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