The Final Fantasy XIV devs issued a series of changes to its conduct policy earlier this week, clarifying the rules around stalking and harassment (and erotic role-play) and providing more details about how the penalty system works. But those were just public clarifications of rules the devs had already been using behind the scenes. The only actual rule changes regard advertising on the Party Finder, and in a new update the devs have provided some additional context on why those changes have been made.
The new rules ban advertising help for clearing duties via the Party Finder – in other words, you can’t sell clears there. You can, however, advertise the fact that you’re buying clears. Mercenary activities for in-game rewards are totally okay with the devs, it’s just that real-money traders were posting ads for gil-driven clears when the real transaction would be for actual money.
“Though the situation varied with each region,” global community producer Toshio Murouchi explains, “there were an enormous number of cases where RMT vendors created recruitment listings in the Party Finder under the guise of mercenary activities, which hindered normal players in their use of the Party Finder. The changes made at this time are intended as measures to rectify this situation and promptly crack down on fraudulent recruitment listings.”