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brainbomb (39 D)
Thu 14 Sep UTC
Communism is the purest form of Government
I am going to start an American Communist movement focused on Climate Change Awareness, Redustribution of wealth, and eliminating all taxes
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DemonOverlord (489 D)
Thu 14 Sep UTC
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Webdip or r/The_Donald
Let's play a game. I'm going to post a series of quotes and you're going to guess if the quote is from webdip or r/The_Donald
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Aegon I Targaryen (14 D)
Fri 15 Sep UTC
gunboat 726
game up in a few mins. 5 minutes per phase gunboat anonymous sum of squares games. Need a few people
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Giuseppe Garibaldi (90 D)
Wed 13 Sep UTC
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Why did America elect a fat orange pervert as their president?
so strange. I'm interested to hear your thoughts
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Al Swearengen (1524 D)
Wed 13 Sep UTC
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Build That Wall
Build That Wall!
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Wusti (464 D)
Wed 13 Sep UTC
Interested parties for 101+ GR Serious Game
Anyone else feel betrayed by a broken and hideously unfair and unscrupulous GR system?
Do you think you're better than your doctored stats make you out to be?
Well here is a game just for YOU.
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Maniac (344 D (B))
29 Aug 17 UTC
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Story time
North Korea Didn't fire the missile: Hackers Did.
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CommanderByron (699 D (S))
Sun 10 Sep UTC
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Webdipia Alt-Hist Simulator 3
Here at last, fresh on the tail of the Sci-Fi Sim we have the Alternative History Sim. This time around we will be using Google Drive for a large amount of information sharing and resource management. Looking forward to GMing.
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Bromley86 (80 D)
Thu 14 Sep UTC
Paging Yonni re. ODC
Apologies to all for posting on the forum - I can't seem to pm yet.
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Aegon I Targaryen (14 D)
Tue 12 Sep UTC
Wondering about a supporting mechanic
Hey guys, is it possible for me to support an enemy troop to destroy one of my own? For example: French army in Paris supports German army in Holland to take Belgium, in which there is a French army.
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brainbomb (39 D)
Thu 14 Sep UTC
All Nude FTF Webdip group
I was thinking of posting signups for an all naked Face to face diplomacy tournament to be held in my moms basement. Lemonade and snacks will be provided. This is also an orgy. Sign up here.
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leon1122 (143 D)
Thu 14 Sep UTC
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Why did America elect a corrupt Muslim tyrant as their president?
so strange. I'm interested to hear your thoughts
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Maltir (65 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
A couple quick questions
Hey guys,
I couldn't find the questions thread, so I'm posting this here.
1) What happens if you run out of diplomacy points? How do I get more?
2) Just found out that you can only build new units in your home centers.
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DemonOverlord (489 D)
Wed 13 Sep UTC
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3 unranked gunboats
Would anyone like to play 3 unranked gunboats with me either here or on vdip? You don't need to partake in all three although I would appreciate it. Skill level can be anything from capt brad to SplitDiplomat. Only thing I'll be looking at is reliability.
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ND (680 D)
Wed 13 Sep UTC
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Supreme Court sides with Trump!!!
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/12/us/supreme-court-refugee-ban.html
Full case will be heard in October, but for now the Supreme Court agrees with Trump! Sorry charlie!
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brainbomb (39 D)
Thu 07 Sep UTC
Petition to bring back Jamiet99uk
I actually miss the lil bugger and this forum is a less enjoyable place without him. Can we discuss bringing him back as he was a good member for years and years and provided lots of humor and passionate debate.
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Hannibal76 (288 D (B))
Sun 10 Sep UTC
It's not too late. Change the rules. Send out the emails to the banned members. They will come. We just have to make sure they're coming back to what they left, rather than have them come back to this goddamn police state.
jmo1121109 (2537 D Mod)
Sun 10 Sep UTC
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@Hannibal76, you spin a fascinating tale. It's completely wrong, but fascinating nevertheless. At no point in the site's history has the number of active players who used the forum ever risen above 3%. 97%+ of the site users have found the forum useless to them. So the choices are either leave it useless to the stunning majority or members or attempt to change it for the better. Which is what Kestas has been working on lately. The new forum structure will allow threaded conversations so people like you who long for the "glory days" can be happy, while we can hopefully provide more useful content for the 97% who disagreed with you.

