yeah sadly the gold spammers have been a part of MMOs since as far back as i can recall, whoever invented the idea needs to be shot repeatedly then set on fire. I will say though, STO is the first MMO i have been in where i got spammed for gold via the forum PM system. Cryptic really should make temporary forum accounts not able to send PMs. It wouldn't help in game but would stop the forum spam at least.
I was spammed constantly through the PM system in WoW.
As for rule #3: It's called Zone Chat in this game.
well yeah, but i was trying to keep the "rules" more generic then just STO, so they could be used for other MMOs as well. i used "barrens chat" rather then a general example because "barrens chat" is so well known as to need little explination as to what is meant.
5. Chat, and the interweb in general, will bring out the worst in people. Even a thirty year old father of 2 can become a whiney 12 year old when the anonymity of the internet takes hold. (ie see number 3, hmmm if only we could harness this "de-aging" power to use in the real world ...)
What a horrible thing to say. I've always found Chat to be amusing and informative.