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Criticism of Roblox refers to any criticism directed towards Roblox, such as some administrators and certain games. This article contains an extensive list of the most well-known issues and complaints that some or most parts of the community have had towards Roblox throughout its history.

Administration/Moderation

MSE6

Main article: Community:MSE6

MSE6 is a former Roblox administrator. Many users on the former Off Topic and ROBLOX Talk forums criticized her for being corrupt. She was often accused of abusing her moderation privileges, allegedly banning users for invalid, inappropriate, or outright false reasons and giving out inappropriate and harsh punishments. Although they presented little evidence for their allegations, many forumers believed B0TM0D to be the sole administrator responsible for all inappropriate moderation on Roblox.

Flawed In-Game Report System

Roblox allows for a user, in-game, on the website, or otherwise connected to Roblox to Report another player's behaviour to the admins. This sends a complaint to the Roblox moderation team. The team then checks the chat log, to determine whom, if anyone, to punish, and in what way to do so. Multiple users have also claimed that they have been punished for something they did not do. This has led some to believe that Roblox's report system is automated and designed to reprimand any user who is reported enough times. A lot of people think that reports also aren't even read. However, reports do work and are read, it takes a long time to get your reports read.

Flawed Filtering System

In early 2017, many users were affected by an update that caused many words to be filtered. Roblox's filter system tags out inappropriate words with #, but in this instance many appropriate words like "a", "my", "don't", and "the" were flagged. Roblox uses CommunitySift, a context-based chat filter that utilizes a sliding scale risk tool for words and phrases. It is presumed that the filter after this update was set to a higher level that flagged content that it assumed was inappropriate.

Community

One of Roblox's most commonly criticized points is its immature community. Players frequently utilize the Report Abuse system for things that are not in violation of Roblox's Terms of Service, such as another player winning a game or someone refusing to accept a trade offer with them. The Roblox community has been known to produce large amounts of complaints about everything on the site without providing evidence backing up their complaints, such as recent updates, The Roblox Corporation's business practices, and Anthro.

Guests

Main article: Guest
Guests

The three former appearances of guest players (here: DefaultGuest, BillyBloxxer, and BettyBloxxer).

Guests were pre-configured Robloxians who had a multitude of restrictions and differences from normal users:

  • Instead of using a blacklist filter chat, they spoke using Safe Chat, a whitelist chat system that restricted users to using pre-selected chat phrases.
  • In older versions, guests had a yellow head and arms, green legs, and a blue torso, which is the skin of a classic Roblox Noob before DefaultGuest, BillyBloxxer, and BettyBloxxer were established. Guests were dressed according to ROBLOX's official account. When gear was released, guests had all of the gear that the ROBLOX character had. For a short period of time, because of ROBLOX having TBC, guests were allowed to access BC-only games.
  • A guest's name will be "Guest", followed by a random number between 0 and 9999.
  • Users who play as guests were only allowed 20 trial plays from mid-2017 until removal, after that you were required to make an account or log in.
    Guests2016

    The current appearances of DefaultGuest, BillyBloxxer, and BettyBloxxer.

    Former Guest

    An example of a guest

Guests are generally disliked because they tend to cause more problems than do regular users due to them not knowing how to play many of the Roblox games because they are new. Guests cannot be reported, which allows users to do anything, regardless of the rules, without fear of repercussions. Due to this, some users troll or exploit as a guest and get away with it. Some users have taken it upon themselves to buy ads and create groups simply to show their hatred toward these users.

Guests were officially removed on October 3, 2017. However, Guest Mode can still be played on mobile devices (only select games can be played as a Guest), which might be removed later in the future. Cookie editors can also make you play as a guest.

Online Daters

Main article: Online dating

Online Dating is an often brought up issue on Roblox and is hated by many players. Players can tell if a player is an online dater by what they say and through their roleplay names. Whoever seeks an online relationship on Roblox is online dating. This includes people putting "single" and "hot" in roleplay names and people saying things like "ABC for a bf" or "Want to date?" City games, school games, and roleplaying games are common online dating hotspots. Online dating is commonly seen as a predatory act and can result in outside interventions, aside from not fitting in with the kid-friendly nature. Many 'predators' are mainly children looking for girlfriends online.

Demographic Change

LEGO Hero Factory Brain Attack Cap

Roblox's partnership with LEGO suggested that they were trying to market the game to a younger demographic.

