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).
Admit the new version is a mistake and ditch it.
Honestly, the new version is a completely broken mess of countless bugs and missing features. An exercise in frustration. All I've seen so far is negative feedback in there. The best idea would be to employ someone to port the old flash version to HTML5 or whatever this new one is using. I'm pretty sure the user base will decline unless we get the old layout and features back. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Old version wasn't broken, this new one is. Temporary measure at best. BTW, I've been playing since Scrabulous days and never had a problem with previous changes until now.
RE: Lettering and sounds
@lexulous I noticed you've made some improvements since the initial v2 release (letters a little bigger, faint outline around the tiles, different 'J' etc), but it's still not what it should be. I made a side by side comparison of the latest board vs the board we all loved. Would be interesting to get some feedback from others. My observations would be 1: The letters on the old board are larger and fit the tiles more uniformly. 2: The previous letters are a very dark black which, along with the larger size, helps them pop and improves visibility. 3: This new board has a weird haze/filter over everything that, along with the worse font, really strains my eyes and prevents me playing for long. Like @AliceGracieA said, everything is too pale/washed out and too small. It is better than it was though.
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: 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!
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: 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?
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RE: Suggestion: make censoring players invisible to censored players.
I remember one time this person said she was censoring me because I "stacked words on top of other words." Not really sure what she meant but my point is that people censor for crazy reasons!
Yeah, there are a few of those around. Generally selfish, impatient, hypocritical types who seem to think you should be opening up the board for their bingo spots at the earliest opportunity instead of analyzing the board and playing smartly. Every game is different. Sometimes you have to stack a bit, block a bit, open things up a bit. There's usually a way out of a tough board (unless it's right near the end), so it's on them to deal with it. The accusers are often guilty of the same behavior as well and don't like it when you match their own tactics for a while. You can't win consistently by 'stacking' or 'blocking' etc all game, so people shouldn't throw those labels around. I try and respect however my opponent wishes to approach the game. That's part of the fun of winning.
RE: Sorting a topic from Newest to Oldest doesn't work.
@lolamoth I noticed that myself a few days ago. It does work, but not consistently. It sometimes needs a few attempts or a page reload before the order changes. It does need fixing though if possible.
RE: WORDLE - new daily word puzzle game
@mistertoad Possibly. The wiki page also compares it to a game show called Lingo.
WORDLE - new daily word puzzle game
I thought I'd take the time to recommend a cool game. Don't worry, it's not a competitor to Lexulous. It's basically one puzzle a day you have to solve. You get 6 tries to find an unknown 5 letter word (must be a valid word). Same word for everybody.
These are the basic rules:
This is what the initial game board looks like:
This was my first attempt yesterday. I got it on the sixth try and the word was 'TIGER':
Today's new puzzle is up for a few more hours. I somehow got it on the fourth try but won't spoil it for others.
You can also share your results without spoilers. This was mine yesterday:
Wordle 200 6/6
Wordle 201 4/6
The site is: https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/ (
there's also an app).
You can also read more about it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-59881512
And no, I'm not affiliated with it. I just thought it was a cool idea. Give it a shot.