"That's called 'exploitation'", says ArenaNet.
By Tim Colwill on January 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm
An exploit in Guild Wars 2 that allowed players to receive infinite ectoplasm has now been patched, and any egregious offenders “terminated”, according to a thread on the official Guild Wars 2 forums, where outraged players are claiming they’ve wasted their time without knowing it was wrong.
The exploit allowed you to craft a Snowflake Jewellery item using a singular ectoplasm as an ingredient, then salvage it to get two ectoplasm out of it — repeat ad infinitum, and you have what ArenaNet’s Gaile Gray calls “a significant potential impact on the economy”.
“I’ve seen the numbers, and the damage to the economy could have been substantial, if the exploit wasn’t closed down and if these people were allowed to use their ill-gotten gains. People whose accounts were terminated were the worst offenders.”
“Any time you take one thing and can make two, and then four, and then sixteen… ya gotta know that’s just wrong. (I won’t quibble on the odds, but overall, that form of doubling was not outside the realm of possibility.) And to perform that action hundreds and hundreds of times? That’s call ‘exploitation’, and that’s against the User Agreement, the Rules of Conduct, and all that is holy.”