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    Messing with a bot

    Hi folks

    A bot has recently turned up on my server. He has a pretty regular pattern. He logs in once an hour in Exodar, runs between the AH, mailbox, gbank, and a vendor. I am certain he's a bot due to his pathing (the coordinates programmed in give some pretty obvious signs, along with him taking *exactly* the same path every time).

    Now, he doesnt hurt my bottom line so much. However I do dislike bots so I'm trying to come up with ways to mess with him. Obviously I'm reporting him daily, and trying to get others to do the same. Does anybody have any suggestions of things I can do to hinder him? I"m thinking of perhaps some item that will trigger a collision that I can put in his path and hopefully put him offtrack.

    Thanks very much.

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    If it's like the rest of the Exodars, horde druid/rogue (if a pvp server)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanktank View Post
    If it's like the rest of the Exodars, horde druid/rogue (if a pvp server)
    It's in the starting zone, the bot wouldn't be PvP hot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablous1 View Post
    Hi folks

    A bot has recently turned up on my server. He has a pretty regular pattern. He logs in once an hour in Exodar, runs between the AH, mailbox, gbank, and a vendor. I am certain he's a bot due to his pathing (the coordinates programmed in give some pretty obvious signs, along with him taking *exactly* the same path every time).

    Now, he doesnt hurt my bottom line so much. However I do dislike bots so I'm trying to come up with ways to mess with him. Obviously I'm reporting him daily, and trying to get others to do the same. Does anybody have any suggestions of things I can do to hinder him? I"m thinking of perhaps some item that will trigger a collision that I can put in his path and hopefully put him offtrack.

    Thanks very much.
    to interfere with another player like that would be worthy of an suspension I'd think, the best you can do is keep reporting him... and if in fact he is a bot blizzard will catch on eventually. I cant see the logic in risking your own account to impede someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seranthor View Post
    to interfere with another player like that would be worthy of an suspension I'd think, the best you can do is keep reporting him... and if in fact he is a bot blizzard will catch on eventually. I cant see the logic in risking your own account to impede someone else.
    It would depend on how I go about it I think. Stuffing his mailbox full of CoD items I could see being suspended for. Dropping an item on the ground I think I would be pretty safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seranthor View Post
    to interfere with another player like that would be worthy of an suspension I'd think, the best you can do is keep reporting him... and if in fact he is a bot blizzard will catch on eventually. I cant see the logic in risking your own account to impede someone else.
    It would depend on how I go about it I think. Stuffing his mailbox full of CoD items I could see being suspended for. Dropping an item on the ground I think I would be pretty safe.

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    Have you thought the reason he hasn't been suspended is because he isn't a bot? I do the exact same thing on my alt, i take the same path, and how many times have you actually watched his pathing? have you mapped it out? Too many people throw around the "bot" crap because they get annoyed at being undercut all the time, and have no actual proof
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    A trick I learned to deal with a bot (IDK if it still works, but it used to be 100% effective) that I learned when my friend was botting was message them a lot in a short period of time.

    I'm not saying spam them, but send them casual messages "Hey!" "How's it going man?!" "Whatcha up to??" "Coming out friday?" stuff like that, do that for long enough and the bot will auto-dissconnect the player (if not monitored).

    I learned this when I thought he was ignoring me, I got him to admit he was botting and he was banned the next day. Turned to drugs and dropped out of school from there.


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    You could always stock up with those items you throw to people. Fill up his inventory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nario64 View Post
    You could always stock up with those items you throw to people. Fill up his inventory.

    thats a really good idea! im going to start doing this! thanks for tip :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gobra View Post
    Have you thought the reason he hasn't been suspended is because he isn't a bot? I do the exact same thing on my alt, i take the same path, and how many times have you actually watched his pathing? have you mapped it out? Too many people throw around the "bot" crap because they get annoyed at being undercut all the time, and have no actual proof
    Yes, but you can clearly tell the difference from when a bot takes the same path, and an actual human.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanktank View Post
    I remember doing this to temporarily prevent a buddy from transferring servers. horray for creative use of the mailbox!

