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RNG 1677
Nov Member 2018

RNG 1677

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Hello,

Bots have been an issue since I started this game back in 03-04. Recently I noticed a resurgence of them in random places. Last night I noticed a bot farm in Al Kharid and decided to hop around random worlds and report them in hopes that they would be cleaned up. Today I logged in and noticed that they're still there. I started hopping around random chats in hopes of finding a mod that can do something about this. After spending roughly 2 hours on this I gave up since none of the regular mods could ban bots. This made me think of an idea of what we can do to combat the bots.

Currently there are mainly 3 reasons the bots are successful at the game.

1. The amount of moderators around that can do something about them is limited. (I believe only gold crowns can ban bots - correct me if I am wrong).
2. The player base has no motivation/desire to go out of their way and report them and often when they try to help its extremely hard to get things done.
3. They are relatively cheap to reproduce.


We could get the players more involved in this. Currently people can't go out of their way to report bots because they get nothing out of it and when they do report the bots they have no way of knowing if the report even made a diference. They waste time and get nothing in return. So generally people choose to just ignore them instead.

How about we introduce some incentives for people to report bots?

1. We could make it so that when a bot that you reported gets banned you get a notification that the bot has been taken care of. This would make players more likely to report bots when they see them.
2. We could make it so that players receive some kind of points/tokens when they report bots and the bots are taken care of. These points could be traded in for decorative weapons and armor which is untradeable.

I do realize that this may be hard to implement since 100 people can find 1 bot and then everyone can report him and get points/messages...

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30-Dec-2018 03:40:15

RNG 1677
Nov Member 2018

RNG 1677

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(continuation)

If multiple people receiving these messages is an issue you could make it so that only the person who reported the bot first receives the prize/message.

I believe this would help deal with all 3 of the above points. Points 1 and 2 are obvious, as for point 3 - once more people are involved the cost of producing bots (especially members bots) will stay the same but benefit will decrease since more bots will be likely to get banned. This would also help RS retain its player base since a lot of people get discouraged of having to grind for items/levels when bots are able to outpace you and out level you regardless of how many hours you put into the game.

Tell me what you think.

Best,

ExAdelais

30-Dec-2018 03:40:37

Notcool97
Dec Member 2016

Notcool97

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Notifying players when a reported bot (or any other kind of rule breaker) is dealt with would be a nice touch, so I'd support that if it was easy to implement. Giving any sort of reward for it wouldn't be a good idea though, I don't think anything should be locked behind/depend on the existence of bots.

30-Dec-2018 11:07:36

Notcool97
Dec Member 2016

Notcool97

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If notifying people when they get rule breakers banned is possible, make a highscores for it or something idk. I'd like to see how long it takes someone to get 200mil bots banned.

30-Dec-2018 11:09:22 - Last edited on 30-Dec-2018 11:10:18 by Notcool97

RNG 1677
Nov Member 2018

RNG 1677

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333333333 you're the type of person who thinks turning your computer on and off fixes everything.

Got a shitty internet connection? Did you try turning it off and back on?
The car wont start? Did you try turning it off and back on?
Got cancer? Did you try turning it off and on?

Just reporting does not fix the issue...bots have been around since 03 and have been driving players away from the game since then...the report button has been around for 10-15 years and bots are still running rampant even now...

Doing something for 10+ years that doesn't fix the issue is a stupid way of dealing with a problem. Its like giving someone a bandaid when he really needs stiches and that someone returning repeatedly because his wound wont heal for 15 years. The bandaid might work, temporarily, as long as one day the patient doesn't come back with a missing kidney he lost while walking back to the doctor.

30-Dec-2018 20:22:14

Darkraven034
Jan Gold Premier Club Member 2017

Darkraven034

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I was wondering if you could do a bot nuke in osrs bots are so heavy in certain areas like lumby castle spinning flax I have trapped them and they dont try to open the door and dont time out like a regular player would it isnt fair to us that play the game fairly. I love this game but makes me not want to play with all these cheating players that use programs to play. I was wondering cant you do a bot nuke in osrs I am spinning flax and I keep trapping nots in the room next door they stay there for the longest and dont try to get out and dont log out as they would if it was a regular player timing out its not fair to us that are playing the game fair.

18-Mar-2019 09:06:08

57Kvothe

57Kvothe

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How about any reported bot(by several characters) be ported or stuck in Wilderness where they can spam their line to the Lesser Or Greater demons?

18-Mar-2019 15:35:39 - Last edited on 18-Mar-2019 15:36:22 by 57Kvothe

Skysunder
Feb Member 2019

Skysunder

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no support. the concept of REQUIRING rulebreakers in the game to begin with to access content exclusive to reporting them is asinine.

just bring back the random events that FORCE you to play them, and introduce new events.
use dissenter periodcom to bypass censorship.

18-Mar-2019 15:48:19

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