ex·ploit | \ ik-ˈsplȯit , ˈek-ˌsplȯit \
exploited; exploiting; exploits
Definition of exploit (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : to make productive use of : UTILIZEexploiting your talentsexploit your opponent’s weakness
2 : to make use of meanly or unfairly for one’s own advantage exploiting migrant farm workers
The word exploit is not necessarily a bad thing. You can exploit a gold mine, or your own strengths against someone else. In this particular case, we are talking about exploiting the mechanics of the game. To be fair, many of us exploit many things to our own advantage, but some of these are intended. Mankind instant build, PR military bases casuing happiness, t2 syntis strengths ECT. What is unintended, at least many players feel, is the overpopulation loophole and certainly, the oversized fleet sizes.
I was personally one of the first to stand up and say “play the game! Let the devs call out who is cheating because we dont really have a solid grasp on what cheating is in this game!” Not exactly those words, but you get the idea. They took a look at it and made a decision, but IMO, the devs should re-vist this topic.
Ummmmmm… I mean… This is exactly what this does, unless you think that exploiting game rules with the specific intention of trolling or conquoring someone without climbing the leaderboard, then its not cheating?