Out of curiosity, how can you tell that someone is using a crafting bot and not just afk'd and watching a movie while hitting enter?
If a GM shows up and tries to talk to you, and you dont notice it cuz your too busy watching a movie, think they are gonna care if your a bot or hitting enter?
no one is that oblivious to whats going on on the screen
Just to throw this out there, sometimes I craft while doing something else, and I'll use windowblinds to roll the FFXIV window up into the titlebar, making it completely out of sight. Then I use a gamepad, set to work in the background, and synth by audio cues.
Even when I unroll the window to check on something, whatever tells or chat I would have gotten would be buried in the log full of synth action results. So honestly, when I'm doing that, I probably would be oblivious to a GM unless he was standing right in front of me... But then sometimes I have the camera facing backwards. xD
Anyway, there's plenty of other ways to tell if someones botting, like other people have already mentioned... But yeah, I check my chat log for /tells or chat msgs every so often, but if I don't get back to you for a half hour or so, and was crafting the whole time, doesn't automatically mean I'm botting... But GM's I'm pretty sure don't actually ban people, I think the way it works is they pass it off to the special task force, and then they investigate, and I think they can tell if you're botting or not.
I'm just a heavy multi-tasker with synthing, since tbh, it's rather tedious due to the sheer number of synths it took to level... The new sp tweak seems to make it easier though, so I might get back into crafting.
And I might be wrong, but I was under the impression that the mini games for DoH and DoL were indeed to thwart botting... I didn't know miner and botany bots were around, but the fishing mini game is worthless as I know of a fishing bot on my server, and crafting bots you hear of all the time.
On the upside, there was that warning on the lodestone about using 3rd party tools... Knowing SE, they are probably biding their time, making a big long list, and in a few months we'll probably see a sweeping ban wave. It'd be nicer if they stayed on top of things a bit more than they do, but hey, better late than never.
And another plus is that at least you don't have to directly compete against bots like in FFXI, besides possible undercutting... God I remember trying to mine for fish in gusgen and oldton goblinlandopolis way back, and literally every single mining node had a bot on it, just sitting there spamming the mine macro... So yeah, at least the gathering nodes aren't a first come first serve thing anymore. Still hope they take a more active stance against botting though.