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Online dating (commonly abbreviated as ODing) on ROBLOX and the Internet is the act of having romantic or lewd discussions within an online community. People who online date are known as online daters (commonly abbreviated as ODers). Online dating is strongly discouraged by various Internet communities, including ROBLOX. Online dating is against ROBLOX's rules of conduct, and anyone who participates in said activities risks getting punished.

Throughout ROBLOX's development, multiple stereotypes have formed regarding online daters. Players often stereotype online daters as avatars whose characters dress as realistically as possible; many assets on ROBLOX, including packages and hats, as well as faces like the Shiny Teeth face are stereotyped as "ODer items", and players who wear these items are often prematurely identified as online daters.

Criticism

Online dating is a problem on ROBLOX. It is unwanted by many ROBLOXians and encouraged by very few people. Aside from not fitting with the kid-friendly nature of ROBLOX, there is also a risk associated with online relationships; online dating is often seen as a predatory act and, in extreme and rare cases, can result in outside interventions. The word ODer is also filtered on ROBLOX for players with an account under the age of 13, which limits how players can call out people who online date.

Lots of players are often accused of Online Dating due to them dressing up realistically, which causes many players to not dress up realistically in order to prevent hatred from others due to their Avatar design.

Many players have accused ROBLOX of encouraging online daters to play the game, possibly because of the development of the new Anthro avatar type. However, this had been later disproven, as ROBLOX has been banning ODers[1].

Games encouraging online dating

Though ROBLOX's Rules of Conduct prohibit builders from creating games that are designed for players to get together romantically, there are some loopholes to this rule; though a game may not be intended to be used romantically, the nature of the game may promote online dating. Such examples of common online dating hotspots include role-playing games, Girls Only games, and middle/high school/college games. Places themed after clubs are also prone to online daters and players who wish to engage in lewd or otherwise lewd acts in-game.
One of the many examples of ODing games

Example of a game used by online daters.

 For games that might hint at online dating potential, game creators might often leave game names and descriptions vague in order to satisfy ROBLOX's game creation policies. For instance, naming a place Create a Family could imply that some sexual acts could be performed in the game as a way to produce a child. This violates ROBLOX's place creation policies. Naming a game Adopt a Baby would not imply any lewd content within the game and would be an allowed game. This allows games like Adopt and Raise a Baby to be on the front page without being taken down for mature content, even if players utilize that game to online date. However, some of these games may be put Under Review eventually, when enough players have reported the game.

Because of the issues with online dating within ROBLOX games, anti-online dating scripts have been created by game creators and scripters that reprimand users who post specific prohibited words. One of these users, Person299, a user famous for his admin scripts, has developed a script that kicks a player if they say a certain word twice.

Mistaken community (RoleDers)

Though people have been called OD'ers, most of them are not actually breaking the rules of Roblox.

A real OD'er is someone who wants to have a relationship with one another.

A RoleDer is someone who does not actually dates, but does it for fun, like playing dolls at a cousin's house. (Roleplay.)

However, if the OD'er stays in a relationship after they leave the game and still in touch by social media or Roblox's chat/friend system, they are an OD'er and are violating Roblox's rules.

The Termination of Tremity and Games_Pages

On December 6th, 2017, Tremity and his alt Games_Page were banned, a day later people who joined the Adopt and Raise A Cute Kid game were teleported to a copied version of the game. A few hours after that the original and copied versions of AaRaCK were shut down. The termination of Tremity received positive feedback from Anti-ODers.

  1. https://en.help.roblox.com/hc/en-us/articles/203313410-Roblox-Community-Rules (Section 8)

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