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Poster: Naturesguard at 8/2/2006 9:26:26 PM PDT
Subject: Perhaps Blizz could offer some advice
   So people keep posting about characters who are exploiting and botting and other such activities and how no action is taken. I realize that the current policy is that a GM has to witness the activity to prevent players from being incorrectly banned or punished or what not. Regardless of my personal feelings (because I feel that a screenshot or frappes is proof) it is admittedly difficult to get a GM to witness these actions. When someone has hacked the fence and is outside the starting area before a BG starts it is obvious that they are cheating but the problem is that when someone reports them that a GM shows up 2, 3, 4 or more hours later saying that they cant confirm this behavior. Well excuse me but no $#@% I seriously doubt that the alliance are going to hold the flag up on their wall for hours on end and when you 5 cap AB before the match starts there is about a 2 min window in which the individual can be caught. Can you blue gods offer any advice on how to get action taken? Something other than perhaps List the characters name, the time and location of the incident, the realm, and as detailed as possible a description of what they were doing? For botting this is a little easier because the purpose of botting is that they do it around the clock so theyre there when the GM comes looking but for BG exploits it seems almost impossible to catch them unless a GM happens to be watching that match. Anything you could suggest would be appreciated.
Poster: Pavonum at 8/2/2006 9:50:49 PM PDT
Subject: Re: Perhaps Blizz could offer some advice
   Firstly, Naturesguard, I'd prefer it if you removed the masked profanity from your post. There are other, more civil ways of expressing that particular idea. :)

As for your question, I'm glad you've asked this; your devotion to ensuring that Battlegrounds remain fair for all players involved is appreciated, and I shall do what I can to address your concerns. While it is true that the time it takes for a Game Master to look into your claim may have some effect on our ability to verify such inappropriate behaviour, one must consider that those players who choose to breach our policies -- not to mention the boundaries of fair play -- generally do so to give themselves an unfair advantage over other players in the long-term. Even if we are not able to witness their exploitive activities in the match from which you made your report, chances are good that the player will simply be in another match doing the same thing when we conduct our investigation; I speak from personal experience when I say this, as I've delved into a number of these matters in my time here. Truthfully, regardless of the outcome, every report we receive is of aid, as each provides additional information with which we may corroborate our ongoing research and efforts to squelch such activities on the whole; so please continue bringing these players to our attention, folks, and we'll do everything within our power to maintain justice. :)
That's why they call me Mr. Fahrenheit...

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