Minecraft Mods Let You Disable Mojang’s Controversial Chat Reports

Minecraft Mods Let You Disable Mojang's Controversial Chat Reports

The latest Minecraft: Java Edition update introduced a new player reporting tool, which allows players to submit “inappropriate chat messages or dangerous behavior” for moderators to review. This seems like a good thing at first glance, but many Minecraft players aren’t happy that this extends to private servers.

Naturally, because this is Minecraft, players have changed what they don’t like. There are now mods that strip messages of information that link them to your gamer profile.

There are a handful of mods that seem to do this successfully. No chat reports from Aizistral appear to “pull cryptographic signatures” that associate messages you send with your Minecraft account and support the Forge and Fabric mod APIs. Doclic’s NoEnryption does the same thing for Minecraft Spigot server software, and TechnicallyCoded’s No Chat Reports, also for Spigot, says it’s “currently the only plugin capable of fully replicating vanilla behavior” and supports multiple languages.

These mods are, of course, used at your own risk. They work both client-side and server-side, but if you install them client-side, other people’s servers can exclude you from membership if they choose to enforce secure profiles. Which is fair enough and means you shouldn’t be able to use these mods to troll people who want the protections that moderation can provide.

While it seems reasonable for Mojang to moderate their game’s community, it’s also understandable that players are nervous about the private spaces subject to this moderation. The moderation teams are not foolproof and players are worried about getting banned from their own servers for comments taken out of context. Even if moderation were foolproof, I also don’t think it’s unreasonable that a group of players would want to opt out of moderation, with a full understanding of what that entails.

Mojang addressed player feedback after the update entered testing. “We recognize that private servers operate independently of Mojang Studios, and many use this independence to create remarkable Minecraft innovations that enrich the community,” they wrote on the Minecraft website. “But it has always been the case that Minecraft servers of any scale must adhere to the rules outlined in the EULA, the Commercial Use Guidelines and our Community Standards. Every player should enjoy a safe Minecraft experience wherever they choose to play.”

Mojang also, uh, mistimed the release of this jocular video about Minecraft being evilly updated by a nefarious leader:

As much as Mojang may claim that players have always had to abide by “Community Standards”, it’s also worth remembering that one of Minecraft’s most infamous servers is 2b2t, a lawless anarchic server known for obscenity, trolling, swastikas and the like. worse. It’s a horrible place, I wouldn’t want to play there, and I imagine Mojang would rather it didn’t exist, but it’s also culturally significant and was featured in the Design/Play/Disrupt exhibition at the Victoria And Albert Museum in London.

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