With the grief brought about at the last major group event in the game I have seen many different thoughts on a solution. I think the game is understaffed as far as gm's are concerned and they can not be everywhere all the time. Could a force of bounders made up of regular everyday players be the eyes and ears of the gm's ? No benefits or special powers granted, except a direct whisper/chat channel for bounders and gms. There are so many people that love the game that I don't think there would be any problem getting volunteers to help maintain civility and the fun times we all share. For major events perhaps a hat that shows any griefers that there is a bounder presence and that viable witnesses are around. Just an idea to help the gm's if they are stretched thin
I played a game that had people sign up to help the gamers and report to GMs before and it doesnt really seem to help much. Besides GMs in this game are little more than customer service techs from my understand and encounters.
Does more need to be done for ingame issues than currently is? yes no doubt about it
Will volunteer Bounders help clean it up? maybe if there was such a thing as a GM that had ingame powers: from many posts and personal experience most say they cant do anything and ticket closed on any real issue or bug.
I do suggest they rethink this, and posts like this should hopefully inspire Turbine to change but it is highly unlikely.
If you give player-volunteers any real power, some small minority of them will abuse it. The way to curb such abuses is tighter control over them by Turbine. For the money it would cost to exercise the training, control and oversight, Turbine could hire more GMs. In addition, if the player-volunteers are unpaid, there are downside risks to Turbine (which is why the Advocates in AC were dropped...and they had no enforcement powers AT ALL).
This is another "great idea...on paper, not so good in practice" proposal.