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Finally, is the AFK farm ok or not ?

Theros.1390Theros.1390 Member ✭✭✭
edited January 19, 2018 in Guild Wars 2 Discussion

Hi :)

All is in the title. I just would like to be sure, because some players say it's ok, and I also see many spots, where a lot of players are farming being AFK (with turrets, minions or pets) but some others say it's against the rules. Therefore, I just wanted to make it clear to me.

And no, I'm not an afk farmer player ^^

Thank you in advance for your replies. <3

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  • STIHL.2489STIHL.2489 Member ✭✭✭✭

    The use of macros to keep yourself logged into the game for gain, is against the rules.

    IE: If you set a macro to trigger your turrets while you are AFK, that is against the rules.

    If you manually trigger your turret, and then alt-tab to the forums, or go wash dishes with a timers set so you can come back to trigger then again manually, that is allowed.

    Good luck enforcing that policy.

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  • Kheldorn.5123Kheldorn.5123 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Passive gameplay using minions, turrets, illusions, pets or autocast on spells is okay.

    Leaving the game on autopilot without attention is not.

    The "detection" system for (semi)afk farming is simple. A GM whispers you, if you are there to respond, you are safe.

  • Theros.1390Theros.1390 Member ✭✭✭

    Thanks a lot for all your answers.

    That's clear to me now. But still, it's almost crazy to see so many players on the afk spots, knowing that's forbidden.

  • Kheldorn.5123Kheldorn.5123 Member ✭✭✭✭

    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

  • @Theros.1390 said:
    That's clear to me now. But still, it's almost crazy to see so many players on the afk spots, knowing that's forbidden.

    Some of them will be AFK farming, but some will be merely "inattentive". It's hard to tell the difference sometimes.

    And typically, ANet doesn't suspend people immediately after catching them. They tend to watch people to see if this is a one-time thing, something they do occasionally, or if it's long term. They sometimes want to see if other people follow the same actions (there are in other hotspots) or how they might launder their loot.

    And unfortunately, regardless of what ANet does, the opportunity to gather loot while sleeping is just always going to be too attractive to some players, especially those who come from games that actually include mechanics that intend to be farmed AFK (e.g. fishing in BDO). So no matter how many people are suspended, there will always be more. Plus, the addition of Free-to-Play makes it easier than ever to restart.

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  • Theros.1390Theros.1390 Member ✭✭✭

    @Illconceived Was Na.9781 said:

    There are a variety of reasons why you hear different 'rules' from different players, including some players don't like it that ANet allows inattentive farming; they think it's just as inappropriate as AFK farming... and there are others who see no problem with AFK farming on the basis that "it's not that much loot."

    I guess that's the hardest part, make the difference between the inattentive farming, and the AFK farming.

    Actually, to me the afk farming is making the game experience kinda unfair to a player who is behind his keyboard.

    To give a simple exemple : The heart you have to complete near the Afk spot in Iron marches (one of the most known). Well, If I decide to kill the mobs to fill the heart, but the adds are instant killed by engineers turrets. Well, I'm ... what's the word you use here on EN forums ? Kitten, right ? x)

    I dont know if you see what I mean, but I dont find this very fair to have difficulties to make my exploration because of this. That's not a so big deal, at all. But still.

  • It's not just AFK farming that is a problem.
    I am ALWAYS seeing players teleport in to the vicinity of crafting resources (especially rich mineral nodes) to collect the resource and then instantly disappear. That problem has been around for a long time; has been reported many, many times; the offenders have been reported many, many times; and nothing gets done about it.
    Because it's a waste of time to report it, I don't bother anymore.

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  • Zeivu.3615Zeivu.3615 Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 19, 2018

    @Blood.5607 said:

    @Lord Kreegan.8123 said:
    It's not just AFK farming that is a problem.
    I am ALWAYS seeing players teleport in to the vicinity of crafting resources (especially rich mineral nodes) to collect the resource and then instantly disappear. That problem has been around for a long time; has been reported many, many times; the offenders have been reported many, many times; and nothing gets done about it.
    Because it's a waste of time to report it, I don't bother anymore.

