I have written a couple of times about the issue of mission thieves on Empire Avenue. I was really thrilled when Duleepa Dups Wijayawardhana, the CEO of Empire Avenue, participated in the discussion. He counseled patience but assured us that they were working on a solution.
I was super hopeful, when EA added a warning to every mission screen, “We monitor link claiming. Only claim Missions where you will complete the task, your karma is important! ” I did have an aesthetic question about the warning being in pink, but perhaps they were taking a queue from Arpaio. When that first showed up, I expected that a placebo effect would change behavior for a while. I also worried that without enforcement the impact would rapidly wear away. I think my concerns were well placed.
Now it seems that most missions carry some threat or warning. I hear that a lot of folks are blocking the miscreants and growling at them in various forums. The newest trend seems to be publishing the names of the offenders. I even saw a Fresh Face player published a list of mission thieves. I am a bit concerned about this trend. I see enough confusing missions and even some that are intentionally misleading to wonder about the consequences.
I worry about the negativity that seems to be rising on the Avenue. What do you think? Are you publishing a list of mission thieves? Are you on any of the lists? Can mission creators really make a difference by monitoring their own missions? Is this junk making Empire Avenue less fun or useful? Is this a long term trend, or just a bump in the Avenue? Can or will the folks who own the Avenue help us control the creeps?
No answers from me today, but I would surely be interested in what you think.