Cheers.

*All my own opinions (except for the stats which are facts pulled from the database) and not representative of the mod team or owners opinions.
bo_sox48 (4318 D Mod (G))
Sun 10 Sep UTC
They're representative of my opinion, personally. Couldn't have said it better, jmo. Thanks.

The new forum structure will allow us to make some changes but we haven't gotten to the point in that project where we can definitively say what those will be yet.
TrPrado (372 D)
Sun 10 Sep UTC
Lack of anarchy isn't the same as a police state, Hannibal.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
Mon 11 Sep UTC
@New Forum structure.

I will again say what i've said before, I support all decisions made to improve the site. It is Kesta's site, and (now with added Zultar) the owners have every right to make whatever.

That said, i love the simplicity of the current forums, having everyone in one place really gives a sense a focus for the webdip community. And i fear losing this.

In three years people like hannibal will be ranting about the golden days of this wonderful system we currently enjoy.

That said, i don't have to like it...but hopefully usage will increase.
Hannibal76 (288 D (B))
Mon 11 Sep UTC
Alright so I didn't look at any facts before I started talking :)
I just remembered that around a year ago (or a few months ago not entirely sure) there was a huge thread talking about how the number of people playing on the site were becoming less and less and I just decided to make a connection that apparently isn't there sorry bout that :)
jmo1121109 (2537 D Mod)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
@orathaic, yeah I agree with you where I like having 1 forum. It's just simple and entertaining. The problem is it's quite literally killing site performance. The forum (used by 3%) is the cause for a sizable amount of the database queries being run. The new redesigned version has a WAY better table structure that is intelligently formatted to keep page loads low and to reduce the impact nicely. It'll also remove the need to delete years worth of forum threads just to keep the site functioning.

So while I do to a degree wish it could remain in the single format, it's unfortunately just too much of an impediment to future site development to leave as is.
Fluminator (394 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
Wait, can we bring back the old deleted threads if you make a new forum?
orathaic (1009 D (B))
Mon 11 Sep UTC
@Jmo, i don't think the forum is killing the site.

And we don't have any evidence.

I believe that the lack of a mobile app and interface and the move away from web based browsing to phone based systems is what is killing the site. It is a trend entirely unrelated to anything we have done here.

And i'd love to see a campaign to fund-raise the production of an app.
bo_sox48 (4318 D Mod (G))
Mon 11 Sep UTC
He doesn't mean killing the site's popularity. He means that it is detrimental to the site's literal ability to function.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
Mon 11 Sep UTC
Well, again, we don't have data on that.

We don't have any A/B testing, where we can sign up 1,000 new players to different interfaces and see if one forum or another solution retains more players.

So at the moment it is very hard to see what the forum does.

Unless we can contrast with similar figures for playdiplomacy over the same time period.
bo_sox48 (4318 D Mod (G))
Mon 11 Sep UTC
Ora, read better.
captainmeme (385 D Mod)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
Ora, he means that it makes the site crash repeatedly when a certain number of threads have been created. There are also other detrimental effects on site performance prior to it getting to that point.
Jeff Kuta (2063 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
WRT usability, would it be possible to have radio buttons instead of pulldown menus? I like radio buttons (or anything similar) on phones much better. UI is everything.
brainbomb (39 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
If Jamie had simply stated he supports Antifa and all they stand for would he still have been warned?
brainbomb (39 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
If a webdip member posted a thread claiming to be a white supremecist I presume theyd be banned immediately without warning for example. Since that has no place here
brainbomb (39 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
If someone made a thread just saying "Antifa is in the right" would that count as encouraging violence
TrPrado (372 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
"Well, again, we don't have data on that."

