Dear Friendly Necromancer,
Since this really never asked a question for me, I'm going to ask it for them . . . what is the legal definition of "solicit" as it applies here? Because that's really what's going on here with this complaint. I tried to warn you guys last week, do NOT give out your passwords, it's a really bad idea because they will ban you. Now you've seen the truth of the matter through this family's experience.
It's very sad. I think that this family probably had a really good time playing this game together and now one of the players is not on the same page as everyone else, and they would have to start over at level 1. All the time invested in building a character and playing through this storyline is now lost. The joy is now killed. What does that do to a family? Well, it makes them mad!
I bet that daughter feels pretty bad about leaking her password and the rest of the family wants to jump to her defense, but really is solicit merely a synonym for "ask" or is it something more? Well, I looked up a few legal things and the legal definition of solicit is as thus: "Urgent request, plea, or entreaty; enticing, asking. The criminal offense of urging someone to commit an unlawful act."
Where I get stuck here is "enticing" and "urging someone to commit." This is why I think their interpretation of solicit is solid and why they ban both parties. If you say to someone "my password is XXXXXXXXXX right?" (as the daughter of the family did) Then are you enticing someone to commit the act of logging into an account that is not theirs?
I think in this world of identity theft, you all should get in the habit of protecting your information.
That there does NOT say "solicit" or even "ask" . . . that says "give."
SO TO THE REST OF YOU . . . PLEASE THINK TWICE ABOUT KILLING THE GAME FOR YOUR FAMILY BY GIVING OUT YOUR PASSWORD!
Despite this, the rest of the story is that Kingsisle refunded them $60 for that account (which they had only recently renewed).
What do my readers think? Does giving your password to someone fulfil the legal definition of "solicit"? Or is it a stretch? Is the warning in the patcher legally binding and how do you think Kingsisle should have reacted in this situation?
Let me give you an example from my life. When I was a stupid teenager, I got caught by the police throwing water balloons over a bridge onto oncoming traffic with a bunch of kids that I didn't normally hang out with, and I ended up having to go to court on a charge of littering. My mother stood by my side and told the judge that she was going to be working me overtime at home, that I would be paying the large fine, and that she wasn't going to let me hang around those kids ever again. And she meant it. The judge had some mercy and didn't make me do any community service time, and I think that happened largely because my mother showed some action on her part. The other kids didn't have a cool mom who knew how to talk to the judge and tell him what he wanted to hear. Yeah, that was a really sucky summer for me, but at least I didn't have to wear orange and pick up garbage with the juvies. Had she tried to argue to the judge about the definition of littering, well maybe the judge would have argued the defintion of attempted manslaughter since you know, a balloon exploding on a car window could cause someone to overcorrect their car, crash, and die.
Think about it. Your words and actions are powerful.