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10-09-2010 @ 8:16AM
I must say that I have followed the wave of downrating you with some amusement. There should be a sociological study on why people downrate; my feeling is that half the people who pressed the vote down button on your posts, haven't even read your elaborate posts completely, but are acting out of group behavior (somebody already down voted him, so he must be wrong, so I will down vote too) or are blindly clicking Vote This Comment Down every time they see your name.I find it also fascinating that the readers of a column dedicated to how to make as much gold as possible, cry foul on somebody who is a successful example for this column. Why haven't the pitchforks been taken out to prosecute Basil himself? Clearly the people who read Basil's tips, would like to be successful on the AH themselves, so it's a bit hypocritical to start a witch hunt on a successful AH user.More on topic: I agree with you. Using auction addons is not a way to make lazy gold without doing any real work. I know for a fact that I have more gold then most of my guild mates, and I also know for a fact that I devote more time to earning that gold then most of them. I read blogs, I watch market trends, I spend a lot of time leveling professions, I make notes, devise future tactics and so on. Saying that using QA3 or Auctioneer is cheating, is simply not true until patch 4.0.1 and probably comes from jealousy. Nothing is withholding you from installing those addons too. Making gold is a mini game in itself, and part of that game is finding and using the proper tools for it.Personally I find using addons like Omen much more cheating; you should not be able to predict the actions of a mob beforehand; that totally breaks the game. Or addons like Grid or Power Auras; they change the game in a much more profound way then any AH addon is capable of. Ironically Blizzard has decided to incorporate their functionality into wow itself, but AH addons are deemed to be "bad". This move will not stop botters and gold sellers to manipulate the AH; they will find some workaround.I wonder if this move is done because the new Remote Auction House apps are not doing as well as Blizzard was hoping. The hard core AH player will want to stay ahead of the game, and instead of mass posting items, will be forced to post smaller amounts more frequently, lets' say during work hours on your own Iphone, which can be used secretly without your boss being able to track your internet behavior. And I also wonder if it's true that it is easier to program bots to manipulate the Armory AH then bots that function inside the game itself…..
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