Pardon JesseMarshbaggle's ban in VRChat
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I am JesseMarshbaggle and I am a player in VRChat who is at the forefront of the meme community in VRChat since early 2018. I was a leader and core member of multiple discords revolved around making meme avatars and meme discussions. Everything I do, I do it to make other people laugh. This sometimes made me do things that were looked down upon. I was amongst the first people with my friends in having a player local crash tool. We would go around crashing each other and sometimes others for the sake of memes, but then other people started to make crash tools as well. Crashing other users is against VRChat terms of service and I was well aware of this, however I believed because I was crashing my friends for the most part I would be fine. This went on for a while (about March) and one of my friends created the first anti-crash for other players to use. This required modifying the VRChat client, which was against VRChat terms of service. With the anti-crash came better crashes to bypass the anti-crash, and from there became a race to see who could win. At this point I stopped crashing people all together, I didn't delete my crash avatars though. I did however use the anti-crashes that were available to me. I started to make my own client to see what interesting things I could do with it. I never modified it to affect other users at all because of my own morals. I only made simple things like drawing boxes around people, running fast, and infinite jumping for example, however this was still against the VRChat terms of service and I was aware of that. I thought that because I wasn't harming anyone, that I wouldn't get in trouble. About the time the particle limiter was introduced, I talked to Tupper about how to make the limiter more reasonable and I sent in how to potential ways to fix avatar stealing and how to make a basic working anti-crash. I later used a ninja ripped VRPill mesh to create my own version. I re-rigged it, weight painted it, materialized it, etc... I then made animations for the avatar to turn it into a meme. I would have the avatar jump down into an explosion that said one month on it and would float around with menacing text around him. I also created a soundboard out of voice clips of VRPill from YouTube and Twitch. My friends thought it was hilarious, even people I had never met before thought it was funny, but one day I ran into a big streamer while on the VRPill replica. This streamer did not like me on the avatar and someone from his chat clipped the situation and reported me. The next day I was banned for one month for impersonating a VRChat employee. In shock I wrote an email to the team out of confusion for the reason of being banned. I never got a response but decided to wait out the ban. I soon found out that this was extremely hard considering the fact that I had been playing the game every day for 3 and a half months beforehand, and I felt empty without it. I then ban-evaded so I could continue playing the game in secrecy. This was also against VRChat terms of service. I was aware of this and took the risk anyway. I was then discouraged to play because being banned kinda sucked so I was on and off playing wise until the month was over, however I didn't break any of the other terms of service. Once the ban had ended I started playing again, but after a couple of days I was banned again for a week for impersonating a VRChat employee. Outraged, I wrote a couple of more emails to the moderation in order to appeal this new ban because it seemed like a mistake considering I deleted the VRPIll avatars I made as soon as I was unbanned. I decided to wait the week out and not play VRChat during this ban in order to make sure I stayed unbanned next time. After that week I was banned for a year for impersonating a VRChat employee. I wrote yet another email about the issue that got no response.After this I was extremely discouraged and stopped playing VRChat all together and it hit me really hard. I never thought that I would miss seeing all of my friends and making stuff with them so much. A couple of weeks later I started playing the game again. Upon my return I made sure to not break any of the terms of services (besides ban-evading) to prove not only to myself but to the people around me that I am a reformed player. I would even go out of my way to make my old friends understand that what they were and are doing is wrong. I lost some of them because of this, however I was even able to get some of them to try and report ways that they found to fix the game to the developers. I was also able to get some of them to report huge lists of names to the moderation team that was composed of people who were using stolen avatars. I was permanently banned and I had to make a new account from anywhere to every week to every twenty minutes. For the next month or so I continued to just hang out and play VRChat like I used to, create meme avatars, hangout with my friends, and talk. Some of my friends though eventually got really angry at the fact I was getting banned constantly even though I was reformed. My friends ended up getting themselves in trouble for it and some even got banned. I was on and off again with playing because of this hurt me pretty bad. I came back again and was being banned even more often now, this made even more of my friends and some people I was meeting for the first time angry. my friends made some bad decisions because of this and some of them may have done things that are irreversible. I am extremely sorry for actions to every player in VRChat, to the entire VRChat Team, and most of all, my friends. I never meant for my actions to cause harm to so many people and I regret them. It makes me sick to my stomach every time I'm reminded about the things I've done to them. I understand why the Moderation Team has permanently banned me, I have broken their clearly stated rules on multiple occasions and unintentionally mocked them with a replica of one of their employees. I do believe that I have been a reformed player for months now and the people around me can attest to that. I am writing this petition because I want to make my friends happy to be around me again. This is why I need the people in the VRChat community who believe that I am a reformed player to sign this petition, so we can put this all in the past and move forward. Thank you for your support.
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