    These are players (gatherers) who have toons parked at the rich node locations (prob more than 5) to get them daily. I don't see a problem swapping toons at these nodes? :thinking:

    Sometimes, it's the case, but often times, it's not. There were times when I would go and collect nodes around the map and their same toon would 'blink' around to multiple locations that I happened to be at and passing through.

  • Blude.6812Blude.6812 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 19, 2018

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

    LOL--you say I say--- Tomatoes--doesn't make it right --semantics.

  • Dont matter its same deal

  • TheWolf.1602TheWolf.1602 Member ✭✭✭

    can GM's whisper you if you've turned off whispers in your chat?

  • mauried.5608mauried.5608 Member ✭✭✭

    What language would a GM choose to whisper you?
    Is it reasonable to assume that all players speak english?

  • @TheWolf.1602 said:
    can GM's whisper you if you've turned off whispers in your chat?

    I believe so.
    Regardless, they also do things like move your toon to a different location to see if you notice.

    @mauried.5608 said:
    What language would a GM choose to whisper you?
    Is it reasonable to assume that all players speak english?

    They have access to your language choice preferences and there's a variety of languages spoken by people in Support, so I presume that, at worst, GMs can offer whispers in English, French, German, & Spanish. (And since the game is only officially offered in those four languages, I hope everyone agrees that it's reasonable to assume that the player speaks one of them.)

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  • I would say... it doesn't make sense to accuse Necromancer AFK with minion as AFK farmers, it's because skill abilities and YOUR mechanic allow such activities to happen

  • do you recognize GMs ingame by something? special names or colours?

  • UnDeadFun.5824UnDeadFun.5824 Member ✭✭✭

    @Enoah.1956 said:
    do you recognize GMs ingame by something? special names or colours?

    Most of them when they want to be seen carry a Guild tag of the ArenaNet Emblem(seen at the bottom left of this page) in red(the tag is nothing that a player can duplicate).

  • @UnDeadFun.5824 said:

    @Enoah.1956 said:
    do you recognize GMs ingame by something? special names or colours?

    Most of them when they want to be seen carry a Guild tag of the ArenaNet Emblem(seen at the bottom left of this page) in red(the tag is nothing that a player can duplicate).

    Their chat is a different color, too.
    Source

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  • Zet.9130Zet.9130 Member ✭✭

    @Lord Kreegan.8123 said:
    It's not just AFK farming that is a problem.
    I am ALWAYS seeing players teleport in to the vicinity of crafting resources (especially rich mineral nodes) to collect the resource and then instantly disappear. That problem has been around for a long time; has been reported many, many times; the offenders have been reported many, many times; and nothing gets done about it.
    Because it's a waste of time to report it, I don't bother anymore.

    Most likely what you are seeing is an alt char logging in harvesting the node then logging out.

  • @Zet.9130 said:

    @Lord Kreegan.8123 said:
    It's not just AFK farming that is a problem.
    I am ALWAYS seeing players teleport in to the vicinity of crafting resources (especially rich mineral nodes) to collect the resource and then instantly disappear. That problem has been around for a long time; has been reported many, many times; the offenders have been reported many, many times; and nothing gets done about it.
    Because it's a waste of time to report it, I don't bother anymore.

    Most likely what you are seeing is an alt char logging in harvesting the node then logging out.

    Not even close... that takes time. It's the same characters all the time; they pop in, then pop out after harvesting the node. If you want to pretend that's just coincidence, then I have to suggest you're part of that group because NOBODY would believe it "just happens".

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  • Kheldorn.5123Kheldorn.5123 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

    LOL--you say I say--- Tomatoes--doesn't make it right --semantics.

    Passive play is allowed. It's part of game mechanics.

