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Kervian

Something needs to be done regarding gold sellers.

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They can do a top-down approach and sell gold on the site so people don't need to resort to illegal sources (what Blizzard eventually did with WoW Token), but obviously that move wouldn't be popular to say the least since it spoils the whole anti-pay2win theme. A little too Blizzlike for some people's tastes...

The other solution would be a bottom-up approach, to employ a bunch of people to constantly moderate chats for spam. Maybe the cheaper approach would be to change the in-game spam filter to be more accurate, because at the moment it either doesn't work or works very poorly. There's definitely at least a regex check somewhere in the code that can be improved.

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On 3/18/2019 at 9:54 AM, drw5500 said:

They can do a top-down approach and sell gold on the site so people don't need to resort to illegal sources (what Blizzard eventually did with WoW Token), but obviously that move wouldn't be popular to say the least since it spoils the whole anti-pay2win theme. A little too Blizzlike for some people's tastes...

The other solution would be a bottom-up approach, to employ a bunch of people to constantly moderate chats for spam. Maybe the cheaper approach would be to change the in-game spam filter to be more accurate, because at the moment it either doesn't work or works very poorly. There's definitely at least a regex check somewhere in the code that can be improved.

Gold sellers will almost always find a way around chat filters.  It’s a part of the reason why the messages they send look so weird.

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1 hour ago, Wolfenstein said:

We're fighting against it, but it's an arms race that's difficult to win without hurting normal players.

My girlfriend suggested that you could write a bot that checks playtime of a character that types in chat "$", "%", or some other variation of distorted link. And based on this, program can ban accounts of these people. But that's just her idea.

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11 hours ago, Gematria said:

thats a bad solution. you cant just ban everyone who is chatting with $

You didin't understand the point. It wouldn't just straight up ban someone for just typing in "$".

Bot first sees someone use $, then it compares it to the playtime. If someone is level 10 with like 2h /played and is using $ and alot of capital letters then only that should trigger the bot to take action. Maybe not instantly ban him, just blacklist him for like 10 minutes, preventing his message in the first place.

There are multiple variations that we could also add into the equation.

At that point gm could take over the bot and check the log of such player and determine if it actually is a gold seller or a player.

 

That's just my gf's idea, would love to hear about technicality of such project.

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