Good. Ban them all.
This guy was mistreated by blizzard, yet everyone cheers on just because they dislike communities in general. That's not the point here. The point is that blizzard didn't update ToS, didn't announce anything, and banned a player for doing something it was impossible for him to know he shouldn't do. As an example - imagine if you got a permaban for something unannounced, like if you relisted your M+ LFG group several times and then got a permaban saying "To reduce load on our servers, users are not allowed to list a group more than 5 times an hour. You've been banned for abusing the LFG Tool". Or something like suddenly every kind of mouse key rebind in mouse software became bannable in the same way, or spamming buttons too fast was got you banned because it could seem like a script. There's a lot of scenarios blizzard can decide to unfairly punish anyone, like this scenario. The way blizzard handled this should not be supported, regardless of your opinions of communities and their spam which ruins LFG and trade chat.
Tbh since the start of shadowlands my /2 has become so healthy even though I see some boost announce they aren't as spam as they used to be in BFA
The salt is thick in this thread. Some people out there try to claim that strangers boosting strangers somehow ruins their game but they can't prove how something that's happened for decades across the industry has an effect on them.Honestly I think most of the people who have a problem with boosters are people who simply aren't at a high enough skill level to do it themselves. Somehow it makes sense that if -you- suck and can't make gold, the rest of us shouldn't either?
Something has to be done about trade chat spam. If you haven't set up any filters, it's literally 90% M+. PVP. Raid, Torghast etc boosts and 10% actual trades. And even if you filter out most common words you are still left with at least 50/50 as those "poor souls" will try to avoid them by mistyping or using special characters to avoid the filters. Maybe blizzard should announce another channel "Services", and "Trade" should be left only for actual item trades. Anyone with enough reports, should be just muted for a month for breaking the rules.
I never liked these practices, which amount to legalized cartel work. I note that he said they run these on ALL the servers, which just disgusts me even more. I do think they should have been very transparent with the rule update up front but don't have much sympathy for people that turn this game into this.I also think it should have been a rule ages ago, along with their bot enforcement updates in recent months. That, and the design philosophy behind the systems that has allowed this sort of rampant monetization of the player base to occur. Fun isn't an algorithm, and tooling the endgame around a sliver of competitive guilds and pushing metrics that create b.s. busywork to fool internal engagement/sub goals are one of the reasons WoW hasn't felt like a proper "game" in a very, very long time.So really, Acti-Blizz is more at fault than these players that build these stupid cartels. The prohibition created the mafia, and obsession with systems designed to keep active subs and justify engagement led to this.
While I am agaisnt boost adverts......not givign a warning that the rules have changed and a straight up ban does seem unfair.imagine if u got tossed in jail casue you didnt know a new law was passed. yes its the rules, but you cant work to obey new law if you dont even know its been made.
His account was not banned fairly, that is terrible (if true). As he says, he does not contest the new Rule change, and welcomes it (as do we all). However, the ban on his account was unjust and that is not a good precedent going forwards for any of us; we need examples like this called out, and rectified.
If you create an account to have one character on 50 different servers/faction combination and brags about "owning" a boost community... yeah, hard to defend it wasn't done for advertising purposes...
I feel literally zero sympathy for the lost gold or banned accounts.
Despite all the hate towards the boosters, I actually think the bans related to this new policy should be lifted. After all, it is unfair to be punished by a rule that is not announced.Don't mistaken me for supporting the act of gold boosting. I absolutely hate it. But they don't deserved to be punished because of such miscommunication.
The contempt by the people in the comments over here, who are so happy that someone got banned even though they complied with each and every guideline Blizzard officially put out there...