--EDIT 2: PROOF FROM SE + THE FIX--
Also More proof from todays update:
"- The party bonus system (which awards bonus skill points for battles fought in a party) has been changed so that the bonus is awarded based on the number of fellow party members in the same area who are within the appropriate skill rank range, not simply the total number of party members.
* The party bonus system awards more points when there are more party members within the appropriate skill rank range.
* In this case, "appropriate skill rank range" means a skill rank no more than five ranks lower or higher than your own" http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/news/detail?newsId=dbb5a630f338f84b0b3583928bd4c19715154f30
So clearly SE fixed this issue. YAY for SE. Everyone who said this didn't work or wasn't an issue... stop being a noob? lol.
Obviously RMT are no longer a problem since they would have to be in range and that makes things a lot more difficult.
EDIT: I'm bored of people telling me/posting this doesn't work and defaulting me.
it does and here is proof. http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/25675-faster-skill-up-past-rank-25/
I asked a few simple questions on here based on a fact, and it turned into a flame war.
To everyone who denounces something that takes 5 minutes to test and that has been determined to work by a bunch of people, please grow up.
I feel horrible that I actually have to link to ffxivcore in order to prove something because no one on here can invite one person and test it themselves.
The party system in this game is horribly designed. For each party member you have you're sp per hit is boosted. However, you're members don't have to be fighting the mobs or anywhere near the mobs, just in the same zone (possible same crystal zone but possibly not).
What does this mean?
It means you can party up with 5 afk people and keep soling, getting 300+ sp per easy-prey kill without almost ever resting. (at least theoretically, I won't test it incase it's considered an exploit). But i do skill mobs when im in a party and they are all dead and waiting to heal, and I can pull in party exp.
So what does this mean?
Simple: A smart RMT company will buy a bunch of accounts and sell exp-boost powerleveling services. You pay them $5 or $10 an hour and they afk and let you get a 200% sp boost (this is especially helpful after level 20 when you get 50 sp off a mob that take half your hp off).
Within a day, the RMT's will make-up their monthly cost. They can have one person handle 100 characters, and they will be almost undetectable.
Can anyone else see this happening? Or conversely can anyone explain why this -wont- happen? I mean powerlevling services exist. but why pay for one in this game? Its faster to just fight mobs you kill in 5 hits that do no damage to you and get 300sp+ per kill. Edited, Oct 15th 2010 4:54am by Azurymber Edited, Oct 15th 2010 4:56am by Azurymber Edited, Oct 15th 2010 5:01am by Azurymber