| AFK Scripting is still against policy. Also against policy is the use of BOTS – that is, an UNATTENDED character made and running automated commands for things such as selling pouches, healing and so on triggered by things such as whispered commands.|
We try our best to catch AFK scripters on our own, but as always, if you suspect someone is AFK scripting (or more than one) please let us know. You can help us do so by using REPORT and stating the name of the AFK scripter(s).
A report that goes "There's someone AFK scripting here" might not do us much good if we look at you 20 minutes later and you've moved on to another location. We TRY to hit you with a "Thank You" when we're around, but we're not always as good about this as we SHOULD be though!
Once you've REPORTED, please:
DO NOT MOVE THE AFK SCRIPTER
DO NOT GIVE OR SLIP ITEMS TO THE AFK SCRIPTER
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRIGGER THE AFK SCRIPTER TO LOG OUT
DO NOT KILL THE AFK SCRIPTER
If you move or otherwise disrupt the scripter, an AFK scripters script could break. Then they aren't an AFK scripter anymore – then we can't really catch them AFK scripting. REPORT ONCE and, if you are in a hunting area MOVE ON. If they aren't getting creatures because you are there – well… you know.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST -- It is important to remember that you can get a WARNING for interrupting an AFK scripter. You don't know if we are already in the middle of doing a script check, and if you disrupt that check you've just let someone get "off the hook" so to speak. DO NOT INTERFERE WITH AFK SCRIPTERS. Report and move on.
Players are NOT required to respond to you. I know that it can be frustrating, but as long as a player responds to US when we run our check, they are considered to be responsive. Yes, players will sometimes purposely NOT respond to another player.
Relevant News Articles
NEWS 5 17 (AFK Scripting, General)
NEWS 5 17, Paragraph 9 (Bots, Use of)
NEWS 5 18 (Additional Penalties Associated with Warnings)
NEWS 5 33 (Interfering with AFK Scripters)