The Anti-flood System is an automated system designed to stop and limit spamming and flooding in the lobby and battle chat.
The Anti-flood System works by restricting the number of characters over time. The restriction may not necessarily apply to the whole message, but even to a part of it. If you’ve used up your quota of characters for a set period of time, the extra ones will be highlighted in red, and instead of the “Send” button, you will see a timer telling you how long you have to wait before sending a message of such length. You can simply make the text shorter and send it, or wait till the time restriction is removed.
Of course, if you’re well behaved in chat, the anti-flood system will not affect you in the least, except for the fact that you will see less flooding in the chat stream.
Issuing of Warnings & Bans
The Anti-flood System can and may issue warnings and even bans ranging from five minutes to an hour to people who are spamming or flooding in the chat. If a person starts spamming, he or she will first receive a warning from the automated system. It looks like this:
If the warned person ignores the warning and continues to flood or spam characters in the chat, he or she will receive a five minute ban from the chat. This ban may look similar to one issued from a moderator, but it is very different. This kind of ban, when issued in the lobby chat, looks like this:
When issued in the battle, it may look this this:
If the same person has received many five minute bans regarding flooding and spamming, the server may put a stop by issuing an hour ban. This final ban had a time limit of one day; but due to false-positive errors, it was changed to the hour ban we know today.
Automated Bans vs. Moderator Bans
One of the most lodged complaints regarding chat moderators are due to the inability of the user to distinguish between bans issued from the Anti-flood System and a ban issued by a moderator.
One of the key difference is that the automated ban system only issues a warning, a five minute ban or an hour ban; all regarding flood. These warnings and ban statements neither have a signature nor a direct hyperlink to the Rules page. On the other hand, moderators can also issue warnings and bans of the same time period. These usually contain a customized statement or a personal signature with a hyperlink to the Rules page.
Moreover, it is easy to spot an automated warning/ban as it is issued almost immediately after a person floods in the chat. This is unlike a moderator-issued warning/ban, as it takes some time to issue them after a certain rule has been broken.
For example, here are some example of flood bans issued by moderators:
Examples of automated bans have already been mentioned above.