Getting blocked on Chatroulette: how the report button is getting used wrong

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If you thought Chatroulette was a free-wheeling site where you could just sit around peacefully flashing at strangers – think again. Users on the site can be blocked for inappropriate behaviour (as we pointed out back here) but from comments on our site it seems that the report button is frequently being used to block people that users just don’t fancy.

According to several commenters, fully-clothed men doing nothing offensive are getting unfairly blocked because chat partners decide they’d prefer an attractive woman. You think the guys would just F9 and move on, but no, apparently they prefer to block other men – thus reducing the number of other men on the site and by the same reasoning, increasing the proportion of women to men.

God almighty guys.

Here’s the comment:

David says:
“After getting blocked for the first time today for no real reason (just a clothed guy sitting here doing nothing remotely offensive, certainly don’t look offensive, and not getting to see any connection long enough to be considered “boring”), I discovered this is happening to may others as well. I think some of the pervs are looking for girls to “watch them” and are just clicking the “Report” button when they see yet another dude.”

Paul says:
“I fully agree with you their david, ive had the same thing happen to me 3 times already, im fully clothes, not doing anything remotely offensive, all i see is dudes and then block… its kinda pathetic really.”

David’s come up with some sort of solution:
“The block thing was a good idea, but isn’t working in practice. I’m not sure how they are tracking you (e.g. IP address, MAC address, etc.), but my recommendation would be to have a system more like stackoverflow where you can earn reputation points for not being obscene and then based on your reputation, anyone with less reputation can’t down vote you, or maybe their down vote is worth less than yours, or something. There just has to be something done to keep the pervs or just everyday people from reporting people for not being the proper sex.”

Anyone else had any experience of this?

Related: 5 things you didn’t know about Chatroulette

By Anna Leach | April 3rd, 2010



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