[Types of bans] There can be a lot of confusion between suspensions and bans. A ban is when your account has access permanently disabled. A suspension is when your account has access temporarily suspended. Accounts can get banned and suspended for a multitude of reasons. Blizzard usually suspends accounts for two reasons. They suspend accounts when they believe they have been compromised by hackers that are using them for illicit activities such as selling gold. Normally these accounts have been compromised by a phishing attack and are stripped within minutes from when they are accessed. (check out my guide on how to avoid getting hacked) Now that you know the difference between a ban and suspension let’s discuss some techniques that can help you avoid getting the mighty ban hammer. [Appealing bans] Blizzard allows you to email their Account Administration department and appeal your account action. We all have seen success stories where someone gets their account perma banned and emails Blizz some sob story about how they left their parrot in the oven and get their account back. If you are perma banned it could be worth a shot to email them. What are you going to lose? When you get suspended for 72 hours, personally I wouldn’t recommend emailed AA to contest the suspension unless you are using a legit account and not doing anything prohibited by the ToS or EULA. [Avoiding bans] This is the trickiest part. We all know the risk we take every time we turn our bots on and let them run rampant through Azeroth. There are a few precautions that we can take to minimize, or attempt to minimize, the obvious nature of what were doing. [Hours] Botting 24/7 may seem like the quickest and most efficient way to get your tasks accomplished. If you actually care about your account and don’t want to lose it use some common sense and bot like a human would play. No human, besides teenagers overdosing on Redbull and Monster will be playing for 16 to 20 hours or more a day 7 days a week. Establish a “safe” botting pattern. I quote safe in the means that botting is never safe and you risk account closure every time you start. A safe botting pattern will look like you have a routine or a schedule that you can play. Log on at 0800 and bot for three to four hours, log off at 1200. Stay offline for an hour or two and login and bot another three to four hours and finish for the day at 1700 or 1800. Some would go as far to argue that player reports over Blizzard reports are more responsible for bans, and they may be right. Having one character running 24/7 on the same profile is asking to get reported. You run that long and use mailing you’re going to overflow the AH and piss off a lot of people. Switching characters every few hours can help minimize player reports. Most players get angry and nerd rage over a botter being in “their spot” for hours upon hours upon days on end snatching up all the ore/herbs. This can help eliminate player reports but if you still runn 24/7 on the account using different characters you’re still going to throw red flags on the back end. In essence, use your brain! [Laying low] [Dickbag] whispers: Hey botter. Reported. You receive [Whiptail] x 6 You receive [Whiptail] x 3 You receive [Whiptail] x 2 You receive [Whiptail] x 4 You receive [Whiptail] x 2 You receive [Whiptail] x 6 You receive [Whiptail] x 3 You receive [Whiptail] x 6 You receive [Whiptail] x 2 [Dickbag] whispers: Botter!!!!! [Dickbag] whispers: Botter!!!!! [Dickbag] whispers: Botter!!!!! [Dickbag] whispers: Botter!!!!! [Dickbag] whispers: Botter!!!!! [Dickbag] whispers: Botter!!!!! Imagine being out with your friends, or getting ripped in the gym, you know, because having HB/GB gives you the opportunity to get a life, and finding this in your logs or chatbox. You feel like you’re going to have a heart attack! Get that pitted feeling in your stomach and you want to vomit. What about my 100,000 gold, all my ore in my guild bank, my epix??!?!? Take a chill pill bro. Think this out. Don’t go off responding to the accuser. I am willing to bet that most people who whisper botters won’t ever open a ticket. This is not to say that they WON’T. What most people don’t realize in the heat of the moment is you don’t HAVE to respond to anyone, ever. Even if you’re legit playing your account farming some herbs and some jackass is pissed you have enough cash money to buy 310% mount and skill and beat him to herbs. “This guy isn’t responding he must be a bot!” herp derp. Put the player on ignore. If they whisper you again and you happen to be around, feel free to reply to them “I don’t appreciate your uncouth accusations and slander. I placed you on ignore for a reason and now your violating the rules of WoW by bypassing ignore mechanics to harass me. Enjoy your penalty volcano infractions.” /ignore Remember, stay calm and think rationally. [Auctions and Trade] You’ve been farming for a few days and have a guild bank full of raw materials and you’re ready to make a huge pile of gold. SWEET! Let’s think about this. That Twilight Jasmine you have a boatload of sells for 62g/stack! WOW! I have 350 stacks and I’m going to make 21700g! Hold your horses bro. Let’s USE OUR BRAINS. How many stacks are on the AH right now? How many different sellers are there? Is there a lot of undercutting going on right now? These are all things we need to consider when selling mats on the AH. If you go up and Rambo 100 stacks of one ore at once and undercut by 10g you’re going to piss someone, or a lot of someone’s off. Use trade to your advantage and find people leveling professions or buying in bulk for a raid guild. Offer them discounts for buying in bulk from you. NEVER tell someone how much inventory you have. If they ask why you have so much at once, lie. Tell them you have been farming for a month and were going to level X profession up and decided you didn’t want to sink the gold in it so you’re selling off your stock. Be creative, but be believable.