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The OP did in fact exploit the bug as soon as he/she tried it out. To exploit something is to take advantage of it. You can exploit a weakness in armor. You can exploit a weak spot in a wall to break through it. You can exploit an unintended sequence of coding to cause unintended behavior.
Straight from wikipedia.An exploit (from the verb to exploit, in the meaning of using something to one’s own advantage) is a piece of software, a chunk of data, or sequence of commands that takes advantage of a bug, glitch or vulnerability in order to cause unintended or unanticipated behaviour to occur on computer software, hardware, or something electronic (usually computerised).
Shit happens, you get busted and you learn. In WotLK I exploited the 25 dailies summoning of Coren Direbrew for infinite attempts at the mounts (before they switched to the daily reward system), as seen below.
(Did get to keep both mounts tho, so it was just a slap on the wrist xDxD)
Same thing here. There is a HUGE difference between triggering a bug and exploiting it. Yet many people have simply merged the two concepts and use them
interchangeably. The term "exploit", used here as a noun, is a made up word which is now so widely misused that it even has a Wikipedia definition (as you pointed out). But a Wikipedia entry is not the same thing as a dictionary definition. The Wikipedia article merely explains how people use the word, not how it *should* be used.
The point though is that for Blizzard's ToU's to have any kind of use, they have to be consistent with some standard, not subject to change because a bunch of people don't understand a word and use it incorrectly. The OP stands accused by many here of "exploiting" the game, not because he actually exploited it, but because those people don't comprehend the meaning of the word "exploit".
And since "exploiting" a bug is a bannable offence, the definition of the word "exploit" is critical to the argument.
Slightly off topic but blizz ban for anything, my sister was on my acc ( yes, i'm her legal guardian), someone in RFC was being a douche and a ninja puller, he called her a "Fag", and being the way she is, she responded with something like " I think you'll find you're the fag", we both reported each other, I got banned, he didn't, makes sense.
Semantics are important, but so is knowing how the bug is actually done in order to be used. Apparently its not as easy as just selling some herbs. A few people have posted the way its done, and its not something he accidentally happened upon. The way I read the instructions, he did actually have to gain a duplicate for this to work.
If robbing a bank, it does not matter if you actually held the money, just trying to rob the bank will get you the same time. I don't care if he got 10 gold or 10 million out of it, he did in fact EXPLOIT the bug. The definition from wikipedia does in fact show this to be very obvious.
You're right about the language. The word Exploit was first used far before computers were made. But you can still exploit a weakness in armor. You don't actually "gain" anything there either. When i search for it, the top was the wikipedia article I quoted, and the second being dictionary.com, which is the main online dictionary I use. Neither would disprove the claim that he exploited a bug.
No one is trying to say he somehow murdered someone. I just think he is telling only half the truth, and I don't think anything he says, or semantics will clear his name.
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How can you claim he is only telling half the truth when he got unbanned? It's a clear case of kneejerk reactions from blizzard and then taking it back afterwards.
You've seriously never heard someone tell a story about them being punished unfairly, later to find out they actually did something wrong? Just because Blizzard had mercy on him, doesn;t mean he didn't dup, didn't try the bug out etc etc etc.
When you get banned, stop whining and start to call Blizzards Hotline.People have been banned for less and there's probably over a thousand examples in this forum alone. Get your head out of a certain companies ass long enough to see that while it may be a good thing that they take this seriously - the treatment you can get is ridiculous at times.
They will investigate thoroughly and IF you were banned and did nothing wrong, they will revert your ban.
Yes they blanket the area and sort out stuff later to get people punished quickly, mainly as a deterrent for others.
You'd be surprised though at how easily one can get banned by an automatic process and require a GM intervention to get the action overturned. It happened to me just after Christmas. I suddenly got booted off the server and when I tried to reconnect was informed that my account was banned. I checked my email and saw that I had been banned for "exploiting the wow economy" by participating in gold selling activities.
It turns out that I had managed to flag my account by using WTFast (a proxy service that improves your connection speed), and in the space of one evening bought a jewelled onyx panther mount on the AH and farmed warbear leather to make a set of warbear woolies for someone in trade who wanted them for transmog.
As a result the system (no human involvement) assumed I was botting or gold selling or something and automatically banned my account. When I contested the issue a GM looked at it and unlocked the account. He told me that using a proxy service is something gold sellers often do, and that it ups the risk of a false alarm and automatic account suspensions happening. Fortunately a quick look at my recent account activity showed that all my actions, although in some ways resembling gold seller activity to a dumb program, were in fact all completely innocuous and I was subsequently let off.
The bottom line here though is that the system constantly monitors your activity, and flags certain things (large gold transactions, significant AH activity, significant repetitive "farming" of a mob or resource etc) and will give you a kind of "risk" score. Do enough of those things in a short period time while using a proxy service and you have a high chance of setting off their alarm and getting hit by the automated response, which can include a perma ban.
If you are indeed innocent, you have nothing to worry about (although tbh I did find the whole thing rather stressful, because you hear of horror stories on sites like this).
I believe the reason they do it this way is because most of the accounts caught this way do in fact turn out to be either guilty or the result of a compromised account, and banning the account and then unlocking innocent players later is far more expedient in terms of manpower than checking every account first before banning. If it is someone who is genuinely guilty (or more likely a genuine goldseller), they will probably know not to even bother appealing. And in the case of a compromised account, you need to lock it anyway until the owner makes contact again.
It just sucks a bit to be inconvenienced when you are one of the rare innocents caught in the net. But overall I can take solace from the knowledge that Blizzard can and often do nail the real offenders that ruin my gaming experience.
blizzard does a lot of shit poorly but i've never had CS treat me like shit yet. if you don't deserve the ban, from my personal knowledge of how they do things, they 100% will not ban you
if their automated bot detection bans you, they will fix it in minutes if you weren't actually botting. they pretty much know what everyone is doing in-game when they go through the records so if they wanna keep you banned, they see something that warrants it