Maintain Source's Integrity - Server Browser Bot Fix & F3 Removal sign now

Dear Valve Corporation,

Please release a steam server browser update ASAP that removes new bots to go undetected in your Source applications. Recently this has been plaguing our gaming communities by hiding good servers in a mass of redirect servers. For the west coast servers alone, there are 40+ fake servers (for DoD:s) that redirect to a *single* server. When joining a fake server, the user is told to press F3 to play, and then it takes them to the actual non-redirect server. This exploit is known to be happening for CSS and TF2 as well.

As we've seen in this display of cowardice, there is much open room for abuse of your software. There is a bigger gap in popular servers and unpopular ones, because people searching for servers can't find them in the flood of bot servers. Changing the server browser to filter for bots does NOT currently detect the new bots.

We understand the modding community wasn't happy with the removal of cl_restrict_server_commands, but it was a logical and rational choice by your corporation. You've helped us before, please help us again to maintain integrity in your server listings so players, new and old, can continue enjoying your games.

In summary we petition for:
+ ASAP release of steam server browser fix to detect bots PROPERLY
+ Complete removal of server redirect (F3) option
+ An investigation by VALVE into the bot/redirect server's settings to help prevent this from happening.
+ Make it easier for users to filter out bot servers.

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For a further visual of the devastation from bot servers, here is a link to an image of screenshot I took on 10-16-07. These servers were all online at the same time, and two of the bot server names imitated another popular clan.

http://blitzdod.com/server_redirectbots_ss.jpg

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Thank you for reading this petition, hopefully we can make Valve realize that this is serious.

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