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9-23-2010 @ 6:03PM
TBH, QA3 has become a necessary evil, but i don't see how theres any good way to prevent auction griefing being the norm.if it's not QA, it will be another addon triggering a panic. unless, you put in securities measures or affix terms of service or limitations to posts per hour, etc. or install serverside queues, etc as storefronts, etc. or do something better, things won't change.judging by QA and auctioneer's progression, auction addons will eventually replace users, hopefully making money along the way as well, but that might be incidental. the minigame that is the AH, is ridiculous for casual users, consuming for regular users.i don't see the major problem, as this addon just undercuts constantly, profit/sales can still be made, by creating sets or crippling absolute values, which QA won't go below. it will be annoying for the majority of auctioneers to deal with, but really, AH users get no sympathy.along the way, i've recieved grief over selling rep items for BRD at 200g when they were set at 4k each, when the glyph price on my server is hovering below 2g, while icethorn hovers around 90g/stack, etc. there's just a whole ton of grief going on.undercutting is never the ONLY problem, but it's inherently destructive, regardless. just as the equilibrium is determined by the mass of users, QA and AucAdv users determine the equilibrium and deltas for each item, and each market distinctively.it's frankly, the lesser of two evils, creating QA3 "bots" is manageable, at least having those users online, versus having XML powered bots do the same from the remote AH that allows cartel/collusion from multiple RAH accounts to create their own group buyouts and price manipulation en masse. but it's all fearmongering, undercuts vs price fixing is like comparing vodka and bourbon, in small serves, both are manageable. once you're undercutting 4-8x a day, its a problem. generally the AH is so easily exploitable because the tools being used are not complex enough to seek out behaviour patterns, filter buyers/sellers by behaviour/volume, etc.no matter how annoying undercuts are, it doesn't grief the majority of users like 1c bid flooding or +/- 4% ramping does to scam Auc users, or those using repost/ shill/ consortiums, or other ideas/techniques to make money and annoy everyone equally.
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