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Did many innocent people become SteamRep banned due to Mattie trying to protect his own interests?

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  1. Enstage

    Enstage SteamRep Admin Partner Community Donator - Tier V

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    I'm back.

    First off, let me quote... you:
    Now you've just gone and given us a full history of your dealings and why you're pissed with SR and its partners/admins; straying WAY off the topic of this thread. So let me remind you, stay on topic :)
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  2. BigMac187

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    You say you're back like I was waiting for you or something.

    I'm on topic, I am feeling like there is an attempt to discredit me so I felt it'll be best to give an insight into what lead me to posting the question. The question stems from my experience and me seeking out an answer into why the mess of the rule (being able to be banned for an individual trade) came about. If you don't have anything to add regarding the case please stay out of it and let SR answer the question you obviously can't.
  3. Enstage

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    I'm not attempting to answer the question as doing so might provide misinformation or give you more reason to sporadically create another few threads (plus I obviously wasn't around during the period most events being discussed took place), I also don't believe I'm in any official position which holds the authority to answer this kind of question. If I'm not allowed to post in this thread, then why did you post it in the General Discussion section, privately PM a staff member(s) and that way you don't have to listen to anyone else's opinions. I was also saying "I'm back" since I said I would not reply until a staff member replies, I certainly did not say it because I thought you were "waiting for me".

    The only thing your post did was give us a history of your experience with the rule, similar to how SilentReaper gave a history on the Trading With Scammers rule and the report against Mattie!; those are things that he and many others thought were relevant to this thread and you claimed they weren't -- you then proceeded to do almost exactly the same thing you asked him not to do. Also, where is the attempt to discredit you? The only person to reply to the thread between your post ( #18 ) and the post where you went wildly off topic was Inu, who is in support of your free speech, you merely received a warning not to accuse anyone many posts above the one where you claimed you felt discredited.
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  4. BigMac187

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    SilentReaper talking about Mattie's CSGO case which has nothing at all to do with what I was talking about, it was off topic, what ever happened in that case has nothing to do with what had happened regarding the Duped Burning TC hence me saying it was off topic. What I typed has everything to do with the topic as it is highlighting why I am asking the question. But what ever.

    Back to the question, before the (cursed) Burning TC, was a trader banned on SteamRep for a single trade (not brokering / not scamming)?

    I feel like this is an important question and it should be answered due to the fact that as a result of the change of rule set that allowed people to marked for a single trade many innocent people were defamed, and from what I can gather it all started as a result of the cursed Burning TC.
  5. Horse

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    Whats the point of the question? Things have changed as policy was changed....change is a good thing, we change everyday. Laws are changed daily, trees grow in a different way changing how they are in the ground, rivers change all the time when it rains hard.
    As much as it pains me to say this but you are beating a dead horse.
    You come off a ban and instantly come in here to start a fire.... why?
    I just don't get it man... Do you not have anything else better to do?
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  6. SilentReaper(SR)

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    If it was about censorship, his topics would have been deleted and him been banned the first time around. Instead various admins have tried extensively to explain thing to him (you can find all those topics on his post history). But the user keeps pressing with misinforming people with statements that aren't true, refers to everything else twisting its purpose/rule or w/e without making a clear point or w/e. Various admins have tried correcting, linking to guides, explaining rules, and w/e over time. All issues he brings up where already checked and handled and whatnot.

    It is right now so far, that we see there is no point discussing anything with the user, he won't understand it, or he's understanding but is just trying to troll/disrupt or w/e. There isn't a single argument with reasons that are clear and concise in any of his replies. He accuses everybody and their dog of anything he can think of, makes straw arguments (if even related to his accusations, most times not even related), Hence I've set a specific rule that he's no longer allowed to make false accusations. Others may try to "troll" 'm back or w/e, but we've decided to no longer try to answer his ramblings or answer/educate him directly or w/e.

    Tbh, I think you only "enjoyed" the read of this user from this topic, and not from the 20ish or w/e other topics he's trying to spam.

    I stand with my above decision for this user, and had discussed my above reply with Mattie shortly after I posted it.

