The Natural-Selection Justice Tribunal
Natural-Selection is an incredible mod, and with 2.0 just around the corner it seems like it is about to take its rightful place in Half-Life history shoulder to shoulder with greats like Counter-Strike and Day of Defeat. And as will inevitably follow with greatness and popularity, we will see more sods, llamas, flappers and most worrying - Cheaters.
With VAC well nigh useless, and Cheating Death struggling to keep up, cheaters will eventually become a more regular occurence. On good servers regularly policed with fair minded admins this will never be too great a problem. A cheater shows, a demo is taken, proof is analysed and wonid permanently banned. w00t.
However, as we are all aware, this does absolutely nothing to slow the cheater down, he simply changes his name and moves to another server. CS players have been screaming for over a year for WON to universally ban wonids of known cheaters from all hl servers, but WON is incredibly reluctant, for the same reason many countries are reluctant to use the death penalty - 95% of ppl are guilty and deserve it, but you simply cannot be sure that everyone is 100% guilty.
"But my little brother installed the hacks while I was on holidays" "Someone stole my wonid" How is it possible to get around problems like these?
Well, I think I might have the answer. It came to me while reading about the constellation program. It seems that Flayra has the ability to add custom icons to peoples wonids. Now my idea is this - what stands in the way of the NS team setting up a court system using icons as punishments?
Fair minded "magistrates" are appointed, with the job of reviewing demos and screenshots of wonids of cheaters/antisocial players. They are then either declared innocent, suspicious, or guilty. A guilty player is then "Tarred and Feathered", his wonid is assigned the appropriate icon, and for the next say three months, he has an icon that allows players and admins to immediately recognise him as a troublemaker, and keep their eye on him.
If, at the end of the assigned period, he has not reoffended, the icon is removed. Should he reoffend in the assigned period, the icon is upgraded to a repeat offender icon. Three strikes and he is blacklisted. His icon marks him for immediate kick ban, and his wonid is universally available to admins on a cheaters database.
This style of system, imho, identifies troublesome players without taking unilateral banning action. Admins can easily keep an eye on them as they are clearly labeled, and players, when posting cheat demos on forums, have the added advantage of being able to point out that not only was he cheating, but he has been labeled as troublesome by the NS Justice Tribunal.
Thoughts? Opinions? Flames? OMG u stole my idea? Been suggested before and shot down? Please reply below.
The above post is from mid 2003. On the third page is a quite positive reply from Flayra. Normally, I dont necropost, but given all the talk of BUS.... you get the idea.