I think a lot of people unfortunately are choosing to assume Blizzard isn't doing anything about bots, purely because they don't put out a newsletter specifically describing what they've done and how many bots they're removed.
This is at the root of many discussions (read: venting sessions) about bots that I've read over the years--it's usually one guy declaring "I reported a guy for botting and his account didn't immediately explode" or "I logged in and there's still bots" and then everyone high fives each other for "figuring out" that Blizzard hasn't been doing anything about the problem.
The reality here is probably that Blizzard's teams are constantly working against bots, but they aren't giving us progress updates and it's also unrealistic to expect the complete eradication of bots from WoW.
i have reported online friends for botting, cheating
bad naming ect ect....
just cuz they are online friends, not even RL friends. half of them i never liked them either :P
OT: it might take a few months of half a year, or even an year. but your friend will get permabanned at some point during his game time. cuz he is botting.
as pointed out by above posters
I've tried botting (leveling and gathering) last time my second sub was active for few weeks last spring. I was using commercial bot with default routes.
Nothing happened. Nothing at all.
The reason Stormwind park was completely destroyed was because the night elves there had the audacity to tell Khadgar that Boomkins are superior to Mages in every way. Deathwing just happened to be flying by.
It's kind of sad to see people admit to botting. I mean really...
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Unlike everyone else I'm going to say "Good for you" for reporting your friend. Personally I warn friends I know do this kinda thing like "If I EVER See you doing it, I will report it" and give them an "out of sight, out of mind" benefit, but nothing more
I report bots, but If I knew a friend of mine was doing it I would let someone else report him. Bots are painfully obvious to spot so no big deal. I just wouldn't BG with him...
Ooh, what a thread. Let me highlight some issues!
1. What answer did you expect? "Yes, we will immediately ban random player X because random player Y claimed it's a friend and he bots."
2. Your botting friend isn't hurting WoW that much, it are 'companies' with a thousand bots that are ruining BG's and the AH.
3. The only way to catch those people is to analyse the software, prevent it from being used and then do a 'ban-wave' to the people who have found to be botting.
4. If you only ban the account instead of preventing the program then 99% of the botters will just switch to another account.
5. Suspicious behaviour isn't enough to ban someone, they want to collect hard evidence by detecting the system.
The 'lack' of your desired response has nothing to do with a bad GM, avoiding sublosses or Blizzard allowing bots, it's how the system works.
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hell i even play on my main account while botting at the same time, its sad how much bots get away with it now
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I too report friends for cheating, good on you OP
in this world full of people there's only one
and if we only live once, I wanna live with you
Botting is a breaking of the rules that gets you banned.
So they either ban him or "ignore it", in both cases a ticket has no use.
There are thousands and thousands of bots, they won't investigate them personally and one by one; that's useless.I called for nothing more than an investigation to collect that hard evidence.
In the time it takes a person to investigate one account, I can easily set up 5 new botting accounts.
First of all, if he is really your friend ... you are a douchebag, remember this is a game after all. I report people as well and most bots i catch when mining ... but i would never report a friend ... i gain nothing from this, what i gain is a banned buddy that i can't play no more with.
And don't worry, blizzard banns left and right, what you have to take to mind is that botters have multiple accounts, they get banned, they buy a new one etc.
Half of your story in my opinion is just a story and if it's not, you are a bitter old man