I wasn't aware this was possible until recent. I did change my password though just in case.
EDIT: The review was posted in 2018, and that was the last year I played the game, so I assume that's when I liked it.

EDIT 2: Got a response from steam support, it's not a scam, but I still don't know why or what I did wrong.
The review could have been anything from a malicious link to a short word count.
https://help.steampowered.com/en/faqs/view/6862-8119-C23E-EA7B

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this again....
devs were abusing this before....

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Could a game developer mark a review and ban everyone that liked it? I don't know if they have that ability. A steam moderator?

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they can mark the review and it locks it so it cant be edited, somebody at steam has to ok it for the ban. had a review locked by a dev where i said they tried to bribe me with keys to change my review and i had backed it up with proof. when it was reported the review got locked and i was unable to edit. steam said the review was OK, so the dev reported it again. it got the Green light agian and jump cut to a few years later and all the devs games have been removed from the steam store. now they go by a new name and just re-upload HD or remastered versions of the same games under a new name

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Heaven Island - VR MMO.

Now that is a name I haven't heard in a long time

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Ha ha ha ha...I have that piece of crap laying around somewhere. Those games are all terrible. :D

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Can you give me the developer new name so I can add them to my ignore list :)?

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Thank you. After looking more into this I found 4 different developer names.

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Hahaha! The comments on that review are comedy gold.

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Got a response. Still don't know specifically why I got banned and I don't think i'll ever know.

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Ok, so you voted at some point on something. That something got banned. As a rule, apparently, everyone who votes on something that gets banned gets a TEMP restriction. It will go away, seems like a temporary measure to prevent who knows what, most probably bots.

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I know it will go away and that it's temporary I just wanted to know how/why a review I liked in 2018 got me banned from posting my curator reviews for a month in 2021.

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I mean if the review it self at the time was clearly a scam I could see it being fishy people liking it but its not like you can keep track of everyone and everything you like.

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The user that made the review has 33 reviews posted, all of them are short, none have links excluding one that leads to a youtube video, so i'm assuming whatever it was was against the TOS? I have no idea what the original contents were.

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Heck, I'm pretty sure its possible to edit a review after someone posts it,

Yes, that's entirely possible. I've successfully updated old reviews with new info before. However, every time I edit my review, the content gets put into "moderation prison" for a short while, likely for Steam's automatic system to scan it I guess.

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They think your account might be hacked. Reset your password and say that you are the owner of the account and for them to return access to you. That will at least take care of some of the busywork of "securing" your account. That also seems like a long suspension for suspicion of compromise... It honestly doesn't make much sense as a policy either. They either think you might be part of the scam and feel like punishing you (pretty terrible customer service that serves no purpose) or they think your account is compromised but the month long review ban must just be a grace period to give you time to reset you password if it actually is hacked into so that your account doesn't spread the scam around

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Valve is getting more ridiculous by the day. Instead of going after upvotes from eons ago for publicly available content Valve should get rid of nonsensical reviews made for the sole purpose of getting rewarded with Steam points.

I'd appeal Valve's decision to ban you and for good measure I'd start a discussion on the Steam forum about this bullshit.

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Btw any malicious content should be (alledgedly) filtered by their vetting algorithm.

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I've sent a request for more information since this seems like such an unusual ban, since i'm still uncertain why I've been banned since I can't see the contents of the review. I doubt I would have liked a review with a suspicious link in it, or something genuinely offensive.

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As was already pointed out any review can be altered after you voted for it. Following Valve's logic they better start selling insurance policies on their crappy store if they want to keep voting for reviews as a feature.

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Instead of going after upvotes from eons ago for publicly available content Valve should get rid of nonsensical reviews made for the sole purpose of getting rewarded with Steam points.

"Instead of censoring things I like, Steam should censor things I don't like"

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How about just not censoring?

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How is posting e.g. arbitrary ASCII art a review? According to your line of thought every graffiti you see in a public restroom is a Steam review. Removing stuff from Steam reviews that has nothing to do with a discussion of a game's merits isn't censorship.