Around 2010, Roblox's demographic experienced a shift from a target age of 10– 16-year-olds to 6– 8-year-olds. New and simpler building tools, brighter and more colorful graphics, and sponsorships by products advertised to this age range exemplified this shift. Many of ROBLOX's older users quit Roblox because of this shift.

Players

Christina8787

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Christina8787

Christina8787 is a user known for her Club Christy game, and for her rude advertisements of it. These advertisements attacked IronInforcer's Iron Cafe, using false claims, insults, and lampooning IronInforcer himself. This led to user XiaoXiaoMan reviewing the game Club Christy through his Raging ROBLOX Reviewer series. After receiving comments shortly after XiaoXiaoMan's video went public, Christiana8787 created a video response. XiaoXiaoMan later made a counter video response titled Re: Raging Christy . Soon after XiaoXiaoMan's video was uploaded, Christina removed hers. Shortly after this incident, LegoIsReal uploaded a screenshot of Christiana8787's XFire chat with him. In response to her XFire comments, XiaoXiaoMan created another video.

Though Christiana8787's tensions with XiaoXiaoMan eventually faded, tension continues to exist between her and other Robloxians. At one point, she was accused of plagiarizing Patacorow's video.

SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX

Main Article: SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX

SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX (2011)

SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX

SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX is a user who, while mostly known for Live in A Five Star Island Resort and his F.E.A.R. group, has been the source of past controversies. In 2010, he created Live in A Five Star Resort, a game very similar to user Wierdoking's Original Five Star Resort, which at the time was a populated "hang-out" game. Many claimed SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX copied wierdoking, and used excessive amounts of free models to make his game different. This created a large amount of tension between the two users, and arguments between them began for a short time but ended quickly.

Soon after Live in A Five Star Island Resort was released, military clan F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) was created, which quickly amassed a large number of members. Not long after, F.E.A.R. was excessively advertised in SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX's games, leading some to believe that SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX used his popularity to quickly garner a large clan.

User XiaoXiaoMan eventually reviewed Live in A Five Star Island Resort, like he did with Club Christy, explaining that there was excessive lag, online dating, and an overabundance of free models, amongst other things, which led to him giving the game an overall negative review. He also claims that, in several other videos of his, that certain friends of his have found their accounts "hacked", and their accounts were soon in F.E.A.R. XiaoXiaoMan also says that many alternate accounts of many users in the group, leading to a false number of members.

Around mid-2011, a rumor began circulating about SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX having begged Roblox staff for free Lifetime Outrageous Builders Club (which was a recent addition to the growing Builder's Club memberships). Although no evidence has been found (or released), many still believe that SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX did indeed obtain free OBC by begging the ROBLOX Staff.

Since then, most of the controversies about SONICTHEHEDGEHOGXX have since disappeared and he hasn't been involved in any for a long time. He has been praised by the community for his more recent games such as Welcome to Venezia and Sunset City. His short, Out of Bloxy Cola, won a Bloxy award in 2013.

Jaredvaldez2, Jaredvaldez4, and Jared2valdez4

Main articles: Community:Jaredvaldez4, and Community:Jared2valdez4
Jaredvaldez4

Jaredvaldez4

Jaredvaldez4 is a user mostly known for copying games. He has stolen countless games, most of which were previously front page games. Some of the most notorious copies are:

When jaredvaldez4 was deleted, he said that 'he realized his mistakes of plagiarism'. He immediately contradicted this statement with the further creation of multiple alternate accounts and copying places again. His act of hypocrisy further increased the hatred toward him.

In early 2012, when Jaredvaldez2 created StudioJARE on YouTube, BlabVoid and several members warned Jared that they would take action against him for copying them. Eventually, StudioJARE and his RoWar series, a blatant copy of the original, was also removed due to a copyright claim by StudioARE.

Jaredvaldez has since quit Roblox and posts videos unrelated to it. However, he briefly checked out Roblox in 2017 on an alternate (alt) account and made a video about it and another one of a retrospective look at his time on Roblox.

JuliusColesV2

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JuliusColesV2

JuliusColesV2 is noted for publishing 1dev2's unlocked game Welcome to the Town of Robloxia and adding free models. He is also known for copying free models and uploading them as his own, mostly as "proof" that he doesn't use free models, but his own.

After being banned, JuliusColes made numerous hate videos about Roblox. Some videos mocked Roblox co-founder erik.cassel for his cancer diagnosis and eventual death. JuliusColes attempted to make new Roblox accounts, but they are often shortly banned.

