It's fundamentally poor design of the game that:
1. Gear can be changed mid-fight
2. Gear is intentionally released that is only good for WSing, Casting, TPing, etc.
So why don't you tell me what other successful MMOs incorporate those two asinine elements.
This is thus no different an issue than Lamps being a giant bowl of bile. That's why I listed those things: They are all bad to intentionally bad game design that the players have developed workarounds for. If you want to decry any of those things, you have to decry all of those things. This makes you a cheater for just using FFXIclopedia, because you're using an external source to bypass the intent that you have to pretty much randomly click on everyone and every random ??? point in the whole world to progress in some quests.
They're all cheats. There is no 'tiering' here. Every method I gave is a workaround to sh*tty game design, and I guarantee you use two out of four of them at least. You don't get to be on the fence here: Either they're all cheats or they're all workarounds.
Do you see how stupid this sounds now? SE makes bad decisions constantly, players develop workarounds constantly. Sometimes SE fixes things, sometimes SE gets butthurt and bans half of their 5th percentile playerbase. In the end it's always SE's incompetence that cause the situation to begin with.
If you want a more fair parallel, it'd be like if you could only get to the 'upper' part of Yuhtunga Jungle through Ifrit's Cauldron when Rainy weather occurs on Firesday, which let's say is about once a RL month. Some players will park a Tractor mule on the upper ledge to get people up there, others will position hack up the ledge. Let's say a new HNM was up there that spawned once a week (more often than you could actually, legitimately, get up there).
Which of these is cheating? BOTH! Both methods are a workaround to poor design. One is a method that involves giving SE money to get around it (paying for the mule, likely a whole account lest the owner not be able to Tractor himself) while the other is a violation of the TOS.
But which one would people use? I'd say they'd rather get banned and not give SE money than give them extra money.
Edited, Jun 26th 2012 9:27pm by Raelix