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  • Introducing the Anti-Bot Maneuvers!

    Over the lifespan of TradeSkillMaster, we have constantly been working to ensure the addon is not used in conjunction with automation programs (aka bots). In the beta version, we had the random number entry in the Auctioning module. When it was time to create the release version, we structured the code in such a way as to deter those who may wish to modify it. All of these things have been successful, but today we are releasing what will be the most effective measure yet, the anti-bot maneuvers!

    Whenever the addon detects something amiss, it'll perform avoidance maneuvers to prevent the illegitate user from using the auction house. In testing, this has been proven to be 99% effective against all the popular botting programs! Also, throughout extensive gathering of user data via in-game APIs, we have studied the habits of legitimate users to ensure there are virtually no false positives.

    Today marks a huge milestone for TradeSkillMaster; having successfully countered all known methods for integrating the addon with an illegitimate botting program. We would like to thank all who have helped with this accomplishment and look forward to enjoying a gaming environment completely free of AH botters.



    Enjoy!

    EDIT: Added a video of this new feature in action!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Introducing the Anti-Bot Maneuvers! started by Sapu94 View original post
    Comments 150 Comments
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      hm this feature is in my mind not versus bots useful! jeah the panel move in a circle (visual) but the buttons, all things that are use by clicks dont move!
      i can click as example on the cancel button when it move then he is at the same place when he dont move so it hase no effekt on bots
      no bot see at a monitor! its use a mouse programm or what else an calculate movement to the button (x,y coordinate)!!! and your antibot dingens is only visual it dont move the panel really

      its only bad for real people

      sry for my bad english
    1. Snodeath's Avatar
      Snodeath -
      This just scared the crap out of me. I thought my computer was possessed.
    1. Cestlavie's Avatar
      Cestlavie -
      This isn't such a good thing to my mind. I logged on my bank toon and opened the auction house. Before I had clicked on anything, it told me I'd sold 999999 gold and then initiated these anti-bot maneuvers. I hadn't even clicked anything yet! On my husband's account, he is completely unable to open the AH on any of his toons without this same maneuver happening constantly, regardless if he's buying, selling or even browsing! This is making TSM completely un-useable, which has me a sad panda, since we've both come to rely on it so much! Can you please take another look at this thing? In the meantime, I have to post & buy very tediously, as we have had to disable TSM so we can even see the AH.
    1. Ersiusp's Avatar
      Ersiusp -
      Good job with this. I got it immediately when I saw it. I heartily approve. =P
    1. Valdron's Avatar
      Valdron -
      So far this is one of my favorite updates to TSM. Two competitors I've always assumed were bots have already been stopped and are just standing at the AH. Hopefully their developers don't find a way to get around this.

      +1
    1. Antivyris's Avatar
      Antivyris -
      This is constantly happening to me. Is starting to get a little more than annoying.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I'd just like to say April Fools!
    1. Kathroman's Avatar
      Kathroman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antivyris View Post
      This is constantly happening to me. Is starting to get a little more than annoying.
      @Sapu94 walked me through the source code for this while it was in development, and it's pretty intuitive. Why don't you walk us through your routine and maybe we can pinpoint the area(s) that might be triggering it?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I removed the addon
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      This has to be an April Fools joke!
    1. Membrane's Avatar
      Membrane -
      This is way beyond mildly irritating...it's doing it constantly...
    1. Cestlavie's Avatar
      Cestlavie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      This has to be an April Fools joke!
      If it is an April Fool's joke, it's a very bad one. I'm about to uninstall this addon, as are several of my competitors. There has to either be a solution, or an immediate update to correct this "joke" if it is one. We can't even open the AH without getting these maneuvers, nor can we open our mail without the 999999 gold thing spamming our chat.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Your anti-bot maneuvers are terrible. Your AH April Fools joke is terrible. Putting something like that in an addon that people trust? That borders on malicious code.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Hahaha, didnt notice the date great idea
    1. Sapu94's Avatar
      Sapu94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Your anti-bot maneuvers are terrible. Your AH April Fools joke is terrible. Putting something like that in an addon that people trust? That borders on malicious code.
      Botters can be malicious. Have to fight fire with fire! Water is overrated.
    1. Blu_Haze's Avatar
      Blu_Haze -
      Sheesh, some of the people in this thread need to get a better sense of humor.

      If Sapu and the TSM team want to have a little fun with it one day a year, I say give them this one indulgence and learn to laugh at life.
    1. Acry's Avatar
      Acry -
      Botters be hatin
    1. riplar65's Avatar
      riplar65 -
      This has to be the most ridiculous thing ever and it has caused me to drop the complete addon!! Sorry to go but this is absolutely derped up...moving on!!!
    1. Zerohour's Avatar
      Zerohour -
      So everyone here is admitting they were botting in the past and the new changes have busted them? Shame, but if that's the case grats Sapu, you've cleaned up the AH for us!

      Edit: This feature enhancement is so valuable I hope you don't listen to the naysayers.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      and the other thing.....OMG the monitor flicker omg i cant use my bot o.O

      bad joke delete it from curse or update to normal...