To clarify, rather than spamming the 1017, just try to log in once, if you 1017, sit on the character screen and do something else, check your email, throw some laundry in. Come back after a few minutes and try again. Both times I tried this, I clicked to log in and was already at the top of the queue and logged right in.
So in short. Being logged in to the character select screen already puts you in the 1017 queue to queue. No need to rapid click.
The problem I have with this theory is that my experience two nights ago was the exact opposite. I started up the game, and tried logging in every 5 minutes or so and kept getting Error 1017. After about 45 minutes of this, I completely closed down FFXIV and started it back up. I then managed to get into a queue on my first try.
I tried this last night as well, but the "trick" of shutting down FFXIV and restarting didn't work. So it was probably coincidence that I got in that way the night before. But if my ability to get into the queue is based on how long I've been at the character selection screen, it seems highly unlikely that I would have gotten in so quickly two nights ago immediately after restarting the game.
Lyonheart, like Eorzia, will be reborn in FFXIV!
FFXI veteran (Lyonheart and Lakiskline of Lakshmi)
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