Other types of unwanted players

"Prophets" and Clickbait Youtubers

Many Roblox rumors surround supposed prophecies, hoaxes, and conspiracies. Many YouTube accounts create videos generating fake Roblox prophecies as a way to quickly earn viewers. for eg. Denisdaily, Tofuu etc A notable example was TheC0mmunity creating a rumor around February 2017 about John Doe hacking Roblox accounts on March 18. This rumor was proven false, and nothing occurred on March 18. A subsequent prophecy was created about a user called Greg hacking Roblox accounts on March 24, which was again proven false. As Roblox caters to a younger demographic who often fall for these fake prophecies, these rumors often result in chaos on the Roblox platform and Roblox-related fan websites.

Noobs/Newbies

Main article: Noob

A noob or newbie is a new and inexperienced Roblox user. Some people believe that they can cause trouble when they play the game because of their overall lack of experience with the subtle nuances of the Roblox community. A new player might not understand, for instance, that spawn killing is heavily frowned upon. On Roblox, most users use the word "noob" as an insult used when people are upset or to mock others.

YouTubers

Main article: YouTubers

Some people believe that YouTubers such as DanTDM and DenisDaily have "completely destroyed Roblox's community". They think that the reason why bad games go on the front page is that of the YouTubers attracting people who are bad at the game, exploit, or edgy.

Some users are known for spreading fake rumors to scare users such as the John Doe hacking rumor and the Greg rumor.

RobuxianYouTube/robloxlover69

RobuxianYouTube is a user known for his fake tutorials on free Robux hacks to get free Robux on Roblox. He, like KazokYT, has a tendency to lie and spreads multiple prophecies to users. Sometime in late 2017, he was terminated, however he returned with a new account called robloxlover69 on February 18, 2018. He was posting inappropriate videos there.

Dragod

Dragod is a Roblox Youtuber known for his clickbaiting and his fake Robux giveaways. He was one of the people responsible for spreading the June 28/30th 2017 hacking rumor. His channel is also filled with clickbait titles like 'If you don't buy this item, your account will be deleted', although the video is just a Jailbreak gameplay video.

It is rumored that he quit YouTube after uploading his last video on August 22, 2017. However, these rumors are false, as he has recently started his channel back up.

Quackityishot

Main article: Community:Quackityishot

Quackityishot is the Roblox account of controversial YouTube user QuackityHQ. He was criticised with his 'ROBLOX SUCKS!!!' series. He is also criticised due to him and his fans raiding the Roblox forums and spamming the post 'UNBAN QUACKITY' on May 1st, 2017, causing his account to be IP Banned and making Roblox instate a 2-year account age limit to post on the forums. Since then this age limit has been removed. On June 4th, 2017, Quackity and his fans again raided the forums, which instated another limit that's 120000 hours long (Approximately 13 years), causing all players, including all admins and even the official Roblox account to not be able to post on the forums. This limit has been removed afterward due to criticism on Roblox's Twitter.

KazokYT

KazokYT has been known for spreading the rumor in which a terminated account named Greg would be hacking people. He has also been accused of exploiting certain games and has a tendency to lie on YouTube on how to get free Robux or a rumor.

greenlegocats123

Greenlegocats is a YouTuber known for his trolling videos. People criticise him for trolling in games, which is seen as immature. Other criticisms include making multiple videos on the same topic, low effort videos, and complaining. While he is not the only troll nor is he the most famous, he makes trolling videos more frequently than anyone else and people see him as the root of most trolls.

YungyPlaysRoblox

YungyPlaysRoblox has received criticism for creating online dating videos and spreading false rumors. He along with others were discovered to have created the false hacker rumor of BloxWatch along with other YouTubers and users, when a YouTuber known as Citizen exploited a BloxWatch game and saw that both him and ZephPlayz were admins.

ZephPlayz

ZephPlayz is well known for creating clickbait videos. He is also somewhat known for copying video ideas and creating the false hacker rumor of BloxWatch with YungyPlayzRoblox and others. While he is not the only clickbaiter, he was one of the first to create mass amounts of Roblox clickbait videos and still continues to lie with his clickbait.

Roblox Minigunner

Roblox Minigunner is a YouTuber who is very similar to greenlegocats123 and receives similar criticism. He has been called a hypocrite by his fans on Twitter  for criticising things such as trolling then shortly after making a trolling video. People have also criticised him for creating misleading content, such as his "How Much ODers Does MeepCity Really Have?" video, where he claims that MeepCity has very little ODers in an attempt to make people believe it does not. In the video, he is seen asking people to date, and he only finds 1 person that says yes in 7 servers, and uses this as proof that there are little to no ODers, but people have pointed out that he was dressed as a skunk and that it is very unlikely an ODer would want to date someone dressed up as a skunk. Many also see him as immature and unfunny.

