Aww the poor spambot screwed up his macro and started to link the station... eve-live.com/Amarr/p/Stride… #tweetfleet #eveonline
— Chribba (@ChribbaVeldspar) March 5, 2013
By the way, the spam botter has fixed his bot and as I type this post is merrily spamming Jita every 108-109 seconds with a big variance in time every 15-20 minutes to try to throw off any automatic detection efforts.
Now, this may come as a surprise to regular readers of The Nosy Gamer, but I don't like bots. I also wish to state I don't discriminate in my views on bots: I hate them all. Doesn't matter whether the EULA-breaking code in question is a mission/ratting bot, courier bot, mining bot or market bot. Just because I haven't written about spam bots in the past doesn't mean I hate them any less than the other flavors of bots.
My belief is that Eve Online is a player vs. player game, not a player vs. bot or player vs. macro game. That means anyone who wants to run contract scams in Jita needs to actually sit at the keyboard typing and not run a macro that runs for hours trolling for suckers. The same for anyone running macros offering goods in an attempt to do an end run on the market system by offering goods directly. I believe these are definitely violations of the Eve Online EULA, specifically Section 6 Paragraph A subsection 3:
"You may not use your own or any third-party software, macros or other stored rapid keystrokes or other patterns of play that facilitate acquisition of items, currency, objects, character attributes, rank or status at an accelerated rate when compared with ordinary Game play. You may not rewrite or modify the user interface or otherwise manipulate data in any way to acquire items, currency, objects, character attributes or beneficial actions not actually acquired or achieved in the Game."As is traditional when judging bots, the ability to perform tasks over an extended length of time compared to what a human can reasonably perform is what constitutes "at an accelerated rate when compared with ordinary Game play."
Up until now spam bots were seen as an annoyance in the major trade hubs and are given a low priority by CCP unless the spam bots are advertising for RMT websites. While Chribba sees the people closing down local because of the spam bots damaging the social aspect of an MMORPG, many are beginning to see a business case for CCP to crack down on the annoying bots. With the recent boom in subscriptions more and more pilots are trying to enter Jita, the economic center of New Eden. Because of population limits they are turned away at the incoming gates and have to wait patiently for someone to leave. What is that doing for commerce in Eve's famous player-based economy? Worse yet, what does that do for the new player wishing to go to market. I can ignore the problem living in Minmatar low sec but what about the new players who roll Caldari? Makes life kind of hard on them, doesn't it? And isn't CCP concerned with new player retention?
As I mentioned before the first round of the CSM 8 election process begins on 22 March. While CSM members can't directly tell CCP what to do they can influence CCP's priorities. I'm sure if the issues gets mentioned in passing often on the famous CCP/CSM Skype channel frequently that CCP may do something just to end the complaining. The question for voters is, which candidates are willing to do the complaining?