Hey Folks,So we've been working on retraining the GM team since June. Introducing the dedicated 24/7 bot hunting team in September and over all trying to improve the player experience when dealing with the GM team (Xealot as the GM Liaison).We know that the bots continue to be the greatest concern in the community. We're working on several routes of attack to deal with the bot situation.1. Removing the benefit of botting.The quickest return on efforts bots can get is consumables and crafting items for other consumables. Since these are always in demand they tend to sell well to the player economy. Unfortunately this has also always historically been the best route for new users to earn a little zeny to get started.Were going to turn many of these items into NPC sold. To start with WSS, Stems, Strawberries, Blue Herbs. With plans to expand later into other items should the tests go will. They will be sold for near market value of these itemsAt the same time were going to be working on providing new users with quests to get good starter consumables so that they can fund their adventuring habits.2. Stemming the tide of bot creation accounts.We are analyzing the registration information of the bots that are being banned and working to filter out their ability to create new replacement accounts. Through the use of Captcha or even closing down that particular registration page if that is the only use it is serving.3. Upgrading the GM team..Xealot and I are reviewing the bot banning process that the current team is using and how they are making multiple account associations. Unfortunately due to the prevalence of proxies it is not just quit as simple as banning every account on the IP address. There is a need to train the fine tuned ability to connect accounts through trade, registration information, mail, and other activities.We are also working with other teams in the company to make sure that the GMs have more tools available to them to make these associations.Some of these can be enacted as early as next week while others will take longer to setup and get running. Overall we are not content with the current health of the server and will continue to expend efforts fighting the infestation.
1) Well ...nice new zeny sink (at least a better one than a raffler), but seriously... they just gonna switch and sell other stuff : cyfar,brigan, elus, oris , shoes, piece of cakes, porcellio card... oh nvm they do already
2) automated bot protection ... ...i heard that one before ... like.... 2 months ago
3) at least this sounds somewhat promising ... forgive me when i dont get my hopes up at this point.
K ... the reaction took you long enough ... the repromising of things aswell... go ahead i look forward to be positivly suprised ... in this case i rather say at the end of things "didnt expect that to work out ..." instead of "told you ... " we will see how this turns out