nono NO @MrBlades of subspace radio, WRONG QUESTION. :/
The gold spammers are a distraction, a symptom not the problem itself... If you deal with the gold farmers/traders the gold spammers would not have anythng to sell...
Originally Posted by deathkittin
We know goldfarming is going on in STO for a fact from the amount of websites there are and that quite a few of them advertise how much they have "in stock" for sale.
You raise some very good points about botters, I read a really good article about how EVE online dealt with these people: UNHOLY RAGE.
It is a pity Cryptic do not seem to be taking any steps against these people whatsoever.
And I do not mean the spammers, those are throwaway accounts as Cryptic know full well, why are they not looking for large money transactions between players (either in one go or in repeated smaller transactions with a macro to avoid detection) and investigating those?
It has recently become VERY hard to buy certain rare things on the exchange as a certain group of items (not going to name in case of making it worse by starting a panic) costing millions have all been bought up and relisted in much larger millions each by people with a very very large amount of money to throw around, this may well be a goldfarmer operation since it makes sense that they would manipulate prices so high to encourage people to buy from them...
When are Cryptic actually going to start tracking and busting the "Real Money Transaction" companies? It's only going to get worse and worse unless something is done... It would seem to be pretty simple to get a lead if GMs incognito offered to buy from these sites (or were able to do a sort of money on a string transaction, where it looked for the goldfarming company that the money is in their account, but the transaction can be cancelled before they actually receive anything) so that they were able to meet the "money mule" characters of the goldfarmers ingame to identify them, and then simply follow the money trail through the database to find out what characters are actually farming the money - probably high level and fully kitted out for farming, meaning you affect their operations a LOT more which would be FANTASTIC PR for Cryptic... Definitely a lot better than other recent actions! I think you might find it quite satisfying too knowing you've actually made a real dent rather than just fighting the spammer tide (which is actually a diversion from the REAL activity they don't want you to be looking at)!