|Posted - 2006.04.03 09:55:00 -
One of the great things about Eve online is the politics of the game.
If someone wrongs you in some way, you can contact their CEO and if that doesn't work you can try and get their corp war-decced and seek retribution.
This makes players responsible for their actions, and liable for the repercussions that said actions may cause.
Sadly, there are two in-game mechanism's that prevent this from actually working.
Newbie-corps, and Alts. This thread is to discuss a solution to the ALT problem in this thread.
The problem with ALT's is that they allow an individual to completely avoid responsibility for their actions within the game. Anyone can create an ALT, then use that alt to scam and greif within what is allowed by CCP without having to deal with the concequences of their actions, because they can simply recycle their ALT and start again.
The ability to corp-theive, escrow scam, or simply use social engineering to rip someone off can be done with an ALT without requireing any skill training. There is also a problem with ALT's trolling, causing problems, and stirring trouble in these forums (particularly Alliance discussion).
What we need to have is a mechanism to identify the owner of an ALT account.
What I propose is for the functionality to identify all the characters attatched to an account through the use of NPC Agents.
This would be a system similar to locator agents, where you pay ISK to an agent to reveal their known Aliases.
For example, lets say you get scammed out of 100Million ISK by somebody who turns out to be a 5 day old ALT in a newbie corp. Right now there is nothing you can do about it. With a system like this in place, you can work out who their main is, and hold them responsible for the actions of their ALT.
If you feel you have a security leak in your corp, and find confidential internal communications falling into the hands of your enemies, you could have a security audit for the whole corp to try and weed out the spies.
If there is an ALT trolling on the forums, perhaps posting private corp info, you could find out if they are a corp member, ally, or enemey, and react accordingly.
This system would provide a certain level of anonymity for ALT's until they do something to attract attention to themselves. So you can continue to use an ALT anonymously as long as you keep your head low and out of trouble.
This would be a good ISK sink, some corporations may scan everyone before they join, others may have regular security audits, and individuals will use it to strike back at those who have wronged them.
It is a good system that maintains the ability to use an ALT to hide your identity, but prevents people from abusing this game mechanic to be immune to the repercussions of their actions.
There are obviously ways around it, multiple accounts for one good example, but it encourages the people who do use ALTs to be a little smarter with their security than just creating a disposable character and being a jackass with no concequence.