We had a new, low-ranking member join just after war matchmaking was complete. We thought nothing of it, because low-ranking members tend to have a lot of churn, and we welcome anyone (or at least we did…).
After the war, this toerag posted the following in our group chat, and I quote (including all grammar mistakes): “Hello guys, I want to add little something to your future tactics. Sometime its useful to have spy in opponents alliance. Like me)))) And good luck and good game to all of you!”.
I have screen shots of both the offending player and the alliance we were facing, which I will not post here, to avoid breaking the forum’s rule against naming and shaming, but IMO if there were ever a case where this rule could be broken, it’s this one. This game is supposed to be fun and alliances are supposed to encourage camaraderie. I don’t want to have to worry about whether every new addition to our alliance might be a spy. It also certainly violates the spirit of the whole “PlayApartTogether” movement.
We’ve since changed our alliance to invite only, but would have preferred not to.