Top Definition
Banning a user from a web forum in such a way that the banned user is unaware of the ban. Usually takes the form of showing that user's posts/profile/etc. only to that user; other users never see them. Considered underhanded chicken-shit behavior.
Fark has turned into a bunch of shadowbanning pricks.
#shadow ban #shadowbanning #shadow banning #shadowbanned #shadow banned #fark #pillow-biting nancies
by Atario June 20, 2007
A method of banning users where their posts are visible only to them. Created to prevent spammers, trolls, and flamers from realizing they have been banned and creating new accounts.

Considered underhanded chicken-shit behavior by trolls who hate being trolled.
I’ve been posting right-wing crap all over the forum, but no one is biting. I think I’ve been shadowbanned.
#shadow #shadowban #shadowbanned #shadowbanning #shadow banned #shadow banning #shadow ban #banning #banned #ban
by username951 May 25, 2011
In PC or Console gaming, this is when those who are caught cheating or hacking are still allowed to play the game, but are placed on servers that only contain other cheaters and/or hackers. An example of a developer using this practice would be the Dark Souls Franchise.
I hacked my weapon to do extra damage in Dark Souls, and now I've been shadowbanned.
by Goose Gander May 14, 2016
A silent ban on an individual user for violating terms of use or etiquette on a news aggregate website. A banned user is dropped from the system without any warning or explanation. Also know as a zero point ban.
"I kept submitting content and got no responses, until I messaged the mods and found I was shadow banned from that forum."
#reddit #slashdot #digg #hubski #tumblr #pintrest #news aggregates #news aggregator
by standtheretilsober September 12, 2013
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