Ive been playing UO since 2002, and have been a regular reader on UO Stratics since then. The threads that have the most recurring theme here all these years are the complains from the player base about exploits/hacks/dupes/scripts. Other than the Great Purge of Apr 2006 and the recent house burnings, I feel that the response to the extend and magnitude posed by this menace is but a ripple caused by a drop of water in a pool; the effect is felt for a while, reaching a small area, and all is back to business-as-usual. Just what does it take for the devs at EA / Mythic to prove they arent sitting on they bums all day, sipping coffee and laughing at our posts about those things, saying "Suckers!"? Though this may not strictly be so, it certainly feels like that after all these years... Im confident that most players that are still playing UO are at least a couple years into the game; we hardly have any new bloods coming in. Ive not seen a true "young" roaming around for a very long time now. Needless to say, other than the usual complains about an outdated graphics engine, UO has a reputation as a exploiters/hackers/dupers/scripters haven where the authorities cant/wont police enough. Just a hypothetical question here; what if I go about advertising the sites that advocates scripts and exploits to the masses? I mean its not THAT difficult to find. Hell, I was even extremely impressed by a scripter site. Its got forums and a community of dedicated forumers, discussing all things that are deeply frowned upon by the players on the paying-shards, or production shard, as they call it. From what I see, the scripts are extremely easy to run, and there are hundreds of them, from doing the mundane to the highly specialised. If I search hard enough, Im pretty sure I can find the one for an automated Brit Library Donation script that can automate, say, donating to a pair of Mace & Shield glasses. Heck, Ive even got a simple "strip-mining" script working, with ZERO scripting knowledge(wish I have a miner though, but looking at it, there is a hands-off, 0 to GM Mining script all ready for use), just for the heck of it. Im not talking about some sleazy sites where downloads are highly suspicious, what with hidden password stealers and worms and whatnots. This is a very professional site, with a long history, with dedicated staff, not mods who post 1-liners about what can and cannot be posted in "their forums". And respectable too, if you can use that word here. As someone mentioned earlier, there is also another site that publicly discusses about UO bugs and exploits. Is it that for the devs to go there and say "Hmm, so now I know what they are doing. How can we stop it"? Its like having your own free QA testers!!! Can u beat that? No need to spend resources having an Origin shard for mass-testing purposes. Umm, no offence to Originians. So there, I said it. I tried out a script. Not to gain any tangible benefits from UO, please. Its like studying the criminal mind to know how it ticks. And now I know how UO scripts ticks. And I must say, its just so easy to script. If I were to get banned for saying this, Ill just register a new account and try again. Mods, please, approach this holistically, and not just ban anyone who confesses to scripting. So I ask again; What if I go about advertising the sites that advocates scripts and exploits to the masses? Will that cause a rash of wannabe-scripters into real ones, such that every other person u see in UO are running some sort of script? Why not even the playing field? Always suspect someone of running a script in PvP? Why not try it out too? I found a autoheal, autocure script that will easily make your life easier. What about the recent famous Trog-cave script? Just look for your quiet corner and script your gold away! Yea, what fun! ... then what? Undoubtedly, this will accelerate the downfall of UO. Honest players leave, leaving only scripters, who will have everything anyone else out who are left has. Eventually, without any edge, they will get bored and leave too. And UO will stink even more. In short, UO will die. Its not hard to see this. Now, would EA / Mythic want this? Would this prompt them to be more serious about responding to our pleas to fixes to exploits and punish the scripters? Ive read a lot of great recommendation by fellow forummers. Dont tell me you cant really be sure if someone is scripting or not. Dont tell me you sometimes just dont feel like responding to a "Hello u there". Dont tell me policing should be left to the devs and GMs. They are clearly incapable of doing so. Dont tell me someone with tons of hard-to-get items are obtained sitting in front of the PC doing BODs non-stop honestly with multiple mules. Im this close to finally leaving UO for good. And I feel like its my duty to make the devs take its player base seriously and not for granted, upping the subscription fees and not addressing the oldest of issues. I might be tempted to do this after all... If there are any analogy to this, let me offer one before someone tries to; Its not giving guns to everyone and hope violence will go away. I see it as a virus that everyone knows and complain about, but the authorities just giving a glance. Only when a pandemic happens and threaten the death of the whole cashcow population, will the authorities wake up to it and expedite a cure. For those diehards who says others script/exploits and its their business, not mine and I dont care. I say, then you are playing the wrong game. UO is a MMORPG. Like real life, would you be as immuned if your neighbourhood is infested by cheats and thieves? You should be surrounded by AIs, ala single-player games. I know this is a long post. Hopefully, something good would come out of this.