BrettM, on 04 January 2013 - 02:06 PM, said:
No one is saying the robber shouldn't be punished if he took advantage of the door the clerk left unlocked. But the clerk knows darned well he did something stupid, and I bet his boss and the insurance adjuster aren't going to be very thrilled with him. The clerk is going to take some degree of punishment for his mistake, even if it's just his own feeling of shame. Furthermore, the unlocked door may be taken into account by the judge when he's deciding on the appropriate punishment for the robber, so the contributory fault of the clerk is not completely ignored by the law.
No one is saying the exploiters shouldn't be punished for taking advantage of the recipe. The question is whether the punishment they received is excessive given some culpability on the part of ANet in creating the situation. I tend to agree with drax that a permaban goes too far.
Well we have no idea the kind of flakk QA got over this. I am sure Arenanet were not happy about having to ban people, it costs them a lot of money to do it, they loose potential revenieu from the banned person and creates lots of negative publicity.
As regards the punishment itself, yes you're right it is excessive, I would rather it was something else but unfortuniately it cannot be something else. Thing is this is not just about punishing people its about trying to tackle the exploitation problem. You want people to report exploits not using them. Nothing you do short of banning people will have any effect on that and even then as we have seen the effect isnt 100% either.
If arenanet took away their profits, Nearly everyone who came across an exploit would use it and I mean everyone. Its natural, if you're caught you dont really loose anything except the time you used to exploit and if you're not caught well you profit.
If they take away everything the character owns people will just leave a character to do the exploiting.
If they delete all your characters but leave your account, people will just buy a second account and leave it just for exploiting. May seem far fetched but $50 gets you 50g. one exploit you get away with could pay for the investment leaving everything else to pure profit.
This is unfortunately the only way to truely stand a chance in detering people