Love this thread!!! I haven't posted until now, because I was lurking very attentively. I also don't really have any useful input yet, because my only bans were to 3 accounts that I was extremely careless with. I did everything wrong. LOL I sniped all over the planet and collected all of the regionally exclusive Pokémon (Tauros, Mr. Mime, Kangaskhan, and Farfetch’d), jumped around carelessly with the bot - getting dozens of soft bans, botted for periods that were probably too long, battled in gyms - destroying people with ease, used offensive nicknames (DaClitWhisperer, LongDongSilver, and BarryMcKockiner), and basically followed no guidelines to attempt going undetected.
I think this is the PERFECT way for us to pool our information, and help each other (AND help MrNinja) figure out how to bot without getting a Niantic bitch-slap.
I am in nursing school, and my brain always seems to work scientifically. I approach many things with the "Scientific Method". That is EXACTLY what this thread is doing! The "scientific method" has been proven effective for centuries. So in MY opinion, it is BY FAR our best bet, to figure out to bot discreetly.
For those of you who aren't familiar.....the steps of the scientific method are;
1. Ask a question:
In our case, the questions is, "What criteria is Niantic using to decide who to perma-ban?", and "what can we do (or what can MrNinja change in the program), to avoid being banned?"
2. Do Background Research:
Rather than starting from scratch in putting together a plan for answering your question, you want to be a savvy scientist using research to help you find the best way to do things and insure that you don't repeat mistakes from the past.
3. Construct a Hypothesis:
A hypothesis is an educated guess about how things work. It is an attempt to answer your question with an explanation that can be tested. A good hypothesis allows you to then make a prediction. :
"If _____[I do this] _____, then _____[this]_____ will happen."
4. Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment:
Your experiment tests whether your prediction is accurate and thus your hypothesis is supported or not. It is important for your experiment to be a fair test. You conduct a fair test by making sure that you change only one factor at a time while keeping all other conditions the same.
You should also repeat your experiments several times to make sure that the first results weren't just an accident or a coincidence.
5. Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion:
Once your experiment is complete, you collect your measurements and analyze them to see if they support your hypothesis or not.
Scientists often find that their predictions were not accurate and their hypothesis was not supported, and in such cases they will communicate the results of their experiment and then go back and construct a new hypothesis and prediction based on the information they learned during their experiment. This starts the much of the process of the scientific method over again. Even if they find that their hypothesis was supported, they may want to test it again in a new way.
6. Communicate Your Results:
The final step in the scientific method is to communicate your results to others in a final report and/or a display board.....ie: THIS THREAD! Professional scientists do almost exactly the same thing by publishing their final report in a scientific journal or by presenting their results on a poster or during a talk at a scientific meeting. Your findings are very important, regardless of whether or not they support your original hypothesis.
Obviously, this method is more effective if there are more participants. So, the more people who contribute to the experiments, and report their results - the better our chances are of figuring out how to bot under the radar.
KUDOS to dncci, for starting this thread!!!!