I remember kestas at one point having to go back and removing several extremely old threads because they imposed an extreme burden on the site. That's why the earliest accessible threads only go back so far.
captainmeme (385 D Mod)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
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"several" = well over a thousand.
jmo1121109 (2537 D Mod)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
@orathaic, yes we do have proof, and yes we are 100% positive that it was the forum tables that were crashing the site. That is the entire reason Kestas had to archive off years worth of forum threads. When the forum tables reach a certain number of records there is a noticeable and provable impact to the site's performance. The more records in the old table structure the higher the page load times and at a certain threshold the site starts crashing for all users.
Tom Bombadil (1373 D (G))
Mon 11 Sep UTC
Any update on the test run forum that kestas is working on? I know there was a hiccup that didn't allow anyone to post in the initial test.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
Wed 13 Sep UTC
Jmo. Yes, the forum tables were crashing the site, and yes they reduce page load times, but i'm not sure that reduction was high enough to impact usability.

Have you looked at the attrition rates?

Do you have data for number of players signing up per week/month over the last few years? Can you see how many of those completed at least 1 game in their first month, or how many completed 2-5 games in their first 3 months?

Can you see how the percentage has changed over the last 8 years? (ie have the total conversions from creating an account to playing 2-5 games in 3 months gone up, down or stayed the same?).

Now my theory would be that initial signups are down, but percentage of signups staying on the site has stayed roughly the same.

Your theory would show that percentage staying went down as the forum size grew, and would have jumped back up when the old forum threads were archived. Have you got any data to back this up?

And in future we would hope that the new forum would serve to increase percentage staying...

If you look at the data, now and after, then we can see how well that plan works out.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
Wed 13 Sep UTC
@"WRT usability, would it be possible to have radio buttons instead of pulldown menus? I like radio buttons (or anything similar) on phones much better. UI is everything."

It would be possilbe to develop a mobile version of the site. As this is an opene source project, you can work on this your self (or try putting together a team to do it...)
orathaic (1009 D (B))
Wed 13 Sep UTC
@"Ora, he means that it makes the site crash repeatedly when a certain number of threads have been created. There are also other detrimental effects on site performance prior to it getting to that point."

He does indeed, and i hadn't noticed that point regarding slower load times, and reduced usability.

But given that this is simply fixed by archiving older forum threads (which can easily be automated) my inclination would still be to retain the current single page format of the forum. And instead of spending 10,000 Currency units on developing an integrated forum solution, to instead have spent that money on a mobile version for the iOS/android app stores.
jmo1121109 (2537 D Mod)
Wed 13 Sep UTC
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@orathaic, I'm going to answer and explain one more time giving you the benefit of the doubt that you aren't intentionally putting words in my mouth and calling me either an idiot or a liar.

Playing the have I looked this stat up game:
Have I looked at attrition rates: Yes
signing up per week/month: Yes
completed a game: Yes
Completed 2-5 no (10 yes)
Used the forum ever: yes
Used the forum more then once: yes
Used the forum more then once a week/month/6months/1year: yes
New sign ups per country: yes
New sign ups per language: yes
New sign ups per browser type: yes
New sign ups per operating system: yes
New sign ups per device type: yes
Average hits a day: yes
Average session time per user: yes
Average pages checked per session: yes
Sites we gain acquisition from: yes (One youtube gamer posted a video early in the year which got us several thousand new members in a week span so we thanked him, rather nice of him!)
Top devices: yes
Every other stat offered by Google Analytics: yes.

*For every stat mentioned above I have looked them up year over year for several years history, some going back to the start of the site.

I have looked at, and shared with Zultar, just about every stat offered by google analytics as well as doing multiple database queries myself for the few interesting things they didn't have such as # of game messages sent by users in their first game to name one. It would have been grossly incompetent to spent a significant amount of money without knowing the site usage information and trends from it.

So for the last time, when I tell you that I do know and can prove this information, I'm not lying, I'm not making things up. I've spent the time, Kestas and Zultar spent the time, the information has been looked at and considered.

