Using the right tools for the job is by far the most important thing, but what we do is against the rules, and to get away with it you need to be untraceable. These guidelines will tell you how to leave behind no evidence. No member who followed these guidelines has ever been banned.

1: Keep your combined playing and botting time sensible. Real players don't play 24/7, to blend in we recommened you never spend more than 8 hours in one day logged into RuneScape, including your own playing time. The risk is small, after a day of excessive-use the statistical chance of a ban is less than 0.1%, but if you have a good account DO NOT GET COMPLACENT. If you are in a known RID training area breaking this guideline the same day a J-Mod is looking for RID members, consistent excessive use is strong evidence, and could lead to a ban.

2: Never leave a trail to your RS account name on any website where you have links to RID (even if it's not the account you bot on).
If you talk about RID on a public website, you are a target, common ways people give away their identity are: achievement signatures, posting screenies of stats - if you show just 5 stats, it's the equivalent of giving your RuneScape username, using the same username on a cheating website as your RuneScape account can be risky, and of course, always edit out your name (and friends names) from screenshots or videos. If you break this guideline on a popular website and don't remove the information, you are at Jagex's mercy. If Jagex manage to uncover the account of an RID member this way, they will put all accounts used by that person under surveillance, if any spend a suspicious amount of time in a known RID training area, your links to RiD will be considered genuine, and result in a ban.

3: Never talk publicly about in-game activity on a website where you have links to RID (again, even if it isn't the RS account you bot with).
For MT4 users in particular, this is an important guideline. J-Mods have access to a wealth of information on RuneScape servers, such as time spent, points earned, etc. If you give away which minigame you were in, when, and exactly how many points you got... depending on how specific your information was, it may be enough for a J-Mod to identify you in-game.
Other in-game activity RID members should avoid talking about include anything rare/unusual that could single you out including items, trades, & achievements. If you organise account, item or gold selling on a public website, you are compromising your identity in several ways, but if you avoid mentioning your links with RID, it's unlikely you will be targeted.

4: Preferably, don't bot on an account or IP address with a bad offense or botting history. Jagex have a system for tracking offenders. Simply changing IP or changing account, won't get you off the hook. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, botting in an area J-Mods are investigating (especially if you are in botting long hours), Jagex can get trigger happy with known cheaters. The longer ago your offense was, the less likely it can be successfully tracked.

You can wipe your macro offense history clean with the following steps:

(1) Retire/sell ALL your current RuneScape accounts - even those with no offenses. (Harsh, but essential if you want a fresh start)
(2) Change IP address.
(3) Create a new account on your clean IP address. It won't take long to build an account you love with RID, if you prefer to buy rather than start again, be aware someone else's offense history will then be connected to your fresh IP.
(4) DO NOT buy membership with the same card as you did any old accounts, (unless via PayPal, which sheilds card details from Jagex). (5) Lastly: never again login to ANY old account on your new IP, even to the appeal centre. If you do, Jagex will be able to link the old offense to your fresh IP and account.

5: Do not use detectable macro software to train your account. Jagex's approach to tackle most bots is at code level, with automated detection systems. For detail on how RID protects you from this, check our FAQ. Most cheating communities don't measure or understand the risks of the automated system. At this time no bot I know of, except RID, can beat it. With so many people playing RS, it's easy to avoid the detection system for a month or two, but if you break this guideline it's only a matter of time till you are caught.

6: Do not click any links to, from any page associated with RS cheating. Whenever you follow a link, the site you go to receives information about the very page that referred you. Anyone interested can read up on this aspect of internet privacy here: Although there's never been any links to RS on our site, never will, and Jagex have never used this to attack RiD... it's a surprisingly little known fact in cheating communities (who link to RS all the time), and a lot of our members are active on other sites, so I decided to add this to the guidelines. Stay safe.

7: Never talk about or advertise bots in-game. Jagex's policy is to ban anyone who talks about botting, guilty or not, if you are reported while talking about or advertising bots you will be banned for macroing.

8: If you get a ban, report it to us on the forum via support ticket, so we can investigate. It is best to wait until you've appealed to announce it publicly if you feel the urge to do so, but let us know right away. In 2009 a total of 15 players were banned, in 2010 4 bans and 1 rollback, 3 rollbacks in 2011, and we've had zero bans or rollbacks so far in 2012 - all accounts issued with bans/rollbacks were in breach of these very guidelines... However we still like to know what Jagex are up to, to keep our users armed with the knowledge they need to stay safe.

Our latest generation of bots have operated in RS every day since 10th August 2008, and it remains that no player following these guidelines has ever been caught by Jagex. RiD is as close to playing by hand as it gets. The guidelines haven't changed since day 1, and today there is still no risk other than those listed above. Years have passed without any new threat, that looks set to continue long into the future.

last updated: 18th September 2012