First off, thank you Silver for making a thoughtful effort at combating cheating (multi-scoping). I think have you endeavored to come up with a creative solution to a problem which I am sure consumes a lot of your personal time; time that could be better spent developing new or improved aspects of the game. But, I do not believe this tool will enhance or benefit the player experience or the game environment. Also, I feel that this tool will have more of an adverse affect on the community, instead of a positive one.
First, their will always be cheating (in the form of multi-scoping) as long as we (players) are permitted to have our household family members play with us or 'together'. Each family situation is different. Some players I know only play together because their lives require them to be occupied with work or family at the same time. The tool only validates what a lot of people may already know about a player; that two players are in the same location and deploying at the same time. The tool does not tell you what the intentions of the player(s) are or why those operatives deploy at the same time (ie: what their personal lives dictate for time dedicated to playing the game). It is my view that the tool will generate a lot of false positives, since you have to verify each case independently. The tool will just provide the public with the means to harass or potentially defame or at the least character assassinate a player in the forums, FB, Twitter, etc., before any investigation by yourself has been conducted or concluded. This will result in players quitting in frustration.
Secondly, the presence of the tool works against the positive/fun aspects of the game and replaces those aspects with negative and divisive attributes. Now, instead of focusing on team building, strategy, relationship building, working together, etc., the tool becomes the nexus for dividing people, breaking relationships, working to disrupt or de-harmonize the game experience. I almost feel that more people will spend time on this tool checking to see whether two players 'could' be potential cheaters than actually playing the game. I envision the forums blowing up with cheater accusations, screen-caps of alleged cheaters and fights and arguments over banning people. In essence, I see this tool diminishing the entertainment value of the game and further dividing the community.
Thirdly, there are inherent privacy and abuse concerns I see with this tool. An op could put his/her own name in and that of a player they wish to 'hone' in on for the purpose of physically stalking them. Three ops could drive around a suspect target's home or business for several days, deploying when the target is deploying and using that data to triangulate or guesstimate where someone is, or is not. I understand it wouldn't be real-time knowledge, but it would be enough information to generate a pattern of behavior for that person (ie: when they are home or not, when they are at work, etc.). We have had problems with an operative in our area stalking one of our local players. We believe that player is so obsessed that they would use this tool to potentially "get" to our faction member. Our faction member is considering quitting if this tool goes public because of the privacy and abuse concerns. Other faction members are considering quitting because they are upset that their cube money is being spent on development of this instead of the game itself.
Lastly, QONQR has been around for nearly two years with few changes to the game experience and storyboard. It is our hope (paying players) that our cube purchase go to enriching the game and not creating more divisiveness and paranoia. We already have plenty of that. I will be the first to admit I have made reports to support regarding multiscopers, but I would rather live with cheaters and defeat them through recruiting and positive faction culture instead of introducing a tool which could have very detrimental affects to both the player community and the spirit of the game itself. Instead of focusing on the development of cheater detectors, I would personally like to see new weapons, missions/quests, new metrics and leader boards, new in-game communications, etc.
I know it is a complex issue, but I feel that the best way to handle blatant multiscoping is to talk to the operatives and investigate each case separately and privately. I understand it is more time consuming, but, divert some of those cube purchases to hiring a few more folks to do the investigative work instead of deputizing the public. Mass hysteria never ends well...