Originally Posted by ChaosDevotion
The point is that tribunal is not effective but become an annoyance.
I think the tribunal has become an annoyance because it is so effective.
Let me explain this. Before tribunal, we had a sort of lawless situation with bad offenses just going unpunished. There was a certain backlog of those cases but I think that most of them have meanwhile been dealt with.
What players now have come to believe is that they don't have to put up with bad behavior of any kind, they can report anyone and if he's guilty, the tribunal will find him so and Riot will take some form of punitive action.
It is from their strong belief in the basic justice of the tribunal that they report so much, because they are convinced that it is working.
Now let's compare this to real life. I live in a country where the justice systems works rather well. Crimes solved rate is somewhere in the 90s etc.
Does that mean that our courts and police have nothing to do, that people don't "report"?
No, on the contrary. Knowing that our justice system WILL in fact hear every complaint, leads to people complaining about the neighbor's dog barking too loudly.
That means that courts are actually flooded with work, that police has to rush to houses only to find something that isn't worth the notice.
So, in your opinion the issue would be solved by just scratching the legal system altogether and do nothing?
I don't think so.
Of course, reports would stop, because no one will report anymore when it is clear that nothing will be done about them.
What is needed is a way to weed out the bad and unnecessary reports and to punish people with a known record of reporting without reason. (If in my country, someone calls the fire department or the police without reason, he has to refund the costs of this.)
ETA: This train of thought actually brings me back to Zeus' IP cost theory. While I still think having an IP cost prior to a tribunal judgement will be ultimately unfair and detrimental; a feature to flag "bad reports", that will eventually (after being flagged mulitple times) lead to IP being taken from that spite-reporter's account, might go a long way towards making people think twice before reporting someone.