Looks like Sierra’s assumed resonsibility for moderating the former WON services for Homeworld and Cataclysm (and other WON based games).
Here’s a quote from Morstaf, a Sierra fellow.
Morstaf (Multiplayer Services) – 10:40am Aug 28, 2002 PST (19.) Mark
Technology Bard, Sierra Entertainment
OK, time to clear up the rampant misconceptions.
First, WON is dead, kaput, toast, history, or any other colorful metaphore you want to use for no longer exists. Cataclysm is a Sierra title and as a result, when WON died, we took on the multiplayer again. Before anyone asks, both Homeworld and Cataclysm are older games. Nothing about their multiplayer implementation can be changed at this late date. Suffice it to say that any issues, espcially lobby issues, have been noted and taken into account for future titles.
Look at point 4 for behavior specifics.
Any moderator on the Sierra Forums can make banning requests for behavior in the online lobbies. This is not an abuse of their powers; it’s part of their abilities. They have no power to ban anyone; they can just submit incidents for review. This means a screenshot and full description of what happened. This information is reviewed and bans happend based on the results of that.
For bans, it’s from all online play. 1st offense results a 1 week ban, second offense is permanent. You can get a permanent ban on 1st offense if you do something truly dispicable. To date, there has only been 1 first offense permanent ban across all games: given to a user in another game who was spamming a link to a porn site in a lobby.
Examples of behavior that will get you a ban: spamming, repeated use of profanity, repeated spoofing, claiming to be a represenative of Sierra/Vivendi. These are examples, not an exhaustive list; users come up with new and creative ways to ruin other’s fun all the time. Mostly, use common sense and don’t be a jerk.
Finally, it’s impossible to moderate all lobbies 24 by 7. However, you never know when a moderator will be around. So, to quote everyone’s favortie animated toy Cowboy: “Play nice!”
Finally, there has been 1 ban with Homeworld and Homeworld cataclysm do to requests from moderators. This was for a person spouting repeated profanity in a lobby. The ban is for 1 week. There have been no other bans.
GG Sierra. Thanks to 1_Alpha for bitching, and mecha for the heads up. See the original thread on the Relic boards here. See the sierra thread here. See the Sierra Online gaming service MOTD/End user agreement here.