Please could you make the letters on the tiles larger, thicker and a darker black? Maybe also add a border/outline around the tiles as well. Thanks.
Word game lover. Enjoy helping others. Been here from the start and eager to see this new version stable, bug free and fun.
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RE: Remove the Observation Eye feature to stop annoying trolls
@lefttoeshuffle I unblocked you for a while so consider yourself lucky.
Now, removing that feature entirely just to please you would be a very selfish way to do it. The best compromise would be a 'Show Observers' option in settings (preferably the in-game settings menu). That way, the person playing would have the choice about whether they wish to be informed about it or not. People like you could remove the eye for good, and people like @zaph could continue using the feature. People could still watch games as always (whether censored or not).
Your request is kinda like suggesting we remove the lobby entirely to "stop annoying trolls" (of which you're a well-known one funnily enough).
RE: Dots for banned words
So basically right now, you can never be sure whether your sentence has been received by others, but from your end it all looks fine. That's not really the way to do it, particularly when there's no logic to it.
Addition: I've been testing with a friend next to me. Separate computers, both logged in, chat enabled and working. Basic chat getting through no problem. I type "daft", followed by "g'daft friends". From my end I can see them and it looks like they went thought normally, but it's just blank space on their end. "Good afternoon" gets through fine, and oddly, so does "I am daft". So we can clearly see there's not much logic to it. You can obviously forget about using words like 'gay'. I mean, why is that blocked anyway? It's a common, tame, inoffensive word regardless of whether it's used to describe sexual orientation, feeling happy, or as an ignorant throwaway that some kids use ie "that's gay bro".
Final thoughts: I think the way they've implemented it is more offensive than the words they're trying to censor. Ditch the filter entirely. We have better options. We can mute lobby chat at any time and/or we can censor the truly offensive people. It can't be a guessing game as to whether your politely intended sentence got through or not. And why are they nuking the entire sentence containing the 'bad' word, and not just the word itself? A happy medium would be bringing the dots thing back and allowing the rest to get through. Or even a blank space for the 'bad' word as long as the rest isn't censored. If there has to be one, then keep the filter list logical and to a minimum. Nuke the most common bad guys eg the 'f' word, 'c' word etc, but not the whole sentence.
Admins should remember that Lexulous is also a social thing for many people. It's rare for people to swear just for the sake of it and the current draconian, broken implementation not only breaks the flow of chat, but is also completely unnecessary and unfairly punishes the decent people!
RE: pass confirmation?
@jrp32 Admins said recently that it's not an option during the live games for time reasons, but they've kept it for the more laid-back email games. I agree with you that it should be an option. They have a 'move confirmation' toggle, so why not the other one?
RE: Displayed Word Strength
I like it a lot. It's most useful for me towards the end of a close game. It's a little game in itself finding the higher scoring words. I think it should simply be renamed 'Score Strength' though to save confusion. It currently implies that the highest scoring move is the smartest move which often isn't the case (tactically, positionally etc). Of course, there are certainly times when it is.
RE: stop idiot trolls observing games when they are censored
You could have cut all of that vitriol and gone with a shorter, more polite version along the lines of:
Feature request: If we've censored someone, please don't allow them to observe our games.
The issue with this is that people who don't appreciate observers might start censoring people just because of that. A better option might be an 'Allow Observers' option under settings. Alternatively, a 'Show Observers' option would work, so people can still watch games as always (whether censored or not), but the person playing isn't informed about it if they so choose.
They've put some time and effort into it. If you can't appreciate it, then you can ignore it. It seems churlish and trivial to complain about it excessively.
BTW, there's an even better fix for those who aren't interested.
First, go here: https://forum.lexulous.com/category/3/creative-corner
Then click the 'Watching' dropdown button and select either 'Not Watching' or 'Ignoring':
The ignore option means those posts won't show up in unread or recent (that includes the notification icons and the lists).
Hopefully that draws a line under the matter for those with an issue.
RE: Forget this clunky site lexulous
I just renewed my subscription and find that I can no longer access the old format in any way. I HATE the new one - it is no longer fun to play, not at all user friendly, not even pleasant to view, and simply tedious. I would prefer to have my money back.
Technically, it's not a subscription. It's a reasonable one-off payment that's valid for a year, at which point you can choose to renew it (or not) at your convenience. I just consider it a token of gratitude for them providing a fun game that most of us would miss if it were to shut down. If you look at some of the awful alternatives out there, you'll see that lex is still one of the better ones.
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RE: This is not legit
@lolamoth Oh really? It's not like you explained your post clearly. Looked to me like you were suggesting that because Happysharks has a few more bingos than games played, then he must be a cheater and should be booted. What else were you implying? Guess you could have meant his rating is too high for the amount of games played. In which case you'd also be wrong.
You might wanna remove the patronizing 'dearie' as well.
RE: Random Player
@brenda-gaab-blocha I'm sensing some exaggeration here. It's impossible to always get a bingo on every move. Quitting halfway through seems to be jumping the gun a bit. Could be that your opponent had nice tiles, an eye for a bingo and good spots to play them. Try not to judge people straight off the bat. If you feel they played a suspicious number of the more obscure ones over the course of the game, you can always censor them afterwards. Remember that some people are simply good players.
@dan In my experience, it's always been thus: Censor stops their chat in the lobby from showing, but that's all.
Interesting. I think it does slightly more than that, but not as much as it should. I can't join hosted games of people I've censored as it says 'please remove from block list'. Likewise, I can't join games of people who've censored me as it says 'you've been blocked'. I think the flaw here is the direct matching via the player list. People I've censored can likely still match me that way, and I can match them. I'll test further and perhaps bring it to the attention of admins. Thankfully, like you and @ThatGuyThere202 mentioned, censoring does seem to block their lobby chat.
@dan missing marbles..is trying to start trouble again
Yeah, figured. At least it prompted some discussion on something more relevant.
RE: Playing time
How much time is being added when this happens? Whenever I press the plus symbol, it adds 10 seconds to my opponent's clock as intended. Aside from that, their time only goes up by the standard game increments after their move e.g. 10 seconds in a 5/10 game. I'll report back if I experience the issue.