Does anyone else feel they can't press a button in their games without risking getting reported, and eventually, banned?
These days if you pick, play in a way or even say something ANYONE doesn't like and you get a bad evaluation from the respectable, noble assemblage of humanitarians that is The Tribunal (right), you could lose your account for good.
I have a lot of at stake, because I've invested far more money than I'd admit in this game.
Since I play ranked, communication and positivity are key to winning. But in this climate, I feel compelled to not say anything at all, lest I offend some sensitive little tulip and incite his or her dreaded impulse to report me.
In fact, having been banned for a 3rd time now, I honestly feel afraid even playing anymore. I do my best to be curt and helpful, but there are times I just can't not swear at or berate someone. I admit my faults, but when I get mad, I vent, and if Riot keeps affirming someone's license to report another player for justifiably lashing out at them, I fear the only logical end to this story is the irreversible seizure of my account.
I can't describe how artificial and paralyzing it feels to, instead of thinking about the game itself, worry about your every action just so you can continue to play the game at all. That a few bad games here or there should jeopardize all future games, while the honor points you accumulate mean nothing in the face of this (as far as I know).
I understand, I really do, that the aim of the Tribunal is noble. But to allow anyone at all above level 20 to decide the fate of a player time and time again, after just a cursory look at a case, is in my eyes worse than no Tribunal at all.
I understand, also, that players have feelings, and good or bad plays stir strong emotions which may generate a response from other players. I am sure that when clouded by these emotions, a player will feel inclined, obliged, even, to report another player just to direct his anger somewhere. Losing teams are far more likely to report, therefore, and should be given special consideration. Let not the Tribunal be a weapon of abuse against Summoners who forget the Code now and then, but use it in conjunction with honor, or some other means of gauging a player's goodness, before meting out punishment.
Sorry for the ample text.
Edit: I've added my report card here for good measure. For the record, I think I deserved my reports in cases 2 and 5 - they are examples of myself being an ass on account of anger, which is my fault alone; however, the rest I feel are cases in which I stood up for myself just the right amount and got reported maliciously by the very people who should be in my place today.