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Raiders of Warchrome, Heroes of the Storm PTR Notes - July 2, 2018

In-Game Group Finder Advertising Policy Changes
Keep in mind that Patch 8.0 will also remove the ability of addons to create Group Finder groups.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As part of our ongoing efforts to crack down on in-game advertising, we’ll be implementing some policy changes with how we handle moderation for advertisements made through the in-game Group Finder, and wanted to give you a heads up before these policies are put into place.

Beginning Monday, July 2nd, we will no longer allow any advertisements in the Group Finder for in-game services such as carries or boosts, including those being offered in exchange for in-game gold. The Group Finder is intended for -- as the name suggests -- finding groups, and these advertisements make it difficult to find active groups that are currently being formed. Additionally, these are often used as a cover for real-money sales, particularly given that in-game gold cannot be transferred cross-realm.

Note that this does not change our policy on selling things such as raid carries for in-game gold. Those are still allowed, but should be advertised through realm-specific methods such as trade chat.

We’ll be adding an “advertisement” option to the Group Finder’s right-click reporting function with Patch 8.0, but in the meantime, they can be reported using the “spam” option. Thank you for your understanding, and for helping us keep the Group Finder clear of unwanted advertisements.

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  1. Kelzam's Avatar
    Finally can actually find groups past all that crap.
  1. Platnex's Avatar
    A very much needed change.

    The main thing now, will it be enforced?
  1. familiar's Avatar
    Oh finally
  1. xuros's Avatar
    Eh, I've sold quite a few carries in there for gold and was never anything that made things harder towards anyone else finding a group on their own. As for the gold that can't be traded cross server we would just sell it for the cost of a token and buy the token from the ah on their server lol. All in all though I'm not too worried about it. I have made close to 3 guild banks at cap along with my mates and it should be a very long time before we wan't/need to sell a run again.
  1. LI2Atronach's Avatar
    Hope they will especially not longer allow those: "Joint my twitch channel to win a +15 boost/carry" crap....
  1. Sastank's Avatar
    Thank heavens. Having to filter and scroll past this cancer was annoying.
  1. Schmilblick's Avatar
    At FUCKING least.
  1. Archibalde's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xuros View Post
    Eh, I've sold quite a few carries in there for gold and was never anything that made things harder towards anyone else finding a group on their own. As for the gold that can't be traded cross server we would just sell it for the cost of a token and buy the token from the ah on their server lol. All in all though I'm not too worried about it. I have made close to 3 guild banks at cap along with my mates and it should be a very long time before we wan't/need to sell a run again.
    It makes it harder to find a group in the sense that you have to scroll through several "carries for gold" groups. It's more of an annoyance than anything else. It will be a quality of life improvement for everyone once it's fully implemented. No more cluttering in the regular tab for those that want to find a group, and those interested in a carry will be able to browse an entire Advertisement tab just for it.
  1. --Code--'s Avatar
    Fucking finally.
  1. Heldamon's Avatar
    Lightforged Illidan should be turning everything to ash
  1. RoKPaNda's Avatar
    Bad change. Cross realm boosts for gold are common and within the rules, so why ban those from the group finder? Gold sales and websites should definitely be removed though.
  1. Yot's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Archibalde View Post
    ...those interested in a carry will be able to browse an entire Advertisement tab just for it.
    That is not what they said they are implementing.

    "We’ll be adding an “advertisement” option to the Group Finder’s right-click reporting function with Patch 8.0,"
  1. Platnex's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RoKPaNda View Post
    Bad change. Cross realm boosts for gold are common and within the rules, so why ban those from the group finder? Gold sales and websites should definitely be removed though.
    They were ok, now they are not.
  1. Appelgren's Avatar
    So many tears from boosters. Love it!
  1. Alvito's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Platnex View Post
    A very much needed change.

    The main thing now, will it be enforced?
    People have to report it, the system is automated so it wont take too many to get them silenced.
  1. Drub's Avatar
    Kinda silly they suggested spamming trade chat with it, that's just as annoying. :P
  1. Alvito's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RoKPaNda View Post
    Bad change. Cross realm boosts for gold are common and within the rules, so why ban those from the group finder? Gold sales and websites should definitely be removed though.
    How is a website advertising worse than a streamer? Unless you mean people specifically spamming for cash only runs and those were already not allowed.
  1. Cadlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xuros View Post
    Eh, I've sold quite a few carries in there for gold and was never anything that made things harder towards anyone else finding a group on their own.
    That's because you're only thinking about your thing. What you're failing to account for is the other nine guys also clogging up the LFG tool with that crap at the same time as you advertising. It's not about one guy. It's about mass amounts of people.
  1. RoKPaNda's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alvito View Post
    How is a website advertising worse than a streamer? Unless you mean people specifically spamming for cash only runs and those were already not allowed.
    I didn't say anything about streamers. I don't care about streamers. Yes, selling runs for gold was already not allowed and those should be removed from the group finder. Usually that's what the boost groups with a url at the end are. Sales for gold. Those, being against the rules, should definitely be removed from the group finder. Gold sales being removed from the group finder is pretty silly though. Given that gold sales aren't against the rules they could at least put a separate section for them in the group finder. All they're going to accomplish here is even more trade chat spam.

    Quote Originally Posted by Platnex View Post
    They were ok, now they are not.
    Cross realm gold boosts are still within the rules, actually. Only real money sales are not. Given that cross realm gold boosts aren't breaking any rules there is no reason they shouldn't be advertised in the group finder. This is just going to create more spam in different places instead of the group finder.

    If Blizzard was at all motivated they could just add a gold sales section to the group finder or better yet they could just leave it alone but be more diligent about their removing of real currency boost ads. It all comes down to laziness.
  1. RobertMugabe's Avatar
    Boosters get rekt

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