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Thaneofwhiterun (1521 D)
12 Dec 17 UTC
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Underrepresented minority groups.
I think that when people have been singing the praises of both vanilla and strawberry milkshakes, the truly greatest milkshakes have fallen to the wayside. Chocolate-Peanut butter shakes are the best and you all need to see the error of your ways.
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dank57 (100 D)
15 Dec 17 UTC
Anyone available to cancel a game?
I don't know the protocol or how often this happens, but the site crashed, and now Silent Partners-3 is back up, some countries' moves processed and others didn't. I watch all the games in this series (I have set up the games). I hope we're not expected to continue under conditions like these, but i'm open to however people usually handle this.
dank57 (100 D)
15 Dec 17 UTC
(I wouldnt post in the forum, but not getting a reply to email to the mods or seeing anything happening in the game ... i expect they're very busy with the site crash).
-Dan
dank57 (100 D)
15 Dec 17 UTC
Thanks kindly ... game cancelled.
wpfieps (440 D)
15 Dec 17 UTC
In the middle of what was an interesting live game:
"Database version 1.43 and code version 1.42 don't match, and no auto-update script is available for this version. Please wait while the admin runs update.sql"
then
"The site is currently undergoing some maintenance and may be unstable. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes"
then
"Dear users. It has come to our attention that due to the recent site outage, a number of people NMR'd in this game. As a result, we will be cancelling this in the next few minutes. We apologise for the inconvenience caused"

Lame

This site's administration puts forth such an effort into sanitize these forums to only contain viewpoints consistent with their political biases, going so far as to censure posts that don't conform to them. To bad this site's administration doesn't make a better effort to avoid instances like what I just quoted above. Dan was recently wondering why more live games can't get started here ... now I think he sees an example of why. It's because the administration staff cares more about their politics than they do about the Diplomacy game itself. Not at all in line with zultar's stated goal of this being "the best place to play Diplomacy online". zultar should modify his slogan into "the best place for chatting if DO approves of your politics online, with Diplomacy as an after-thought"
jmo1121109 (3797 D Mod)
16 Dec 17 UTC
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@wpfieps,

The way the site forum was currently designed was never meant to scale, which lead to the entire site crashing on a regular basis. To fix this a large number of game data and forum data had to be archived at various points, which was unacceptable in the sites desire to keep site history for everyone to enjoy.

So over the past few weeks Kestas (the site founder) has been working on modifications that improved the site forum, eliminating the database strain it placed on the site and on game processing. Today, a new mobile design to streamline playing games and using the site on phones was introduced.

Unfortunately these changes do occasionally result in down time, such as today. But that is cost of us never asking you for money to play, the cost of no in site advertisements, and no paywalls on features.

This is a completely free to play site, so when new improvements are added it can be a little rough, but the improvements made today to the mobile view and the forum are absolutely net improvements to the site.

So while I understand your frustration with the cancellation of a live game, there really is no other recourse there. And blaming that on forum moderation is absolutely absurd and doesn't make any sense.

What would be appropriate is thanking Zultar for arranging for the implementation of a new mobile site, a new forum, and at 0 cost to you.

Please note that I am not a part of the moderator team and my views are my own.

Cheers.
Durga (1898 D Mod)
16 Dec 17 UTC
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" zultar should modify his slogan into "the best place for chatting if DO approves of your politics online, with Diplomacy as an after-thought""

Yeah I've got the mod team whipped. Totally.
ghug (5046 D (B))
16 Dec 17 UTC
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The mod team spends about 1% of its time on the forum. Why do you think it's such a shit hole?

The devs took time to make improvements to the site today. Get over yourself.
dank57 (100 D)
16 Dec 17 UTC
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"never asking you for money to play, the cost of no in site advertisements" is rare, and appreciated. I'm new here, but so far it looks like things run smoothly. On sites with a community as large as this one and as many complex features as this one, that usually means there's a lot of generally unappreciated and uncompensated going on.

Dan
CommanderByron (869 D (S))
16 Dec 17 UTC
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Didn’t know Wp was a loon. I’ll have to watch out for him and bookmark him. I’ll put him above KansasBoyd and below Capt_Brad
Claesar (2336 D Mod)
16 Dec 17 UTC
I was going to solo this game, so I'm disappointed too. I strongly disagree with wpfieps though.
Octavious (1722 D)
16 Dec 17 UTC
Whether Zultar deserves wp's thanks for the new features would no doubt depend upon whether they offer any improvement. I have no doubt that there is considerable benefit for many members (huzzah!), but for some of us they're a pain in the arse. The browser that I've been using on my mobile that was previously fantastic for this site is now essentially unusable. This has been offset for me by a considerable improvement in Chrome, so aside for a short inconvenience I am no worse off. Not yet, anyway :p.

