Let me just clarify (for the record), that despite my last topic being prematurely and erroneously locked by a Moderator, this topic is not a continuation of the alleged "advertising" I was falsely accused of, but merely a capitalization on the topic of gift codes.
I would like to touch on the Moderator claiming that the purchase of "license keys" is against the TOS. According to a Moderator response, the One Major Rule section prohibits the purchase of license keys (which isn't correct, it is under Using Our Game). In reference to my last topic however, I was discussing the purchase of a gift code which is clearly defined as two separate entities in the Minecraft EULA:
"... you cannot pass on or resell any licence keys. You may however give gift codes that have been bought through our official gift code system."
This clearly leaves the legality of purchasing gift codes open for interpretation. It does not explicitly prohibit the sale of those codes (makes zero mention of it) and how someone chooses to "gift" a gift code is ultimately up to the end user (especially if that code is being "gifted" for a lower price at no cost to Mojang). I've seen a number of reputable users on this forum "donate" to assist someone with purchasing a gift code and/or accept donations to purchase a gift code which isn't much different than purchasing one from eBay.
To keep this as short as possible, I'm just going to offer a few extra counterpoints to this Moderator's assertions regarding the "TOS".
There are giveaways, trades, and sales listed on this very forum for Minecraft gift codes.
Countless Minecraft servers accept "donations" in one form or another, which is also expressly prohibited by the EULA.
There are several third-party development teams that re-brand and repackage the Minecraft server repo and market it (without reprisal).
To be quite frank, my thread should not have been locked. It was an inquiry regarding the safety of purchasing gift codes, nothing more.. nothing less. After spending the last 12+ hours doing online research and contacting a few other Minecraft junkies I know, it turns out that purchasing and/or trading for gift codes is quite common and not nearly as scam-prone as some users would have me believe.. and it absolutely isn't against the TOS.
I felt obligated to post a correction on the misinformation provided by the Moderator, and a general 'thank you' to those that made an attempt to assist with my question.
If you feel your infraction was unjustified, it is best to put this sort of argument inside the infraction PM you received. If you feel that that discussion was not going anywhere and the moderator was "not listening", ask them to add their Forum Admin, who would be the last word on any such dispute. Complaining about your infraction in a public section does nothing but get third parties to comment on your situation, despite having only one side of the story, and is not the appropriate way to get your infraction removed.
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You took my post out of context -- no infraction was issued, nor did I ever mention an infraction. The Moderator posted incorrect information, accused me of advertising (completely unnecessary), and then locked the thread. The only "advertising" was a link to an eBay listing that I was contemplating purchasing.. just for reference for readers. Clearly I'm not the seller of that listing as the seller is from the UK and my IP is US-based, visible to any Moderator (I'm extremely familiar with IPB software).
This topic is a counterargument directed at the ludicrous response I received from a Moderator and the ignorant choice to lock the thread when there was ongoing inquiries from a potential new user.. as well as an attempt to obtain additional feedback. If anything, it was discouraging as a potential customer and certainly indicative of a poor standard of service (recruiting player-Moderators with a superiority complex). If not for my surprising fondness of the game's sandbox concept, I'd probably have moved on by now.. but the Mod's response irked me as well, thus this topic.
On a side note, I see that my topic was moved to "forum discussion and info" which has absolutely nothing to do with the subject of this message. It really is quite remarkable that in just 24 hours I've experienced such an inane level of dimwitted support and disrespect.
What? It does mention them and it does prohibit them, and you've quoted the very part that says it does yourself:
"... you cannot pass on or resell any licence keys."
As I titled my topic, that tidbit is quite ambiguous. The EULA clearly defines licence keys and gift codes as two separate entities. At no point does the EULA declare them to be one and the same, and for good reason. A licence key is attached to a physical copy of the game, while a gift code is just that.. a gift code. Why leave that part of the EULA open for interpretation then have Moderators go berserk when inquiries are posted?
"People are getting away with it" not a counterpoint. If someone gets away with theft, does that make theft suddenly okay? I do not think so.
That's like comparing apples to oranges. It's mighty convenient however, that literally hundreds of such posts are going unnoticed, especially when an overwhelming majority of them have large numbers of views and responses. I didn't register an account yesterday just to do favors for a Moderation team that has already shown a complete lack of respect in such a short amount of time -- I'm here to post inquiries as a potential customer.. or is that prohibited as well?
Nobody except the server owners themselves have any sort of control over what servers do with their donations. Good faith is placed server owners that in that server donations are being used to pay for the server upkeep, not for actual profit.
Yet the benefit of the doubt is provided when these "owners" are sharing links to their servers here on the forum. I've encountered several servers who have formed their own LLC due to the revenue generated from their communities. Ironically, potential customers asking about gift code functionality and the purchase of them is the primary target for the Moderation team instead of these type of posts.
And your inquiry was answered. What difference would another twelve posts repeating the same thing would have done?
No, actually.. it wasn't. I also asked about alleged "gift code discount" cards that were mentioned by another user, and was about to ask how a gift code can be canceled once it's been used. Please do not presume to know whether my inquiries have been resolved or whether I have more. You have no right or business doing so.
You're commenting on an action taken on a thread, this is where the topic belongs.
As well as reopening the discussion that was unfairly closed as a result of action taken on a single sentence in the entire thread. What is so difficult to comprehend about that? If the link was prohibited, it could have been removed and the discussion allowed to continue until my inquiries had been answered to my satisfaction, and I'd have been on my merry way. Instead, I've been targeted, ridiculed, and disrespected by a couple of glorified yes-men. I was nothing but polite in my initial posts.
As I titled my topic, that tidbit is quite ambiguous. The EULA clearly defines licence keys and gift codes as two separate entities. At no point does the EULA declare them to be one and the same, and for good reason. A licence key is attached to a physical copy of the game, while a gift code is just that.. a gift code
A gift code is licence key that a user is, as the name implies, allowed to gift. Being a gift makes it no less of a key attached to a copy of the game, and a licence key does not inherently mean there is a physical copy involved at all. A licence key is purchased to allow the claim of ownership over a digital copy of the game, the same thing a gift code entails, by differentiating because "licence key is attached to a physical copy" is not a solid statement over the difference of the two items. I do not see the definition of licence keys and gift codes being "clearly different" as you mentioned so point it out for me.
Just tell me if there's something wrong with my reasoning, but it seems fairly clear marketing a gift code is similar to reselling a licence key, which I think they do indeed cover in the Eula.
I'm not interested in arguing semantics any further. It's quite clear that any inquiries into something users consider "taboo" or "beneath" them will result in similar degradation of topic, regardless of what I'm "supposed" to know despite being a new user. I'm particularly not in any mood to sift through the handful of posts made here to curry favor with the moderation team, or simply to jump on a bandwagon. I asked my question, did not receive a proper or complete answer, watched my thread be locked prematurely.. and now this topic. At this point, I'm finding myself more and more discouraged from purchasing the game at all, let alone doing so via the site. Can't say I'm surprised. I'll certainly keep in mind not to waste my time on this forum in the future.