I'm assuming this is the best section to post my comments. Also apologies for any not-sense-making as I'm writing this a few minutes at a time while at work so I'm a little distracted, but I want to get this out there, at least to see if anybody else feels the way I do (though I know many people do not).
I'm posting my objection to the following addition from the latest patch, V188.8.131.52
New option added: Show All Chat
- Cross-team chat in all games is now hidden by default
- If you enjoy competitive banter, opt-in using the new toggle in the 'More Options' menu!
If there is a way to have the muting kick in after the first minute or so, it would also give the opponents a chance to reveal if they are good or bad mannered so players can at least have some information to decide if they want to disable the muting. At least if they give the friendlier players more attention they will see the community isn't all bad.
I may be one of the less cynical (more naive?) players in the game, but I think the Summoner's Code is the greatest thing for the community and the Tribunal is a great way to help enforce it. Though I consider myself thick-skinned, I can be pretty sensitive when it comes to negative attitudes. I'll usually try to be the first to discourage one player from harassing another but still, one bad attitude can ruin the entire match experience for everybody else.
Most importantly, this feature doesn't target the more damaging negative attitude that comes from within a player's own team, which almost always degrades any productive communication.
Though people seem happy about it, it isn't helping but hiding the problem of the few sour apples that spoil the bunch. People have a negative impression of the community because the people with bad attitudes are apparently not getting swift or appropriate discipline so they feel free to be horrible and rude in the next game.
As Pendragon said,
- The vast majority of players will never even appear in the Tribunal
- The vast majority of those who do appear in the Tribunal once never appear again after they receive their first warning because they adjust their behavior
- The vast majority of players who appear more than once end up appearing over and over until they get banned permanently.
In conclusion, (tl;dr) I think the move to make cross-team chat in all games hidden by default is generally encouraging the cynicism that perpetuates the negative attitudes but I feel a good compromise would be to make a one minute grace period when the match begins.