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New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby lackattack on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:07 pm

"Newbie Farming" is the technique of setting up as many games as possible (either by starting or joining them) with New Recruits to gain easy points by taking advantage of difficult game options and the fact the New Recruits are more likely to deadbeat. Some players have been farming extensively - even sending hundreds of PMs to the latest members to get them into their games.

This is a gross abuse of the game. It gives the New Recruit "victims" a poor first experience and reduces the chances of them sticking around. As farmers move up the scoreboard it also harms the competitive nature of Conquer Club - the scoreboard is meant to measure skill in the game, not "harvesting" techniques.

In accordance with the desires and feedback of the majority of the community, our rules and as a new leaf for 2009, it is our New Years resolution to make Newbie Farming forbidden. Members who continue this practice will receive point resets and then progressively longer website bans.

This does not mean you will get in trouble for joining a game here and there with many new recruits. We are only talking about the systematic targeting of new recruits.

We have taken the following measures to stop Newbie Farming:

  • For New Recruits, we filtered out game options from the join page if they reduce the chance of new players reaching their 1st promotion (see here here and here).
  • We shut down any usergroups with a focus on Newbie Farming.
  • We are sending individual warnings to the Farmers Guild and select other users who have practiced farming in the past. These should be arriving soon.

If you don't officially receive a warning, consider this it...we may have overlooked you once, but we won't do it again.

Thanks and have a nice day :)
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby pepperonibread on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:17 pm

Hooray! =D>
Happy new year!
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby Optimus Prime on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:21 pm

BRAVO!!!

=D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby luv2tri2 on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:30 pm

Good Lord......can we cry a little more. The number of bitchers and moaners on this site continues to grow and grow and ......
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby joecoolfrog on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:31 pm

I think this is a very wise move both from a business point of view and for the integrity of the site.....should have happened 6 months ago though :D
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby scottp on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:39 pm

Totally agree with the spirit of the rule. However, the enforcement will be the challenge. To avoid subjective judgments, there should be some published standards as to what constitutes farming and what the resulting sanctions will be.

Kudos on the concept, good luck with the implementation.
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby Phlaim on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:44 pm

Is "Map specializing"(for example most of King_herpes latest games) and "team-freestyle-farming"(for example: Game 3906454) a part of this?
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby Jeff Hardy on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:46 pm

wow.

great job =D>
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby prismsaber on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:46 pm

Good question phlaim. I don't know about map specialization, but casual team freestyling should definitely be banned
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby Jeff Hardy on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:49 pm

you cant ban anyone for enjoying some maps more than others
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby wcaclimbing on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:51 pm

Thats awesome.
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby FireStar on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:57 pm

Phlaim wrote:Is "Map specializing"(for example most of King_herpes latest games) and "team-freestyle-farming"(for example: Game 3906454) a part of this?


team freestyle farming... i don't know why someone would start a team freestyle game on doodle earth ( or something similar) with unlimited forts... if they do then its their own fault... just my opinion
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby Stephen Wayne on Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:03 pm

To little to late

you cant just go and undo allmost all of this sites greats farmers
farming is a part of the game if you admins dont like it you should have done something a long time ago now your just trying to piss people off
oh well another f*ck up on you part
well theres my $25 dollors worth please do not bitch at me for this mods
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby Jeff Hardy on Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:15 pm

Stephen Wayne wrote:farming is a part of the game if you admins dont like it you should have done something a long time ago now your just trying to piss people off

i see a lot of happy customers so i have to disagree with you there
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Re: New Years Resolution: Newbie Farming is not Cool.

Postby King_Herpes on Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:15 pm

It's about damn time. I mean, how long were you going to let that madness continue? It's an outrage I tell ya! Darn farmers, all they care about is points points points...
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