Since the founding of the alliance, I've been watching robots buying and selling POE Currency all day. When you see them for the first time, they will automatically accept your invitation, they will reject your transaction request, and then kick you off immediately. They are so easy to find.
Most frustrating of all, you may be in the middle of a trade, and they will only refuse to trade and kick you, which may be because their rovers have discovered new trends in the market and realized that trading is a waste, or hell.
Unable to report these people, they will continue to compete freely until the end of the alliance, because if they survive for such a long time and attract the attention of thousands of traders, I suspect they will soon be banned.
So if we only allow robots to perform all transactions, what are the reasons against money auction houses? Why can't we make a deal right away? It's annoying to have to go through 15 different people to trade all my junk money, and it's even more annoying when I have a huge amount of money and can't sell it all. There is also the fact that, although it is easy to find markets, it is so easy to manipulate them. Those who have only enough PoE currency to trade, but will never respond to your trade request, and then you check again in an hour, once the market turns to compete with its price, their price will be lower.
I'm not here to give the final call to atum, but either you ban all the infamous people, or you stop this infamous system by creating auction houses to prevent these people from profiting from it.
Editor: too many people try to claim "but what if they are not robots", so I just want to clarify how I can be 100% sure that these people are robots. I'd love to name someone else so I can check them myself, but it's against the rules of subreddit, yes. As I said in my comments, I started playing games from beta, technically even before F2P, when you had to pay $10 to actually play the game. I've traded with thousands, if not thousands, of people, and I understand how it feels to trade with people in real life, especially when they're efficient traders. This is what these "people" are like.
These "people" invite you to the party almost immediately. Ordinary but efficient traders may be delayed because they may be in the middle of the trade just at that moment. But you can go to a party with four people waiting immediately. Regardless of the number of people at the party, even if it's just you, if you send a transaction request, they will almost immediately reject it. Ordinary traders don't do this, especially because if you're just trading with one person, it's more efficient to just click accept. When the deal is finally done, they just kick you out of the party, no "ty", "T4T", nothing. Considering that whether you click "X" or "thx", mercurytrade will close the interface, saying thank you will not reduce efficiency. Then there is the next feature beyond the transaction itself, which is usually a low-level person, usually a level 2 person. Their hiding place is completely barren.
All robots have these signs, and usually the only difference between them is that they use hidden objects, or one of them has a small amount of editing. I didn't just poop from my butt. I didn't see one or two robots get mad at it irrationally. In this league alone, I have made hundreds of transactions with these robots. I just want to ignore them and use others, but I really don't use them and fail because they always offer the most competitive price. I even occasionally mind saying "thank you, you're my favorite robot.". You might think that if these people were real traders, they would at least respond with "loud laugh" or comments like that. Many times I've seen people rampant in these guys' hideouts, calling them stupid and angry, because robots suddenly decide they don't want that guy's currency. The robot never responds.
Editor 2: I think the new ban wave may finally arrive at these robots. Although I see the same names every morning, I can no longer see them in the money market. Thank you GGG. That's why you are one of my favorite MMO companies in the whole industry.