What is power-leveling: Players ask a lv 50 character to "leech" their low-leveled characters in various selected dungeons. A low-leveled character sits in the back of the party while only the lv 50 character kills all monsters in a speedy fashion, gaining XP for the leecher. In exchange, the lv 50 asks for gold or all the loot dropped for their services (or they may do this for free).
Problem: Players are more frequently relying on "power-leveling" services and this is doing more damage than good.
Solution: XP gained should only be activated if a character's level fits in with a dungeon's intended level of play and max limit. For example, Alien Oasis Part I has an intended level of play of 35 to 40, and it's max level limit that allows XP gain is 43. Only characters from levels 35 to 43 may get XP in this campaign.
Why am I advocating this:
- Leeched character do not understand the basics of the game. This frequently causes a lot of frustrations in parties with players that know how to use their characters. Power-leveled characters have absolutely no understanding on how to control their character because it only took them a couple of hours to level from 1 to 50. See this and this.
- Power-leveling causes too much unnecessary spam or "begging" in the forums. People asking to be power-leveled was tolerable at one point, but the amount of requests and begging has grown beyond epic proportions. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.
- Power-leveling may cause potentially dangerous scamming consequences. A lv 50 character may promise a lower-leveled character with services in exchange for gold or items, and may leave immediately as soon as they get what they need. See this.
- Players are no longer playing the game as it is intended, and will most likely lose interest in their characters. Players who have legitimately reached max level are more likely to stay with their character because they realize the time, effort, and dedication spent to hit that level. Power-leveled characters may not value their max leveled characters as much because of their mentality, "hey, it's no biggie if I quit now, since I only spent 3 hours getting power-leveled to this level." This may potentially hurt PL's user base in the long run.
Thank you for your time. Inb4flame.