Q: What is spycrabbing, and what are the rules in general? A: SteamRep sees spycrabbing as a conditional trade agreement. SteamRep however does not condone gambling, but the part of the trade agreement we do see as something we handle. However, almost all spycrab reports get rejected for lack of evidence. When judging spycrabs, we adhere to the "normal" overall rules used by most, unless its proven that PRIOR to the spycrab different rules where applied by the crabbing parties. I said Prior, and mean that. No rulechanging/adding during the taunting. Basic rules: - The first to do 3x a spycrab, loses. - If both arrive at 3x a spycrab at the same time, both must taunt again for the 4th spycrab, and so on. - Only spycrabs count, errors etc do not count, and should be waited for to be corrected. Best practice of spycrabbing: - Make sure both parties are aware on the spycrab rules and what count as points etc. Even if they spout that they are experienced crabbers etc, make sure. - The spycrabbers add each-other to their friends-lists on steam. - Open a steam chat and agree beforehand what is traded. Craft hat for 1.33 refined or w/e. Screenshot this. - There is NO security in having the trade open. People can show the items to each-other with a trade (if its hats or w/e). If needed, show it, and close the trade. Do not keep it open during, just retrade after. - If a Admin/MM is to be observing the spycrab, add him and both parties have to trade the agreed items to the admin/MM. (Please be aware of fake ones). - Spawn as spy on a (preferably a trade) server. - Go to a quiet well-lighted area. - Do not stand against the wall. - Do not move during/between taunts. - Remove any disguise, to be sure, require both parties to do so by shooting once with the revolver. - Ask people to keep their distance. People bumping into you can disqualify the taunting (even if bumping only 1 side, it should disqualify the taunt of both to keep things fair). - ONLY a spycrab will count as a point. A spycrab is that you raise your arms and the cigarette case is being flapped open and close repeatedly. - If getting crowded, move to another area where others aren't bumping the involved parties. - Wait for eachother to finish the taunt before starting the next/use a countdown. - If either party never crabbed, he must keep taunting till he at least spycrabbed once. - If either party disconnects, the general time to wait for people to return on a server is 10 minutes. It can take sometimes more time, please allow for 2-3 hours before reporting. Power outages and computer problems do happen. - Scores stay if a disconnect happens, unless both parties agree otherwise. Also, please be aware that: - On trade servers it is often a rule that a admin must administer the spycrab if above a certain value. A admin will hold the items. - Some trade servers have plugins and/or special area's to do spycrab administrations. An example is the GoV trade server, its using a plugin that fully documents and administers the spycrab. - SteamRep cannot replay demo's, various trade servers use various maps. We cannot have all maps etc. Collect your proof in the form of screenshots of the agreement, recorded video of the crab itself, and the trade history on the day the spycrab happened. - If a player disconnects during their 3rd spycrab, we see that as being a valid spycrab, as long it clearly shows. Back to top!