On the other hand the ban we discuss here isn't censorship either but imho an unjustified removal of user account privileges.

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Removing stuff from Steam reviews that has nothing to do with a discussion of a game's merits isn't censorship.

Actually it is. One might argue that this is legitimate censorship to keep reviews on topic, but it's still censorship.

On the other hand the ban we discuss here isn't censorship either but imho an unjustified removal of user account privileges.

The justification is: to prevent the user from expressing a similar opinion again.
Looks like censorship to me

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Weeell you're right. Seen from your point of view if I kill somebody and get arrested and sentenced jurisdiction is censoring me.

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I mean, if your reviews are so bad that they kill people... that's a whole other level 👀👀

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You made my day I'm still laughing have a 💙

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Could have to do with a lot of things. As per the "Rules and Guidelines For Steam: Discussions, Reviews, and User Generated Content"
https://help.steampowered.com/en/faqs/view/6862-8119-C23E-EA7B

I've seen users with banned reviews like years ago, it's not a new thing. People are super toxic sometimes or post some really weird stuff. It is basically a review, you can say if you like the game or not and why. People nowadays use it for their memes for some internet clout. I wish Valve added something like a separate "comment" section(that's the discussion forum I know) people could post similar to a review but rather a comment, which would not influence the rating of the game at all. I've seen positive reviews that say this game is trash and vice versa.

I mean just reading through that list without knowing what the actual review was I can't blame valve. What if he made a bad joke about the game, is that cool, should that be ok as a review that counts for the game?

If you care for my guess of what actually happened, the game he reviewed has an 18+ patch, he might've linked to it, or suggested where it's at, and most likely steam doesn't want that since obviously it didn't come with the 18+ patch on steam, and if it would've it would have the appropriate tags. It's very likely it becomes a liability for them if people start posting links where to download stuff in the review section to unlock certain features or mod the games.

Lastly as for why you got a ban it's probably to prevent bots from spreading phishing links, I mean it says you liked this review "recently". I don't know what that means in valve terms, 3 years seems like a long time, however, did you maybe unlike it and like it again, or does anyone else have access to your acc that might've done so? I don't know, might just be autofill.

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I don't know Steams term of "recently" but I'm the only one that has access and can use my account. I've changed my password just in case. Regardless, I can't post or like reviews, it doesn't affect me much as I can just put them in a word document until the ban is over. I sent a response asking for more info about the ban, it still seems a bit odd to me. I've heard of people getting banned for posting reviews, not for liking one.

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Well it's not about recent steam terms. It's rather that there's not enough mods to moderate all the content so they probably address things in the order they see it, and while some community mods might not have permission to issue a ban for a review vs a valve mod, and also their position might affect how they see things.. I wouldn't be surprised if their admin flags are different because they do more things.

I don't know if you remember what the review was but since it says scam or other, the highest probability is that the user pointed towards the download of the patch and who knows where that's hosted and what else they found there and how the link or what can be found at that link changed over time. What if a trojan infected that link or file in the 3 years and now it's found like that, so they are banning it to prevent spreading of viruses. I wouldn't blame them.

Too many variables I don't know to have a closer estimate and even then the only ones that know are the review poster and valve. Could be that he was asking people to add him for this or that and then offering them wallet codes for their inventory or some stuff you know. It does say scam. Seen a review once that said "I've got an extra copy of this, add me to trade!". If the person asks for stuff but gives a duplicate key, maybe they eventually get flagged through reports. Too much we don't know. I think it's the patch thing.

Certainly they blocked you temporarily from voting on reviews because maybe you liked more from that person or they are on your friends list or something of the sort. They see an association between you and that person, hence why they assume you might be helping the scam evolve and they want to stop that. I technically have 4 steam accounts(due to the limit of 1000 cs go items at once in case you are wondering, this has now changed with the storage cases), I only use my current one nowadays but I could basically go on each account and like my reviews or make a group and like stuff twice despite just being one person or pretend I'm a middle man for someone in a trade, see what I mean? Better prevent those things if possible.

