What makes you think you are in control of this project? I mean you might have started it on SC etc. but you can in no way monitor and control other users taking part. Saying you'll end it when people invest millions in GTA:O will result in someone else taking your place/the project simply being continued by the others investing millions. I'll invest small amounts in online to check the system out but I can't speak for everybody. Greed will always be a factor and I can already assure you that most of the users in the project will surely go the greed road and use the project as a "bulletproof way" of making millions. Not everyone looks at it as "science" or a way of finding out how it works, most will probably only look at it as a means of making money.
I know, which makes it very frustrating. I'll have to remain as the leader whatever happens... but at least I've made my intentions clear for how I would like this to be operate. I realise people will go against what I'm proposing, so this is where I have to put faith in Rockstar to make changes where they're necessary. Perhaps slowing the rate of increase would be a good idea? It's up to them at the end of the day. More than anything else, I don't want to experience repercussions as a result of starting this whole project up. Anyone in the world can look at this and the first thing they'll see when they click on the finished hub thread is my warning. They can choose to disregard it, but I think it'll be pretty clear to Rockstar from their own data as to who's investing in a way that's greedy. I leave the decision to punish those people up to them.
Just let me say this one last time - What they choose to do, they do of their own choice. Not in the name of Causton97 or anyone that is following the rules of this project.
But you just said you would close it at a moments notice, if people used this project to gain unfair advantages? Now you say it's just not your responsibility if they do so because you left a disclaimer.
Let me just quote a post on this thread by igrvks - "Damn straight, my first goal in GTAO will be turning 1 million dollars into pocket change."
If this does work, which i honestly don't think it will, you're going to cause lots of people to be exploiting the game on release. It happens on all games with a market and unfortunately it starts with threads like this.
Ok let me just clarify this. While I've left a disclaimer stating that the actions of others aren't my problem, I have taken steps to try to ensure that other people are considerate of others. While their actions in-game aren't my problem, their actions when representing this project are. I don't want this shut down or for myself to be banned because of this project.
I'm literally torn right now over how to deal with this. Call it a sign of bad leadership or whatever you want, but I think you'll agree it's a tricky situation. I have you telling me to balance this out and Tim is telling me it's up to Rockstar. I just want to promote fairness for everyone!
For now at least, I have created a warning in the OP stating that these rules will only be enforced for the first 6 months. This is because there will be more and more low level players entering the game in the first few months following the release of GTAO. I've also considered Christmas and how many new players will join when they get the game as a gift.
I think in the 3-4 months after Christmas, everyone will be on a relatively level playing field. As such, we can lift the self-imposed restrictions and go wild. Then Rockstar can really test things out. I don't want them to make changes that would negatively affect everyone as a result of our actions though.