  • Theros.1390Theros.1390 Member ✭✭✭

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

    LOL--you say I say--- Tomatoes--doesn't make it right --semantics.

    Passive play is allowed. It's part of game mechanics.

    Yeah, and if some peoples are having fun by just watch their screen while their turrets/minion are killing adds, it's up to them I guess.

  • Blude.6812Blude.6812 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Theros.1390 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

    LOL--you say I say--- Tomatoes--doesn't make it right --semantics.

    Passive play is allowed. It's part of game mechanics.

    Yeah, and if some peoples are having fun by just watch their screen while their turrets/minion are killing adds, it's up to them I guess.

    But some are out at mall or bar or cutting the lawn or whatever for hrs and even days. that's where reporting comes in and a GM pays a visit to see if the player is passively at the keyboard.

  • Kheldorn.5123Kheldorn.5123 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Theros.1390 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

    LOL--you say I say--- Tomatoes--doesn't make it right --semantics.

    Passive play is allowed. It's part of game mechanics.

    Yeah, and if some peoples are having fun by just watch their screen while their turrets/minion are killing adds, it's up to them I guess.

    But some are out at mall or bar or cutting the lawn or whatever for hrs and even days. that's where reporting comes in and a GM pays a visit to see if the player is passively at the keyboard.

    Yes, what you describe is AFK-farming. This is not allowed. Learn the difference.

  • mtpelion.4562mtpelion.4562 Member ✭✭✭

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Theros.1390 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

    LOL--you say I say--- Tomatoes--doesn't make it right --semantics.

    Passive play is allowed. It's part of game mechanics.

    Yeah, and if some peoples are having fun by just watch their screen while their turrets/minion are killing adds, it's up to them I guess.

    But some are out at mall or bar or cutting the lawn or whatever for hrs and even days. that's where reporting comes in and a GM pays a visit to see if the player is passively at the keyboard.

    Yes, what you describe is AFK-farming. This is not allowed. Learn the difference.

    The point he is making is that WE have no idea if they are watching TV or at the mall, so it is our job to report possible AFKers and it is the GMs' job to investigate.

  • Theros.1390Theros.1390 Member ✭✭✭

    @mtpelion.4562 said:

    The point he is making is that WE have no idea if they are watching TV or at the mall, so it is our job to report possible AFKers and it is the GMs' job to investigate.

    But which reason should we choose on the list to report AFK players ?

  • RoseofGilead.8907RoseofGilead.8907 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Theros.1390 said:

    @mtpelion.4562 said:

    The point he is making is that WE have no idea if they are watching TV or at the mall, so it is our job to report possible AFKers and it is the GMs' job to investigate.

    But which reason should we choose on the list to report AFK players ?

    Use the "Botting" option. That's what Anet has told us to use when reporting AFK farmers.

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  • Theros.1390Theros.1390 Member ✭✭✭

    Yey, I'll do it then o/

    Thanx aw looooot <3

  • Blude.6812Blude.6812 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Theros.1390 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

    LOL--you say I say--- Tomatoes--doesn't make it right --semantics.

    Passive play is allowed. It's part of game mechanics.

    Yeah, and if some peoples are having fun by just watch their screen while their turrets/minion are killing adds, it's up to them I guess.

    But some are out at mall or bar or cutting the lawn or whatever for hrs and even days. that's where reporting comes in and a GM pays a visit to see if the player is passively at the keyboard.

    Yes, what you describe is AFK-farming. This is not allowed. Learn the difference.

    I know the difference, no need to be so aggressive. Geez

  • Kheldorn.5123Kheldorn.5123 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 22, 2018

    @mtpelion.4562 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Theros.1390 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

    LOL--you say I say--- Tomatoes--doesn't make it right --semantics.

    Passive play is allowed. It's part of game mechanics.

    Yeah, and if some peoples are having fun by just watch their screen while their turrets/minion are killing adds, it's up to them I guess.