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Still unsure of why I specifically got banned. Ah well.

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I mean they don't give the user much of an explanation other than "You voted on something that we don't support and we think you should reconsider your morals till next time". I think that's what that says in a sense. From their point of view it could be to prevent phishing, bots, etc. you're just caught in the misfire if you didn't vote up any links to any downloadable content or anything that was against any of the other terms they listed. Again I don't know what the original review of that person was? Can you link to their reviews so we can maybe figure some stuff out if you want us to look into it? On valves part they just ban everyone that voted yes on that review, I don't think they ban people who disagree.

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I have a screenshot of the review in the second image I linked.
The text is hidden and it's impossible to know what was once there.

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Yeah that's what I'd like to know. Without that I can only assume it's either the link or indication of where to find the patch, or some other stuff like being toxic to developers or valve in the review, or some sort of joke that was really bad in their opinion.

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thats what you get for supporting scams
by upvoting that review you made it more likely to be seen by others
i think the ban is fair and its not too bad
its just a likeban

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If there was a scam link or something like that as Steam said in your screenshot that can mean they ban the review and people that up voted it.

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Theoretically, the message itself also may be a part of a scam (compromised Mod account used, for example). Even when you really can't vote on reviews, I would sure reset my password, but not using the link in the message to do so. Other than this, I would ask for the date, that I have "recently" voted on the review, telling them, that I need this info to ascertain, if my password has been compromised. "Recently" = 3 years ago? Another weird part of this story.

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According to Valve I bought "recently" a game (it was six years ago). That's Valve/Steam for you.

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This seems odd, like too odd even for steam. Maybe try to make some noise and reach a larger audience, with a bit of luck it might reach some news sites and force valve to address what the heck this policy even is.

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It's there to prevent bots from making a review linking to some shady website and then getting bot accounts from mass liking their review to push it up. Unfortunately it gets the rest of us inbetween, but there's no workaround it. Either valve lets whoever post whatever and boost it up to the top, or they stop it while they can. They can't charge people to make a new steam account, a lot worse of a business idea than this.

We don't gotta take everything to twitter, especially when there's no workaround.

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Still feels a bit shady to me, a bot account is usually pretty obvious in its behavior, even an automated system should be able to tell the difference between one and a normal user.
If scams are their main concern they should just stop allowing external links in reviews, since it already goes against the whole idea of a concise text review within a binary recommendation system.

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Did sg detect the, pretty obvious, autojoiners/bots ?
Nope ;)

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SG is a small project when compared to Valve, as far as I know the one and only dev in charge of this site is CG while Steam is supposed to have a whole well funded team working full time on it.

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I mean I don't disagree with you, I do think valve could launch a full on attack on it and start logging ips and hwid's to track bots etc but then others wouldn't like being logged and this wouldn't work in the long run. To put it simply, and hopefully not to give you any ideas, those who make mass accounts, mass bots, etc. in general will use a dynamic ip rather than a static meaning upon a simple restart it changes the ip, so the idea behind the bot is that it makes the account, it votes, logs out, restarts net to change ip, repeat, and keep going on, and it's basically untraceable. Valve can't do nothing against that other than log hwids, which they don't, because whats the point, since every person that is able to make one of these bots, is also able to aquire a hwid or md5 spoofer for instance*hence why some very popular cheats never disappear and no company ever can stop them), so what would valve be looking for?

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Stats maybe.
Again, I don't get why they even allow links inside reviews in the first place, if someone can't explain their opinion on the game in text form then why bother writing a review within steam when there's other options. I generally think that the reviews are being misused, I was fine with people writing humorous reviews that still expressed something about the game but nowadays you can see stuff like a wall of unrelated ascii art being upvoted to the top or just a link to a youtube video. Valve should do a purge of all the useless stuff.

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I mean that might help to some degree but then they would just type go to x website dot com for instance. They can make some sort of filter for this, but then people find a different way right? I think links are okay because what if you say there's a bug on x level, check out this video I posted on vimeo for instance, doesn't mean it's always youtube. But yes I also agree some reviews need to be purged. Some of mine are tempting that line for sure.

