As anyone can tell you, farming bots and gil sellers are a huge problem in FFXIV. Everyone's list is littered the names of those blacklisted for such actions. You cannot step foot in any of the major cities without your chat window instantly being flooded with spam shouts from the gil sellers. If you go out into the field to gather mats, your always bumping elbows w/ a farming bot. I have recorded and reported as many as I find.
Here are two farming bots I recorded in Than;
Many also say that it's pointless so why bother? As a criminal justice major I have the same feeling when it comes to catching criminals, you arrest them, only to have them released before you are even done writing up the paperwork to process them. So what is the point? The point is that we keep trying and one day get these criminals out of our game. Well, today was that day for me.
I was farming diremite webs for my weaver when i spotted this:
Here is the shout and the response that followed:
Hurray, a GM was in the area. He request any information about the BOT i could provide along w/ her <pos>. I happily gave him all the information i had. He told me the quickest way to get these people reported is to to send a report to the STF at support.na.square-enix.com > FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn > Report bugs or offending players. There is a forum on that page that sends reports directly to the STF.
He thanked me for assisting in bring this player to his attention and not to let these types of players get me down as they are doing everything they can to ban these players even though at times he knows it doesn't seem like it to the community.
This is exactly why I keep reporting, because i know eventually this will happen, they will get caught. So, don't give up and keep reporting them, if you see one somewhere, shout about it, there just might be a GM in the zone.
Happy BOT hunting.