Usually people who are questing do not get to capital cities until levels 7 to 10...so banning all level 1-5 characters from trade seems all right.
I agree and disagree with the comments made here. I do agree that spamming and botting are interlinked and frequently done by the same individuals/groups.Having said that I think Blizzard can do more.
Yay Soulstone brez! People are really starting to throw the word "Homogenization" around quite liberally lately... and tbh i've already been using SS during fights (Heroics obv, not raids) where you wouldn't expect anyone to die so SS wasn't used beforehand, but something goes wrong (lag, melee standing in front w/out capped expertise, etc..) and the tank suddenly bites it... hello last-minute SS for the healer!
Limiting trade chat will fail for the same reason that CAPTCHAs are doomed to fail - the payoff is high enough that the work will be farmed out.Are they aware that there are "CAPTCHA farmers"?Let's say you operate a botnet and want to spam numerous forums. Every signup, possible even every post, requires a CAPTCHA.The CAPTCHAs themselves are generated when an honest user goes to post a comment or create an account. Since real humans can't fill out a webform and solve a CAPTCHA instantaneously there is a time period that the CAPTCHA is valid for. Within that time period your botnet can save the CAPTCHA image and submit it to a farming system where humans review, solve and are paid (very, very little) per CAPTCHA.It's simply a matter of economics. If it's worth circumventing then it will be circumvented.If it's necessary to raise your spamming toon to lvl 6 before you can spam then that will simply be reflected in the cost of gold. That, or there will be dedicated farmers for raising a single-toon account to level 6.This won't do a thing to stop commercial spam.It may, however, actually reduce trade troll spam since players won't be able to just roll a new troll every day.
Liking the combat rez.