In light of the recent cheating incidents, we have formed a group of like-minded server owner/operators to share tools and policy regarding cheats and exploits in order to protect the integrity of the game.
Tools exist to identify pilots who cheat ("cheating" will be determined and enforced by the group of server owners/operators).
Bans of at least 1 month for the first offense may be assessed on New Wings, J5, JG1, Cuban's Syndicate and may be denied access to campaign/tournament events.
Pilots with a 2nd offense will be permanently banned as well as be publicly named in the forums.
The highlighted parts of this policy will cause further issues because it allows for bias and prejudice to be enter into the equation.
I do not doubt that had I been cheating (and caught) that I would have received a very long hiatus from the admins at New Wings and not the 'mates rates' of 1 month that the GT's and company received.
There are no degrees of cheating, Your sentence should not be based upon how long or if the cheat gives a small or large advantage, cheating is cheating and the damage it does for trust withing the community is the same regardless of the degree.
May miss campaign/tournament events!!??? The first offense should be a ban of 1 year. Why would or should it be less?
The other issue is a lack of transparency in the fact that those caught are allowed to remain anonymous thus removing an additional deterrent. Additionally there will be collateral damage as people will start finger pointing and whispering when someone is away for any extended time which again creates a lack of trust within the community.
I find it very disconcerting the lack of conviction in addressing this cancer.