What is banhammer?
The term 'banhammer' refers to the power of moderators and system administrators to effectively ban users from a digital space. It started in internet chat rooms and expanded into online gaming platforms.
Experts attribute the first use of the term 'banhammer' to the MSN chat rooms in the mid-1990s, where a hammer icon was used for administrative blocking privileges. Over time, various icons and memes have evolved around the term 'banhammer'. It has also proven itself in online gaming. For example, a 'Code of Conduct' on Battle.Net describes actions that could lead to a ban, including real threats and offensive language in forums.