    I've not read all his new replies yet, and tbh, I lack the energy for that kind of effort to read it atm, too tired from today's IRL roller coaster crap.
  7. Inu

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    I've been in most of his threads as a reader and poster and not wanting to deal with them is one thing. Replying with such a tone however was the worst possible thing you could have done and whether you acknowledge this or not, you are an admin of this site and each and every post you make wears the "SteamRep Admin" badge, hence you should think more carefully if you want this badge associated with passive-aggressive threats to ban this user.

    Warnings are to be issued to the user personally and in a tone you also would like to be spoken to instead of trying to publicly ridicule them, which may have not been the intend of your action but that's exactly what you did. You are free to do whatever you please as an admin and conduct yourself in any way you see fit but that does not mean that this is the smart thing to do. Had you been smart, you would have sent him a PM with your warning and a calm and collective manner. It has the same effect, warning the user, but without you raising a bad public image.

    A wise thing to remember is that after some time has passed and no one remembers who made the post, but people do remember the post, they will say "A SteamRep admin wrote this aggressive post", not "Silent Reaper wrote this aggressive post". What you did was not only presenting yourself badly, it also affects anyone wearing the same badge as you do. Sure, this post certainly won't conjure up a shitstorm since you did not go out of your way to insult BigMac, it was an inappropriate thing to post officially though.

    You are in a position of authority and thus everything you speak officially should be informative, calm and to the point and certainly not a threat to a user as to what happens if he does X or Y again. "Please refrain from disrupting our service by making false accusations and attempting to create provoking topics. Should this behavior continue, we see ourselves forced to restrict your access to our service. Feel free to reply to this message with any questions you may have regarding this warning."

    See what the major difference is? You don't need to run around the tree and issue a hundred warnings, that is not what I am saying. What I am saying is that your warning could have been issued in a much better way for the user, yourself and the position you represent at SteamRep.
  8. You Are The One

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    Stay on topic or dont post, I am not defending anyone's actions, but will split offtopic posts/warn.
    Edit: goes for users, friend/partner, and admins alike.
  9. BigMac187

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    You say change is a good thing, but in reality it could either be good, bad or neutral.. was the previous change of rule which allowed innocent people to be labelled as a scammer a good thing? What dead horse am i beating.. when and where has it been answered? SR had answered how the banning a fence rule came about (which wasn't my question) but not when it was decided a user was able to be banned when they haven't scammed or fenced.

    For a very long time you could only be banned if you were direct scamming or fencing, then was then a point of change which was a bad changed (evident by the change back and many affected users) which allowed innocent users to be labelled as scammers, my questions are in relation to that change... how and why did that come about? when was it decided that it's ok to ban users when they did not scam or fence an item. I am seeking clarifications to find out when the switch took place. From my understanding it was due to the (cursed) TC, if this change was a result of keeping the (cursed) TC off the market then it paints a picture of a change made (bad one) to suit a certain agenda.

    Generally with organizations if there has been a change that has had such a large impact then there will be an investigation to see how that change came about, there was an obvious large & impacting change and I am pointing to where and how it started and asking to be proven wrong as where I see that it all started.

    Once again, was a user ever marked for not scamming / fencing before the (cursed) Burning TC came to light.
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    This is where I will like more information, when did this happen? what was the 1st case? This decision caused a lot of issues for many innocent people.
  11. Horse

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    Things change regardless if we like it or not...inevitable.
    The recent policy changes came from months of back and forth discussion with all sorts of parties involved not because of one situation or trader, or trade.
    I was against it for years but it was clear that SR couldn't continue on that path nor could WA...now if other partners opted to continue to ban from their own communities for trading with a known scammer or not is up to them, they can ban if they don't like your name - their site their rules your choice to use it or not.
    The changes are good... anyone you feel is innocent by all means have them appeal and lets get the ball rolling to see if that was in fact the case.
  12. Ninja Otter With A Taco

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    I thought Silent answered that on the first page. He stated that long ago, well before mattie came to SR, him and a few comm owners got together and discussed the trading with scammers rule, they then spoke to diego after this and he decided to outright ban them.
    Main bit is here:
    Also, I feel like it'd be quite hard to track down the first person ever banned for this. But that quote there is the answer to pretty much your entire thread.
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  13. BigMac187

