Spam Bots on GWWiki
Hi, quick question. The spam bots that make userpages and fill them with random info, where do they come from? Why are they spamming this website? It seems like many of them do not even try to link us to a service or something. Are there even people behind these botting programs or do they just run until they break? Help me to understand Greener. Soldier198 (talk) 05:45, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
- The spammers and our abuse filter are in an arms race. As we (and other websites) improve our filters, the spammers have to improve their tactics. They actually are trying to post links, but our filters often catch them at that point. I believe their benign posts that sometimes do get through are attempts to add an air of legitimacy to their wiki accounts. That tactic doesn't work well on our wiki, but perhaps it does on other sites.
- Their goal is to get people to visit their sites, or they want to link key words for search engines, like Google, to pick up and then promote. Greener (talk) 14:49, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
Tomorrow new content will be added to Embarch Beach:
- 10 New Weapons from Anniversary Vendors
- New Trophy item that spawns a boss in Endgame locations
- 10 New Elite Skills!
- 10 New Elite Skills - This is absolutely astounding news and I am very excited to play with these new skills. However, I do have but one question I must ask. Skill development is usually done by a team. Seeing as they are adding new skills, and adding new skills usually comes with a thorough consideration on game balance, which is, again, something done by a team. So, is there a small team working on Guild Wars 1 again? Or are these skills that were already more or less finished in design but didn't get added in whatever campaign/expac they had been designed for? Soldier198 (talk) 21:21, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
- Hey, thanks for being around while I took some personal time away (and a truncated holiday). Very much appreciated! Greener (talk) 21:54, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
Hard at work I see. Drogo Boffin 06:28, 21 August 2020 (UTC)
- Lol, not really. Deleting and blocking takes two mouse clicks each. The effort that poor kid is going through makes me laugh. Greener (talk) 14:51, 21 August 2020 (UTC)
- Yeah, I went back and was looking through the history I could find and he really has a lot of time on his hand. At least he is making some good edits too. Drogo Boffin 01:36, 23 August 2020 (UTC)
I certainly hope you don't see yourself as a referee. Because if the players collectively tried to change the rules of a sportsball game, the referees wouldn't allow it. horrible | contribs 16:48, 31 August 2020 (UTC)
- "[P]erhaps see admin as referees of a game which the players designed." Emphasis added. And FYI, I'm more than aware that all analogies are flawed. Please focus on the meaning rather than the absolute literal when you know it's uncalled for. Greener (talk) 17:04, 31 August 2020 (UTC)
- I'm disappointed you ignored the majority of my comment to just chide me instead, and then did the exact same thing you scolded me for right here. horrible | contribs 17:08, 31 August 2020 (UTC)
Submitting bug reports?
Hello Greener. Recently I tried submitting a bug report to Arenanet using the ticket system on the Guild Wars 2 website. The bug in question is a visual bug on a certain skill. I explained the issue as clearly and concisely as I could. The response I received was baffling and unrelated to the issue I presented.
"...Please note that the Guild Wars Support Team does not have the capability to reset, advance, or otherwise modify quest progression for an individual character or account. We suggest that you try to complete the quest again or simply abandon the quest and obtain it again from the NPC that gives that particular quest."
I did not mention anything related to quests or character progression in my bug report. I am left with a few questions.
Did I use an improper avenue when reporting this bug? I saw there was a bug reporting section of our wiki, but it seemed to be in an inactive state. Is it logical to still report in game bugs that are not gamebreaking? Bugs that cause server crashes are prioritized and fixed in a timely manner, but are lesser bugs, such as those related to gameplay, not worth reporting anymore due to the limited manpower available for Guild Wars?
- I'll see if I can tap on a shoulder to find out what avenues, if any, are available. Given how the game's in maintenance mode, we might hear there's no route for smaller bug reports, but there's no harm in asking. I'll try to get back to you in a couple of days.
- Just to be clear, you were sending the reports via https://help.guildwars.com/hc/en-us/requests/new , which is the gw1 channel? Could you confirm? Greener (talk) 01:40, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
- Thank you for your reply. I actually used the Guild Wars 2 channel located here --> https://help.guildwars2.com/hc/en-us. I used that channel because logging into my account on the Guild Wars 2 website automatically redirected me to it, and whenever I tried to regain access to the Guild Wars 1 channel, I would automatically be logged out of my account. I made sure to specify in my bug report that the issue was pertaining to Guild Wars 1. I also included a screenshot showcasing the bug in action. Additionally, the wording of the reply from the GM seems to imply that he understood the issue as related to Guild Wars 1. Soldier198 (talk) 02:19, 28 September 2020 (UTC)