Julius Cole

Julius Cole has a YouTube channel where he does various things like play Roblox, rant on Roblox YouTubers, and makes vlogging-styled videos. He has become known to spread false information about YouTubers such as InquisitorMaster and greenlegocats123, both who are also heavily criticized, by saying things such as that they inspect element messages and trash talk him.

Catalog Item Prices

The prices of many limiteds have been pushed to exorbitant amounts by those who own it. This annoys many users because this makes them think that Roblox is greedy for money and make them unrealistically exorbitant in an attempt to make players pay more real life money for Robux to use to buy a single Limited item. An example that demonstrates the fact could be that a Darkheart valued at 2,000 Robux when it was first released 3 years ago drastically escalates to a whopping 13,333,333 Robux for the cheapest one, which costs approximately 6,000 US dollars to purchase with real money.

Marketing

Third-Party Advertisements

Users without Roblox memberships are played ads while they wait to be loaded into a game. However, some ads have been criticized excessively for being inappropriate for kids or containing malware, but no evidence has truly been given to either claim.

Website and TV Advertisements

TV Advertisement (2011)

Roblox's old TV commercial was criticized for:

  • Not mentioning membership and membership features.
  • The commercial using highly edited skyboxes, CGI, and staging to give the game a more professional look. This may be due to the targeted audience being more interested in exciting advertisements.
  • The "ROBLOX, It's FREE!" is criticized by some users because they believe the game is freemium, rather than free. It became a meme, with many people making fun of the slogan. What the ad possibly meant was that Roblox didn't require real money or using a virtual payment such as Bitcoin to create an account, or simply Roblox is free-to-play.

SharpTH Media released a video explaining why this advertisement was flawed in its technique of attempting to get the attention of viewers.

What Will You Build (2012)

Roblox's 2012 advertisement was also highly criticized by many for similar "offenses" in the past video, such as special effects and false claims:

  • From 0:16 to 0:19, all the models presented are CGI-animated rather than in-game.
  • At 0:20, a Minecraft TNT is very briefly seen among the debris of the exploded castle. This has resulted in high negative criticism from Minecraft players viewing the video.

Tzsara released a video about this advertisement and exploring its contents and flaws. However, despite the false advertising, this commercial was not as badly criticized as 2011's commercial (see above).

Forums

Before its removal on December 11, 2017, The forums on Roblox has been criticized because of the amount of spam of useless posts and highly inappropriate users on most of the forum sections.

Removal of Forums

On December 4, 2017, due to them not providing a positive environment, getting raided and them being abused, ROBLOX announces the Forums will shut down on December 11, 2017. The forums became read-only 7 days before it's removal.

Before Removal

The following sections are about the criticism given to certain boards before removal.

Suggestions and Ideas/S&I

The Suggestions and Ideas subforum (commonly abbreviated as S&I) like Roblox Talk, was heavily criticised for its ridiculous ideas by Roblox users. It even caused the moderators to not accept any ideas from that subforum. This is believed to have started after Roblox removed the 13+ requirement on the forums.

ROBLOX Talk

Main Article: Roblox Talk

ROBLOX Talk was one of the most criticized forum sections in Roblox, it mostly would have consisted of internet memes, which are against the forum rules, along with a useless post that has little to no meaning. Some forum posts would have had contents that are off topics such as today's occurrences, advertisements for a user's place and/or group, RT parties, administrator's actions and many other useless posts.

