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by kestasjk
Mon Dec 25, 2023 5:57 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Christmas Drawing Give-away
Replies: 144
Views: 26956

Re: Christmas Drawing Give-away

Happy Xmas and congrats to all the winners! Looking forward to shipping out some board games and mugs, I have to say the sample mug I got myself came out pretty well; definitely will be happy to have it on my desk at work.
by kestasjk
Sun Dec 17, 2023 9:12 am
Forum: Feedback/Bug Reports
Topic: any hope to have web site designer hide the Google Recaptcha badge?
Replies: 2
Views: 1214

Re: any hope to have web site designer hide the Google Recaptcha badge?

Thanks for the heads up. We don't actually even use recaptcha anymore now that we have the custom map-based bot query, so I'll remove this.
by kestasjk
Sun Dec 17, 2023 7:22 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Announcements should only be posted by moderators
Replies: 25
Views: 6654

Re: Announcements should only be posted by moderators

Thanks so much for all of the clarifications kestasjk! I was wrong about the existence of Discord-based games -- turns out the one thing I was looking had a Game Master who was manually adjudicating orders 0.0 I'm curious whether this webDip Discord is the official one: https://discord.gg/Q6PtSZc Y...
by kestasjk
Wed Dec 13, 2023 11:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Are Atheists inherently amoral?
Replies: 38
Views: 6155

Re: Are Atheists inherently amoral?

I think religion works well for a lot of people and that's great. As long as you don't push your beliefs on others / judge others I think do what works for you.

No -ist is inherently immoral.
by kestasjk
Wed Dec 13, 2023 11:32 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Christmas Drawing Give-away
Replies: 144
Views: 26956

Re: Christmas Drawing Give-away

Sorry if I’m being blunt, but can I ask why? There is no incentive for you to do so (if I understand this right) and someone like me who hasn’t yet donated to the site could easily put in a name and take a prize. Or is it just for fun? Why not? I think it's just for fun. Call it the world I’m livin...
by kestasjk
Tue Dec 12, 2023 3:40 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Announcements should only be posted by moderators
Replies: 25
Views: 6654

Re: Announcements should only be posted by moderators

This all raises super interesting questions about what WebDip should be and who it is for. I love the old-fashioned early 2000s feel of the forum. I find it extremely refreshing in 2023. It definitely isn't the sort of thing that grows a community all on its own. But it's something unique that keep...
by kestasjk
Tue Dec 12, 2023 1:49 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Announcements should only be posted by moderators
Replies: 25
Views: 6654

Re: Announcements should only be posted by moderators

I'm an oddball on my generation, but as a high schooler I will note that I greatly prefer an on-site forum to discord or reddit. I don't think it needs much if any changing, but I do urge you not to remove any of it in favor of some "nuetral" social media platform. Yep I like having our own forum t...
by kestasjk
Tue Dec 12, 2023 1:44 am
Forum: Feedback/Bug Reports
Topic: BlighterDalekBots~in World Variant games?
Replies: 3
Views: 1566

Re: BlighterDalekBots~in World Variant games?

Unfortunately that's pretty unlikely to happen MM: We can tweak the parameters of the AI model, e.g. make them easier/harder, chattier/quieter, less/more rude, truthful/deceptive, etc, but we can't (without buying supercomputer time and a *lot* of effort) train new models that would know about a dif...
by kestasjk
Tue Dec 12, 2023 1:32 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Bot Talk
Replies: 56
Views: 45841

Re: Bot Talk

Apologies if this has been asked previously, but are the bots playing PPSC? You mean are they playing to win or are they optimizing for supply centers? I'm almost certain they're playing to win, but not 100% sure, I'll ask when I next get a chance Also, did someone once mention that y’all have bett...
by kestasjk
Sat Dec 09, 2023 8:56 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Announcements should only be posted by moderators
Replies: 25
Views: 6654

Re: Announcements should only be posted by moderators

I guess it comes down to whether or not the purpose of the forum is to support WebDip gameplay and grow the community of Diplomacy players. I would argue that this forum is distracted/distracting from that purpose in a variety of ways. Personally, I prefer this platform and think it’s a shame that ...
by kestasjk
Sat Dec 09, 2023 6:59 am
Forum: Development
Topic: New Board UI testing
Replies: 63
Views: 18735

