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11-26-2007 @ 7:29PM
Here's the thing - if your cat sets the house on fire and you run to go deal with that, you will automatically go AFK and be removed from the BG within a few minutes. Unless this happened before the match began and people were super attentive at reporting the moment they noticed you were still at the start point, your unattended character will almost certainly not be noticed, reported, and actually gain the inactive debuff during that time. The only time that penalties for being inactive are going to affect you is if you actively take steps (whether it's tapping the space bar to keep from being AFK, running into combat to remove the inactive debuff, or using a bot that could get your account banned) to remain in a match that you're not contributing to. I play defense in BG's and I'm as wary of being wrongfully accused (e.g. by these new mods that auto-report you if you fall too far down the damage meter, which CAN legitimately happen if you're defending something that doesn't happen to get attacked) and subsequently penalized as anyone. But there is zero excuse for people remaining in battlegrounds WITH the inactive buff for 30 minutes at a time because they couldn't even be bothered to clear it and it was better for them to stay and not get the honor than be prevented from joining their next AFK match for 15 minutes. Something has to be done, and the current system does so little to prevent AFK'ers that it's hardly even worth the time it takes to report them.
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