- Aug 5, 2007
- That freaking cold place (in RL)
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- Sandal San Tolk
... Thats the whole story
All well and good. But someone else thought it ain't so because the red flags were there, reported it, they came to investigate, and found the reaction or lack thereof to be consistent with the allegation and acted consequently. Now your friend is a petitioner in order to clear his name. Everybody involved needs to exercise some diplomacy to see this through.
I think a distinction needs to be made to take some confusion out of the discussion. Whether someone is botting, which is against the rules, or "lazy hunting", which is fully okay and over the years got increasingly supported by in-game tools, what determines a bad action is if it impacts negatively on the gameplay of others.
Nobody would notice a botter if they never got to interfere with another player. Things turn sour when they do. But the same thing applies to any lawful activity. If your lazy-hunting results in you not paying attention to your environment and you start impinging on others by kill-stealing or whatever, then you are a nuisance to them, regardless how innocent you think you are. It has happened to me, too, in crowded places like Boreas using all of 'next target' and 'auto move to target' and 'auto use tool' together and letting the mind wander off I crossed someone else's line and shot their mob, including taking the loot since I had the stronger gun, several times before it cut through the fog and managed to break my pattern. Then the decent thing to do is to apologize the moment you notice, bad english is no excuse as everyone can and does know how to say "sorry", and move to the side as well as re-think what you are doing. Failure to do so will result in others drawing their conclusions, which is obviously what happened. Laziness with no bad intention is no excuse for such failure either.