Let me start out by saying I am temporarily suspended for three days. I only want to say that because I'd rather it be out in the open than have people trolling this topic with replies like, "You're just butthurt" or something to that effect.
I truly believe this system is completely broken. And not because of the Tribunal itself, but the Summoner's Code. I get it. The code is meant to make players behave, play nice, and give each other a great experience. I try to do that every single game I play. I encourage people, try and help out those that are feeding or doing bad, and often will sacrifice my item build to buy wards and other necessary consumables for the team (or hell, even team support items like Aegis or Stark's).
However, I can't take trolls. I can't take people that come into your game with the expressed reason of doing nothing but make your experience terrible. And my way of retaliating is by venting some frustration to them.
Now, I'm sure I'll see people saying, "Oh well you shouldn't say negative things just report them! I'm the epitome of perfection when it comes to the Summoner's Code I never do that!" but that's just people lying to themselves. Everyone's had bad games (and many at that, if you're level 30 summoner) and have dealt with people that blame other people for their faults, troll, and purposely harm the game.
Now, I could care less if you call me a racial slur. I could care less if you are saying I'm an ass or any other profanity you could think of. What I care about is when you're running down middle lane from the very start of the game to feed the enemy mid.
I can almost guarantee that everyone here will say, "Just report them"...well, sure I'll report them. And I'll encourage others to report. But often times the enemy team will support the person in question because it's working to their advantage. They'll perhaps go even far enough to troll you and make you out to be the one to blame...This is why I think the Summoner's Code is broken.
It insists that throughout 40 minute + games, that you just deal with this level of insanity. And if you afk from the game, you get reported and receive a ban. Now, I've tried to get surrender votes, and most of the time they fail. Why? Because Riot has changed the IP gains to make people want to stay in a game as long as possible to reap the IP benefits.
That is completely unfair to me as a player, to sit through verbal harassment (which is petty and easy to ignore on my part), trolling (which I think is very disruptive), and worse, intentional feeding or assisting the enemy team.
Now, I'm sure I know why I was given the three day ban...I was trash talking to trolls, because they were starting with my team, with me, or just plain old disrupting the game.
I have no shame in saying that when I have three people on my team trying their best, and one jackass that wants to ruin it, that I have to sit idly by and just pretend it's all gravy.
I wouldn't mind it so much if there was honestly a way of kicking that player from the game or something like that (but I know even that would be broken with trolls as well), but the fact of the matter is that I have to spend the better part of an hour with this person while they ruin my game and you expect me to just sit happily at my computer?
That's my concern, and I think it's pretty petty that this whole Tribunal system just looks to see if you used some profane words and then call it harassment.
God forbid I want to curse out the guy that is completely ruining my game. Now like I said, I'm sure the white knights of LoL will appear and try to tell me it's all my fault, that I should be a picture of perfection in games, but I mean, we're only human, and we get angry at people that try to ruin our experiences.
I honestly could not care less if someone is using profanity. I care more about who is purposely feeding the other team. Who is purposely refusing to play because they were mad that they overextended and were ganked. Those are the situations and the people that I believe need to be judged by the Tribunal.
The concept and idea of harassment, as determined by the very vague Summoner's code, means that any show of anger or frustration can be twisted into harassment.
Either way, what this suspension has taught me is this:
I will never again use the chat. I won't call MIAs, I won't say anything. Why? Because I know that no matter what I say or do, I'm going to still play with trolls that are going to just make smurf accounts to troll, or people that simply don't care about their account like I do. I know I'm going to get very angry and frustrated by this. And yes, I'm going to try to keep myself calm and in check...But after four games where you have trolls and feedings, I know I'm going to want to type to that person. And I won't.
I won't say a word. Not to my teammates, not anything helpful. Because I know in the end no matter what, my words can be twisted through the Tribunal to make me out to be an "ass".
I don't go into games harassing people. I go into games, and when I'm harassed by trolls, I vent my anger and frustration. I think many people will agree with me, and it's just too bad that not enough of them frequent the Tribunal forums to see it.
This system is broken, and we all know it. I gladly accept my suspension as a result of my trash talking, but I know that in the same respect, it was not unprovoked or undeserved by those that I did it to, and I think that it's pretty messed up to expect everyone to sit pretty while trolls continue to make people more angry because they know that if the person retaliates, this happens to them.