    But some are out at mall or bar or cutting the lawn or whatever for hrs and even days. that's where reporting comes in and a GM pays a visit to see if the player is passively at the keyboard.

    Yes, what you describe is AFK-farming. This is not allowed. Learn the difference.

    The point he is making is that WE have no idea if they are watching TV or at the mall, so it is our job to report possible AFKers and it is the GMs' job to investigate.

    Actually it's not our job as we are not paid.

  • mtpelion.4562mtpelion.4562 Member ✭✭✭

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @mtpelion.4562 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Theros.1390 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:

    @Blude.6812 said:

    @Kheldorn.5123 said:
    You don't know if they are afk. They can be just playing passively.

    LOL--you say I say--- Tomatoes--doesn't make it right --semantics.

    Passive play is allowed. It's part of game mechanics.

    Yeah, and if some peoples are having fun by just watch their screen while their turrets/minion are killing adds, it's up to them I guess.

    But some are out at mall or bar or cutting the lawn or whatever for hrs and even days. that's where reporting comes in and a GM pays a visit to see if the player is passively at the keyboard.

    Yes, what you describe is AFK-farming. This is not allowed. Learn the difference.

    The point he is making is that WE have no idea if they are watching TV or at the mall, so it is our job to report possible AFKers and it is the GMs' job to investigate.

    Actually it's not our job as we are not paid.

    If pedantry is required, then substitute "onus" as applicable.

  • So, if you find bunch of peeps afk farming, then you report them for what? For botting ?

  • Scud.5067Scud.5067 Member ✭✭✭

    Regarding, ''101 ways of trying to define passive play''.

    Don't bother - report them for botting. Then its on them to respond to the GM.

    That's the acid test. Everything else is academic.

  • Ardid.7203Ardid.7203 Member ✭✭✭✭

    "Dudes, are you afk?" "Should I report you?"
    If they answer, they are ok. If they not, they may be truly not there, and your report would be on stronger grounds.
    Of course, you are not a GM, so you asking anything doesn't means they HAVE to say anything.

  • People who managed to put preassure on "attack button" with some kind of weight and then leaves game as AFK Is that ok? Ive seen that...

  • You've seen their computers with a weight attached? Not sure why anyone would do that, what with auto-attack and all.

  • Dante.1763Dante.1763 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 12, 2018

    @Inculpatus cedo.9234 said:
    You've seen their computers with a weight attached? Not sure why anyone would do that, what with auto-attack and all.

    Not a computer, but i "farmed" game hours in Super Smash brothers to unlock a character by rubber banding the control sticks together, so it would appear as if i was moving nonstop.

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  • @Powah.1672 said:
    People who managed to put preassure on "attack button" with some kind of weight and then leaves game as AFK Is that ok? Ive seen that...

    All the questions of "is it ok" have been answered already. Here are the three critetia once again, as reposted several dozen times in threads like these, including this one:

    1. Using skill (1 or more) while AFK
    2. AFKing in a place where it is beneficial for your character to be at
    3. Unresponsive to interaction with GMs

    If you put a weight on a key triggering a skill (like the skill1 "attack button") #1 applies: Your char is using a skill
    If you are at a place where mobs keep spawning that drop loot, give xp, give you participation in an event or anything else beneficial for your char #2 applies
    If you are afk as in you are not there and will not see when a GM checks on you (be it that he whispers you or moves you to a different place) #3 applies.

    So jamming a key on your keyboard for your char to attack mobs and then leaving your PC obviously falls in the not ok category.

    Btw. here is a screenshot I took in ember bay at the most common necro farming spot where I farmed unbound magic and karma just 2 days ago (names, char models and guild tags removed). I was in group with one other who frequently stands there and took the picture after every char there was teleported to a different location one by one. You can see those who didn't notice right away still stand in the water, and there was one more char standing further away on the beach. This is not the first time this happened. So clearly, ArenaNet is actually doing something and checks if the people standing there are actually afk, or just lazy. You can also see if the char is using any skill once he is ported out of the blob of other chars and pets, and any char who is just standing there without using a skill will be fine even if the player is afk, because #1 does not apply when no skill is being used.

