Shades of Gray
In a game thats practically built on a foundation that allows and downright encourages players to scam, cheat, lie-to, and extort others (and we love you for it CCP), where do you draw the line? Most of us are aware of the big no-no’s that will bring down the big-bad-Ban Hammer; real-life threats, racial epitaphs, and pretty much anything involving IRL money are the obvious big ones. But sometimes you come across an idea or a scam that just not that cut and dry. This scenario was brought up in SN corp chat tonight, and seeing as its a VERY gray area, I wanted to field it out there to see how people felt about it.
Note: the scenario described below is PURELY a hypothetical scenario
Lets say you’re talking to someone in eve, and they casually mention that they sometimes share their account with a friend. Not like, “sometimes my friend takes over at the keyboard while I take a piss” but as in “we share a username and password”. Account-sharing for those unaware, is a BIG no-no with CCP, and is grounds for a perma-ban.
But back to our scenario. Person A is told by person B that he (person B) and his buddy, person C, share an eve account. “Egads!” thinks person A, thinking first of his duty as a loyal capsuleer. As he’s proof-reading over his immaculate and scathingly righteous CCP petition however, something else comes to mind. The intrepid and sneaky side of him comes to life, and thinks there may be a way to profit from this knowledge. An idea begins to form.
Person A goes back to person B, now with an evil grin on his face. He informs person B of his slip-up, as well as what sort of consequences he’s looking at for it. But then, person A lets person B know that “maybe” this could be their little secret…for a price.
And so here’s our dilemma: Has this crossed a line? By blackmailing B and C, is person A now an accomplice to B and C’s offense? What if person A takes the bribe money and then still reports B and C to CCP? Would that change anything about how you view the scenario?
I’m honestly looking for responses here, so please comment away. And again, this is a fictitious hypothetical scenario.
p.s. Its been whispered to me that my blog is at times hard to read. Looks good to me, but then again I’m biased. Would appreciate feedback in that department as well.