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11-26-2007 @ 7:01PM
I think having some sort of AFK ability at all is an improvement over nothing. That said, I think the reporting system could use some improvements, including consequences. For starters, I think when someone is reported as AFK, they should have a very limited time limit to engage in combat in some way, shape or form. (For AV, 90 seconds; EotS 30 second; AB 30 seconds, WSG 15 seconds.) Once the time limit has expired, they should then flag in such a way that they can be killed by both factions, and qualify as an HK. When AFKers rez, they should be auto ported to a hive in Silithus, with their hearthstone auto banked. Additionally, these AFKers should receive absolutely no honor, and a 1 hour deserter debuff that begins once they arrive back in any city or locale where they could feasibly queue for another BG. Repeat offenders should see the deserter debuff double each time (2 hours for next offense, 4 hours for next offense, 16 hours for next offense, and so on...). This penalty is cumulative over the lifetime of a character, and does not reset on a daily basis.Bots on the other hand will require a far more creative solution. We are all familiar with locks, mages, etc who park in a "choice" location and aoe, or in locations where opposing faction will be guarranteed to kill them (making them appear to be in combat).I think a separate "Suspected Bot" status should be available, alongside AFK status. When someone is reported as a suspected bot, they should have 5-10 seconds (depending upon the BG) to dramatically change their actions or location. Any suspected bots who communicate in BG chat or dramatically change location or activity can have their suspected bot status downgraded to AFK status--with the same potential fate awaiting them if they fail to do so.Failure to respond quickly to a suspected bot report would result in the same consequences for AFKers, however the deserter debuffs would be double. Additionally, suspected bots would auto generate a report sent to Bliz alerting them of the activity, so the account can be flagged for possible ban.
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