Answers regarding the Gifters Banned debacle are proving interesting...
After seeing that my reaction was kind of... 'hmm'. I mean, it's an explanation of halves- it doesn't tell us the whole story. However, after nosing round on the forums though I came across some more info.
It seems (another) website glitch enabled people to download Simpoints for free, and it looked a little something like this:
So far kerby has admitted to using this method to 'illegally' gain Simpoints but I don't think there has been word from Alexurt, so it's unclear whether all those banned were in fact guilty. It definitely answers some questions though doesn't it- namely of how people could afford to gift so much, but it also raises others. I guess things aren't quite as black and white as expected- it's not a case of Simmers Good, EA Bad.
I'm going to be honest though... if I'd have come across the free Simpoints link you can be hella sure I would have used it, and I know I'm not the only one.
Some Simmers did a 'bad' thing, they got what they deserved, but to be perfectly honest I don't blame them. All the uber moral people out there are understandably going to be outraged about this, but me? Eh, I don't think I'm in any position to judge.