About four days ago we had a certain individual (Trapavelli McQueen) begin spamming help chat. Or more precisely, a large number of 1-day old characters spamming Hypernet offers owned by Trapavelli McQueen. It appears this individual realized a loophole: By using multiple characters, he can circumvent attempts to block him, circumvent the channel’s flood detection, and delay or evade CCP retribution.
I personally reported five separate accounts, across at least four days, and there are probably even more which spammed when I wasn’t online at the time. But CCP was slow enough to act that he was still able to post literally hundreds of adverts in the help channel over a few days. And during this time the help channel was crippled; the ratio of advertising to actual human conversation was 4:1 in terms of volume of text.
If we block alpha accounts from linking hypernet offers, it could stop the abuse of alpha accounts for advertising. Or if that’s considered too overreaching, even smaller steps like only allowing alphas to link their own hypernet offers, or only letting them link X offers per minute in chat would be a major decrease for potential abuse.