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    Ninja, what I am saying is that a decision was made at one point where it went from you can only be banned for scamming / fencing to you can be banned for a single trade, I will imagine this was a key moment and a discussion was made around that. There would have had to be a landmark case and I am very certain it was the cursed burning TC, i say this as i remember the case clearly and being shocked by it as now SR are banning people for not scamming or fencing but for simply trading.
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    No one is being banned for simply trading a scammer anymore.
    Silent still answered your main question:
    It started with a guy on SOP buying/selling Max Heads from russian scammers. Also, if I haven't misread the post by @SilentReaper(SR) the discussion they had about this guy also included what would happen to the people buying these max heads off the broker.
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    He didn't answer my question, I am asking how did the single trade rule come about, where you can be banned for trading with someone who didn't even scam the item. The one which caused the flow on effect (being banned for trading for a item that was scammed possibly 10 trades ago)

    Regarding the max heads you're discussing, this is different as the person was buying directly of the scammer / brokering. There's a big difference between being banned for buying multiple max heads knowingly off a scammer and being banned for buying a single item of a person (who didn't even scam the item)
  16. Lava

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    Did you even read SilentReaper's reply?
    Part of why nobody wants to talk with you is because of this willful selective attention you have. You always skip over anything that doesn't fit your agenda.

    I cannot give dates for these changes, as they was well before my time as staff. One one hand, we didn't want to mark new traders for breaking a community-set rule they didn't know existed, but on the other we regularly got people who knew what they were doing, had years of experience, and checked SR regularly, but would then make their one big trade with a scammer they felt "entitled" to so they could turn around and claim they didn't know, or it was their one accident for which they could get out of jail free. That what the general idea behind skipping steps for certain trades, but otherwise giving a simple warning, and setting a minimum value for admins to even look at. Not justifying the rule, just answering your question - which was already answered - verbatim. Given the value of the item you traded, your level of experience, and other individual circumstances (making up a story about SR being offline when records show it wasn't, having had the scammer added for 24+ hours, other easy ways to find he was a marked scammer) FoG felt that's exactly what you were up to, you were lying, and you traded with the scammer knowingly and willingly, so they skipped caution/warning and gave you a banned tag for it. Other than maybe confirming what they were/weren't allowed to tag for by randomly messaging 1 admin here with a procedural question, SteamRep was not involved in the decision to mark you. It's not always black and white when we have that sort of criteria, and I don't personally agree with the outcome of your case, but that was within FoG's discretion to decide. As a SteamRep admin, unless they're abusing their access to our backend database, it was also outside my authority to intervene or overturn their decision. That's part of being a partner community; you work together and support one another.

    As far as I know, there was never any "binding precedent" that caused a bunch of other traders to get marked for trading with scammers left and right. Very few people were tagged by SteamRep for trading with scammers, even brokers. Frankly, nobody here including Mattie wanted to enforce the rule, especially if it meant wasting time that could be spent on actual serial scammers, but in a position like this you don't mark/pardon based on what you want to do, you follow the rules as they're laid out. In the case of SteamRep, where we made no promise to handle every report and prioritized on severity, we had the discretion to deprioritize reports for trading with scammers (notice how your report on SteamRep wasn't reviewed?) over PayPal and impersonation reports, so long as it wasn't a community admin who got reported.

    What may have given the appearance of an "epidemic" of trade-with-scammer cases was partner communities committed to handling every report, which removed that sort of discretion. It's a common practice among shady/vindictive traders (which will always exist because we allow reports from scammers themselves) to revenge-report people they do not like by digging up a long-past trade with a scammer and lodging a report for it. Sort of abusing the policy, but still within the letter of the law. They couldn't get their swift revenge or power trip through SR's report queue especially with such reports deprioritized, but they eventually smelled blood at partner communities. Oddly enough, most of those people frequented backpack.tf's forums, and some were also the same people complaining about the rule. From what I hear FoG admins didn't like the predicament any more than SteamRep admins did, but with FoG's commitment to answer every scam report they received, their hands were tied, unlike ours, and policies like that do not and cannot change overnight.

    This was a result of an old, long-standing, dated rule being enforced to the letter by admins who acted with integrity, not on whether or not they agreed with said rule. It was also one of the reasons the rule eventually got repealed. Some reasons for it at the time were the fact Steam Support periodically trade banned those who unknowingly traded with scammers (including bots), and because the people who it was meant to crack down on were at the time difficult to distinguish between alts and fences/brokers due to repeated and systematic trades. Both the potential alts, and the very real chance of an innocent trader getting trade banner (or before Valve differentiated bans VAC'ed?) were reasons to warn the community should anyone decide whether to trust such a trader. That was early in the lifecycle of TF2 trading, and a lot has changed since then, but drastically changing rules like this, across the entire trading community affecting multiple communities and admins/owners, takes time.

