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12-07-2011 @ 7:48PM
While my initial reaction was that the announced punishments were about right, I've been reconsidering this. In addition to forfeiting their ill-gotten gains, I'm thinking now that the suspensions should be for the sum total amount of time the perpetrators' actions inconvenienced the WoW community as a whole, divided among the number who participated in the exploit. Reportedly, the realms were down for an additional 3 hours on Tuesday so that Blizzard could go through the databases and relieve the thieves of their tainted loot. With 10 million subscribers, that sizes the impact of their escapade to 30 million hours. Let's be generous and estimate high on the number of conspirators. Call it 1000. The penalty would then divide out to an average of 30 thousand hours per miscreant. Again, so as not to be too draconian, we can round down to an even 1000 days each. This seems to me to be an eminently just and modest proposal. And as others have noted, 1000 days is merely a temporary suspension, not a permanent ban. What do you think of my solution?
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