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7-17-2007 @ 10:11AM
Send GM's in to look at the afk'ers. Do a full on assault across all BG's, focusing on a couple of BG's for a specified amount of time, say 24 or 48 hours. Ban anyone they find afk'ing in the starting areas for, say, 30 days, or whatever. Flag their account as well, and in the future, if they are caught again, they are perma-banned. Take GM's off of other things, or whatever. It'll hurt customer service, but then again, some of the GM's seem barely able to understand the game anyway, so telling them to look for players not doing anything in a BG should be simple enough even for them. Why so harsh? Blizzard does not have the resources to constantly monitor these nitwits and slap them on the wrist with little bans, so their best option is to do the equivalent of what law enforcement does in problem crime or traffic areas--focus on the area for a specific amount of time with extra resources from wherever you can get them. Blizzard has an extra luxury though in that people they bust can be gone forever, or at least until they can get another account.
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