Misleading place images are a type of images placed on a game that are intended to lure players in but actually have nothing to do with the game itself. Misleading place images are used to attract the players' attentions and trick them into coming to the creators' games. This method of advertising for the game is frowned upon by the ROBLOX community.
Controversy and notable abusers
Even though a player might leave the game as soon as they determine that the game is being inaccurately advertised, the place creator is still rewarded for that player visiting their place. Using misleading place images is a quick way for builders to get to the front page of the game's page, but once caught, they are oftentimes disrespected by the ROBLOX community. The use of misleading place images is also commonly associated with builders practicing the bait and switch scam.
Detection of misleading places
Misleading places are commonly associated with certain game and description characteristics, including:
- The place title is inaccurate compared to the place image. An example would be a game with a title of "walk 1000 miles for admin!" and has a thumbnail image of My Little Pony.
- The description of the game not matching up with the title of the game. However, typically the description of these places will not describe the game, only list links to VIP t-shirts, or post irrelevant tags within the description, they also tend to advertise groups that claim to give other things such as bonuses, admin, or VIP.
- The image gallery for the place does not have a common theme. For instance, a misleading game might have an image gallery might have both a picture of Spongebob and a picture of Minecraft.
- There are more dislikes for the game than likes. Players will often dislike a game if they determine that it is misleading.
- The place lacks a comment section in order to prevent players from warning others about the game being misleading. However, the comment sections of gamepasses are usually not disabled.
- The place's description tells the user to like and/or favorite for a chance of VIP to get good ratings.
- The game's description says something along the lines of "More Dislikes = The Scarier It Is", or "If you like the game you will get admin." (Note: It is impossible to determine who liked and disliked your game.)
- Typically, the image gallery for the game contains a screencap from Minecraft, Spongebob, Family Guy, or a stolen thumbnail from another game (such as an obstacle course, a bridge, or something similar).
Decline of misleading places
On June 18, 2013, the rating system was implemented to games, allowing players to rate places with a like (thumbs up) or a dislike (thumbs down) to show how well the place is created after playing the game. Players typically avoid games where a vast majority of the ratings are negative. Because of this, many, but not all, misleading places were thrown off the front page, marking the start of their downfall. Pieperson50's most visited game currently has 1,221 thumbs down in comparison to its 1,131 thumbs up.
Misleading place images are a bannable offense as they are scams. If a user is caught with a misleading game, typically a 7-day ban (sometimes a 3- or 14-day ban) is issued, their place is put "under review" indefinitely and sometimes the game gets reset to a default Happy Home or Empty Baseplate.
Depending on how many times the user has been banned for this action, they may even get terminated for it.