- 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 banned.
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, are stereotyped as "ODer items", and players who wear these items are often prematurely identified as online daters.
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.
Many players have accused ROBLOX of encouraging online daters to play the game, possibly because of the development of the new Anthro avatar type.
Games encouraging online datingThough 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.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.
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.