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Being the devils advocate here but i think that might be good.

Not your case i mean, nor abuse by developers- but i doubt such a thing, one requiring manpower to aprove/accept said removals and bans would ever be implemented unless necessary. Means theres probably way more spam and scams and inapropriate reviews out there then what i ever saw

Theres also a chance of it being an actual scam- i just realized that user (on purpose or hacked account) could simply have edited a bunch or all of his reviews, but you already had upvoted so...

Your ban seems like automatic- i mean, that review or a bunch of that user reviews were flaged. Valve employee agreed it was scam(or some tos misbehaviour), and it automatically banned everyone who ever upvoted that.

But all things considered thats pretty fine in my book.
I mean its not a permanent ban, or account ban... everything will resume to normal on november 13

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I also didnt knew that was possible, but seeing how that happens i wonder how many people may have been banned from that and never realized, since the period isnt long and generally reviews arent frequent.

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I beg to differ. It's not o.k. to take away user account privileges without presenting any proof of misconduct or violation of TOS.

The process being probably automated does make it only worse. A company like Valve with billions of dollars yearly net revenue isn't to strapped for cash to do better than that. It's their greed preventing them from employing sufficient staff.

Users like you who tolerate their behavior let them get away with this shit.

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I buy games on gog and epic. When epic launched i dared to defend epic (not how they were doing things, or their worse launcher) but because i wanted (and still want) more competition. My intention is never to defend valve or bad practices, im no fanboy.

Sadly some level of automation is inevitable - or if its all man-made everything would slow to a halt.
I was following up on some news and discussions about human review in platforms like facebook, twitter etc, because of low pay and high pressure and so on...
And while the abusive low pay jobs were horrible and still bellow what was needed what one specialist said stuck with me. He was one of the advocates against abusive workloads and anti-social media, but he said it was a tricky problem since, truth be told, the amount of people using online services nowadays and the amount of data generated is just insane- to the point where we past the point of debating 'how many human reviewers are needed at average` to 'how much slow things down'. Simply because, with proper wages, the amount needed (and their speed) could quickly grow unbearable.

Of course steam is no facebook, and obviously valve is guilty of low manpower- Gabe gave hints, and heck the service itself, that it runs almost on a skeleton crew of sorts for its size. This is all bad.

But the thing is, even if valve multiplied 10 fold the amount of reviewers they still wouldnt be enought to manually review every case.

To give a perspective- what youre saying is that when someone is banned for scamming, a human shouldve looked and evaluated each and everyone who upvoted their scam review.

So 1 scammer caught, at least 100 so accounts to check (potentially thousands, because there are reviews upvoted like that), each directly by a human operator.
Add to that comments and whatnot- theres scammers, flagged post comments, flagged screenshots, reports of scam, cheating, technical issues...
Youre basically saying that because theyre trying to be more cautious (not every company would catch on upvotes- btw amazon recently was criticized because they did nothing about a scheme around reviews/upvotes), they would have to multiply for who know how many of every flag and have every single one be human evaluated?

Scenario 1: They hire everyone needed, proper
outcome: company goes red. Even at minimal wages theres just too many reports, cases, and indirect cases (like upvotes above)
Not to mention a whole bunch of mistaken or ill intended reports.
Maybe valve would be a particular exception because of how much of a monopoly(almost) it has become, but like any service theyre also spending on constant server increases and in valves case who knows how much already indebted into R&D (like steam deck, vr, etc).
It reaches a point where it wouldnt be worth the effort
...and the so asked for share reduction (devs been asking for years, 30% IS too much) wouldnt ever become real

Scenario 2: they hire, underpaid
We have a second facebook case, almost slavery to meet demands and pressure.
Even quality plummets, underpaid and with huge daily targets the 'human review' would be someone taking the quickest glance they could so they could on move on with their 1k+ queue that day
(that btw is how these jobs work even with low ammounts- its one of the worse jobs)

Scenario 3: Time
Thats the only way to feasible have a workforce properly paid without blowing the business:
Time is sacrificed.
So every time anyone made a report, from smallest to the more serious...
...we would have to rebrand 'valve time' to something even worse.
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Time is another huuuge problem online: because scammer, hackers and cheaters thrive on it.
Say a company takes an average of a week between proper reports /start of ill activity to proper banning/expurging culprit, doing something to return stolen goods or whatever.
For scammers & cia that means they could plan around new account and scamms for 6 days before pulling everything out- rinse and repeat.

