Being subject myself to convo-bombing often I get in fleet fights, I found amusing the outcry generated during the battle for WV-0R2 in which a Titan was aborted by the DOT Brothers. During the fight, the Razor carrier pilots complained they were subject to convo-bombing.
Yesterday one of the warning emails sent by the GMs was leaked into the wild.
Leaked GM eve-mail throw light on alleged Convo Spam Claims.
Official Warning From: GM Bunyip
Sent: 2012.10.10 21:16
Greetings, GM Bunyip here.
This is an official warning that a large number of your alliance members have been caught exploiting the chat invite system to gain an unfair advantage in PvP.
They have been confirmed as exploiting by sending multiple chat requests to characters in an effort to give themselves an advantage. This incident occurred on 2012.10.02, from 10:40:00 onwards, in the WV-0R2 system.
Note that exploiting in such a way is against the EULA and Terms of Service, and could ultimately result in action being taken against their accounts. Additionally, dealing with these incidents takes us a great deal of time – time that could have been better spent helping players with genuine problems.
We have treated this incident with great lenience. All that has happened at this stage is every individual involved has been warned and had their account marked for future reference.
Future violations may not be treated with the same lenience. Please inform your alliance to cease this activity at once or risk action being taken against their accounts.
If you wish to dispute this, do not reply to the EVE mail. Instead, file a petition.
Best regards, GM Bunyip
How Convo Bombing works?
A while back ago CCP Games integrated a functionality on the “audio and chat menu” to allow players to open conversations to other player via double click, all its left to do is to spam the left mouse button on the desired character.
What can be done to counter it?
Luckily the EVE Client has several options which allow you to block all incoming conversation, all non-address book conversations, block corps, alliances and conversations from specific individuals. So the tools are there, but they are often overlooked, forgotten or simply unbeknownst to some players.
Metagaming the Metagaming
The big issue has been this is one of those :EVE: “features” which has been lying around for ages and CCP Games haven’t bothered to fix. Some players even ignore the provided countering options in hopes of petitioning their lost ships afterwards and making a case to the GM of being “affected” by the convo spam.
In other cases like mine specifically, blocking all incoming convos is a luxury some players cannot have – given that it would deny them business oportunities or in my case getting a nice scoop.
In the end CCP Games needs to publicly admit the mechanics – like many other often overlooked mechanics – was poorly implemented. A default “five new convos per minute” limited could be implemented as many other solutions. Oh! and CCP while you look at it, please find a way to block all incoming local chats, I know Jita traders and null-sec fighters would deeply appreciate it.