Drazson wrote: ↑
10 Jul 2020 19:38
Have the users and the sellers of the sledgehammer been given their first(?) warning for exploiting a bug or do we nicely assume they had NO IDEA and just happened to be using it consistently despite it being quite an odd choice?
There seem to be some sort of misconception among many players that benefitting from a bug is somehow a punishable "crime" in Genesis. Please read the section about exploits in <help rules>.
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Should players discover a flaw in game design that can be exploited to their
benefit, they are encouraged to report the bug to an administrator using the
"bug" command. The administration reserves the right to reverse any
advantages players may have gained via game exploits.
Under our current rules players are encouraged to report bugs, and we may also reverse benefits gained through bugs, but we don't tend to punish players further. One can argue we should change those rules, but these are the rules we've had for many years, perhaps decades, so I am not really sure where this rumour originated, and why so many players expect punishments as soon as they hear about someone benefitting from a bug?
That said, this rule does not apply in this case anyway. That the ogre sledgehammers could be used by other players was definitely not a bug, so any non-ogres using it have not been exploiting any bugs. Just because something was used in a way that the creator originally did not envision does not mean it's a bug, it's just something that tend to happen now and then. Dedicated players almost always find some ways to use things in a way the developers hadn't envisioned - in all games.