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"GERRY": Well, I personally don't suggest than anything be done about people who play slowly and take all their allotted time. It is the nature of turn based game sites. I am sure there is not a turn based game site where this issue does not come up. It is the nature of the beast. People who are that bothered by it, should probably only play at Live, real time game sites.
But, beyond that, there are people who have come up with some pretty clever suggestions on ways to help people who are concerned about it, avoid playing those people. I don't recall Fencer ever saying much about these suggestions, so I'm not sure he would do any of them.
AbigailII: Actually, you have no idea what he makes from me . I also frequently buy Brains, occasionally sponsor prize tournaments, occasionally sponsor other players, and in the beginnings of Brainking even donated some money, expecting nothing in return. But none of that is the point. I do all that happily, because I absolutely love this site.
I have actually had conversations about this situation with Fencer, and he has said that he doesn't actually live off membership fees. I am more than happy to see him make as much money as possible from this site. The more profitable it is for him, the longer life it will have. At the same time, one person making dozens of other GOOD Brainking citizens miserable is not a good thing, and probably not worth it, in the long run. Let the guy buy as many memberships as he wants, but there comes a point where he should not be allowed more vacation days. The person many are talking about had at least 105 vacation days last year (maybe even 140! I didn't keep close enough track to know for sure) There comes a point where you have to do the right thing, regardless of the few euros it will not put in your pocket.
There is certainly no harm in those of us that it affects, asking for this is there? The person in question has already abused every other part of Brainking, and hasn't been allowed to get away with it. This is just one more part of his abuse that he should not get away with as well. Why play at a game site if you have no intention of really playing?
In the end, I suppose it doesn't really matter THAT much to ME, but I know it matters a lot to others. I will always be here, and always have plenty of games going, so I hardly notice.
I think one other thing that a lot of people would like to know is, Is there a limit as to how many times a person can do this in a year. Would the extreme situation of a person buying another year's membership every other month be allowed? (Of course one would have to question that person's motives as to being on a turn based game site) Sounds extreme, and crazy, but there are people who have come pretty close to doing that. Very unfair to their opponents. (And everyone else who happens to be in the same tournaments as them)
AbigailII: I think he means that in a 2 game match, isn't it supposed to switch colors in the 2nd game? So if you were black in one game of the match, you would be white in the other game of the match. So he is wondering which color that would be classified as a win for, if one person won both games.
I had originally answered the same way as you, but then I re-read it.
Hrqls: There are a couple players (or at least one, that many know about) who has had at least 90 (possibly 120!) vacation days in 2008 because of doing this. Not fair at all to the other players in any tournaments they are holding up.
Subject: Re:I had that problem yesterday...i just closed down and re-entered BK
Nirvana: I take that back. I just tried the link in your post, and I still see the problem. Odd. The ones I checked last night were all like that, and when I checked THOSE just now, they were back to normal.
Snoopy: Oh, I read your question incorrectly. You were wondering if YOU block someone if they can see your tournaments. If you would like to test that, block me and send me a PM letting me know, and I will test it out.
Fencer: Oh. I don't recall seeing any choices, there. (That doesn't mean there wasn't any, lol) I just did what I have always done, entered my log in information when taken to PayPal, and click Pay. I will have to look into it further the next time I use it.
I wonder why it never used to be a problem for me. Thank you for pointing that out.
Charles Martel: I don't know. I don't use it for much. But for a little while now, nothing has been instant when I have used it. I also used it to pay for membership at another website (in USA) and it was a few days before they received the payment as well. (And this was at least a couple months ago). And as I mentioned, I bought brains here a couple months back, and I think it was almost a week before Fencer received it.
I have wondered if it is somehow that I have my account there set up in such a way that causes it to take longer. I have used it for years though, and it seems as though it always used to be INSTANT. (Even when buying brains/memberships here at BK)
I do remember that when I bought another year this weekend (to take advantage of the "red dot") that I got a message here on the site that it produced a bad code from PayPal(or some such words) but that it isn't a problem.
