Botting has been a problem for years but to me has become so apparent as of lately that something has to be done. Anyone with even the slightest amount of dedication could setup a VNI-bot doing +10m tics non-stop for the entire month… That’s 7.2 b ISK every month with seemingly no consequence as you do not have to look around for long to find a botter.
Apparently setting up algorithms that check for botting behavior is too hard for CCP to handle, so how about his as a possible fix:
If an account is “flagged” as being a potential botter (this “flag” could be made based on time spent ratting, behavior upon neuts in system and so on), an “anti-bot” system will be put in place.
This system concists of random “popups” on the players screen, which require human interaction (ie. “click ok” or “type in the letters in the image” or “what’s 4+9”). The pop up could be done right after forcing a “warp to pos”, which for a real player would mean that he is actively playing and could respond to the popup.
Failng to respond to a popup would issue a warning and fx. 3 warning would equal a ban.
Nice, simple, automated system, which would get rid of most of the botters pretty much instantaneously. Same system could be used for market/contracts bots and so on.