Griefing refers to the act of an offending player (i.e. the griever/griefer, one who causes grief) purposely ruining other players' gaming experiences by exploiting aspects of the game in unintended ways or disrupting the community. This also includes spamming or flooding the chat window, which is reportable under Rule 14.
The most obvious form of griefing is constant stalking and harassment of another player. An example would be ragging, which is repeated targeting of a specific player whilst risking almost nothing and with very little chance of successfully killing them.
Although ragging and other actions may be dishonest, dishonourable or frowned upon, it is considered against the rules and thus punishable only if the intent is purely malicious; while player killing or crashing may be disruptive to other players, it is not against the rules if the offender does it for their own benefit rather than only to cause a disturbance.
Trolling[edit | edit source]
Trolling refers to using subtle insults to elicit responses from others or goading an emotional response out from someone. Although griefers and trolls behave in a similar manner, such as annoying and attention-seeking, trolling occurs largely on chat or forums and individually.
Reportable griefing[edit | edit source]
- Harassing, stalking, insulting players, or making real-life threats: Rule 1, 14, and 15
- Scamming: Rule 2
Non-reportable griefing[edit | edit source]
Although sometimes considered dishonourable, the following actions are examples of non-reportable griefing that will likely not be addressed by Jagex Moderators, either due to the offense being too minor or if it is deemed to be within the rules (with the intent not being purely malicious).
- Crashing or kill stealing
- Door closing
- Player killing
- Luring aggressive monsters onto another player