I have two comments on this Mr. Falcon and since I am being long winded and opinionated lately why stop now right? LOL!
Finding what my legacy corp called “Russian Miners” was our main objective. Basically a group of Hulks and maybe an Orca mining, and flying off and returning like clockwork. Well, not clockwork, bot work. We would then Wardec this corp and then the next day blow up all their sh*t and pod them. Salvage their ships, take their ore and offer to sell their corpses back to them. The tears were great, broken English Eve-Mails (once the humans woke up) full of insults and anger. So, so much fun. But guess what? We can not wardec bot mining corps anymore unless they have a structure anchored due to some brainiacs ruining the wardec system, what was it, yesterday? Thanks a lot.
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In 2006 I trained my first character to be perfect at market trading. Grinding out missions for weeks to raise my standings, waiting patiently for months for my skills to train, investing in stuff at Hek, Rens, Dodixie and Amarr that would (SHOULD) sell well at Jita, moving all of it … and then BAM! It was like a punch in the gut to learn the truth. You could not market trade because it was all being botted. @Jita. So all of my time was wasted. I have seen little change in the last 12 years. There has been some and we will get to that. But first;
Anytime you list a popular item (like skillbooks) within just minutes it seems like somebody lowers their price by .01 ISK. Well, it’s not somebody. It’s someBOTy. Someone cheating and running scripts to do automated market price adjustments to just below the lowest sell price. No way a human could be that fast and be online 23 hours a day. Then with the Citadel expansions the bots moved to Perimeter as well as Jita.
I have been watching this activity for 12 years and my legacy corp would find these script running cheaters, wardec them and then use locator agents to track them down and execute their asses, and then offer to sell their corpses back to them. But guess what? Again, can’t wardec anyone anymore unless they have a structure anchored which is just stupid.
The problem with catching market bots isn’t how hard it is to find them. Humans do not typically have the time or patience to be so greedy as to edit a market order by a fraction of 1 ISK such as .01. So that’s the real telltale sign that I am sure CCP is already fully aware of. Yet for us pilots to get their character name, we have to buy something from them and then look in our transactions to see whom is running a script. That can run into a lot of ISK doing purchases to reveal the bot toons name. If they are selling Catalysts @ Jita for 1m ISK no biggie but when they are selling Leopards for $100m, that’s a lot to have to spend to get their name and then report them.
Is CCP going to refund the ISK we have to spent to buy something to get a botters toon name after we report them, for doing something that CCP should have already put an end to some time in the last 12 years?
Yeah, I am frustrated about market bots because it has devalued what I have paid for my subscriptions. For years! But I am glad to see CCP at least admit for the first time that there are market bots and make a commitment to stop this. Manipulating the market at Jita (and elsewhere) undermines all goals and activities of the honest paying subscribers.
Now after this venting I have to say that yes, I have noticed that CCP has apparently done something in the last few months. My market alt is entering sell orders again at Jita and instead of 100% of them all being undercut by XXX.0X ISK in just minutes, some orders now remain for a few hours. before an actual human player makes their own adjustments. That would indicate that there are no longer bots on those sell orders and I have never seen that happen in 12 years.
So thank you for that, But they are still active and need to be 100% removed.
Is there a link to report market bots?