Clearing up the Code of Conduct (CoC)
Is there a point to that statement? The LUA plugins used by players are, by definition, PLUG-INS. They only operate within a single instance of a running process. They can not, by DESIGN, not choice of Turbine, affect other running processes as they run within said process that caused them to launch. They cannot operate on their own.
Originally Posted by k3nn3th
Am I using 3rd-party software? Yes. Is it against the ToS? No. If you look closely at article 18 of the Code of Conduct, you'll note the vagueness it relays.
Originally Posted by k3nn3th
This is intentional, as it protects Turbine having to support such 3rd-party applications but at the same time gives them the power to shut you down should you choose to attempt something against the ToS/EULA. They took the time to explicitly list out the various sorts of applications that are against the EULA/ToS/CoC but left all others implicitly absent. Otherwise, it would be a legal nightmare.
18. You may not create, post, use or distribute any utilities, emulators or other third party software tools without the express written permission of Turbine (including, without limitation, macroing programs, botting programs, server emulators, client hacks, map hacks, and data gathering utilities).
How many of you (whether you are for or against multi-boxing) have express written permission to use Ventrillo, TeamSpeak, Mumble, or FRAPS? Oh, don't use any of those programs while running LotRO, you say? Well, how about Windows, Mac OSX, or any Linux distro? Guess what? Those are ALL third-party software. DirectX 9-11...third-party.
So, it is not a question of third-party software being utilized inasmuch as it is about how such software is utilized.
The software I use to multi-box is called InnerSpace/ISBoxer. By the nature of its very design, you can not automate any activities that any of your characters might carry out. For any or all of your characters to carry out any action, you must explicitly press a key or click a mouse button. Otherwise, nothing happens. Nothing. So, in direct opposition to your statement above, you absolutely can NOT " ...issue more than 1 single command with 1 single click/press." The software simply will not allow this to happen.
Now, I completely understand that some people disagree with multi-boxing for personal reasons, some endorse it, and others simply do not care one way or the other. To each his/her own. As multi-boxers, we do have the added burden of proving we are not "bots" on occasion by responding to GMs, if they contact us during play. It's a perfectly acceptable burden of proof that we as multi-boxers accept.
Beyond that, we are not accountable to anyone. Personally, I respond to most everyone who sends me a /tell while gaming (assuming I was not in the middle of a fight, I respond within seconds). Other multi-boxers may just ignore you because they are either sick of being pestered or just don't care to engage. There were plenty of times where I did not engage someone who sent me a /tell while gaming.
For instance, I have received /tells over the years that have said:
"Have fun being banned!"
"[INSERT EXPLETIVE STATEMENT HERE]"
Those, I simply ignore and go about my merry way. However, when I receive /tells saying things like:
"How do you do that?"
"How do you have clones?"
I stop what I'm doing and engage in conversation. I have nothing to hide and it takes a mere few minutes at most of my time to answer any inquiry as clearly and concisely as is possible.
Sometimes, I have fun with it.
Random player: "Are you a bot?"
Me: "Negative. I am a meat Popsicle."
Regardless, the onus is on us as multi-boxers to respond to GMs if need be. However, we are not required in any fashion to respond to another player. If you do encounter such a multi-boxer during your adventures who does not respond to a genuine, non-offensive /tell, I'm sorry to hear that. It only helps to perpetuate a negative image of multi-boxers.
If you have any further questions, please do ask.