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#1 Posted : Saturday, March 27, 2021 9:57:11 PM(UTC)
I just started playing multiplayer in fm7. Will I be banned for:-
1] Accidentally going out of the track, but not using it to overtake?
2] Repeated dirty laps?
3] Crashing into another player after spinning out?
4] Leaving races partway?
5] Restoring backed up saves in case the cloud save gets corrupted?

As for the last point, I read on their page that "Unauthorised modification or save swapping to obtain unaccounted for credits......blah blah" is not allowed. What does the 'unaccounted for' part mean? Does it allow putting back the old saves manually? If so, how will it verify that the save I restored is valid and not tampered with, when the cloud copy is lost and unavailable for cross reference?

Any other ways that I can earn a ban? Would suck if it happened right after I finally got the game to connect to the multiplayer after six months.

Edited by user Saturday, March 27, 2021 10:04:37 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#2 Posted : Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:13:04 AM(UTC)
Bad behavior in multiplayer in general, especially if you get in a game with a marshal, should theoretically be more likely to get you banned than accidentally colliding with someone, or leaving the track. There have been stories of trigger happy marshals, but hopefully it's not too endemic.

Accidentally hitting other players is part of the game, and can happen. Try to avoid it if you can. If it happens, if you have a mic, unmute, apologize, and keep going, and you should be fine. Deliberately ramming other players or shoving them off the track might get you reported. The main way to tell the difference between deliberately ramming and accidentally colliding is that rammers tend to be repeat offenders. So the best thing to do is back off, dial back aggression a bit, and try not to let it happen again in the same race. Dirty laps and leaving the track are so common that it shouldn't be too big a deal as far as player behaviour goes. As long as you're not taking other players out with you when you do it, or cutting corners, it shouldn't be a big deal.

Toxic trash talking is bad. Banter is Ok within limits, as long as the person you're bantering with indicates they're OK with it. But if you're trolling, griefing, or pushing someone's buttons, you might get reported, which could lead to a ban.

Leaving races partway is marginally Ok. It's bad manors in general, but it's hard to tell the difference between a rage quit and a network issue, so there's plenty of leeway in there. I live in a rural area with not great broadband, so I DC far more than I would like due to network latency, and I've never been banned. And you probably won't scuff anyone else's race if you're not in it, so I don't think most people mind. If it's in Leagues, other players might loose a few points that they would have gotten if you'd stayed in, but that's about it.

File swapping; I think they mostly mean shenanigans like selling a car at auction, then restoring a save so you can keep the car and get the credits. I don't know if that'll actually work, but I remember that was a duplication glitch in FH4 that was known a while back, so I mention it as an example. Also, hacking the system to edit your save, and give yourself credits or in-game content would get you banned if they catch you, so don't do that. Cloud save corruption should be so rare that you should almost never need your local backup, so I don't think you need to be too worried about getting banned over it.
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#3 Posted : Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:21:06 AM(UTC)
Ah thanks for explaining it