There was a thread on our Realm forums from someone running a Lotto recently ( seems to be gone now – possibly removed) when the person who was running it was accused of being a Ninja in the past – they responded with a ” But I have changed my ways”
I’ve seen the ease in which Known ninjas name change, switch factions, change servers, come back and do it all over again.
I’ve seen known ninja’s and scammers boasting on other accounts about their bans.
It is frustrating the injustice of it all.
It’s quite clear that if you are busted you will be punished by Blizzard – but we never find out what would get you a permanent account /membership ban – and that is the only punishment I could see ever having a sustained effect on a player. 24 hours. No sweat. Account stripped. They probably have gold on another account, or sitting with a friend – stripped down to boxers – they scam/ninja/ behave badly to get the gear they need again.
I pose that Ninja’s and scammers know they will get busted – and live with the consequences because where the stripping of the account, and anything they earned may take away the virtual benefit of such deception. It doesn’t take away the thrill they got when they scammed/ninja’d from 24 other people.
You can’t take that away.
Ever done something naughty? How did you feel? Remember that feeling?
Arsonists usually hang around after a fire to get their ‘high’ afterwards. A ninja/scammer will sit in trade and watch, and listen and often chime in – It’s not the depriving you of the goods that gives them the thrill, it’s the aftermath. The trade chat, the forum posts.
We feed it.
We feed it partly as defence mechanisms – most people want to avoid pain and stress where possible. So we talk – Some people try to warn others in trade, on forums – people share experiences. I went through my realm ignore list with a friend one time – jogging each others memories as to why they ended up on the list. ( some people are more memorable than others)
Touching wood – but I’ve never been ninja’d – yet I know of people who have had it done to them 2 weeks in a row. So far my cautious picky approach seems to work. If in doubt – don’t join.
So my theory – that they are getting their kicks from the actual scam /fraud/ninja – and not the actual benefit from the virtual goods has plenty of holes in it, but I guess the thinking that they get some form of pleasure out of this explains why they are repeat offenders. Why they go to such lengths, server transfers, faction changes, name changes so they can start fresh and do it all over again.
How do you change someones behaviour when they derive pleasure, or a thrill from it? Send them on team bonding sessions? Get victims to make ” I feel this statements?”
I don’t know what the answer is. But Blizzards punishments isn’t changing behaviour or reforming them.