Since questions and misunderstandings arise quite often regarding this forum rule:
I thought it would be a good idea to make a sticky thread outlining Entropia Forum's policies regarding such issues, and the rationale behind the forum rule.
Originally Posted by Forum Rules
In the past, a "name & shame" section on Entropia Forum existed, and caused many problems in the community including:
- intentionally false accusations
- unsubstantiated accusations
- discord among members and societies
- overwhelming workload for forum moderators
It was also quickly observed that allowing the "naming & shaming" of scammers, or a "scammer list" did little to protect honest participants or to prevent scams, since the scammers would very often create new avatars to perpetrate their scamming practices. In addition, there was very little that could be done here on EF to punish "proven" scammers in any case; only Mindark has the resources and power to accomplish that.
After several months and many, many cases of false accusations, unfairly tarnished reputations, and a large demand on the time and resources of the EF staff, it was decided to close the scamming subforum, and to enact the forum rule quoted above.
A thread was created informing the Entropia Forum members of this change, and Jimmy B summed up the reasons for the new policy quite effectively with this post:
Take special notice of ix:
Originally Posted by Jimmy B
It is better to alert people to scam practices and to show them how to be vigilant, how not to leave themselves vulnerable, rather than to tell them to look out for specific avatars.
This is a very important point, and one of the most important benefits of a strong community such as EntropiaForum has: members helping to keep one another informed and aware of potential dangers in our virtual universe.
Pepper has created a very informative thread in this effort, detailing common scamming tactics, and which every new participant should take the time to read to learn how to protect one's Entropia Universe avatar account:
Armed with the knowledge in that thread, new participants will easily be able to avoid nearly all possible scam attempts, regardless of the name of the avatar attempting the fraud.
Finally, and most importantly, if you observe or suspect that a participant is attempting to scam or defraud other participants, the best course of action is always to submit a support case on the official EntropiaUniverse.com website. Only Mindark has the resources and database logs to investigate such issues, as well as the power to take appropriate action when necessary.