The more time it takes to curb culprits the worse things gets, more scammers come in, it creates a stable enviroment riskfree.

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Thats what stuck with me about the whole subject.
Even advocates for better reviews agree that, in the current state we live in and only increasing going foward we HAVE to apply machine learning or similar

The best aproach btw would be a mix- machine learning handling most low level and obvious cases, and filtering what passes on upper to the humans. That way humans would lose less time with non-issues to review things proper without hurry.

"Its just greed... getting away with this shit"
I agree on many levels
But at the end of the day being mad because things are unjust isnt enough
I wish it were but actually solving this puzzle is a tad harder then some ceo wishing so and giving an order.

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Thank you Vincer for taking the time to elaborate on your opinion. Overall I agree with you. I'm not against automation but I think Valve could afford a little more than the around 300 employees they have right now.

How many of them are tasked with support and judging non-routine cases is open to guesstimates.

Steam has now around 27 million concurrent users daily and a few hundred million accounts.

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Jesus around 300?! Thats lower then i imagined

At least the ban on reviews is short and nonconsequential, now im afraid i ever get hacked/stolen how freaking long it would take for someone to help me

I bet epic have more empolyees, taking half the cut
(but then epic is loosing money as investment, so i cant tell)

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yes, spot on with the "spread your gaming over multiple game stores" like gog/epic/indiegala etc. because if the service go down or some strange thing affect your account - block/ suspend/ hack/ algorithm error blablabla then you at least have a backup service.

Used to learn the hard way with a game store called Desura (had own client too), with all my digital games on it. The service closed down, bye-bye went all my games, profile library, no refund, nada. There was also a place called game-republic that also went the way of the dinosaur: https://techraptor.net/gaming/news/games-republic-shutting-down
and greenmangaming once also revoked my and a number of other user's instore credit when they overhauled payment systems, so I lost that and left them
https://www.reddit.com/r/GameDealsMeta/comments/3ps4g8/green_man_gaming_regarding_the_credit_situation/
even saw users complain their trustpilot reviews got wiped. I had one too that just disappeared. Or I can no longer find it in the millions of bad ones. https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.greenmangaming.com?languages=en&stars=1
so ya look, its just better to diversify in case. Dont keep all your eggs in one basket. just like banks stocks etc.

There are complete articles all over the web like this warning people but you know, we never listen until the same befalls you.
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/im-longer-buying-games-steam-opinion/

Its like with the covid, nobody paid much attention until the family and co-workers started dropping around them that they realise its a thing worth paying attention to.

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OMG DESURA!! I Forgot!!
(triggered ptsd!!)

Yeah, i lost some games there too, but i dont even remenber wich ones (besides aquaria i think) since i had very few

Im a pc gamer only(seems like i could never afford a console, so pc=work wins, now its preference) but thats the only thing i envy on consoles- cds. boxes. I know its a waste of material, heck i started going paperless and digital before it was a thing (also saves on space) but dammit, are those boxes sexy. The old pc big boxes were even more awesome

I hope in the future we have more options. Like gamepass (and competitors, because i doubt gamepass will be the only one), then drm bs as usual(like steam and so on) and drm free. Even now with gamepass i already suffered from the netflix/streaming removed content issue, where games i was enjoying were removed so now im buying then- but now with certainty its something i like

I think theres room for everything, and variety the more the merrier

(but if steam in particular ever goes down it will be a real tragedy- true horror)

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Steam is like the Catholic Church for pc gamers and look how long their operation lasts already.

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OMG yes!
And Gabe would be the pope, or pc-gaming jesus.