    As for people tagged by Mattie, I'm not aware of any but I can't promise one or two don't exist somewhere in history. Overall, there were very few people tagged by SteamRep for this rule; I personally granted all the trade-with-scammer appeals when the rule was repealled, and there were less than 10. A lot of the people marked by SteamRep for it were community admins, including those from SteamRep. If someone else I missed hasn't appealed yet, they need to appeal before I can act or even know the case exists. The "curse" of the Team Captain is not because Mattie owns it - and as a collector who paid cash with no intention of ever reselling, he has nothing to gain here - but because of its significance in TF2 culture. With nearly every trader aspiring to own this particular hat/effect combination as a status symbol, all eyes of the community are on this hat, and its price is through the roof. Any time the "cursed" team captain changed hands, it meant another one of those traders with questionable motives rushed off to be the first to write up a trade-with-scammers report. There weren't any community admins proactively watching this or any specific high value items for scams waiting to entrap and ban unsuspecting traders, that was just the community policing itself in a way.
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    Can someone please explain why people used to get banned for trading with scammers? I don't really see the point. If someone didnt even know about steamrep or didn't bother to check steamrep and were banned, that would seem kind of unfair. Just my opinion though, but can anyone explain?
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    Did you even read SilentReaper's reply?Part of why nobody wants to talk with you is because of this willful selective attention you have. You always skip over anything that doesn't fit your agenda.

    Where did he answer my question of "before the the Cursed Burning TC was on the market has anyone been banned for by a single trade[ where did not scam or fence the item?" that is honestly how I saw all the mess start, it gave people a precedent to use in a report where I honestly can't find a single ban of a similar nature before the Cursed TC.

    "Given the value of the item you traded, your level of experience, and other individual circumstances (making up a story about SR being offline when records show it wasn't, having had the scammer added for 24+ hours, other easy ways to find he was a marked scammer) FoG felt that's exactly what you were up to, you were lying, and you traded with the scammer knowingly and willingly, so they skipped caution/warning and gave you a banned tag for it."

    I don't even know what my case has to do with this besides you going off topic, this is unrelated but since this is so f✿✿✿✿✿✿ wrong i'm going to reply.

    This highlights the worst of the SR, You allow the use of assumptions to justify a ban when there was nothing else, Issue with assumptions is you can change them to suit your needs or bias and they can be wildly incorrect, you could be assuming I'm a carrot it doesn't not make it true. Assumptions are never used in a legit ruling system and for good reason.

    Any logical person will see that overpaying for an item isn't something someone will do if they are trying to abuse the system to by benefiting of scammers. (pretty certain previous rule said evidence of by trading for profit) This could have been used towards an assumption i didn't know they were marked because it obviously didn't make sense, but it wasn't.. how about looking at the fact I've been so legit for so long and that history shows it not my go.. this is evidence but no assumption was used. I even offered a live viewing of my inventory history, i was offering evidence to look at it but they didn't even look at that, they went with assumption.

    How can anyone know if SR loaded for me.. You mentioned by value[ but you forgot to mention I overpaid for the item, you didn't mention i reported myself, you didn't mention there was no EVIDENCE of me knowingly trading with a scammer, (Where there needed to be EVIDENCE as per the rules that I had done so knowingly) simply protocol wasn't followed in my case (no evidence) You just worded the whole thing to point me in a negative light and forgot to mention many important things... yet you started your entire post by saying "because of this willful selective attention you have. You always skip over anything that doesn't fit your agenda."


    As far as I know, there was never any "binding precedent" that caused a bunch of by by other traders to get marked for trading with scammers left and right. Very few people were tagged by SteamRep for trading with scammers, even by brokers. Frankly, nobody here including Mattie wanted to enforce the rule, especially if it meant wasting time that could be spent on actual serial scammers, but in a position like this you don't mark/pardon based on what you want to do, you follow the rules as they're laid out. In the case of SteamRep, where we made no promise to handle every report and prioritized on severity, we had the discretion to deprioritize reports for trading with scammers (notice how your report on SteamRep wasn't reviewed?) over PayPal and impersonation reports, so long as it wasn't a community admin who got reported.

