I agree with Tolc, everyone had every reason to believe was an intended feature. Calling it a "bug" is inappropriate.
27 days ago
Between the way the tool was demonstrated by staff, the lack of comment from staff to the contrary, the use of the tool in this manner by staff and players alike for two months with no sign of backpedaling or repercussions from staff; using the DnA on placed diorite had ALL the appearance of being an intended feature, and should be treated as such.
If, months later, it is deemed too OP and needs to be removed, fine. But until such time as it can be removed, it's fair game and time for adjustment needs to be allowed. Slapping a vague "oh wait no" on the lounge of all places, months later of all times, and letting it fall on the players to bear the brunt of the inevitable confusion is a poor way to handle it. If you're gonna change a rule, it needs to be handled with *far* more clarity and openness. I had no idea about the restriction on using the pickaxe (in the most obvious way to use it) until somebody was banned for it. That ain't right. If you're going to only communicate a rule to certain people when everybody is already innocently using the pickaxe like that, and then ban them because now they know, it just looks like selective treatment. I'm not saying that's what it was, it's just not a good look.