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Thread: [News] Fair Play - Bot Detection

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    Default [News] Fair Play - Bot Detection

    Dear players,

    Good things come to those who wait.

    Lots of you got angry because more and more bots and scripts were being used in Travian.
    We worked hard to detect those programs during the last few months. We know the programmers of these bots will always find ways to hide them again, but we will work continuously to keep our detection up to date.

    What does that mean for you?

    For the fair player nothing changes, except that fair play now pays off. On the other hand a user with a detected bot or script will receive captchas after the account is tested positive for bot or script usage.

    Please note that not all accounts on a server are checked at the same time! The detection system checks accounts on all servers on a random basis. This means that while a script user may use it for a while without problems, the moment his account is checked the trouble will start.

    The detection is fully automated. 24/7 activity provides no reason to assume positive detection.

    For the start bot users will have fun solving CAPTCHAs. It is possible that after the starting phase we will add an automatic punishment (delete troops, empty storage, delete villages....). The CAPTCHAs will do the trick for now and stop bots from working.

    As we are modifying and improving our detection all the time we will always be one step ahead of the bot programmers even if they modify them. This means, unfair players will only have an advantage for a very short period. This is the main reason for us to bring CAPTCHAs in at phase 1. If the bot users do not learn, we will activate phase 2 and additionally to the CAPTCHAs there will be an automatic punishment.

    The frequency and duration of CAPTCHA pop ups get higher and longer if the Bot is not deactivated after a CAPTCHA.
    The start is smooth, one single CAPTCHA as a warning (just for the start).

    Yours
    Travian Team

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    Default [News] Fair Play - Bot Detection - Step 2

    Dear players,

    all of you know the bot detection. And a lot of you complaint that it does not go far enough.

    Soon the second stage of the bot detection system will start. In principle it is working like the current system:

    For the fair player nothing changes, except that fair play now pays off. On the other hand a user with a detected bot or script will receive captchas after the account is tested positive for bot or script usage.

    Please note that not all accounts on a server are checked at the same time! The detection system checks accounts on all servers on a random basis. This means that while a script user may use it for a while without problems, the moment his account is checked the trouble will start.

    The detection is fully automated. 24/7 activity provides no reason to assume positive detection.

    The change is that with the updated system bot / script users will not only receive captchas but also an instant punishment. It will get harder as more often a user get caught by the system.

    Regards
    Tschena

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