    They may not have been tagged by SteamRep but in the end there were tagged on SR, I don't see how it matters how the tag on SR came about but as long as the tag sits on SR then SR has ownership of it. When I mention SteamRep i mention it as a system and not a group of users.

    As for people tagged by Mattie, I'm not aware of any but I can't promise one or two don't exist somewhere in history. Overall, there were very few people tagged by SteamRep for this rule; I personally granted all the trade-with-scammer appeals when the rule was repealled, and there were less than 10. A lot of the people marked by SteamRep for it were community admins, including those from SteamRep. If someone else I missed hasn't appealed yet, they need to appeal before I can act or even know the case exists. The "curse" of the Team Captain is not because Mattie owns it - and as a collector who paid cash with no intention of ever reselling, he has nothing to gain here - but because of its significance in TF2 culture. With nearly every by trader aspiring to own this particular hat/effect combination as a status symbol, all eyes of the community are on this hat, and its price is through the roof. Any time the "cursed" team captain changed hands, it meant another one of those by traders with questionable motives rushed off to be the first to write up a trade-with-scammers report. There weren't any community admins proactively watching this or any specific high by by value items for scams waiting to entrap and ban unsuspecting traders, that was just the community policing itself in a way.

    You said he doesn't have anything to gain but in reality he will want it to stay prestigious, he paid so much for it since it was so prestigious and that shine wears off with dupes floating around.

    I didn't say Mattie tagged people, what I am saying is that the Cursed TC was the 1st item to have a ruling where someone had been marked for by a single trade (not scam or fence) as you mentioned this is something many people would look at and as such the ruling then created the precedent which allowed many users to be tagged via FoG & the revenge hunters, if there was never a first then there was never a last.

    For me to be by proven wrong you just need to show me 1 case (doesn't have to be the first ) that is before the Cursed TC case where someone was banned for a single (not scam or fence) trade.
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    Did you even read SilentReaper's reply?Part of why nobody wants to talk with you is because of this willful selective attention you have. You always skip over anything that doesn't fit your agenda.

    Where did he answer my question of "before the the Cursed Burning TC was on the market has anyone been banned for by a single trade[ where did not scam or fence the item?" that is honestly how I saw all the mess start, it gave people a precedent to use in a report where I honestly can't find a single ban of a similar nature before the Cursed TC.

    "Given the value of the item you traded, your level of experience, and other individual circumstances (making up a story about SR being offline when records show it wasn't, having had the scammer added for 24+ hours, other easy ways to find he was a marked scammer) FoG felt that's exactly what you were up to, you were lying, and you traded with the scammer knowingly and willingly, so they skipped caution/warning and gave you a banned tag for it."

    I don't even know what my case has to do with this besides you going off topic, this is unrelated but since this is so f✿✿✿✿✿✿ wrong i'm going to reply.

    This highlights the worst of the SR, You allow the use of assumptions to justify a ban when there was nothing else, Issue with assumptions is you can change them to suit your needs or bias and they can be wildly incorrect, you could be assuming I'm a carrot it doesn't not make it true. Assumptions are never used in a legit ruling system and for good reason.

    Any logical person will see that overpaying for an item isn't something someone will do if they are trying to abuse the system to by benefiting of scammers. (pretty certain previous rule said evidence of by trading for profit) This could have been used towards an assumption i didn't know they were marked because it obviously didn't make sense, but it wasn't.. how about looking at the fact I've been so legit for so long and that history shows it not my go.. this is evidence but no assumption was used. I even offered a live viewing of my inventory history, i was offering evidence to look at it but they didn't even look at that, they went with assumption.

    How can anyone know if SR loaded for me.. You mentioned by value[ but you forgot to mention I overpaid for the item, you didn't mention i reported myself, you didn't mention there was no EVIDENCE of me knowingly trading with a scammer, (Where there needed to be EVIDENCE as per the rules that I had done so knowingly) simply protocol wasn't followed in my case (no evidence) You just worded the whole thing to point me in a negative light and forgot to mention many important things... yet you started your entire post by saying "because of this willful selective attention you have. You always skip over anything that doesn't fit your agenda."


