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Rule 7 no longer exists due to an update.
This page is being preserved as a historical article.
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A macroer chopping a yew tree.

Rule 7 prohibited using third party software to obtain an advantage in game. It was one of the original Rules of Conduct, but as of 11 May 2009, this rule now falls under the Honour category. This rule was introduced to stop the macros, or illegal programs which automatically train skills or perform other boring tasks in the game. An infamous example of software that wasn't necessarily malicious, but was deemed against Rule 7 was the SwiftSwitch program, which was used to quickly switch between worlds. When SwiftSwitch was announced to be illegal, a riot that would later be called the Rule 7 Protest was held. The punishment for macroing was a permanent ban for all guilty parties.

NOTE: All instances of macroing, including those not listed on this page, are still reportable under the 'Macroing or use of bots' subsection of Honour. The punishments for guilty parties have changed somewhat; see Macro for more details.

Legal Third-Party SoftwareEdit

Some websites could be used as a slight advantage and not break this rule. For example, SwiftKit (a legal version of SwiftSwitch), help sites and many fansites could be used to help player. None of these broke Rule 7, but Jagex strongly discouraged using them.

Breaking Rule 7 from Jagex's Point of View (Historical)Edit

"You must not use other software to gain an unfair advantage in the game. This includes automation tools, macros, bots, or auto-typers. You may not circumvent any of our mechanisms designed to automatically log out inactive users.

You also must not use any RuneScape-specific third party software which encourages breaking of our rules, or bypasses the normal navigation of our website, or automatically requests pages from our website, or which endangers user accounts."

ExampleEdit

Person 1 looks like a default character, does not respond to conversation, and continuously trains skills for days without stopping. Person 1 also quickly moves up in skill ranks at an inhuman pace. Person 1 is training at a rate that is inhumanly possible, and is online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and is frequently logged out by the six-hour session limit.
Person 2 could report Person 1 for using third party software and breaking Rule 7.

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