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10-31-2009 @ 11:34AM
There's an easy, two-part technical, one-part social solution to this.Technical 1) Assign each character a unique ID that persists across server, faction and name changes. Make that ID visible on an Armory dump. Suddenly a ninja cannot hide *from the Armory* by changing some part of their identity.Technical 2) Anyone can now set up a "Rate My Ninja" site. I'd love to set one up, based on trust networks. These are networks where you tell the system whose opinions you trust and whose you distrust. You can then see opinions of ninjas based on people you trust, which means it's much harder for an isolated group to manipulate the system.Social 3) The people who are concerned about ninjas can then flock to one or more of these site - ultimately, one or two will win and become the de-facto rating information for characters in WoW.Note that this specifically does *not* deal with someone who ninjas with several characters on the same account - each one would have to be found and downranked separately. I think this is important; any other approach requires Blizzard to expose which characters are associated with which account, and I think they're right to allow people to keep that private.
10-31-2009 @ 11:39AM
Unfortunately, maintaining unique IDs can punish people who have a legitimate reason to want to escape their old identity--e.g., to avoid harassment. I had a friend in an old guild who was contemplating that a while back to get away from one or more people who had been viciously harassing her on level 1 alts after a portion of our guild splintered off.
10-31-2009 @ 11:52AM
@Sleutel - I agree, and ultimately there's a privacy/accountability trade-off here. At the moment I think it's rather too easy to drop one's existing identity - we have at least three probable "serial ninjas" on our server who appear to change names as often as they can, then come back into groups and raids with new, untraceable identities.OK, here's a modified proposal: when a player changes name/race/server/faction, they can choose whether to keep their existing reputation (keep their ID) or drop it (be assigned a new ID). This means it's no longer possible to track ninjas over time, as they'll always drop IDs; instead, as part of the social side, players will learn to be wary of seeing character histories of "Notaninja (level 80 Tauren death knight). First seen: 3 days ago. 0 ratings." Meanwhile, characters who have built up a "good trading history" can elect to carry it with them when they transfer.Would such a system ease some of your concerns?(Why the ID when there are names, by the way? Two reasons: firstly, so that characters can carry their history between servers. Secondly, so that a character created on the same server as a former ninja, with that ninja's name, doesn't pick up that ninja's history by accident)
10-31-2009 @ 12:10PM
http://www.wowprogress.com/detectiveIt's working again. And now as we have dates on achievements, it's almost 100% reliable. And it knows to track for ppl of the opposite faction as well.
10-31-2009 @ 9:28PM
You could also be careful in general when joining a raid where the leader is someone you've never seen before, from a guild with a weird/poser name.
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