• I'm not a programmer, but I know there's a common thing you can put in a program – I forget its name – that will periodically check for a condition and perform a defined routine if it exists. It looks like something like this is needed for the now-frequent score-thermometer screwup, but better yet would be for the bug to be identified and corrected so that the problem doesn't keep recurring.


  • They could call it the 'Scoremometer' and trademark it.


  • @dan-mitchell
    "Scoremeter" wouldn't be bad.


  • @roymccoy Yep, that works. Let's see if they do anything about it.


  • @dan-mitchell
    I prefer "Score strength" (was that your idea?), with maybe calling it the score thermometer or scoremeter... or scoreometer! (pron. scorAHmuhter)... informally. But I don't know why they're insisting on leaving it "Word strength", which is wrong as was properly pointed out. If they can make the Define button blue (I suggested green, which is probably why 🙂 ), they can make it "Score strength" rather than "Word strength".


  • @roymccoy It's 'move strength' at the moment no?


  • @roymccoy - "periodically check for a condition and perform a defined routine if it exists"

    5 REM Flashback to 1964
    6 N = 0
    10 INPUT "IS SCORE THERMOMETER WORKING, YES OR NO";A$
    20 IF A$ = "YES" THEN 50
    30 IF A$ = "NO" THEN 60
    40 PRINT "YOU MUST ENTER YES OR NO." THEN 10
    50 PRINT "GREAT!":END
    60 N = N + 1
    65 IF N > 17 THEN 80
    70 GO TO 10
    80 REPORT TO HEADMASTER'S STUDY:END


  • @dan-mitchell said in SCORE THERMOMETER DOWN YET AGAIN:

    @roymccoy It's move strength at the moment no?

    The last time I saw, yes. I don't have a play at the moment so I can't check it.


  • @roymccoy

    My order of preference (including examples of how they appear onscreen) would be:

    1: Score strength: 55%
    2: Maximum score: 55%
    3: Highest score: 55%
    4: Score: 55%

    Number one is a nice compromise between being logical and not messing with the current naming scheme too much, but they all describe the actual function pretty well with less room for confusion.

    The following two shouldn't be considered:

    Word strength: 55%
    Move strength: 55%

    I'd eliminate the following ones because they'd look wrong (even though they nicely describe the actual tool itself):

    Score meter: 55%
    Scoremometer: 55%
    Score thermometer: 55%
    Scoremeter: 55%
    Scoreometer: 55%

    And in response to your earlier question, yes, I suggested 'Score strength' simply because that's exactly what it is. 'Move strength' is wrong and misleading because a lower scoring move can often be a strategically stronger move in the context of the game. It could confuse some people and potentially make them worse players if they rely on it too much without fully understanding the purpose of the tool.


  • @dan-mitchell
    I agree completely and have consistently favored "Score strength", though I may continue to informally refer to the thing itself as the score thermometer. We could use some upvotes on this, though God knows what might prevail against the [...] of [...].