    As far as I know, there was never any "binding precedent" that caused a bunch of by by other traders to get marked for trading with scammers left and right. Very few people were tagged by SteamRep for trading with scammers, even by brokers. Frankly, nobody here including Mattie wanted to enforce the rule, especially if it meant wasting time that could be spent on actual serial scammers, but in a position like this you don't mark/pardon based on what you want to do, you follow the rules as they're laid out. In the case of SteamRep, where we made no promise to handle every report and prioritized on severity, we had the discretion to deprioritize reports for trading with scammers (notice how your report on SteamRep wasn't reviewed?) over PayPal and impersonation reports, so long as it wasn't a community admin who got reported.

    They may not have been tagged by SteamRep but in the end there were tagged on SR, I don't see how it matters how the tag on SR came about but as long as the tag sits on SR then SR has ownership of it. When I mention SteamRep i mention it as a system and not a group of users.

    As for people tagged by Mattie, I'm not aware of any but I can't promise one or two don't exist somewhere in history. Overall, there were very few people tagged by SteamRep for this rule; I personally granted all the trade-with-scammer appeals when the rule was repealled, and there were less than 10. A lot of the people marked by SteamRep for it were community admins, including those from SteamRep. If someone else I missed hasn't appealed yet, they need to appeal before I can act or even know the case exists. The "curse" of the Team Captain is not because Mattie owns it - and as a collector who paid cash with no intention of ever reselling, he has nothing to gain here - but because of its significance in TF2 culture. With nearly every by trader aspiring to own this particular hat/effect combination as a status symbol, all eyes of the community are on this hat, and its price is through the roof. Any time the "cursed" team captain changed hands, it meant another one of those by traders with questionable motives rushed off to be the first to write up a trade-with-scammers report. There weren't any community admins proactively watching this or any specific high by by value items for scams waiting to entrap and ban unsuspecting traders, that was just the community policing itself in a way.

    You said he doesn't have anything to gain but in reality he will want it to stay prestigious, he paid so much for it since it was so prestigious and that shine wears off with dupes floating around.

    I didn't say Mattie tagged people, what I am saying is that the Cursed TC was the 1st item to have a ruling where someone had been marked for by a single trade (not scam or fence) as you mentioned this is something many people would look at and as such the ruling then created the precedent which allowed many users to be tagged via FoG & the revenge hunters, if there was never a first then there was never a last.

    For me to be by proven wrong you just need to show me 1 case (doesn't have to be the first ) that is before the Cursed TC case where someone was banned for a single (not scam or fence) trade.
  20. Lava

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    If they didn't know about SteamRep, or were new, they weren't banned. That's the point. It was only people who clearly knew they were trading with scammers, usually repeatedly, for high value items. As to why anyone got banned for it in the first place, and why that's no longer the case, there's a thread explaining it here: http://forums.steamrep.com/threads/policy-change-trades-with-scammer-policy-end-of-life.119528/
    The very title of your thread is "Did many innocent people become SteamRep banned due to Mattie trying to protect his own interests. Hence I specifically answered your question about Mattie's interests, with approximate numbers, explained the supposed "influx" of taggings, and explained the difference between SteamRep and partner communities, as well as pointing out Mattie was one of the main proponents of repealing the rule, and very few people received a tag from SteamRep itself. Now you say it's irrelevant to your question? Are you high or something?
    Mattie hardly even plays TF2 anymore; last time I saw him launch TF2 was on Christmas of 2014, to gift a bunch of keys in trade servers, maybe a hundred or so. He's a collector. You might argue he still gains something from this, collector's value and such, but all things considered I don't believe there's any motivation to "protect his interests" here. Especially if he's not the one reporting or banning. I don't know what or when the first high value item single-trade to result in a tag was because I wasn't around for that, and when I did come around I had more important things to do than watch a bunch of expensive items change hands. It wouldn't surprise me if it were Team Captain though - not because Mattie owns one, but because it's so high profile and such an icon in TF2 that it's the first thing I'd expect the community to notice.
    You ask about this so often, I thought you wanted an explanation. If that's off topic and you didn't actually want it brought up, I'll respectfully concede and apologize for sidetracking from your actual question. Lots of walls of text, and sometimes figuring out what you actually want aside from new talking points is confusing. However, if you re-read my reply:
    you'll see I'm not defending their decision, just giving an explanation. Why are you putting me on the stand for it, after I specifically said neither I nor SteamRep was involved with your case, and I didn't even agree with it?
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