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  • I am gonna be honest i miss the time then these farmers protected winter berries

  • TallBarr.2184TallBarr.2184 Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 12, 2018

    @Shikigami.4013 said:

    @Powah.1672 said:
    People who managed to put preassure on "attack button" with some kind of weight and then leaves game as AFK Is that ok? Ive seen that...

    All the questions of "is it ok" have been answered already. Here are the three critetia once again, as reposted several dozen times in threads like these, including this one:

    1. Using skill (1 or more) while AFK
    2. AFKing in a place where it is beneficial for your character to be at
    3. Unresponsive to interaction with GMs

    If you put a weight on a key triggering a skill (like the skill1 "attack button") #1 applies: Your char is using a skill
    If you are at a place where mobs keep spawning that drop loot, give xp, give you participation in an event or anything else beneficial for your char #2 applies
    If you are afk as in you are not there and will not see when a GM checks on you (be it that he whispers you or moves you to a different place) #3 applies.

    So jamming a key on your keyboard for your char to attack mobs and then leaving your PC obviously falls in the not ok category.

    Btw. here is a screenshot I took in ember bay at the most common necro farming spot where I farmed unbound magic and karma just 2 days ago (names, char models and guild tags removed). I was in group with one other who frequently stands there and took the picture after every char there was teleported to a different location one by one. You can see those who didn't notice right away still stand in the water, and there was one more char standing further away on the beach. This is not the first time this happened. So clearly, ArenaNet is actually doing something and checks if the people standing there are actually afk, or just lazy. You can also see if the char is using any skill once he is ported out of the blob of other chars and pets, and any char who is just standing there without using a skill will be fine even if the player is afk, because #1 does not apply when no skill is being used.

    Imgur

    "You can also see if the char is using any skill once he is ported out of the blob of other chars and pets, and any char who is just standing there without using a skill will be fine even if the player is afk, because #1 does not apply when no skill is being used."
    .#2 should apply then, intentionally positioning yourself at an area where monsters spawn that your minions will attack = get loot

    Do you know if Anet has stated why they are teleporting chars to begin with, is it to check if they are responsive or not. I received a 3 month suspension for missing a single dev message in chat scrollback while i was playing the game on minimalized screens, which means smaller interface , i saw my char being teleported real time and i moved my char away from there, minutes later the suspension was in effect. With no previous warnings or suspensions for afk farming.

  • Oh, how I miss Bitterfrost AFK necros keeping the berry nodes clean. That was actually a great tradeoff; these guys get some trivial loot and others can farm berries in peace without being hindered and harassed by those cursed wolves and griffons every five seconds.

  • @TallBarr.2184 said:
    "You can also see if the char is using any skill once he is ported out of the blob of other chars and pets, and any char who is just standing there without using a skill will be fine even if the player is afk, because #1 does not apply when no skill is being used."
    .#2 should apply then, intentionally positioning yourself at an area where monsters spawn that your minions will attack = get loot

    That is true but I don't understand why you are writing it. All three criteria have to apply for it to be against the rules. If only one criteria would need to apply, everyone using a skill in GW2 would act against the rules as #1 applies to him, or everyone going afk (even in town) would act against the rules as #3 would apply to him.

    Do you know if Anet has stated why they are teleporting chars to begin with, is it to check if they are responsive or not. I received a 3 month suspension for missing a single dev message in chat scrollback while i was playing the game on minimalized screens, which means smaller interface , i saw my char being teleported real time and i moved my char away from there, minutes later the suspension was in effect. With no previous warnings or suspensions for afk farming.

