I've just returned from a SteamRep ban for being vocal regarding a range of issues, with my biggest concern being the trading with marked scammer rule. Though this rule was finally corrected it still impacted many users and many users are still affected by previous rule. I'm not longer affected but still have a couple server bans I'll need to appeal but I don't visit those servers so whatever. I have friends who are still trying to clear up bans. Now since the rule has been removed I think it should be obvious that it was a stupid rule to begin with and has affected many people. Looking at the rule and impacts of it as much as I have It really looks like it came about from Mattie trying to protect his own interested of not having duped burning Team Captains flood the market and in essence devalue his collection. This is my view point, correct me if I am wrong but the evolution of that rule stemmed from Mattie protecting his burning TC To go back: - Previously you could only be marked as a banned / scammer if you directly scammed someone. - The Burning Team Captain then got duped and was on the market, from here a new rule was then implemented that if you trade for that item you will be banned... this wasn't the case for any other duped item besides the Burning Team Captain, I'll love to know how this rule got voted and came into effect as no other duped item had such a label attached to it - This raised the eyebrows of many traders.. would that rule have been implemented if Mattie didn't own 1, like at that point any other item could be duped and you could safely trade for it but not the Burning Team Captain. To put it simple this was sus as f✿✿✿. - Many people questioned this, why was it just the duped burning team captain that couldn't be traded for but other high value duped items could be traded... there was an obvious bias here... from there the rule was then tweaked to ban people that traded over a certain value which then lead to the s✿✿✿ storm that followed. To me it really looks like this mess was created due to Mattie protecting his interests, myself and many people were affected by this.. If I am missing something please do tell. If someone could shed some light on the initial "cursed burning team captain bans" that'll be great.