    Also a good idea.

    You could always stock up with those items you throw to people. Fill up his inventory.
    In my experience this hasn't worked for me. if he's bouncing between a mailbox and vendor, he's likely whitelisted certain white items to get auto-sold. (such as leather balls, paper zepplin, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panszer View Post
    Yes, but you can clearly tell the difference from when a bot takes the same path, and an actual human.
    How? On my warrior i do the exact same route each time, same with my bank, The only way you can tell if someones path is being ran by a bot is if it's zonewide not just running from the AH to the mailbox, with such a short distance it's hard to not take the same route each time
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    They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far. I present to you the newest in Stark Industries' Freedom line. Find an excuse to let one of these off the chain, and I personally guarantee, the bad guys won't even wanna come out of their caves. Ladies and gentlemen, for your consideration... the Jericho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gobra View Post
    How? On my warrior i do the exact same route each time, same with my bank, The only way you can tell if someones path is being ran by a bot is if it's zonewide not just running from the AH to the mailbox, with such a short distance it's hard to not take the same route each time
    It's kind of in the way they MOVE. There's something dinstinctly human about how a human player moves. I can recognize my favourite guildies just by how they MOVE, even if it's just the way they strafe. I could play without nameplates and in RP-screen mode, and they'd both be exact same toon and move between mailbox and AH and I'm absolutely positive I will be correct about who is who.

    And I mean obviously I don't know YOU yet the way you MOVE will be distinctly human, because there's *always* slight variances, ever so slight, that make you look like a human is controlling the toon - a human simply cannot ever move with the precision of a robot. While a bot, observe it for 5 minutes, just the way they stop, to the way they turn, it's in EVERYTHING - I mean, make it a habit, observe other players and specifically movement, even if at first you're not so sure what I'm on about, eventually you're bound to notice the subtleties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cirque View Post
    It's kind of in the way they MOVE. There's something dinstinctly human about how a human player moves. I can recognize my favourite guildies just by how they MOVE, even if it's just the way they strafe. I could play without nameplates and in RP-screen mode, and they'd both be exact same toon and move between mailbox and AH and I'm absolutely positive I will be correct about who is who.

    And I mean obviously I don't know YOU yet the way you MOVE will be distinctly human, because there's *always* slight variances, ever so slight, that make you look like a human is controlling the toon - a human simply cannot ever move with the precision of a robot. While a bot, observe it for 5 minutes, just the way they stop, to the way they turn, it's in EVERYTHING - I mean, make it a habit, observe other players and specifically movement, even if at first you're not so sure what I'm on about, eventually you're bound to notice the subtleties.
    This is right, Bots can make a sudden turn that we as player just can't do or we don't do because its near to impossible.
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    Something I used to do was to make a character with a name beginning with 'aa' then message any bots I saw farming. When they went to mail their gold and mats the bot program would send it to the first character on the autocomplete list (me). So I'd get all their stuff

    Dunno if that still works though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cirque View Post
    It's kind of in the way they MOVE. There's something dinstinctly human about how a human player moves. I can recognize my favourite guildies just by how they MOVE, even if it's just the way they strafe. I could play without nameplates and in RP-screen mode, and they'd both be exact same toon and move between mailbox and AH and I'm absolutely positive I will be correct about who is who.

    And I mean obviously I don't know YOU yet the way you MOVE will be distinctly human, because there's *always* slight variances, ever so slight, that make you look like a human is controlling the toon - a human simply cannot ever move with the precision of a robot. While a bot, observe it for 5 minutes, just the way they stop, to the way they turn, it's in EVERYTHING - I mean, make it a habit, observe other players and specifically movement, even if at first you're not so sure what I'm on about, eventually you're bound to notice the subtleties.
    That's a fair point then, better explained like that
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    They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far. I present to you the newest in Stark Industries' Freedom line. Find an excuse to let one of these off the chain, and I personally guarantee, the bad guys won't even wanna come out of their caves. Ladies and gentlemen, for your consideration... the Jericho.

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