Re: New Board UI testing

What device and browser are you using? Could you post a screenshot?
by kestasjk
Sat Dec 09, 2023 6:58 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Redirect to Beta Map for non-logged in users
Replies: 1
Views: 1263

Re: Redirect to Beta Map for non-logged in users

Try adding &view=dropDown to the request, I think that should do it
by kestasjk
Wed Nov 08, 2023 8:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Open Position Heros
Replies: 5
Views: 3647

Re: Open Position Heros

BrianBaru wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2023 4:36 pm
Yes, the scoring on takeovers here really hurts rankings, but I play for fun and don't care about rank. I hate seeing games go bad, so I step in. I've played many games with those other two guys.
Appreciate it, and I'm hoping we'll be able to correct that before long (hopefully retroactively)
by kestasjk
Wed Nov 08, 2023 8:37 am
Forum: Feedback/Bug Reports
Topic: Civil Disorder Take-overs
Replies: 53
Views: 17572

Re: Civil Disorder Take-overs

Glad to see people seem generally in favour of this.. Always hard to know whether the forum reflects what the majority of players think, I suspect if I made the change I'd get at least some people up in arms, but it's feeling at least plausible. Tbh- I personally enjoy the points system. I think usi...
by kestasjk
Tue Nov 07, 2023 10:24 am
Forum: Feedback/Bug Reports
Topic: Forum still plagued by advertising bots
Replies: 12
Views: 4141

Re: Forum still plagued by advertising bots

Damn .. just noticed another spammer. Whoever it is was hiding links to some crappy game website for kids so that it couldn't be seen in their post. Based on the messages and timing it's definitely a person, probably someone affiliated closely with the site. I guess it doesn't matter that the forum ...
by kestasjk
Tue Nov 07, 2023 10:08 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Does this website violate copyright laws?
Replies: 4
Views: 3673

Re: Does this website violate copyright laws?

Yeah it's kind of a strange law.. I feel like the music/film/tv industry get crazy strong copyright protections, but board game creators probably don't have as much lobbying power. I think because a rulebook describes a method you can't copyright / patent a method or some such. The classic example i...
by kestasjk
Tue Nov 07, 2023 3:37 am
Forum: Feedback/Bug Reports
Topic: Civil Service Medals
Replies: 43
Views: 4265

Re: Civil Service Medals

I guess the only way you might be able to tell is if the orders were clearly not in the bot's interest / not optimal for itself / would encourage you do to something that might benefit it. Then you might realise that it's not generating text based on a logical order but on a pseudo-order. (But that...
by kestasjk
Tue Nov 07, 2023 3:26 am
Forum: Feedback/Bug Reports
Topic: Civil Disorder Take-overs
Replies: 53
Views: 17572

Re: Civil Disorder Take-overs

The only important difference between the two is that with GR the rating you stand to lose in a game (the "bet", in points terms) is relative to your current rating (multiplied by a factor based on the game type / press type), instead of a set amount that's set when the game is created and is the s...
by kestasjk
Tue Nov 07, 2023 3:16 am
Forum: Feedback/Bug Reports
Topic: Forum still plagued by advertising bots
Replies: 12
Views: 4141

Re: Forum still plagued by advertising bots

Site visibility is way more important than stopping occasional spam posts on the forum IMO. What good is a spam-free WebDip with a dwindling player base? This is just for the forum. The analytics don't point to a lot of new users arriving via the forum, but I'll keep an eye on it. The stats are fin...
by kestasjk
Tue Nov 07, 2023 2:49 am
Forum: Feedback/Bug Reports
Topic: Civil Service Medals
Replies: 43
Views: 4265

Re: Civil Service Medals

I'd love to see whether the bot could do better in some circumstances by indulging the lies it crafts with its pseudo moves. Maybe the bots are unconvincing liars, so the default to selectively-volunteered truth is better for them? I actually have the opposite intuition - in my experience a well-tu...