Xbox Enforcement United uses community to flush out inappropriate Gamertags

Microsoft has announced Xbox Enforcement United, a new program that uses the Xbox Live community to help determine appropriate content for Xbox Live.

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Microsoft recently spoke about its PhD-validated Reputation system. But you don't need a PhD to recognize an inappropriate Gamertag. The company's next step in improving the Xbox Live community is to flush out the more unseemly handles that you might bump into during the average online multiplayer game with a new program called Xbox Enforcement United.

Xbox Enforcement United uses Xbox Live members to help determine appropriate content by having them evaluate Gamertags and judge whether they violate the Xbox Live Code of Conduct. If enough participants determine a Gamertag to be offensive, enforcement action could be taken against it.

The Xbox Enforcement United initiative is expected to expand in the future, with community members looking out for other forms of inappropriate content. Registration for the beta has begun and qualified Xbox Live Ambassadors can sign up now.

Xbox Community Level is launching alongside this new initiative, which will allow Xbox Live member to earn rewards and recognition for participating in Enforcement United or for working as Xbox Live Ambassadors.

Microsoft's efforts continue a trend of community self-policing, following in the footsteps of Valve and Riot.

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    August 1, 2013 12:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Xbox Enforcement United uses community to flush out inappropriate Gamertags.

    Microsoft has announced Xbox Enforcement United, a new program that uses the Xbox Live community to help determine appropriate content for Xbox Live.

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      August 1, 2013 12:34 PM

      Coz people really want you to nanny them, MS. Just stupid. Glad I can put anything I want as my Steam title. MS will tell you if you've been bad or good, MS will tell you if your name is kosher, MS would pat you down for contraband if it could, MS will tuck you in to bet at night. F-U, MS, you are not needed.

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        August 1, 2013 12:42 PM

        Uh, did you read the article? I suspect not.

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          August 1, 2013 1:52 PM

          Uh, did you? Obviously either no, or you didn't read my post, as they are congruent. Hold on, gotta change my Steam nick to whatever the fu I want. Have fun being nannied.

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            August 1, 2013 2:01 PM

            I'll have fun playing games, I couldn't care less about my gamertag name.

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            August 1, 2013 3:26 PM

            The whole point is that MS is crowdsourcing the identification of inappropriate gamertags, and even then, those names will be reviewed and may or may not be forced to change. Your post was not congruent with the article. Microsoft is not being any more overbearing than they were before. They just want to try and find a better way to identify inappropriate/offensive gamertags. You clearly over-reacted to the article, given the amount of vitriol in your initial response.

            You said at the end that MS is not needed. Well, if you want to play on Xbox Live, they are. So, if you don't like it, stick to Steam.

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            August 1, 2013 6:05 PM

            Thanks Ultrafag420hitlerboner, you are fighting the good fight.

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      August 1, 2013 12:35 PM

      does MS just have one guy sitting in a room churning out the worst fucking names possible? they must, right?

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        August 1, 2013 6:36 PM

        Every company needs a Beavis and Butt-Head Department (preferably in their PR department to proofread things like brand names and product releases).

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        August 1, 2013 6:40 PM

        It'd be more comforting knowing it was one dude and not a fleet of overpaid marketing consultants.

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      August 1, 2013 12:35 PM

      Count Cockulla's days are finally numbered!

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      August 1, 2013 12:38 PM

      Definitely sounds like they're following Valve's example. This pleases me.

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        August 1, 2013 1:53 PM

        *Looks at Steam nick* Nope, definitely not following Steam's example.

        It's based off of Steam's concept, but like all things MS does, gets it all wrong.

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      August 1, 2013 12:41 PM

      How about "If your a douche a big burly guy will go to your home and kick you in the nuts".
      I still think that program would bring a lot more civility to the online world.

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      August 1, 2013 1:07 PM

      As long as it's not too automated, I'm all for it. Someone needs to review them so you don't get a group of people slamming someone they don't like.

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      August 1, 2013 1:25 PM

      Can I still have "PussyLVR69"?

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      August 1, 2013 1:55 PM

      i had "jimmytheperv" for years and years and was never once bothered.

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      August 1, 2013 3:34 PM

      Yay. Because this kind of BS didn't invade my real life enough already. How about people learn to stop going all "phil fish" about everything.

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        August 1, 2013 6:42 PM

        What does that even mean?

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          August 1, 2013 8:31 PM

          What part of that didn't you get? I honestly mean that. What I meant by "phil fish" is getting offended at the dumbest stuff and making massive changes based on getting your feelings hurt.

          And in case you've been living under a rock for the last 30 years, that seems to be more and more the norm these days. More and more people are willing to not only tell others what to do, but to enforce bullshit rules to avoid ever having to have their feelings hurt.

          Granted, this is somewhat small. Buuuut all the small things, like not letting someone have a gamertag that might offend someone, is adding up a very controlled and boring life.

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            August 1, 2013 8:33 PM

            stop trying to make "phil fish" happen Gretchen.

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              August 1, 2013 8:36 PM

              huuuuuh? Did I miss something? That's the first time I've said his name in that context. It's the first time I've even seen it in that context.

              Also... who's gretchen?

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                August 1, 2013 9:12 PM

                I'm stopping you now before it gets out of control.

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                  August 2, 2013 12:43 AM

                  haha. I don't know that I've ever made anything a thing.

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      August 1, 2013 8:34 PM

      What if they don't ban all the jerks, but just put them into seperate play list. You could select it as a match-making filter.

      Sometimes I like playing with jerks, and I'm enough of an adult to not feel the need to report a Dr. Frankencunt or Count Cockulla.

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      August 1, 2013 8:39 PM

      Mymeatcurtains and skinchimney better watch out.

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      August 1, 2013 9:13 PM

      BurnsWhenIPee. But I retired that tag shortly after I retired "Some Fag with a Gun".

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      August 2, 2013 5:54 AM

      I'm delighted by this news!

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      August 2, 2013 7:20 AM

      Sigh. I wonder if after 12yrs of non-stop Xbox Live service allegiance, or whatever its been... if my gamertag will finally get flagged.

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