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      Is this real?

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      I was questing on my new fire character and I was in ravenwood when I was approached by this death wiz named Edward Shadowforge and asked me if I wanted to do a survey for a pack. I was pretty confused so I asked him if he works for KI and he stated that he didnt but rather was a "partner" or a volunteer for KI and that KI was sending emails to players with older accounts to ask for help with gathering feedback. Eventually I agreed to this and he gifted me a pack as promised. I decided not to show the questions because the chat was long enough, but I did screenshot them if you all want to see it. Basically, he just asked me how long I've been playing wiz and how often i play, along with things I like and dislike about the game. Simple stuff. I wanted to share because I've never seen this before.

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      Re: Is this real?

      I mean, maybe...??? But probably not.

      I have pretty high doubts that KI would be emailing veteran players trying to get them to obtain information from other players. This seems incredibly unlikely.

      I know KI takes the whole "impersonating an employee" kind of thing very seriously (as they should!) so doing this kind of thing would really create a grey area there.

      Then, KI would most likely have to reimburse the player for the pack they were going to gift the player. KI giving accounts crowns to gift other players for information seems even more unlikely!

      But... there is only one way to find out!
      @Sparck whats up with this?

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      I was questing on my new fire character and I was in ravenwood when I was approached by this death wiz named Edward Shadowforge and asked me if I wanted to do a survey for a pack. I was pretty confused so I asked him if he works for KI and he stated that he didnt but rather was a "partner" or a volunteer for KI and that KI was sending emails to players with older accounts to ask for help with gathering feedback. Eventually I agreed to this and he gifted me a pack as promised. I decided not to show the questions because the chat was long enough, but I did screenshot them if you all want to see it. Basically, he just asked me how long I've been playing wiz and how often i play, along with things I like and dislike about the game. Simple stuff. I wanted to share because I've never seen this before.

      Yeah, umm, NO!

      KI has made a huge issue of pointing out that anyone working on behalf of KI in the game will be identified as such by their "badge".

      This is a great way for people to fish for personal information as they hide behind "innocent" questions.

      If you see them, report them ASAP. Better to be safe than sorry.


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      Re: Is this real?

      That would raise a big red flag for me! I can't see KI doing this ingame. And as it was mentioned, the Wizard would have something indicating "KingsIsle" in their name / title. I would suggest that you send an e-mail to [email protected] and also copy [email protected]. @Sparck would see the 'community' e-mail. Send them as many screenshots as you can. Also give them 'your login that you use to access the game, and the name and Level of your Wizard', so that they can help you faster. Do not give them your password. They don't need it, and they never ask for it!

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      Re: Is this real?

      Quote Originally Posted by Pegasus Unbound View Post
      Yeah, umm, NO!

      KI has made a huge issue of pointing out that anyone working on behalf of KI in the game will be identified as such by their "badge".

      This is a great way for people to fish for personal information as they hide behind "innocent" questions.

      If you see them, report them ASAP. Better to be safe than sorry.

      Yeah they didn't ask for any personal info. Like I said all questions were just for my opinion on the current state of the game.... There wasn't anything malicious about the interaction if I'm being honest. Just thought this was strange as I've never seen KI do this. He didn't have a badge, maybe that's why he claimed to be a "volunteer" or "partner".

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      Exclamation Re: Is this real?

      From what I've seen on another Wizard101 social media site, probably yes. Several Players have reported such surveys along with confirmed Dev sightings. The Dev didn't have a purple name or a KI Staff badge equipped either, but was most certainly a Dev since they had a 100% Speed mount named "Vlad's Super Fast Jaguar." This is indicatory that not all KI Staff may equip their identifying badges in-game, so it's more likely that these people giving out surveys are legit.


      They also always deliver on their Packs too, so even if they aren't Staff I wouldn't complain too much!



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      Re: Is this real?

      Quote Originally Posted by JaredSpellFrost View Post
      From what I've seen on another Wizard101 social media site, probably yes. Several Players have reported such surveys along with confirmed Dev sightings. The Dev didn't have a purple name or a KI Staff badge equipped either, but was most certainly a Dev since they had a 100% Speed mount named "Vlad's Super Fast Jaguar." This is indicatory that not all KI Staff may equip their identifying badges in-game, so it's more likely that these people giving out surveys are legit.


      They also always deliver on their Packs too, so even if they aren't Staff I wouldn't complain too much!


      Sorry, this makes no sense. If KI wanted to get feedback from players, wouldn't they email them directly, rather than asking players to help them in game? Someone either has an employee badge or they don't; word-of-mouth or even a "special mount" does not verify that they have the authority to help KI. Personal info may not have been asked for, but the claim is obviously intended to create trust, which can lead to that down the line.

      Pretty sure that KI would not look kindly on anyone who implies they are acting in an official capacity, whether of not they claim to be staff.

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      Arrow Re: Is this real?

      @1234

      Hey, don't shoot the messenger. I'm just relaying relevant information I've seen on an unofficial Wizard101 fansite from the "frontpage of the internet." The fact that several Players have reported such surveys gives more substance to the legitimacy of this whole affair and should therefore be taken into account.

      It may make more sense for KingsIsle to send direct emails with these polls, but since when has anything KI has done in the past 3 years made sense? My guess is that KingsIsle is off sourcing these surveys to other employees or a separate company, which would explain the lack of concrete identification. And a 100% Speed Mount is practically a guarantee of KI Staff or an unheard of and obscenely potent exploit.



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      Re: Is this real?

      Considering how often Kingsisle feels the need to warn players about keeping their accounts safe, to me this does seem like a questionable method for gaining opinions about the state of the game. Kingsisle CM's and developers are moving more and more to social media for community interaction, and it would be so simple for them to do such polling on their social platforms. Recruiting in-game pollsters seems too "old school."

      On the other hand, if the pack reward is given and none of the questions were personal -- unless there is some hack method that involves keeping a player occupied in chat for a period of time -- I hope this is legitimate, even if it isn't very professional.

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      Re: Is this real?

      Aside from whether or not this is real or not, this is a questionable method for collecting data lol It would be much easier and more organized to composite survey questions through an actual formatted survey rather than just coming up to random players and asking, sure it will give a very vague sense of one player's experience but it is hardly generalizable, whatever that player learns from your experiences in the game, they cannot accurately use. Also leaving the questions as open-ended as they are, that's basically asking for a mess and half. If this were Ki developers trying to say something about the public community of w101, they would most definitely be frowned upon by the whole of statisticians everywhere and honestly if the company had any intention or purpose in learning something, I don't think they would do something this reckless...

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