Friday, July 26, 2013

new avatars! and a touch of censorship...

I've been working on a few new features for World of Card Games over the last two weeks. This morning, I deployed the changes to the server. You should see them live today.

First, the fun feature - there are eight new avatars! I've had a few emails from people who would like to have some different avatars - in particular female ones - and it seemed like a good idea to me, too. You can see a couple of examples to the left and right of this blog post. To see the other new ones, go to World of Card Games and click on the Avatar link in the upper left corner. In addition to the avatars shown here, we now have a Businesswoman, a Scientist, a Doctor, a Runner, a Tennis Player, and a Weightlifter.

I've also added a profanity filter. This is something that's been requested a lot, which a bummer. But it's to be expected; the internet is the wild wild west, after all. The filter is turned on by default. If you prefer your chats uncensored, you can easily turn it off by unchecking the "Profanity Filter" option under Settings. Oh yeah, you can find your Settings in the upper right-hand corner of the page - just click on your username to open this panel.

Last but not least, a user pointed out to me that there was a bug in the scoring of Euchre. Yikes! A big "Thank You!" goes out to the player who reported this. Previously, when "going alone," if a player won three or four tricks, they'd be given two points. In fact they should only have been awarded one point. These are the rules according to the Pagat page on Euchre (true for both British and North American rules).

I've got more changes in store for the site; these ones are just dipping my toe in the water, so to speak. As usual, feedback is welcome!


Anonymous said...

Hi Marya

Many thanks for new features. As a regular player who has experienced an extreme abusive/profanity incident, I welcome the profanity addition. It is not so much the words that upset me, but the vitriol behind them and the fact that other players didn’t seem to think it mattered. Abuse takes all forms including verbal. It is not what was said, it was how it made me feel. I felt very violated.

Marya said...

Hi Anon,

I kind of regretted spending the time to do this; there are so many other useful features I'd prefer to be working on.

But - I think it's very important for people to feel safe and good about visiting the site. If blanking out some nasty words helps with that, then it's worth the effort. I hope at least that it turns down the "heat" of these remarks.

I am so sorry that you've experienced abuse on the site. I've only noticed a few cases of it, and I agree it's pretty nasty even observing it from the sidelines. And I find this behavior pretty odd (in any context, but especially in a simple game of cards). I wish there was something that I could do to prevent it altogether... In the longer term, I plan on having features that will allow you to play with those that you "know" better, which may help even more.


Anonymous said...

thank you for the new avatars. the female choices were a tad limited but very attractive. thank you robert. however it is much nicer to be more empowered in the wider variety of female choices and less slinky outfits. :)

also i appreciate the filter on language. cussing & cuss words are one thing but verbal attacks for no other reason than to hurt, frighten, shock, threaten, is inexcusable and changes the simple fun friendly games into abuse and is absolutely not fun.

Marya said...

Hi Anon @11:29,

Actually it was me (Marya) who added the new avatars and profanity filter :) But in any case, I am glad to hear that you like these changes! I hope I can get more changes, including bug fixes, done soon.