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.
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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.
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: racist players and poor players
@thuy-nguyen The chat records are saved under completed games now so I'd suggest reporting it to firstname.lastname@example.org or via https://www.lexulous.com/v2/contactus. Give them the game number(s) or a screenshot. Hopefully they'll get a ban or a chat block and learn from their mistakes (should they return with another username). And censor them of course.
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: Why does session timeout so quickly?
@anexparrot I've noticed this as well. It got noticeably worse recently and is very annoying. I shouldn't have to log in constantly any time I want to visit a different part of the site. The site is welcome to log me out if I've been sitting idle in the player list for an hour or so (i.e. how it should be functioning), but whatever they've done needs sorting out asap.
RE: Mogethin - Hello in Yapese
@agentcarter Not gonna lie, these are pretty interesting and make a nice change from some of the negativity on here. Credit to you and @sakamvari for doing them and highlighting some of the lesser-known languages and cultures. Makes me wanna travel now.
I was just reminded of a hilarious parody travel book I read called Molvanîa: A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry. I'd recommend it to anyone who needs a laugh and appreciates Borat style humor:
RE: Use a heavier-weight font on tiles
@lolamoth3 I agree. I've mentioned this several times. The letters need to be bigger (so they fit most of the tile), thicker and a dark black. How hard is it to use the same style as the original board and email board? Unless this is rectified, I'm done with this game.
RE: Scroll bar is missing
@mapmakere I noticed that as well. You should be able to use the right hand edge of your touchpad. You might also have two finger scrolling enabled so try swiping up or down using two fingers. But yeah, they need to put it back. It was also missing from lobby chat.
Remove the two step pass
I'm getting an extra confirmation dialog every time I pass. This wastes valuable time, particularly when you need a quick pass towards the end of the game to gain a little extra time. This is also problematic for those who play fast games with a low time limit. I have move confirmation turned off in settings, but there's no pass confirmation toggle. Just combine the two under a general 'confirmation dialog' option.