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: People thinking you're cheating
@l-j False accusers are more annoying than actual cheaters IMO. Thankfully they're both in the minority so don't give up on live games. You can just be polite at the beginning and end, and in between you can switch away from the chat box to the dictionary or tools tab. You can also disable in-game chat entirely from settings. Probably best to simply censor those types though. Don't waste energy on it. It says more about them. As long as your conscience is clean, that's all that matters.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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@sakamvari I've been reading some useful older threads recently and, sadly, you seem to have locked a bunch of them which didn't really require locking. I wanted to add something to the one below, but I'm not able to. Why would you lock a thread like this?
RE: Unusual / interesting words found from lex
@anexparrot This one's kinda silly and not particularly interesting. Just a funny inconsistency I guess.
The other day I was checking if this was valid. Somewhat surprisingly, it's not:
For a laugh, I then went on to check this one. Sure enough, it's valid:
RE: Chat issues
@betterlate1-0 My feeling is that chat should either work consistently for everyone, or not work at all. It shouldn't randomly stop working for certain people against their wishes if they have chat enabled in settings. No idea what's going on. Probably one of the last remaining glitches that needs fixing.
RE: Poor analysis
@anexparrot The point value is to the left of that. I think the other value in brackets with decimals tries to take into account the value within the context of the game; the strategic value. It's also the highest in this instance because I was only analyzing your specific play.
You can choose how results are sorted at the bottom, as well as get more info on the 'value' option. I'll message you the link to the site if you like. I don't use it much, but it's one of the better ones out there.
@mapmakere You get that alternative message for undefined words when you view a completed game under stats or during an email game.
@jrp32 It's kinda annoying. I assume a lot of them are words that have been added to the dictionaries relatively recently, so while it can tell that the word is valid, the source they're using for definitions is outdated. Let's remember that the previous version didn't have definitions at all, so while v2 isn't perfect, it's still an improvement.