Harassment or griefing consists of flagrant misuse and abuse of game mechanics with the intention of distressing and offending other players. So what's a game mechanic? Game mechanics allow players to interact with the world and each other. For example, the ability to ram cars is a mechanic. The ability to place objects in front of objectives is a mechanic. Use of game mechanics like these is by no means considered harassment in and of itself. The key to determining whether the mechanic is being misused or abused is to determine "intent". What was the person trying to achieve through their actions? Were they purposefully trying to disrupt someone else's game? While an action may cause others distress, it is not considered harassment until it is determined by APB: RELOADED™ that it was done to intentionally cause distress or to offend other players.
After reading this you can find that dethreating is exploiting a game mechanic to fight newer or weaker players with the knowledge that doing so WILL distress the newer or weker players. The victims of the dethreating are being cheated out of a decent gaming experience. They fail to be immersed in their game due to it but thanks to the dethreating players.
You can argue that it is not directly agaisnt the rules and yes that is true, but after reading this segment you can clearly see that they are bullying other players and robbing the newer and weaker players from a fair and immersive gaming experience.
It does get worse ((and yes i have a few names of guilty players)) most will brag about beating the new players with overpowered weapons and/or experience. They will either claim to be a "god" or a "boss" of the district but you can see that is bullying and harrassing to the newer gamers that just want a few games to relax. Not to mention the "GG IZI" or "GG EZ" to the point where all you can think about as a response is "no mommy you are a full group of golds playing against bronze, green and silver".
I have removed names. I went back to reread and under the harassment the reasons of banning comes down to "intent" and my intent isn't harmful but to get and point out bullying. But it has been stated in general guidelines you are not allowed and I thank the users in the replies for pointing it out for me.
Edited by VaultTecHunter, 06 December 2017 - 06:30 AM.