Investigations Announcement

By Rich Stone, 4 years ago
Good morning/afternoon/evening/night everyone (please delete as appropriate)

I have an announcement from the Investigations Manager, which will be especially relevant to you if you have investigations questions or have played Halo 2:

Hello TA'ers,

As some of you may have noticed, gamer investigations have taken a while to process the last few weeks. This is due to the Investigation Manager having to put TA on hold for a while a deal with some real life issues. The manager was no longer able to devote the time required and has decided to step down. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all the hard work they have done to help maintain the integrity of this site and keeping our leaderboards clean. So we therefore have a change in management and the structure.

We now have an Assistant Manager whom is able to post in the forums, deal with your inquiries and finalize investigations. This will not only speed up the processing of pending investigations, it also means that users awaiting a response in the Investigations Questions Forum forum, should receive a prompt reply.

Now to the first order of business for the new management, a small change to the Cheat Policy.

It was the intention of the previous IM to implement this policy change before stepping down, unfortunately real life had different plans. As many may remember there was a discussion over Halo 2 (PC) and if renaming the campaign map files was considered cheating. At the time it was suggested that the bundled map editor could be used to rename these files and therefore it was possible via in game tools. This explanation was accepted by the investigations manager at the time and the policy was amended. Since the policy was updated, the investigations team has noticed that gamertag's who had renamed the files, have had their gamerscore reset.

This observation led the investigations team to revisit Halo 2 (PC) and conduct tests. Now, although no one on the team claims to be an expert at creating maps, they have concluded that it is not possible to create campaign compatible maps or rename the files using the official map creation tool. These results combined with the observation of users who have renamed files having their gamerscore reset means that the investigations team can no longer condone the file manipulation. We do not want to encourage anything that may put your gamertag at risk. Therefore, renaming files in Halo 2 (PC) is considered cheating.

However, we realize that site users may have already used this exploit. Therefore the Investigations Team will grant amnesty to any current TA members who utilized the exploit prior to policy change date of 12 May, 2014.

The Investigations Team has also asked the Reported Content Team to remove any achievement solutions related to this policy change.

Hopefully you all understand the need for this change, while we have not observed anyone with just Halo 2 (PC) cheated on their tag being reset, we have observed users who did rename the files being set to 0gs by Microsoft. Although they will never let us know the exact reasons for a score reset, we have to assume it is a contributing factor. As we said above, we cannot in good conscience allow users to put their accounts at risk.

So lets give a warm welcome to the new management and thank them for helping to keep this the best achievement site in the world! laugh
Rich Stone
Written by Rich Stone
Creator of TrueAchievements, TrueTrophies and TrueSteamAchievements. Writes site news and still finds time for the odd game here and there. Loves Racing games and Shooters, yet to be convinced that any RPG is worth the time investment!