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Subject:People are morons
Time:09:47 am
As most of you know, I run a backgammon server and have for about a decade and a half. A recent demographic shift toward mobile users has caused an increasing number of people to drop connection mid-match and not resume. As a response, I made a small server change last night such that users who have more than 25 unfinished games are blocked from inviting people to new games.

This morning I had this email:
Gosh you are funny?

I really do LOVE the change you made about saves, Truely!!!! Even though I really could care less if you got into trouble, the good part of me says I MUST say something. A lawyer told me you can NOT enforce your new rule about saves until you (if you have the authority) change the rules that come under the home page. It says NOTHING there about not being able to invite because of too many saves.

I guess I'm supposed to quake with fear and immediately restore his ability to behave badly? Oops. I just giggled at him instead.
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clutch_c
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Time:2010-05-12 05:22 pm (UTC)
People ARE morons. Some thoughts...

A limit of 25 saved games is very generous. Anyone above that is probably an abuser.

On the Internet Chess club server, here's what they did to deal with this problem. There is a flag each user can set to agree that a dropped connection results in a loss. Once the flag is set, invites can be limited to players that have a matching flag.

With backgammon, where pip count is easy to calculate, you could also force a loss rather than a save if the difference in pip count is large enough.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-05-12 05:31 pm (UTC)
Pip count isn't a good measure of equity.

There are lots of somewhat esoteric technical limitations around what I can and can't do to deal with the problem. The biggest is that most of the client code isn't being maintained, and I have to maintain backwards compatibility back to the stone age. There's one real solution but it takes a lot of work on my part.
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adbjupe
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Time:2010-05-12 06:37 pm (UTC)
I'd post something on the home page saying: Per request of a single user, here's a rule clarification:
1) My Server, my rules, I am the boss/queen/kahuna here
2) refer to rule number 1
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adbjupe
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Time:2010-05-12 06:41 pm (UTC)
Damn, now I have the image of Patti in some kahuna outfit in my head. There's a second image of her doing a New Zealand tribal dance.
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tiurin
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Time:2010-05-12 08:05 pm (UTC)
So this guy is complaining that a free service that he uses has changed its rules? Wow.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-05-12 08:15 pm (UTC)
Actually, a free service that he abuses.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2010-05-12 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yes. They are.
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whitebird
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Time:2010-05-13 06:01 am (UTC)
The morons, they are rampant.

I vote for the following new rule:

"Moron asshat emails get to be turned into the MOTD at my sole discretion and entertainment value."
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slowjoe
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Time:2010-05-16 11:32 pm (UTC)
Genius.

Patti, PLEASE respond in the MOTD.
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slowjoe
Subject:Funny
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Time:2010-05-15 08:13 pm (UTC)
As far as cheating scum using a free service can have a point, a rules page/news page/motd update wouldn't be a bad idea.

It's actually a funny story to me. There are two new "laws" in the internet:

1. You can't argue with the software.
2. Everyone perceives cyberspace to be an extension of the their bedroom/living room (depending on where their PC is located.)

And boy am I glad that I'm not a client of the lawyer in question!
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Funny
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Time:2010-05-15 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, it was clearly announced in the MOTD.
Starting today, you won't be able to invite anyone to a new
match if you have more than 25 saved matches. You'll still
be able to accept invitations from other people, and to
invite opponents to resume unfinished matches.

It's hard to get much clearer than that.
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