Notable Incidents

  • On April 1, 2012, the infamous Roblox "hack", admin accounts began posting unusual threads about "the truth".
  • On November 29, 2012, with the release of the Newshound gift, false rumors spread saying that commenting "Newspaper :D" would grant players the gift. However, ROBLOX stated in a post that doing this could instead give players a ban on spamming.
  • On March 26, 2013, when the egg hunt just got started, users made topics saying "This is a thread discussing the TL;DR egg. This egg can be obtained by writing a long post or thread on the forum." over and over again until the user got the TL;DR egg. However, in reality, to get the TL;DR egg, the player will have to find an advertisement banner that tells the user that he/she can get the egg by clicking on the advertisement to get the egg in question.
  • On April 14, 2013, controversy arose when MrDoomBringer made a post on a thread stating that ROBLOX Talk could possibly be deleted. After a negative uproar from the ROBLOX Talk community, moderator ChiefJustus confirmed that ROBLOX Talk would not be deleted via another thread. MrDoomBringer later said that they were not planning to do this, and it was just a side note in a meeting. MrDoomBringer also stated that they would not merge ROBLOX Talk with Off Topic.
  • On July 2, 2014, another subforum named C&G leaked nude photos of an RT'er, and it very quickly spread into RT and OT. As a result, a few RT'ers and OT'ers kept reposting the link to their subforum. At least 30 people were banned, many of them were not from the RT forum.
  • Somewhere in 2015(or 2016) someone created a post, complaining about violent games on Roblox, this was fuelled to the point of becoming a Meme and was continued with a disproven post saying that Roblox is planning on "removing" the violent games on Roblox( which never happened)

New Forum 'Update'

On July 27th, 2017, an 'update' was made to the Roblox Forums, the update would remove several subforums, leaving only 6 left. The subforums that were added/remained were ROBLOX news and Discussion, Help, Clans, and Guilds, Let's Make a Deal, Game Design, and scripters. This update was very controversial since lots of different subforums, including the entire entertainment section, All Things ROBLOX, Roblox Talk, and Off Topic were removed. Some players thought this update was caused due to the recent forum raids from YouTuber QuackityHQ.

"Get Drawn"

The Roblox catalog and advertisements are home to many things, be it good or bad. One of them is both. "Get Drawn" is more or less viewed as a scam, as although many promises to indeed draw whoever buys it (and either comments, messages, etc. so the creator of the item can view the player's avatar), many remain unfaithful to their word. While there are some who do hold their promise, the "Get Drawn" business is almost universally seen as a scam. The pictures are very misleading and the creator just wants ROBUX.

Builder's Club Only Places

Near the end of 2010, Roblox introduced a new feature called Builder's Club Only ("BC Only") that allowed Builder's Club members to limit the users who go to their places to Builder's Club and higher only. Unsurprisingly, the community took a new function very negatively, most of which who spammed comments of BC only places, created hateful threads and even went to videos. Users XiaoXiaoMan and TheAmazeman both created videos explaining the downsides of BC only places and XiaoXiaoMan also pointed out false claims, this time on Roblox's side of its currently dubious "free" nature.

Most of the negativity came from user Shedletsky (then named Telamon) made one of his ever-so-popular brick battling game Sword Fight on the Heights IV Builders Club only, and despite the very clear woe he created from the choice, Shedletsky even went so far as to making a small post in the Roblox Forum which not only belittled the outraged users with his statements "It's my game, and I'll do what I want" and to see if there would be less "newbs" in game, but also explained that by doing so not only made "a ton" of tickets, but can also ban the main accounts of exploiters, and finishing it off with "Trololollolllll" as a "reason" as to why it's BC only. Not long after creating the forum post, Shedletsky deleted it. However, user XiaoXiaoMan has a video where it is featured. The video in question can be found here.

In July 2011, seth1823 made one of his places reach the front page of games section with a stolen copy of the user Ryanmacd 's "Private Clubhouse." It was a BC only place and he made over 33,500 ROBUX from converting the tickets generated from the visits into ROBUX. He has since taken down the place but Ryanmacd is still trying to get the copy of the place back.

As of July 2015, BC only places have been removed on the games page due to players trying to maximize their profits by making both BC and NBC places, and also due to free ROBUX and Tix scams. However, BC games still exist.

There are still a few game creators who want BC games back on the front page. They have been accused and condemned by many users for making successful free-to-play games and then make an exact copy of the game as a BC Only in order to maximize their profit, since it requires relatively few players (often less than a dozen) to make the highly visible "Front Page" section, as opposed to free-to-play games needing often hundreds just to be in the same spot.

Builders Club games have also been criticized for the non-authentic and liable titles promising them to give a random amount of ROBUX or Tix. Despite the criticism, many of these games are on the front page of the Games section. Many people believe this is a scam. Also, in some of these games, they have a fake Maintenance GUI and they might try to steal your account.

On November 1, 2017, a new update was announced on the Roblox Dev Forums. It said that the "BC Only Games" will be removed in a few weeks.

Lifetime Builders Club removal

LifetimeBC

An image of Lifetime Outrageous BC.

