FINALLY! Sorry, I almost added the word finally to the title but then changed my mind.
For regulars on my blog, you all know from my previous entry Pottermore and Cheating that I am profoundly against cheating on Pottermore. In that entry I fingered SnitchSpirit168 as an ADMITTED cheater on Pottermore using a bot to duel for him. (See the article for details on this)
Yesterday, as many of you have noticed, Pottermore deducted points from the now infamous SnitchSpirit168. It was sort of a personal victory for myself and the others who have been rallying together to find, track, and turn in cheaters on Pottermore. Something we are continuing to do and now feel is more important than ever since Pottermore has shown they will actually take action against users cheating on site.
The point deduction could be seen clearly on HouseCup.Info and on the Great Hall boards on Pottermore SnitchSpirit was knocked down from number 1 Hufflepuff to number 6. Many people believed at first that he was gone entirely, but as you see below he is still there:
A lot of people have wondered why Pottermore chose to deduct only HALF the points earned, and I suppose this is because they couldn’t prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that ALL points earned were from using the computer program he designed to duel for him. Regardless the action is the first of it’s kind by Pottermore and should serve as a warning to you all who are using illicit practices on Pottermore to earn points.
Right now we are tracking a number of users who we suspect to be cheating. Among them are the top on the Ravenclaw board and another user who has been throwing out duels with higher than 145 potency (which is the REAL max of the Full Body Bind). If you at any point suspect that a user is cheating I advise you to report it (ALWAYS REPORT). If you are suspicious but simply don’t know if what you are seeing could be cheating feel free to drop me a line here on the blog, on twitter (@ElmBlade43), or in e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Together we can ensure a friendly, fun, cheater free environment on Pottermore. It will just take time.