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5 months 2 weeks ago #227 by TheDude
TheDude created the topic: Shill?
May just be a little paranoid, but I'm beginning to feel like there's a shill or two out there taking pay from multiple commercial pay-to-win muds.

It's not really any secret most of the big MUD websites take pay to place those games high on visible lists, so this kind of behavior isn't entirely inconceivable.

I don't care about the level playing field, and yada yada... I just don't like dealing with 3rd party advertising that I have no option of avoiding, and the overall dishonest nature of it. No one reads a testimonial plastered on a website, and honestly believes it, yknow? To push the envelope in the name of making people look at your crap is the nature of advertising, so could we maybe get a major mud site that runs in someone's basement, and isn't trying to mine bitcoins, or perform favors, or services for money, or have a giant fake list of "TOP MUDS (that gave us $500, and a huge pile of worthless in-game currency to sell tax-free to players, thank you. Big shout out to CRE!)".

The atmosphere in this community is becoming a bit stifling towards non-commercial muds. Anything to alleviate that would be a step towards the right direction.

All that is Dude
Both famous, and infamous for the silly things that leave my skull.

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5 months 4 days ago #231 by TheDude
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Here's a good example of what I'm talking about:

http://www.mudconnect.com/SMF/index.php?topic=81061.msg213753#msg213753

We have an initial post detailing how helpful staff are. A player, likely ficticious, is called out by name in a very clearly hand-edited log. A string of first-time posters, and supposed players of this game come out of the wood work to start chiming in their support. No one in this log can actually be verified, least of all the supposed problem player.

The "customer testimonial" schtick shouldn't work... you don't believe it any other time, why start now?

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Both famous, and infamous for the silly things that leave my skull.

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