Specifically this clause
Data Mining: Use third-party software that intercepts, collects, reads, or “mines” information generated or stored by the Battle.net Client or the Game(s); provided, however, that Blizzard may, at its sole and absolute discretion, allow the use of certain third-party user interfaces;
The question then arises, do sites such as WoWhead, and MMO-Champion have permission to do so. And if they do, is that giving them an unfair advantage for reporting changes to the game that have not been implemented yet.
I see more and more people that are trying to avoid seeing spoilers. I have gone as far as blocking WoWhead, ICY-Veins, MMO-Champion, and a good deal of people that work for them. I see at least a half dozen times a day where someone retweets something and all I see is a grey box, that tweet is unavailable. The game is coming at us faster than we have ever experienced, and we are barely starting a content patch before not only is the next up in the PTR, but that we are seeing it reported on. And I have to wonder.
Are we tired of being spoiled on the plot and what is to come.
Part of my frustration most recently is having to wait 8 weeks for the full Tomb LFR to open, meanwhile everyone is chomping at the bit to get to Argus. I do not even see what those that have cleared it on Normal or Higher see. I know what it is because many have posted screen shots, and I have seen discussions about it. I just have to wonder, is Blizzard doing more harm by allowing the level of Data Mining we see today, where most of the content patch is out for full view withing days even hours of the first build making it to the PTR. I understand there is a great deal of back information that needs to be uploaded to 3rd party web site data bases, and that takes time to add in, and fact check, but should that be locked behind a NDA wall until such time as Blizzard gives the ok to release? How much yelling and frustration could be avoided if things were allowed to be better tuned and finalized before the masses have a chance to see it. Obviously you cannot keep every person in PTR testing quiet. But if you find people discussing it, and issue account bans for the PTR as a penalty, would it discourage the rampant race to get any and all information out as soon as the ink on the code is dry?
Just a thought.