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PostSubject: From Mark Jacobs Blog   Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:09 am

Mark Jacobs posted this in his blog.. i love it :



I hate gold sellers/spammers. No, thatís not strong enough, let me try again. I HATE GOLD SELLERS WITH EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING. Ah, thatís better. Now, why do I hate them you may ask? I hate them for a number of reasons, most of which have been detailed in various interviews Iíve done over the years. And now that they have taken their obnoxiousness to new levels with gold service spamming, I HATE GOLD SPAMMERS EVEN MORE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. For years, lowlifes like IGE have told us, in defense of their behavior, that they a) are just providing a service; b) donít interfere with players enjoyment of the game. Well, I canít argue with (a), they are providing a service, just like maggots I suppose but Iíve always argued that (b) is totally and complete BS. Now, those old arguments aside, I canít see how this new generation of pond scum (new and improved, with 25% more scummy action!) can argue that their constant spamming of chat channels doesnít interfere with players enjoyment of the game (Iím waiting for the whole ďOh, you can always just turn off chatĒ argument). I hated seeing their messages when I played WoW or any other MMO and Iíve been waiting for the day that WAR launched so I could have the absolute pleasure of instituting policies to make their lives more difficult so we could drive them out of WAR.

Since WAR launched we have been banning these jerks like crazy. As of Saturday Night, we had banned about 400 of them. My CSRs have a zero tolerance policy. We donít wait and let them stay in the game and ban them en-masse, my guys ban their useless, time-consuming butts right away. We have a strike team whose sole job it is to get these guys off our servers as quickly as possible. This weekend, we unveiled a new wrinkle in the fight against them, the public ban message. Players on our Phoenix Throne server have been treated to special messages when a gold seller/spammer is banned. Iíve given them a wide leash to come up with creative messages to tell the entire community who has been banned and we keep it within the Warhammer universe. Messages like ďTcharízanek has ordered the slaughter of [Spammer] and all others of his kind who weaken the Raven Host by providing wealth and power to the unworthyĒ have been seen all weekend. We will continue this policy and expand it to the other servers. We are in for a real fight against these bottom feeders and it will be a long and costly battle but itís one we are going to take to them and this is only the first step. After all, this is WARÖ

BTW, for those who might be tempted to think that we are doing this so we could offer our own service or because we do make money off their boxes (traditionally, gold sellers will quickly shift to buddy disks and free trials though to lower their costs) let me tell you this. Iíve been offered ďa piece of the actionĒ both personally and corporately in the past if I will either turn a blind eye or help them in their actions. This would have netted me and/or Mythic a very, very tidy sum, far more than we would see from box sales. My answer was and always will remain the same:

Go to hell.
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PostSubject: Re: From Mark Jacobs Blog   Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:52 pm

Janet, you like him because he's from New Yawk.

He's a really good guy.

I don't have a problem with gold sellers and their websites or offering the service, I have a problem with them when they spam you with their advertisements.

If people want to buy gold, google will help them out, but don't come into the game I play and annoy the piss out of me.
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PostSubject: Re: From Mark Jacobs Blog   Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:47 pm

if he feels gold spam hurts the game (and i don't disagree) why does he feel that spamming me about who is being banned is good? make a news item once a week with all of the gold sellers that have been banned rather than add yet more spam to my chat windows.
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PostSubject: Re: From Mark Jacobs Blog   Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:51 pm

Yeah..I do like him.

I've never seen someone get involved w/ the community like he is doing. No matter if you like some of the things he says or not, he's not just a faceless name.

Being from NY certainly doesn't hurt Razz


I wouldnt care so much about gold sellers either if they weren't so invasive..but they are
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PostSubject: Re: From Mark Jacobs Blog   Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:27 am

Well I love this guy.. And I do agree with everything he says, Gold spammers pisses me off like mad Very Happy

So these news are lovely, and I cant wait till I begin playing, but Im afraid it might be another week or so Sad
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PostSubject: Re: From Mark Jacobs Blog   Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:36 am

awesome...

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PostSubject: Re: From Mark Jacobs Blog   Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:40 am

I reported a few yesterday and got the pop up message. I hate getting spammed with gold sales, but when I get the message saying they were banned, it brought a smile to my ugly face
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PostSubject: Re: From Mark Jacobs Blog   Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:51 am

i hate the pop up spam message to let me know about the spammers being banned. it always pops up at that worst possible time. it would be less annoying if it was just a chat message but the fact that it is a pop up in the middle of the screen that i have to click on to get rid of is stupid and is much worse than any tell from a gold spammer. good idea i guess, absolutely horrible implementation.
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