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Wed 31 Oct 12 #1 
thaibob
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I inadvertently played a brainoff game and when I looked for my name on the list of scorers, it wasn't there. Then I saw I forgot to sign in. After I signed in, I played the same game and guess what, got them all correct (because I knew the answers already) and the score was recorded and I won.

Now, something has to change and here's my proposal:

You can't play Brainoffs unless you sign in. This prevents anyone from playing a game, then signing in, and playing the same game again.

Comments PLEASE


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Thu 1 Nov 12 #2 
kevg
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interesting, I didn't think it could allow that. possibly just a tweaking of the IP addresses but then again that would mean families couldn't play. I'm sure the boffins will check it out but well done that man for bringing it to attention.


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Thu 1 Nov 12 #3 
thaibob
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I did it with ALL the Brainoffs today; check my scores. I've NEVER scored so high. Of course I couldn't remember some of the answers so I might not be tops in all categories.

I'll keep doing it until fixed because I know some others do it as well. NOBODY could be so smart to know so much about everything.


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Thu 1 Nov 12 #4 
Ajax
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Unfortunately, some people ARE that smart. But not me.

I stay signed in permanently, and I assumed almost everyone else did. So naive.


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Fri 2 Nov 12 #5 
thaibob
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FINALLY, they cleaned this up. I tried to play Brainoff today and it immediately switched to sign-in. THANK YOU


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Fri 2 Nov 12 #6 
Ajax
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thaibob, "they" are actually other users of the system, and probably don't know an issue exists until it is pointed out. I don't think "they" left it that way on purpose. ;)


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Fri 2 Nov 12 #7 
soupy
Member

I totally agree with Ajax cause if what he said was true I wouldn't have so much trouble playing competition brainoffs!


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Sat 3 Nov 12 #8 
thaibob
Member

I agree with you both. I know that 'they' are other users and I had wrongly assumed that it hadn't been noted before. But some players have, I am sure, taken advantage of this in the past and failed to point it out.

Would it also be possible that a person could have 2 or more accounts with 2 or more separate email addresses? Just something to ponder!


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Sat 3 Nov 12 #9 
soupy
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WHATEVER!


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Sat 3 Nov 12 #10 
Ajax
Contributor

Yes, it is possible. But we don't pay money so I just go with the flow.


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Sat 3 Nov 12 #11 
kevg
The Grumpinator

Hi Bob, we have (and do) had cheats onsite before. Some of us take it seriously and once identified a private message is usually enough for them to desist. There have been occasions when we have had to launch campaigns of ridicule or insults but at the moment the site is reasonably clean.
IP addresses can identify when a person uses two accounts, however, to ban that means a family can't play. Sometimes they slip thru but, as Ajax says, it's a free site so there are no dedicated staff to deal with it.
I have taken it upon myself in the past to sort these people out so if you identify a cheat and don't want to confront them yourself feel free to pm me and I'll have a word with them.
Surprisingly several longterm members started off by cheating but soon fell in love with us all and stopped.


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Sat 3 Nov 12 #12 
jackson
Contributor

well i think that problem was due to one of Stu's recent tweaks, as it hasn't always been like that. apparently he's corrected it.


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Sat 3 Nov 12 #13 
Doctor Factenstein
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Yup. Mea culpa.


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Sat 10 Nov 12 #14 
jmaxg
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I'd just like to point something out which may, or may not, have anything to do with this.....

With junior members, I have noticed a pattern. Even though it is not overtly stated, I believe they interact with Factacular.com via email notifications on a virtually pure basis.

What does this mean? Well nothing if you are already signed in as us more experienced members know.....

Rule One - Make sure you are signed into Factacular.com
Rule Two - See Rule One.

I am imagining some junior members hitting their email link for an allotted game, getting a sign-in screen, then getting a "home page" once signed in.

What happened to the brainoff??

It is still there of course......but now under the "Brainoffs" menu tab above.

My point is, I get the feeling that some don't click on that "Brainoff" tab and just blame Factacular, even though it is not Factacular's fault.

JUST something to think about. I'm probably wrong.


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Sat 10 Nov 12 #15 
Ajax
Contributor

What email link?


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Sat 10 Nov 12 #16 
jmaxg
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You give an email address to register. All your email notifications, advice as to challenges, results of brainoffs participated in, all come to that address.

Those emails have links in them.


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Sat 10 Nov 12 #17 
Ajax
Contributor

Oh. Ta.


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Sat 10 Nov 12 #18 
Doctor Factenstein
Evil Genius

Thaibob was talking about daily brainoffs, for which there is no email.


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Sat 10 Nov 12 #19 
southshoregirl

I don't get it. I just played as different people for the practice, really. Obviously, I haven't don't it in a long time. I wish I had a list! LOL

I don't understand how Thaibob had that happen. I just stay signed in, too.


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Sun 11 Nov 12 #20 
Doctor Factenstein
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It was a problem. It isn't a problem any more.

Move along folks, nothing to see here.


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