Hello, and welcome to Volume 10 of Ask Elm! I am getting such a high volume of questions that I simply cannot answer every question publicly. I am making an effort to answer every question via e-mail and featuring the most frequently asked questions here. If you have a question click here to ask it.
I am going to dedicate this entry to two of the hottest topics in the world of pottermore: whether ThornPatronus19 is cheating, and how are some people showing up in chapters past chapter 4 in Chamber of Secrets. These answers below the cut.
“Why do you charge me ? I don’t use a bot. Really? Because i’m the first point user? I NEVER THROW A SPELL WITH POTENCY OVER 145, that’s a lie. No one can see it, because it never happened.
I don’t do duels at night, and i’m not dueling all day. At the beginning of this house cup i do duels a lot, yes, but only 1 day!! And it didn’t a bot, if you know, i’m a human and i need time for hygiene, eat, sleep, have a social life…”
That’s right, this question comes from ThornPatronus himself. Now, many of you have asked me about Thorn, who’s points were nearly as high as SnitchSpirit168′s (before deduction) and were a great deal higher than anyone on all four leaderboards. So I know that there has been suspicion looming about this for a while. Now, first thing I should say is that Thorn’s native language is Spanish as opposed to English so that is why the grammar in this question is not perfect. That is also the reason why they have confused something I said about a certain other user (*cough* PhoenixPurple202 *cough*) who has been tossing out duels with a potency ABOVE the max score of 145. I have never said that ThornPatronus19 casted spells above 145. I HAVE however stated my suspicion that ThornPatronus19 has utilized a bot to earn the majority of their points on Pottermore.
To answer this, I feel I need to validate why exactly I believe Thorn has used a bot. Now we (the Bot Busters) hold our data at a fairly high level of secrecy, so I am not going to show you our complete data, as it contains the names of other Bot Busters who have not consented to being publicly tagged on the blog. Instead I am going to pull out some numbers that you all will probably find very interesting, and show you a couple graphs made from data we have collected.
We will be looking at a 24 hour span of time starting on July 19th and ending on July 20th. During this time ThornPatronus19 earned points at an average of 481.5 points an hour THE ENTIRE TIME. This data was collected by 9 other users and myself, I did not collect this alone. Times are in ThornPatronus’s timezone.
|Total for 24 hours:||11555|
Following is a visual of the same 24 hour timeframe, you see there are actually many more data points than I have shown above.
And this is just one example, we have others such as the 20 span just a day before the one we just discussed:
So in a 48 hour span of time ThornPatronus19 spent 44 of them online and earning points at this constant rate.
This is not human. Humans get tired and start to mess up duels causing a decline in their point earning. Humans take bathroom breaks, get phone calls, get distracted. I should also state that during this time he seems to have had PLENTY of time to run a website, as his website address was included in the Ask Elm e-mail I received (click his name in the question above to visit it). I can tell you as someone who runs THIS website that doing so is time consuming and does NOT allow for me to earn nearly 500 points an hour for an extended period of time.
Some of you might have seen my conversation with ThornPatronus19 on Twitter the other day. He found me, as SnitchSpirit168 did, because of a tweet I had made about him. In that conversation, I pointed out that I had data such as what I presented to you all above, to which he responded with the following (click on images to go to actual tweet):
Here Thorn claims that perhaps another person is dueling on his account as well, helping him earn points. Even if I believed that was the case (which by the behavior shown above I DO NOT believe it is) it is still a clear violation of the Terms & Conditions of Pottermore. Namely the following:
“3.6 [...] You may not transfer your own Account to another person (even your child), or allow another person (even your child) to access, your own Account [...]“
“3.10 Your Pottermore …Account and Pottermore Shop Account are for your personal use only. Please do not share your Account details with any other person, as you will be held responsible for all activities that occur under your password or Account(s) with or without your knowledge. By creating any type of Account on Pottermore, you confirm that you will treat your login details as confidential. [...]“
But lets say we pretend Thorn IS allowing another person to split duels between, that would mean in 48 hours they each spent 22 hours dueling at a rate of nearly 500 points an hour with no breaks. Is that believable to you all? Because I’m having a problem swallowing that notion. I have talked to many very seasoned duelers who DO pull down a lot of points in a day, and none of them have ever claimed to be able to pull off such a rate for an extended period of time. Also, if they COULD it violates one of the more humorous terms in Pottermore’s Terms and Conditions:
“7.5 We hope you enjoy the Games we provide on Pottermore. However, please ensure that you take regular breaks from playing these games and from using your computer generally. If you experience any discomfort, symptoms or any other adverse physical effects during or after your use of Pottermore, including the Games, please cease using Pottermore immediately and seek professional medical advice.”
So ThornPatronus19, you ask why I charge you with being a bot, there is why. I don’t point fingers of accusation without doing my research and have been fortunate enough to meet others willing to help collect this type of information. What do you all, as readers, take from this information? Do you agree or disagree that the data above shows that something is amiss with ThornPatronus19′s point earn? I would really love to hear what you think.
Also, if any of you really ARE dueling 44 out of 48 hours I suggest you “seek professional medical advice” as Pottermore suggests in Term 7.5.
“How are you on chapters like 7 and 8 of CoS while others are only on the chapters that have came out(chapters 1-4)????”
“You’re my friend on pottermore, and I noticed it looked like you were already on chapter 8 of COS. How??”
“I have a friend that on my gateway comes out as though he/she is on the 5th chapter of Chamber of Secrets. Is it just a computer error or does that happened to all of us that have finished the 4th chapter?”
“Some of my friends are in chapter 5 of CoS and I can’t work out how they are there. Do you know how they could be?”
There is a GLITCH that allows you to trip through chapters past chapter 4 in the Chamber of Secrets by altering existing links on Pottermore. First, look at the anatamy of a link on pottermore: http://www.pottermore.com/en/book2/chapter4/moment1
This is a link for the first moment of chapter 4. If you were to change that 4 to a 5 you would get: http://www.pottermore.com/en/book2/chapter5/moment1
If you click that second link it will take you to the first moment of the fifth chapter. Nothing loads in the moment, but you will appear in that chapter on your friends timelines.
You can go even deeper in the book but you have to hit the chapter END and the FIRST MOMENT of each chapter to keep going. In other words you have to hit chapter5/end then chapter6/moment1 then chapter6/end. If you have the patience to do so you can get all the way to the end of the book doing so. You can comment at the end of the chapters. And *whispers* Nick’s Death Day party in Chapter 8 actually loads. No items, or sounds. But the visuals are there.
I really look forward to seeing comments on this one, I am actively going through questions for Ask Elm (Vol 11) I didn’t know this one would end up focusing on only two things until I started writing it. Remember if you have a question to ask CLICK HERE.