It doesn't bother me so much. As long as it goes through eventually. I just wanted to warn people not to leave their payment until the last moment, if they were taking advantage of the Birthday action.
Mousetrap: Also, I don't know if you use PayPal, but for some reason it seems to take a while for the payment to reach Brainking now. The last time I bought Brains, it took almost a week, I think! I bought another year this past Sunday (and got lucky with the red circle), and it hasn't gone through here yet. So, we know it takes at least 2 days anyways. So, keep that in mind, that it probably won't be "instant". (Of course, it could be different from Europe, and with other payment methods)
anastasia: Of course you can have more than one browser. I still have IE on my computer because some sites don't work great with firefox. You can use two browsers at once, so it really doesn't have to affect your surfing habits at all.
Subject: Tournament chart/links missing from game ending messages.
I just noticed that when I get a message telling me that a tournament game has ended, there is no link to the tournament in the message, nor is the tournament chart in the message. I looked back in old messages and they are gone from those messages now as well.
Are others able to see the latest blog entry at brainking.info? When I go there, I just have the titile of the article at the top, and the rest of the page (where the article would normally be) is blank. (The normal stuff is on the right hand side)
Also, never there before, at the top is a box to enter a password. I logged in to the site, and still see no article.
Just wondering if it's just me. And if it IS just me, what can I do to see the article?
LionsLair: and even if they are in the pond, they cannot play. It will not let them bid in the pond. If the pond is just starting, their bid will be zero. If they became a pawn in the middle of a pond going on, their last bid will be their bid until it causes them to fall in.
Subject: Re: Just leave the fellowship. Very simple.
Bernice: Well again, if it's that bothersome to you, the simplest solution is to leave the fellowship.
I agree, it's all very childish. It's too bad some people have no clue what is inappropriate and what isn't. Seriously, the places these immature polls have come from, are not even the smallest surprise.
The polls are only advertised on your Main page if you are a member of the fellowship.
Personally, I like seeing the fellowship polls I am eligible to vote in, there. If you don't like the polls that are being generated by a certain fellowship, why be in it? Just leave the fellowship. Very simple.
Fencer: Maybe it could be broken up like other pages of the same sort. A section for Polls needing your vote, and a section for polls that you voted in? That way it is easy to go back to the page and click on the poll and look at the results.
Or maybe 3 sections. Open polls needing your vote, Open polls you voted in, and Closed Polls.
ruby2shoes: If you click it, it takes you to Brainking's "Bug Tracker".
Fencer added it to all pages, so that if there is a bug, and you click the "bug" on that page, bug tracker will "take note" of the page where you discovered the bug. (For example if you click it from a game, the URL of that game will be in bug tracker, so that you don't have to remember to specify which game you have spotted a bug in.)
rod03801: I just went and had a look. The "User Self Registration" is the part that CAN be confused as the log in area. It isn't. The correct log in area, is just below the area that lists recent "comments". (On the right hand side of the page.) You will see "User Self Registration".. then "Comments", (with a list of.. um.. about 15 recent comments to different blog entries), then "Powered by Serendipity", then "Author Log in"
Subject: Re: Anyway, i copied my message from there and here it is, sorry, really!
beach: No, there is obviously something not being done correctly. (Not surprising, as it can be a bit confusing). I just posted a comment on the blog just fine. To reply to a post, scroll further down on the page to the log in. (There is an area that at a quick glance looks like the log in, but it isn't. I recommend scrolling ALL the way down, and gradually scrolling up. You will then see the appropriate log in area.) Once you log in, you will then see the "reply" links. When the blog first came about, I had a hard time, and found I was trying to log in to the wrong area. Give it a try.
Bernice: But regardless of all that, I think the main point is that no one here HAS to give a confirmed address. If everyone knew that anyone outside the EU didn't have to pay the extra, everyone could just say they lived in any country outside the EU.
So, even if it was true that Americans (or whoever) don't have to pay the "VAT" tax, there is no way currently to prove that you are or are not American (or whoever)
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