I know I might get bashed but here is a new comer point of view for what it is worth:
I am not long back on the server I do love the game and I am very happy I get to play and have fun on it again though I think I can give another perspective to that matter:
Even though hacks exists and people might use them which is disrespectful and denotes a clear brain deficiency if you ask me.
War2 is not the only rts/competitive game out there that is hackable look at Starcraft for example, there are things you can prevent and things you will never reliably catch (like macros) the question is how it is handled overall how big of a drama it makes.
Let's look at the big picture now war2.ru is roughly <100 players online at its best hours.
We want more players right? Players especially new players they want to have fun
they want to play an old game and enjoy their time doing it they want to play too.
Sometime they are good most of the time they are pretty bad lets be honest here not every one played the game before.
The point is there is one thing that I am pretty sure of: negative attitudes, elitism, aggressiveness, and accusations of hacking these just look terrible from outside, that just does not sound fun at all.
Knowing this is a freaking 20 years old game that not more that 100 people on the whole planet play at one point in time. How bad do you want to win knowing how worth is the competition from that perspective anyway?
Let's take a guess on effects of our actions/talking on the server and its players:
By complaining and spamming
a guy that you legit think is hacking on war2bne channel or insulting
someone publicly what are the odds the guy was actually really hacking and if he was how much is that going to help the case vs how much are you harming the fun of everyone else
on that channel by whining about it or bringing that up?
Now consider you've been insulting/spamming/whining about it for about 10 min (sometimes its even more) on that public channel
you were on.
How likely are you going to catch the attention of a new player that will read that and think that the game is straight broken and full of hackers, or that it is full of whiny/bad mannered people and in both cases come to the conclusion that it's not fun or worth downloading do you think?
More than fixing hacking I would recommend fixing attitudes and by that I don't mean new rules and stuff I mean just people trying to behave and have fun.
So far I think I only played one game with a hacker inside it who actually said he had a hack from the very beginning and he was actually terrible and he lost it because he was also very new.
I am not going to lie I laughed my ass off. And for all other games I played, I never felt like I was cheated on, maybe I was and in all honesty, I don't really care I had fun playing most of them that's the point isn't it?!?
Now about welcoming new players and having fun doing it:
When they are totally new sometimes I just put them in a team as a bonus and sometimes you don't even see one grunt from them (actually happened on HSC the guy just played sim city while the rest played normally I think Yamon was in that game which was a pretty fun game series)
I think bringing/allowing new players in your games that do play horribly bad might teach you something else about the many ways to have fun, these guys they just want to have fun, sometimes you are in imbalanced team with good players and you face new/bad players, in this case just make freaking skeletons and rangers and forbid yourself ogers for example give them a chance.
Trust me you will have much funnier games if you don't always play for the win but try to make up rules to balance things up and make the game fun for everyone.
And yes you can say that with smurfs its hard to balance, we never know players level we could though make a elo based on IP addresses and bla bla bla but you know what? Most of the time people are honest on their skill levels and if they are not well you play one game and you are fixed, usually its fast and the next game you pretty much know what you are dealing with.
So yeah conclusion hacks exists yup that's sad. Now what? Do we really want to keep complaining about something that is barely noticeable by most of the player base in a public and loud way?
Does it do the game, the server and all of what is fun about it really justice?
Or shall we all try to handle these problems in a more mature way to make sure it is not overshadowing all good the game has to offer for new comers?
(this reply is not about that forum post in particular more about hacking and the way it comes up in general)
Love and baguettes <3