Because God would be PC gaming, hardware its gift to us mere mortals lol

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You got it almost right. Valve is the Vatican notice both words begin with v - coincidence? Steam is the congregation of faithful with volunteer mods as high priests. GabeN clearly is our Pope. God is PC gaming and manifests himself through his son RNG Jesus and blesses us with new hardware if we don't stray from the righteous path and buy exclusively on Steam.

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May God forgive me, for i have coveted consoles...
...but alas I NEVER FAILED, never had i gave upon temptation.
I was initiated in the wrong ways with a snes from my parents- but the moment ive met the true way, to this day, im wholy dedicated!!

BUT

I hope God disagrees with his vatican.
Because if exclusivity to the Church of Gaben is the only way to pc heaven...
I have sinned.
Ive sinned by gog.
Itch io.
Desura prior to that
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...and even uplay, ea and Epic.

GOD HAVE I SINED?

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Anything's possible these days, anything can happen, big lawsuit, community backlash, worker strike, bankruptcy kept quiet about until a few months away from liquidation.. bla.

Anyway you are not alone with the box collection, I used to have it displayed like so https://steamcommunity.com/groups/gamecollectors , but it took too much space, so is now locked away in cabinets.. with only dvd like cases on sideway display.

yes I was very distraught over Desura, it was my intended move-over to digital I suppose.

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Thats like a dream. I know i have a collector side in me, if budget and house allowed i would have a room full of it.
Budget aside (low income country here) nowadays i imagine space is a worse problem then money. Housing prices only go up, too little space for too much demand on cities...

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It's not a scam since I got a response back from support, although they weren't very helpful when I asked for more details on specifically why I got banned. I guess I'll never know. =/

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so you got un banned? congrats - pleased for you have white list

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I have not been unbanned. I still need to wait till Nov 13 to post or like a review.

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oh well - enjoy the white list anyway

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I hate this, seems like it became the standard behaviour for every tech company (if not every company) customer service: being as vague and unhelpful as possible.

I wonder if that have something to do with legal liability- i imagine depending on the case, if its actionable, their responses can be used against then. Wich is understandable -wrong, imoral, sadly legal- but at least they would have a reason to hide

But it seems they spam that as a rule for any and everything, even when theres no sense in doing so...

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It maybe their automatic mechanism. One time I told the other guy to activate the gifts on SG. They immediately ban me because they think my steam account is exposed. After a few information about my account, they open it up again and trade ban for 15 days.

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yeahhh, never say steam gifts on steam. got a temp ban for it as well for the same reason when all i said was you won a game on steam gifts. no links, nothing...

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I commented on a profile of one of my winners who took his sweet time a few days ago just to dip my toe in the water as I'd read about these bans here rather frequently. No ban and account lock yet maybe their algorithm is better trained now.

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I wonder how this system even works; reviews can be edited at any point; therefore, what if you up vote a review that was legit; but later the account of that review gets hacked and the text on it changed to some suspicious website?. Does htis system EVEN recognized WHEN you upvoted the review to confirm it was prior to the edit?.

Otherwise, its very flawed.

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Don't dare to think that could be abused to get you a ban! /sarcasm

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i thought the same

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Edited a review the other day. It tells you that by editing, all reactions to the review (not comments) will be deleted.

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Question is was this policy already active in 2018 and if so it's nonsense nevertheless because by editing your review to merely correct a typo you'd lose all reactions.

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This only works if you change from upvotes to downvotes and vice versa. If you edit a review without changing it, the votes remain. I tend to edit my reviews for grammatical mistakes, so i can confirm it.

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Oh interesting, I had changed my vote. I usually catch typos right away before reactions so never noticed.

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Thank you for the input; then there is indeed a system to prevent something like this happening. So you are indeed responsable for upvoting and peraphs "promoting" pushing/scam links in said reviews to be upfront.

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Not true. Votes are only deleted if you change whether you recommend it or not. If it's intact you can edit it as much as you like.

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So you upvote a review > reviewer edits in e.g. a malicious link after you voted > Valve bans you for upvoting said review(?)

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