User safety and moderation

This is a quick guide to AltspaceVR safety tools, where you can learn about the Safety Tools available to you.



AltspaceVR is an open, social virtual reality platform. That means it’s a place to meet all kinds of people worldwide. Before you jump in, we recommend getting familiar with the various safety tools available. These features allow you to better control your experience and give you options in various situations.

You can find safety tools in two different places. Start with the Main Menu:

Main menu radial hub with discover tab highlighted

And in the nametags of other people, which appear when you click on their avatars:

The nametags of other people, which appear when you click on their avatars

Safety tools

Space Bubble

To turn your Space Bubble on or off, go to Main Menu -> Settings -> General -> Personal Space Bubble.

Option to turn on Personal Space Bubble

Your Space Bubble is on by default. People who get too close to you will disappear from your field of view. Turn it on if you’re feeling a bit crowded or if your view is blocked. Whatever is in your way will disappear.

Tip

If you’re new to VR, leaving your Space Bubble on can help you feel more comfortable in immersive spaces.

Mute Yourself

When you first enter a space, you're automatically muted. You can unmute yourself anytime you wish. Your microphone's mute/unmute button is on your Radial Menu.

Button to mute/unmute yourself in a space

Tip

It helps to stay muted whenever you’re not actively speaking, reducing the likelihood of disruptive audio feedback.

Mute Others

Button to mute/unmute others in a space

You can also mute other people in the space with you. Maybe someone has a noisy mic, or you’d rather not listen to what someone is saying—you can mute them anytime you wish. Click their avatar and bring up their nametag to find the Mute button.

Tip

Muting someone from their nametag is a local mute. You're only muting them for yourself, not for others. Only Event Hosts and World Owners can mute other people's microphones for everyone in that space.

Block

When clicking on someone's avatar, you can find the block button on the person's nametag.

The block botton on someone's nametag

Sometimes you may need to block another person. Blocked individuals will disappear entirely from your field of view, and you'll no longer see or hear them. Users you have blocked won't be able to see or listen to you either. When you block someone, you can select a reason for the block. This action alerts our Moderation Team and lets them know what to keep an eye on.

Tip

Blocking people is a good way to disengage from an uncomfortable situation or an unfriendly person.

Quick exit to Title Screen

The Title Screen button on your Radial Menu

If you need to exit a space or situation quickly, you can do so by returning to your Title Screen. The Title Screen button is always available to you on your Radial Menu. Clicking this button immediately drops you back in your command center, removing your avatar from the previous space and scene.

Tip

The Title Screen houses all of your primary settings and customization options, but it’s also a great solo space where no one else can appear or follow you.

While we strive to make AltspaceVR inclusive, welcoming, and mature, we also believe that every Altspacer should have access to safety tools. These tools allow you to control your experience.

Sending in a Report

Sometimes you'll want to reach beyond these tools and ask for extra support. Remember, you can always file a report with our Moderation team at altvr.com/report.

Reporting an Event or World?

Remember, event hosts have access to additional safety and moderation tools in their event spaces. They can use these tools to help maintain a safe and welcoming atmosphere in their events.

See also

Are you new to AltspaceVR? Start your journey here.

Do you have virtual events to bring to the world? Follow the steps here.

Learn more about event host safety and moderation tools.