1. Do you have any definitive solution? I do not know any protection that works 100%.However, I've been trying to fight bots for 2 years, and every time I try to do that, players stop playing.Our first season lasted 4 years (2012-2016), with bots.Our second and third seasons lasted 6 months (2017 and 2018), in both situations, the server died when we decided to ban the bots, the players stopped (all clans).It is an extremely delicate situation.
2. There is no 100% debuff, duration of a silence is 30 seconds. (retail config). But to maintain a balance, we modify some chances of debuffs that originally have a chance equal to or greater than 80%, reduced to 60%, is the case of silence.
3. As it is in our information, pollen drop in the farm zones and in raidboss 85+ or grandboss.
That would only make all players get full item quickly. It's not our intention.
Pollen was created to be an item that generates trade between players (buy/sell), not to ruin the server in 1 week.
4. We always reply, sometimes we can take a little longer, but always reply.
Players have already left because of more than "500 servers" open weekly or simply because they do not like some settings. It is impossible to maintain the initial number of players.
We believe that our server is durable, not allowing players to become "full items" in a few days, is not our ideal. It is to be a daily progress, not instantaneous.