The expectation that any player base is going in its entirety or its vast majority of players are going to play the game in the spirit of the game, or how it was intended is just not realistic. So just like outside of this game society reinforces the way in which we should do things with either positive or negative reinforcement. This game, does neither.
Players who don’t exploit, dupe or use 3rd party pvp cheats are not rewarded for doing the right thing. This leads to more and more players asking themselves why did I not take advantage of the most recent exploit? Becoming sour about the game, the community and either eventually leaving the game or turning to the dark-side.
Player’s who do either receive no punishment, a slap on the wrist and for the most part end up dramatically ahead of everyone else ruining markets and other players experiences in the game.
Imagine if you went to an ATM and your card could literally withdraw any amount of money without it deducting from your account and when you got found out the bank was like “oh well I guess you cant use your ATM card for 3 days but hey keep all the money you stole, oh the money you gave to your mates, yeah they can keep that too.” Because this is what is happening in this game.
Its time you start rewarding the right kinds of players and punishing the exploit trolls properly. Cull the cheats from the game before the legit players cull themselves to a new game.