The new forum is a small portion of the site changes but it is the 1 that holds up all the other ones. Adding new features into a broken database schema would be a stupid waste of money. So the database schema is being fixed first. The forum tables being corrected into a new format allows development of other features without the worry the current forum layout presents.

When I say the forum is killing the site I do not mean or reference anything related to user counts. User counts don't matter in reference to that statement. There could be 1 user or 10,000,000,000,000. If the forum gets to large the site goes down. If the forum format stays the same then adding in any new features to the site that use processing power risks the forum needing to be truncated to such an absurd degree that there'd only be months or weeks of history available. The number of users doesn't matter at all in this problem. Only the number of posts on the forum. That's the problem. In the new forum format this is not a problem at all. The forum can scale without concern for the number of posts. So once that is settled it is safe to add new features. And there are multiple planned. Go listen to Zultar's interview with the Ambassador to hear some of them.

If this answers your questions/concerns, fantastic. If it does not, please see the following:

I'm sorry you don't understand, but given our past interactions, I suspect you don't actually care and are just looking to waste my time. This conversation is considered resolved.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
Wed 13 Sep UTC
Wow, sorry if i touched a nerve, that does sound fantastic. Thanks for the info.

I can only say i didn't get what you were saying at first (performance issues with the forum) and assumed you were talking about something else (the previous conversation about how the forum needed moderation because it was driving players away). Apologies for any upset.


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brainbomb (39 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
I support Isis
In the typical form of her myth, Isis was the first daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, goddess of the Sky, and she was born on the fourth intercalary day. She married her brother, Osiris, and she conceived Horus with him. Isis was instrumental in the resurrection of Osiris when he was murdered by Set.
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Farenheit (65 D)
Wed 13 Sep UTC
New Diplomacy Map Idea: USSR Vs America
So, It uses the international map. America is Blue and USSR is Red. You know the deal
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Peregrine Falcon (1411 D Mod (B))
Fri 08 Sep UTC
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Seeking Full-Press Players
Hello everyone,
I'm looking to get a semi-anon, full-press, DSS game going.
I'd like to set the RR level at 90%, to make sure we have people who don't miss turns, but would be willing to bring it lower if necessary.
60 or 120 D would be ideal, but that is also open for change.
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JamesYanik (204 D)
Tue 12 Sep UTC
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Ted Cruz
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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Hathkin (38 D)
Sat 09 Sep UTC
New Players
see below
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Giuseppe Garibaldi (90 D)
29 Aug 17 UTC
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Do we all agree that Donald Trump is a complete idiot?
Just wondering where the diplomacy players loyalties lie. He's clearly a nutjob bad president
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DemonOverlord (489 D)
23 Aug 17 UTC
Mafia 31 Sign Up Thread
Sign ups for M31
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Oztra (85 D)
Sun 10 Sep UTC
looking for a biff
anc med, everything else normal
pm me for password
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=206126
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MonsieurJavert (214 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
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Imhotep Password?
Hey all, i'd like to join "The Glory of Imhotep". Would someone DM me the password?
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Smokey Gem (138 D)
Mon 11 Sep UTC
Game cant support hold or move yourself.Modern
Hi, game ID one rule you cant support hold or support move yourself.

gameID=206190
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
Sun 10 Sep UTC
The Shock Doctorine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shock_Doctrine

Has anyone read this?
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brainbomb (39 D)
Sun 10 Sep UTC
Detroit Lions destroy evil Arizona
LIONS ARE SLAUGHTERING ARIZONA. finally!!! We lose to them every freaking time
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cspieker (8637 D)
Thu 07 Sep UTC
New game up Tourney Simulator II
New game up. Sign up. Could be fun.
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=205982
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Uljanow (178 D)
Sat 09 Sep UTC
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About the two messed up Live games this evening
Game got cancelled before I could thank you guys for trying to set up some great games twice. We had some hell of bad luck but I had fun nontheless. Chatting with you was quite amusing.
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