On August 4, 2015, Roblox removed the lifetime and 6-month payment options for BC, TBC, and OBC, leaving only monthly and annually as a payment option, which sparked a large amount of criticism from players, and which made many players think Roblox is greedy and poor.

Roblox Software

Roblox software has been described as slow and buggy on some computers. It has caused blue screens on Windows computers and even made computers crash (without the Blue Screen of Death that can occur on computers that run on Windows). User Jazman111 once reported RobloxApp.exe to security company Symantec, (home to their Norton range of antivirus software for home users), and the report was accepted.

Around 2011, Roblox removed the feature to go into Roblox.exe and into Build Mode to access Roblox Studio but was still accessible in the Roblox Studio.exe until 2012 when Build Mode, both in roblox.exe and Roblox studio only had the new building tools, which have been criticized for creating less creativity for many users. As of now, only edit mode has access to Roblox Studio, and the only way to have Roblox Studio with a character is going to the play solo test. Also, in July 2012, Roblox.exe was updated, removing the ROBLOX Browser and sending the user to the default browser set on their computer and no longer needed the player to download the browser to play games. This received some criticism from some players, saying it was slower, but there was also features that users wanted like copying and pasting URLs, which was difficult to do in the original Roblox browser.

Roblox Mobile

Lack of iPod 4th Generation Support for Games

On December 7, 2012, when the Roblox Mobile app on the Apple App Store was updated, Roblox received criticism for instead of having support for the iPod and iPhone that are of the 4th generation and beyond, they decided to only have support for the 4th generation of iPhones and the iPod 5. This has received criticism on the forum because a lot of players do not own an iPod 5. Some users have even theorized that the Roblox staff couldn't add support for iPod 4 because the device doesn't have enough memory. Also, Roblox Mobile is known for being really laggy, crashing all the time, and draining the battery really fast.

NBC Restrictions

On December 12, 2012, the day the full Play on mobile feature was released, Roblox announced that Builders Club users could play all games but NBC users would be limited to a rotating, curated selection of games. This was met with a large amount of criticism from the Roblox mobile user base due to Roblox's decision. However, despite the criticism, Roblox never repealed the restrictions until recently.

Gear Items

Roblox Mobile is also criticized because some gear items cannot be used without a mouse and keyboard., usually with objects that are used for flying and gun-like weapons.

Advertisements

Roblox Mobile has been known to have an excessive amount of ads that don't pop up on the computer. Usually, some games have ads that pop up only when you join the game. Some creators have started to make their games have ads that appear very frequently.

PardonMyFrench's Eric Frenchman on Roblox

Blogger Eric Frenchman (owner of TypePad blog PardonMyFrench) had criticized ROBLOX's site and game with this blog post. ("Is Roblox safe for my kids? Not sure so I blocked it.") He complained about the fact that his security program was flashing "like a Christmas tree" and saying that Roblox is not parental-safe, and also dubbed World of Warcraft as being safer than Roblox. He got many replies, mainly from Roblox defenders attempting to get his children back on Roblox, parents saying their experiences with Roblox. Builderman replied to Eric Frenchman, to which Eric made a new post about. ("Revisiting Roblox")

Removal of vital Lua functions/properties

During 2009 and 2010, Roblox has broken many games via changes in their Lua programming language.

In 2009, Roblox secured the Source function on the Script object. This stopped model compilers and Script Builder tools from working. In 2010, this was brought back, but later on, they stopped global variables. Both instances were frowned upon by scripters.

Updates

Roblox's updates have been criticized because users claim it "doesn't make it as good as before" and it sometimes goes to an infinite updating screen when they try to play a game (sometimes unfixable). Though people have suggested that the administrators undo the updates, Roblox has stated it will never undo an update (unless temporary, such as the Egg Drops), and as of 2013, they have not done so. This has led to many hate and quit videos from many users.

The only updates that have been changed after user feedback since then was Player Points. Player points were hidden mainly because it caused competitive controversy and had no use, as well as the fact that people were buying lots of player points or going to places specifically made to farm Player Points to boost their "skill level".

Ticket Removal

Further information: Ticket Discontinuation

On March 15, 2016, Roblox announces that they will be removing tickets. This caused an outrage in the community, mainly NBC users, claiming that they cannot afford Robux and/or Builder's Club. Smarter players knew that non-paying developers would be in trouble, as they cannot develop games without the use of free models. The removal of tickets also removed the ability for non-paying players to do many things such as buy stuff from the catalog and create ads. The risk of free Robux scams has also increased, possibly because of how difficult it is to get Robux. Users have also accused Roblox as greedy people after this.

