Griefers are adept at following Forum rules while violating their spirit...or have managed to ingratiate themselves with Administrators, so that they rarely get punished for their actions.
Griefers are basically cowards who hide behind a screen name and would not have the sack to say to anyone's face, what they say to people online.
Tactics used by griefers:
1. Making "clever" comments - Making carefully crafted nasty comments to or about another member. The comments stay within the rules while violating the spirit of the rules.
2. Gang-banging or dogpiling: Recruiting others (usually their online friends) into joining them in targeting the victim.
3. Flame-baiting: See #1 above - done in order to goad the victim into responding in a manner in violation of the rules, out of anger - causing the victim to then be punished/banned by the Forum Administrator (pets of Forum Admins frequently do this and get away with it.)
4. Stalking: After driving the target off the Forum, following them to other Forums to continue the attacks.
5. Drive-by: Signing up under a different name in order to take a cheap shot at the target. Griefers also frequently use other tactics, including using a fake IP address when griefing, in order to avoid punishment.
Examples of griefing:
1. Player vs player abuse: Singling out the same person and killing them over and over when they are defensless until hey log off.
2. Kill stealing: Repeatedly trying to steal another persons kills so that their time is wasted.
3. Verbal abuse: Spamming a person with vulgar, hatefull, or offensive messages.
4. Blocking: Getting in anothers way so they cannot move or get out of a particular area.
5. "Training": Triggering many monsters, almost always impossible to fight and survive, with the intention to either run someone out of an area or kill them indirectly if the server is not 'player vs player' enabled.
Griefing in massively multiplayer online role playing games are usually bannable on first offense and less common (thoguh still visably present).
Griefing is much more common on private servers for first person shooters like Counterstrike and Battlefield 1942.
Steve: "What happened to my castle?"
Griefer: "I griefed you beotch!"
Server: "Griefer has been banned"
Steve: "Why must Avo grief us? Now there are so many wanna-be's"
Player 2: "I know man hours of work wasted by uncreative griefing"
In an MMORPG, a griefer might run around a spawn location shooting newbies.
Someone who causes grief or a bad experience.
Griefers are all the sadistic weirdos who can't seem to relax and enjoy life.
They spend most of there time delighting in violence, destruction, and pointless harassment all of which can be repaired by a moderator in under 30 seconds.
The only places where griefing is allowed or encouraged is backwater minecraft servers run by griefers to get there needless sadism out on each other.
The majority of griefers cry themselves to sleep at night knowing they are wasting the time doing nothing to nobody but themselves and that every trace of there rampages is erased in seconds and all memory of them forgotten.
Griefer :TTROOOLLLOLLLOLL XD I am teh hackzz!
Griefer: lol stupid mods are stupid Imma break your house :P :P :P :P
Mod: -.- are you really that stupid?
Griefer: Your house is on fire azzhole beter plt it out. Can i haz diamonds plox plox plox?
Mod: /ban Griefer
Mod: /rollback blocks Griefer 1D
Server: all damage repaired
Griefer: *cuts self and cries*