- Change the definition of the farming rule from "systematically farming new recruits" to "systematically playing against a specific group of players with the intent of taking advantage of them."
Examples would include:
- systematically sending invitations to privates with no experience on the chosen maps and settings, because that gives you the best winchance.
- systematically joining games last when there are only new recruits signed up, because they are likely to deadbeat.
- systematically foeing everyone who manages to beat you in order to guarantee that you'll only play against players you can beat.
- systematically creating 5 player standard feudal war games, with the intent of getting new recruits to join.
How this will benefit the site and/or other comments:
- In general, behaviour such as listed above will create a rather poor game experience for the players being targetted. If they decide to unwaringly accept the game, they end up on a map and setting that they have virtually no chance of winning.
- Furthermore, this behaviour will make the scoreboard even more unreliable, because a players score will be based mostly on very specific opponents.
- The change as suggested no longer treats new recruits as a special case. It therefore creates more consistency in the rules, and captures behaviour that many members believe to be shady.
- In order to accuse someone of this, it needs to be made plausible that the accused is systematically playing against a specific group of players.
- Ways to recognize this would include invitations sent, determining who initiated contact, etcetera.
- Note that playing games on specific maps or settings would not constitute farming, only targetting specific groups of players would. If someone doesn't try to influence who joins in any way, then it's up to those who join to decide whether they want to play that map and those settings. The exception to this would be games that are open to new recruits, because those can be argued to be targetting a specific group of players.
- Also note the requirement of the intent of taking advantage. A series of 1v1s between a cook and a general would not be farming if they can be shown to be held with the intent of improving the cook's play.