There were instances wherein players were banned after complaining about this controversial event.

Roblox v4
2017 ROBLOX logo

Since January 9, 2017, the Roblox logo has been changed, causing lots of controversy towards the change. Some say the tilted O that has been used in place of the R looks more like a Cheez-It, Domino's Pizza logo or Bethesda Softworks' logo rotated due to its shape or the red end of the Domino's logo. This caused it to become a popular meme. Some say the logo is ugly and prefer the older logos. Many people have expressed their criticism through Twitter, YouTube, and the forums.

Default Clothing

Default clothing

The default clothing applied on a white avatar.

Further Information: Default Clothing

On June 16, 2017, Default Clothing was added to Roblox. However, this change has sparked lots of controversies, claiming that players were no longer able to wear classic outfits (like the Roblox 1.0 default Noob outfit). This affected all players who had one skin tone for their whole body, and are not wearing pants nor a shirt. However, this change can be bypassed by wearing clothing that has been Content Deleted, or by using the 'Advanced' body color feature to change individual body parts.

Temporary Server List Removal

On July 13, 2017, the Servers would only show what server the player's friends are in. This caused a major uproar in the forums as players are no longer able to see all servers for good and sometimes are forced to rejoin the same server or the server their friends are in, repeatedly. The website went into maintenance that day as well, but it didn't revert the Servers list back to its former glory. On July 14, however, the developers have responded to this case. Click here. On November 1st, the servers returned as “Other Servers” but the users shown in the lists are displayed as "A Roblox Player." You can't view their profiles unless they are your friend.

Anthro Update

The Anthro Robloxian is a new form of an avatar that Roblox will most likely add in the future. Many older players have expressed dislike or even hatred of this new avatar, with many claiming that the new body shape encourages online dating. Users were also worried that the Anthro avatar type will replace the R6 and R15 avatar types, though this has already been proven false.

Removal of Guests

On October 3, 2017, Roblox removed guest mode. Nightgaladeld, the Roblox admin who founded The United States of America, confirmed that they removed guests to "increase in registered users will drive more visits, increased revenue and player engagement in your Roblox games" and "encourage first-time players to use our social and interactive features with other users". Many players were happy but others thought that Roblox was greedy, which sparked a protest in the forums to re-add guests. Also, other users believed that it only increases the number of bacon hairs (male noobs) and nothing more which leads to even more criticism.

Removal of Game Genres

On October 26, 2017, game genres were removed from Roblox. This has caused major outrage in the forums. However, it is possible that it was a glitch because the genres are still listed on every game page and still exist in the Catalog. There's currently no forum post on Roblox's developer forums related to this update, however.

Roblox Studio 2013

In February 2013, Roblox released ROBLOX Studio 2013, which was extremely criticized among the ROBLOX community for it is harder to build and how they released it.

List of known reasons:

  • Roblox Studio 2013 was updated by force without any notice when the player started it up
  • Multiple items are difficult to select
  • Certain items don't save
  • Certain features don't work
  • Studio 2013 crashing when started
  • Duplicating bricks feature being removed (it became visible in the 2014 update of studio when you right-click a part or if you press Ctrl+D)
  • No way to get the older Roblox Studio until after the incident

On February 4, 2013, ROBLOX released a post on the update. [1]

Rules

Roblox rules have been criticized for various reasons because community members call it "unfair." These reasons include:

  • No links to outside websites (such as YouTube videos or profiles), due to users linking others to shock sites and malicious pages. (Since 2012, users are now able to post YouTube links in their posts, partly ignoring the rule that is mentioned above, so long as it doesn't link to an inappropriate video or channel.)
  • No talking about religious or political content, due to the violent 'flame wars' that are generally sparked by the discussion of it.
  • No debates and rebellions.
  • No inappropriate places such as 9/11 terrorist attacks, Nazis, Execution of Saddam Hussein, ISIS executions, and places containing adult content. They recently added pubs and bars to this list, but many places like Club Boates And Club Insanity still contain a bar, where a few of the drinks can leave your character drunk or wasted.
  • No discussion of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in Off Topic And Teen Titans Go (Moderators were more than aware that the popular Brony fandom will reach Roblox, so they edited their rules to tell Bronies to visit the Movies/TV Shows/Books forum). That sparked some controversy.
  • No swear words (Some users are very unclean that they couldn't use swear words in the game.
    • If a swear word is typed into chat, it used to appear as hashtags (#) instead, with the same number of letters as the swear word to others. (or as EverythingIsMacrabe called them in "ROBLOX Forum Simulator V4Ever", "group of symbols"). It was changed to "[Content Deleted]", but now it appears as octothorpes again. Before hashtags were first used, the whole message a player sent is seen completely blank in-game.
    • Some players may alter swear words, by either replacing certain characters with symbols or letters, removing certain characters, and adding new characters, just to bypass the filter.
    • Some words, such as "damn" and "hell", are not filtered, which allowed many users to get away with using the unfiltered words toward others.
    • Most filtered words are solely English ones, leading to some players swearing/cursing in a different language. However, this is bannable.
  • No politics or anything related to politics. (The political discussions may sound like an argument but really if someone is interested in politics to talk about it, they should be smart enough to know what they're talking about.)
  • No Ugandan Knuckles or anything related to it. (They consider it racist)
  • No depictions of romance, including shipping works (This may have been an attempt to combat online dating. However, much user-created content depicting romance before the rule was imposed are still up.)
  • No Trap Music, Rap Music, And Hip Hop Music. On Audio
  • No Bizzey - Traag Ft Jozo x Kraantje pappie And Barbie Girl - Aqua

Though it is a website intended for children to play, many older users are unhappy with the rules, possibly because of their behaviour.

New Roblox Building Tools

Roblox has released new building tools [1]The new tools Roblox has released[2]Example of the bricks and other building tools that Roblox released that many users say are limiting the creativity of many games because of the limited variety of new blocks and the fact that it is often very difficult (and sometimes impossible) to use any other tools, free models, decals or even the user's own items. There are also many complaints that the new blocks are not compatible with the classic bricks. Also, some of the tools have been criticized for glitches and not functioning properly.

There is also mass criticism from many players for getting rid of the Studio Mode button and sometimes sudden cancelling Roblox Studio when building (believed to be a glitch). Many users look down on this update because they do not have an option whether they can choose between classic tools and new tools. Instead, it is now necessary to use a model in order to get the old tools back, which is extremely difficult.

Many users accuse Roblox of trying to copy the look of the popular game Minecraft. Some users believe that Roblox released to update to be more similar to Minecraft in order to make more profits. Users have said that it takes away from the uniqueness and the original purpose of Roblox, which was to provide a free, creative environment where users would not be limited to a small variety of square blocks since due to the new update they are often unable to use other bricks.

As a result of this update, many old, experienced players quit Roblox, causing a rising amount of new, inexperienced players, who think that the new tools are normal and build games out of the new blocks, causing a slow phasing out of the old, classic-brick type games. Users have accused Roblox of trying to achieve this phasing-out, claiming that Roblox's motive is to make more profit, at the sacrifice of creativity and the quality of games on Roblox.

November 2010 Newer tools

Moderate criticism occurred when the new layout of tools was released because the copy tool doesn't function properly and jumps around, and the paint tool removed half of its colors and some on which they're important.

Legal issues

Roblox has been involved in several legal issues including copyright and trademark violations

Got Milk lawsuit

In 2007, Roblox released a visor which read the "Got Milk?" the slogan on it. It's been said that Hood got involved for copyright, in which the visor was taken off sale (This, however, is only a well-known rumor). It was put up for limited sales in 2010 and only has 4312 buyers.

Devo lawsuit

On September 11th, 2009, Roblox released a Devo hat for 50 tickets. A few days later, it was said that Roblox was informed that they cannot sell it due to copyright infringement of the band called Devo because the hat looked too much like devo's Energy dome. The hat was put off sale and was renamed to "Impossible to Obtain Red Wedding Cake Hat".

Cinemark lawsuit

On June 13th, 2016 Roblox was sued by Cinemark (a chain of movie theatres) for trademark violation Cinemark v Roblox

"Sexual Predators"

In 2017, Roblox was criticized by mainstream media because some children had been exposed to "sickening" messages from online daters, which the mainstream media called "sexual predators". The first case was a mother of a 6-year-old who found threatening messages, most relating to online dating. (Full story) Most of these cases are the result of trolling, and it is unknown what Roblox does to prevent this directly.

Political Ban in UAE

On May 17th, 2018, the UAE's attorney general ordered Roblox to be banned entirely in the United Arab Emirates, claiming that Roblox was damaging children's health, then the FBI intervened to investigate the content of other websites and apps. Other countrywide bans can occur by petitions, and activists.

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