Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.- Thucydides
There is a modern myth that people have always tended towards democracy, constitutions, electoral rights; but in truth, love of freedom has never been the predominant note of popular politics. At most times, popular demand has been for a strong government.- Eugen Weber
But there is a simple solution in my opinion. It would probably be very unfavorable for some people, but say limiting amout of bgs you can do would turn the risk/gain ratio around. Implement another way of getting honor and keeping it fun, and put BGs on 2/2hours limit. Way I see it they could implement a 1v1 arena, perhaps with simple goals and a time limit too. Would sure be imbalanced, but generally speaking you should always be 50/50 if you know what to do. Bot would for obvious reasons be useless there.
A player has to go to a location, to get the number, to be eligible for the rewards of the bg,
This is designed to stop botters in pvp,
The outcome, it stops botters, but It stops pvp because people are only intrested in find the code at each location
And this also encourages the opposite faction to camp these locations, why? because you can stop honor and exp in a bg, but you can't stop a HK, youd have groups farming these spots right up to 250k achi, then some more just for the lols,
I do agree something needs to be done, but stopping during a bg to enter three(?) different numbers from different location isnt going to work
Captchas to enter BGs ?
What makes you think bots can't type that?
Botters would just enter the captchas manually and let the bot handle the rest. It wouldn't eliminate botting it would just force botters to slightly adjust their behavior. You say they can't do it while they're asleep, but that's not going to stop botting. Botters will just let it run while they browse the web or do other work.
Captachas aren't hard to bypass.
Simple question, and one that I am sure comes up to Blizzards mind and is their answer whenever people argue for implementation.
Why should legitimate players be inconvenienced by these things when they pay to play. Your just arguably punishing a player for the actions of others.
It's Blizz's responsibility to catch bots, not the customers responsibility to use extra measures to prevent it.
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You know, most bots have a real person on the end. Just because they're not actively playing doesn't mean they've just walked away and left the house. Something like this inconveniences everyone without really fixing the problem at all.
Captchas are not new, you know.
The system is pretty okay at the moment (no I'm not happy with the number of bots but so far a good solution hasn't been suggested).
The solution I've found is to either PvP with friends (if 4 of you report someone AFK together they get kicked instantly, allowing for a potential "actual player" to join, or failing that, get chatting with people before the game starts, its usually not hard to identify other real players and then just turn the discussion over to bots and to report them quickly if there are any, and again, you should get your '/report player AFKs' out to remove them before it gets too late. When no one says anytihng at the start of a BG (and when your stoned at 4am queuing randoms on your own I agree theres little inclination to get talkative ) then everyone will play solo, under the impression that 80% of thier team is bots - when really only 30% are.
Also remember that the problems are the same on both factions, horde and alliance.
"Moral reason must learn how to make coercion its ally without running the risk of a Pyrrhic victory in which the ally exploits and negates the triumph."
All that would require is some for of character reading built in via a plug in. would be very very easy to by pass for a bot, and a pain in the arse for normal players.
i voted no for 2 reasons,
a) i'm a botter, herbs/ore/fishing and levelling.
b) i dont bot BG's and it would put me off doing them, having to input a code every time i wanted to enter one, leave one, receive my HP whatever.
Blizzard has started removing gametime from those who buy RAF gametime with gold / cashmoney. Should reduce bots atleast a little.