The Report Abuse button (which is now a GUI) was released on January 31, 2007, and was the first way a user could report someone for breaking the rules. Once the main HUD's button is pressed, a box entitled 'Report Abuse' would ask for a description of the incident and what category it falls under, listed below. It has been theorized that it takes two or more reports upon a player before it has any effect on them, which may promote server-wide hate towards anyone committing any action against the terms of service. Today the button is in the in-game menu.
The player can be reported quickly by clicking the player's name in the player list, same as the other GUI but not showing "Game or Player" and the reasons are different.
On the official website, users can report a player by clicking the "Report Abuse" link under the user's profile, which will send you to a page similar to the picture shown, but will have the player's name filled out.On December of 2010, players were awarded with a gift called "Janitorial Gift of Taking Out the Trash" if they reported 20 players for breaking the rules. It is very rare to obtain this via trading.
- Main article: Ban
- In-game ban (the user cannot play the game temporarily or permanently, but can play other games) (usually given out by the moderators, administrators and the owners of the games, this is extremely common, mostly in cafe games.)
- Forum Purge (all of the the users' forum posts are changed to "[Content Deleted]", cannot bypassed. Now not given since the removal of the Forums).
- Reminder (used to be common, but is now discontinued. Instead having a warning)
- Warning (only if the reason is minor, common)
- 1-day ban (account banned for a day, meaning you can't access the account banned for a day)
- 3-day ban (account banned for 3 days, meaning you can't access the account banned for 3 days)
- 7-day ban (account banned for 7 days, meaning you can't access the account banned for 1 week, severe)
- 14-day ban (account banned for 14 days, meaning you can't access the account banned for 2 weeks, rare and very severe)
- Account deletion (account is terminated and cannot be accessed again, it is believed that this ban can last up to 100 years, but has not yet been proven. Can be bypassed by sending an appeal to email@example.com.)
- Poison ban (cannot access the banned account. Cannot create new accounts, uses IP/player's email. Poisoned users can play on an account created by him/her that is not linked to the same email as the poisoned user.)
- IP ban (don't have permission to the website, however it can be bypassed by sending an appeal to firstname.lastname@example.org, proxy or having a new IP)
- Error 401 IP ban (don't have permission to the website, can be bypassed by having a new IP and clearing your browser cookies, this is extremely rare)
- Inappropriate Language - Profanity and Adult Content (words deemed offensive to use, words with obscene definitions)
- Asking for or Giving Personal Information (either requesting or displaying information that can be used to identify and contact a player personally, such as phone numbers or street addresses)
- Bullying, Harassment, Hate Speech (cyberbullying, discrimination)
- Dating (Online Dating)
- Exploiting, Cheating, Scamming (using exploits, scamming other players for Robux and items)
- Account Theft - Phishing, Hacking, Trading (scamming by asking for account and personal information, hacking other accounts, account trading)
- Inappropriate Content - Place, Image Model (contains nudity, sexual content, graphic violence, drug abuse, and criminal activity)
- Real Life Threats & Suicide Threats (threatening to commit violent acts, including suicide, in real life)
- Other rule violation (anything else that is prohibited by Roblox Community Rules)
Many people think reports are flawed and don't work and have also claimed that they aren't even read, even if the person very obviously violated the rules, but rule-breakers' reports do get read, however may take a long time. Some players also criticise the fact that there are a limited amount of moderators to read reports. Some players also believe that reporting only checks the chat log, which they say that exploiters may not be caught.
People also complain about the "lack of administrators reading reports". One piece of evidence pointing to this is how long it takes for reports to get processed.