Trolls and griefers are common in multiplayer, potentially because the game is significantly discounted during Steam sales and has been given away at least once in 2013. Approximately 50% of the full games I play there's one or more players who consistently do damage to team players and waste items. How can I avoid playing with such people?

  • There really isn't much you can do unless you own a server or there are proper reporting tools in place. This is a primarily opinion based question otherwise, and I'm voting to close as such. Dec 31, 2016 at 16:04
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    Vote kick them. Steam report them. Switch servers. Not fun when they show up, I agree, but not a lot of options unless you want to run custom servers. I spend about half my play time finding a server/team that isn't newbs or griefers. But once I find a good group, man, is this game fun!
    – Mufasa
    Dec 31, 2016 at 19:26
  • I agree with @Kaizerwolf that there is not much you can do, except to quit the server. That's the reason I quit playing this game altogether.
    – Phil DD
    Mar 3, 2017 at 20:43

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I suggest hosting your own server (extremely simple and can be done directly in the game) for total control. Install Admin System mod from Steam Workshop (and Admin Menu if you want GUI). The commands are executed in the game chat. For example, !ban Bill permanently bans the player who is playing as Bill by adding his unique Steam profile ID to the blacklist. !kick Bill would kick the player, but please note that he can rejoin the server.

View all available commands here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=213591107

  • So this is basically a plug for some Steam admin tool? Telling a user "host your own server" isn't a good solution at all... Dec 31, 2016 at 22:40
  • @Kaizerwolf: It's not a "Steam admin tool". It's a mod that enables commands and provides easy access to them. Hosting own server is easy in L4D2 and can be done directly from the game menu.("create a new lobby"). I feel that you may have misunderstood and I ask you to remove your potential downvotes from both of my question and answer.
    – user598527
    Jan 1, 2017 at 1:04
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    Either way, it looks like you're plugging this workshop item. If the whole reason for asking this was to plug this, you're perilously close to the spam line.
    – Frank
    Jan 2, 2017 at 2:13
  • @Frank: Workshop mods can't be (easily) monetized and I'm not related to the mod in any way. Please answer the question if you know a more effective way to ban and penalize.
    – user598527
    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:42
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    That's not what I asked. Did you ask this only to plug this mod?
    – Frank
    Jan 5, 2017 at 2:03

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