    No I don't know and to my knowledge they have never disclosed how exactly they are checking people and which actions are taken to do it. They may also do other things we don't see or know about, and they may have tools to see if a char is using skills or not (even without seeing them on screen). I have been checked several times now, and I always noticed being ported and went right back to where I was. I also once said "Thanks for checking" in say chat to let the GM know I appreciate them doing it, because I don't like cheaters who afk-farm. So far, this always seems to have been enough action on my side, I was not yet whispered for closer inspection :)

    I do not understand what "playing on a minimalized screen" is supposed to be though, and why you saw being moved but did not see being whispered. The interface has only 4 size settings, 2 bigger than normal and 1 smaller than normal. Even with small setting it is impossible to make the interface so small that you would become unable to see a message.

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  • hugo.4705hugo.4705 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Really easy way to spot guys using macros /afk:
    -for necros: respawn every minion in same time / same with turrets for engineers.
    -only using skill 1 even in void without ennemies.
    -tagging multiple ennemies like 1 per minion

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  • @hugo.4705 said:
    Really easy way to spot guys using macros /afk:
    -for necros: respawn every minion in same time / same with turrets for engineers.
    -only using skill 1 even in void without ennemies.
    -tagging multiple ennemies like 1 per minion

    Your ways of "spotting" are total nonsense.
    -Minions do not expire and do not need to be recast unless killed, so they never are "respawned in the same time"
    -Using only skill 1 could just mean someone is too lazy to make a char with which farming is easier than to keep key 1 pressed down on your keyboard It does not prove botting, macroing, or even being afk. It is just one more baseless accusation and horrible advice to "check" or prove afk/botting
    -You cannot tag enemies per minion and noone does that. All minions attack the same target. You make zero sense here

    The only halfway accurate indication of someone using a macro or bot is when engi turrets expire and every time are recast with the exact same interval. However, even this "spot" advice is completely pointless because to check this you would have to spend ages watching the engi, and you would not even know which turrets belong to which char.

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  • TallBarr.2184TallBarr.2184 Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 12, 2018

    @Shikigami.4013 said:

    @TallBarr.2184 said:
    "You can also see if the char is using any skill once he is ported out of the blob of other chars and pets, and any char who is just standing there without using a skill will be fine even if the player is afk, because #1 does not apply when no skill is being used."
    .#2 should apply then, intentionally positioning yourself at an area where monsters spawn that your minions will attack = get loot

    That is true but I don't understand why you are writing it. All three criteria have to apply for it to be against the rules. If only one criteria would need to apply, everyone using a skill in GW2 would act against the rules as #1 applies to him, or everyone going afk (even in town) would act against the rules as #3 would apply to him.

    Do you know if Anet has stated why they are teleporting chars to begin with, is it to check if they are responsive or not. I received a 3 month suspension for missing a single dev message in chat scrollback while i was playing the game on minimalized screens, which means smaller interface , i saw my char being teleported real time and i moved my char away from there, minutes later the suspension was in effect. With no previous warnings or suspensions for afk farming.

    No I don't know and to my knowledge they have never disclosed how exactly they are checking people and which actions are taken to do it. They may also do other things we don't see or know about, and they may have tools to see if a char is using skills or not (even without seeing them on screen). I have been checked several times now, and I always noticed being ported and went right back to where I was. I also once said "Thanks for checking" in say chat to let the GM know I appreciate them doing it, because I don't like cheaters who afk-farm. So far, this always seems to have been enough action on my side, I was not yet whispered for closer inspection :)

    I do not understand what "playing on a minimalized screen" is supposed to be though, and why you saw being moved but did not see being whispered. The interface has only 4 size settings, 2 bigger than normal and 1 smaller than normal. Even with small setting it is impossible to make the interface so small that you would become unable to see a message.

    Whisper colours can easily blend it to the others map chat colours or guild chat colours if you are controlling 4 accounts at the same time, running and tagging monsters. Not like anyone playing the game looks at the chat all the time.

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