This was prompted by this question: Idling in Team Fortress 2
Seeing as this is a form of cheating, what is our official stance? Do we allow cheats, caveat lector?
This is considered a bannable offence by Valve.
I don't care about cheating in single-player games / game modes at all, but cheats in multiplayer games (including using external programs like wallhacks and such) are absolutely deplorable, and I would hate to see this site turn into a place where you can get answers to questions regarding cheats in multiplayer games.
We allow people to discuss about actually potentially straight-out illegal operations like modding the Wii -- why would we want to deny discussions about bannable offenses?
As Jeff said:
I don't really care about legality unless it's CLEARLY illegal (linking to warez, gimme teh free softwarez, etc)
I think cheating is not a problem that will go away if you pretend really hard it doesn't exist. Cheating needs to be discussed in the open, if only for the educational advantages of being better able to tell cheaters from gifted players.
I think we should aim to be great gamers, using exploits is not a skill, it's abuse.
So I think these questions should be closed with something related to cheating, exploiting or bannable offenses.