxicity and Disruptions

Antisocial

Hostility

Excessive Blaming

Trolling

Sabotaging

Swearing

Relentless Msg

Player Griefing

Smurfing

Farming

Mechanic Exploits

Spamming

Botting & Alt-Abuse

Mobbing

Inappropriate Content

Punishment Evasion

Even though "Punishment Evasion" is usually done with a player using an alt account, this wouldn't fall under the "Alt-Abuse" category because of difference in intent, effect, and impact of the behavior. This includes Ban & Mute Evasion.

Harms and Crimes

Server Griefing

Hacking

Payment Dispute

Sexual Misconduct

Grooming

Extremism

Self-Harm (Others)

Self-Harm (Self)

Racism

Sexism

Homophobia

Xenophobia

Bullying

Stalking

Identity Theft

Scamming

Staff Impersonation

Swatting

Doxing

IRL Trades

Violent Threat

Self-Ban Requests & Auto-Ban Systems

Consider including "Self-Ban Request" and "Auto-Ban System" categories to your report lineup so that you can track players that are banned for these unique circumstances. Some players, or their parents, may decide that they need a break from the game to focus on school, work, or other priorities, but they don’t want the temptation of joining.

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