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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.
by Atario June 20, 2007
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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.
Iโ€™ve been posting right-wing crap all over the forum, but no one is biting. I think Iโ€™ve been shadowbanned.
by username951 May 25, 2011
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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."
by standtheretilsober September 12, 2013
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In PC or Console gaming, this is when those who are caught cheating, hacking, or modding, are still allowed to play the game, but are placed on servers that only contain other cheaters, hackers, and/or modders. An example of a developer using this practice would be the Dark Souls Franchise.
I modded my weapon to do extra damage in Dark Souls, I got caught and now I've been shadowbanned.
by Goose Gander August 11, 2016
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A Shadowban is an excuse trolls and sad people use to justify why no one bothers to read, reply or like the content that they post online. They assume that it must be because their content is hidden from public view, in fact they're just boring.
I know for sure I've been shadowbanned because hardly anyone comments or likes my posts on Twitter. It's definitely a shadowban conspiracy because I know, I'm like, genius, and everyone would be amazed by my super-radical views.
by BritRabbit January 16, 2018
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In PC or Console gaming, this is when those who are caught cheating, hacking, or modding, are still allowed to play the game, but are placed on servers that only contain other cheaters, hackers, and/or modders. An example of a developer using this practice would be the Dark Souls Franchise.
I modded my weapon to do extra damage in Dark Souls, I got caught and now I've been shadowbanned.
by Goose Gander August 11, 2016
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In PC or Console gaming, this is when those who are caught cheating, hacking, or modding, are still allowed to play the game, but are placed on servers that only contain other cheaters, hackers, and/or modders. An example of a developer using this practice would be the Dark Souls Franchise.
I modded my weapon to do extra damage in Dark Souls, I got caught and now I've been shadowbanned.
by Goose Gander August 11, 2016
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