Can you even play then again? Skillcapes were out for all of a couple of months before we experienced a huge surge. I've given you lots of links, even a direct quote from Andrew that cites macroing exploded in 2007. Anyhow, glad my reply can make you'lmfao' if you have given me such wonderful responses. I was 15 at 2007 and I had 99s. Like, what can you have a spreadsheet you're compiling over the OSRS gold previous 15 years? Lmao.
Again, literally nothing skillcapes that was joins was mentioned by you to bots and world trading. None of those links addressing world trading mentions skillcapes. Hilarious horribly your perception fails and you still think you're right. They mention many thousand folks got banned for buying golden within months of Skillcapes' launch. Once botting's explosion was obvious for all to see throughout 2007, why the hell would I maintain a spreadsheet?
I do not have Jagex directly stating skillcapes caused botting, only that RS2 was out for more than two years until Skillcapes came out and we did not have rampant botting. However in 6 months of Skillcapes being out F2P worlds were inoculated together with them and tens of thousands were banned every week for buying gold. Your passive tone with every reply whilst offering absolutely nothing is shit btw.
Poster. Correlation does not equal causation. Bots increase based on ease of accessibility to computing, knowledge that Runescape is one that may be botted for gain, and number of players in general. Botting will increase as the playerbase or celebrity of Runescape increases, since there is more money. Skillcapes alone didn't cause this increase.
I really don't have a counterargument for your point especially. I just felt like saying that personally, while in theory that the argument that Runescape would be better without them may be right, I would be interested in that match. Max cape and skillcapes would be why I made my 1 and only OSRS accounts and they're the reason I continue to play Runescape. Just a few thoughts.