But all that aside, there's a pretty obvious lesson to be learned here. When engaging in some pretty major site tinkering let people know in advance, or turn off live games if it's easier, to avoid buggering up people's evenings. As much as it doesn't justify all of wp's comments by any stretch, it was pretty careless and people being peeved is perfectly understandable.
Claesar (2336 D Mod)
16 Dec 17 UTC
Yes, I think lessons have been learned here.
CommanderByron (869 D (S))
16 Dec 17 UTC
If I remember there was a banner ad that literally said the site would be down for an amount of time. I probably wouldn’t have scheduled a live game that day.
captainmeme (846 D Mod)
16 Dec 17 UTC
Oct - if you really don't like the mobile site, you can revert it by requesting the desktop site. On android you can do this by hitting the button with three dots at the top right and selecting 'Request Desktop Site.'
Octavious (1722 D)
16 Dec 17 UTC
@ captainmeme

Would that it were so simple. The request desktop option is painfully ineffective on numerous devices, as the vDip experience demonstrated. I believe that's why they bothered to create the opt-out. But as I say, for the time being on of my browsers is working nicely for me. It could be that other members are less fortunate.
dank57 (100 D)
16 Dec 17 UTC
CommanderByron: as soon as the maintenance banner went up, I cancelled every live nopress game I had created. Unfortunately, I couldn't cancel this one, because other people had joined. Next time, I'll ask a mod to cancel the game for me.

Btw, the previous evening, our live press game had a different bug: at one point in the game, people started cursing, and I figured out why: my saved moves suddenly disappeared, and I had to reenter them just before the deadline. Has anyone else seen this bug, or was that just unannounced site maintenance?
CommanderByron (869 D (S))
16 Dec 17 UTC
@dank - that wasn’t a dig at you. That was @Octavious since he said “let people know in advance” which I was pointing out the site absolutely did.
Durga (1898 D Mod)
16 Dec 17 UTC
I agree with Octavious. I'm trying to use that desktop thing but everything is the wrong font size and using this site on mobile has suddenly become horrific.


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CoachShack (223 D)
15 Dec 17 UTC
Might be a stupid question, but I can't remember
When a country that has gone into civil disorder is taken over by a new player in anon mode, is there a global message telling the rest of the group that the country has a new owner?
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fourofswords (520 D)
16 Dec 17 UTC
joinable games
Why are there games under "joinable" that cannot be joined? Right now there are many.
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damian (675 D)
09 Dec 17 UTC
The Ghug Question
Webdip please help us settle an argument, as per his request.
Ghug wants to know if he's a bad bitch or a basic bitch.
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A_Tin_Can (2254 D)
16 Dec 17 UTC
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WebDiplomacy github accepting pull requests again
Hello developers! Feel like some Christmas hobby time? The webdiplomacy master branch on github is now in sync with the server again, and so it's very easy for us to push changes to the site. Pull requests welcome!
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Jamiet99uk (141 D)
13 Dec 17 UTC
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(Un)Official webDip Xmas Holiday Party!
webDip members and ex-moderators in good standing are invited to the first annual webDip Xmas Party. See below for the rules.
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WyattS14 (100 D)
16 Dec 17 UTC
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Loving the mobile site!
Job well done team!
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Literary Pugilist (291 D)
13 Dec 17 UTC
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Resulting Fallacy
This article is about decision making in poker, but I think it equally applies to Diplomacy and well lots of other things too. I think a lot of players, including myself, fall into this trap of believing everything that works was a good decision and everything that doesn't was a bad one.

http://nautil.us/issue/55/trust/the-resulting-fallacy-is-ruining-your-decisions
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Foxcastle (168 D)
14 Dec 17 UTC
Looking for anonymous opponent in canceled FvA Live-117 Game
We were going to set up a practice game, but got lost when we canceled...
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Nikola Maric Eto (23499 D)
10 Dec 17 UTC
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Five years on WebDiplomacy
Cheers to you, souls! :)))
I'm high and drunk. Which is good.
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dank57 (100 D)
13 Dec 17 UTC
Brainstorming on getting more no-press live classic games
Arg! We had 6 for a no-press (i.e. no-chat) live game tonight, no cigar. And there haven't been a lot of no-press Many years ago, my FTF Dip crew had a similar problem ... some wanted and had time for no-press, others didn't, so we couldn't get 7 ... and we came up with a neat solution, which I'll share in a minute. But first ... anyone have advice on how we drum up support for a live no-press game?
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brainbomb (474 D)
13 Dec 17 UTC
ANTIFA recruitment drive
Lets get signuos going for the Webdip Antifa chapter. Given the rules we should stress that our chapter will be a non-violent one. Our focus will be bringing rainbow colored punch to racist rallies and encouraging patient nonviolent discourse about the dangers of facism. Sign up here!
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Smokey Gem (194 D)
09 Dec 17 UTC
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Non Rhyming thread
One word only and it can't rhyme with any previuos word.
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SkiingCougar (953 D)
09 Dec 17 UTC
My favorite user on webdip
Yoyoyozo is a fantastic member. He's super kind and really good at Diplomacy. Who is your favorite user on this site?
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damo666 (204 D)
12 Dec 17 UTC
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Where did Christmas points gift thread go?
Disappeared?
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CAPT Brad (40 D X)
23 Oct 17 UTC
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Oklahoma for Native Americans!
Oklahoma was cursed ever since it was stolen from the Native Americans. All the 'white' and 'brown' and 'black' and 'asian' folks (and any other non-native folks) should pack up and leave to texas or some place else and give it back. What say you?
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dargorygel (626 D Mod (G))
12 Dec 17 UTC
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Non Sequitur Thread
Here is a thread for typing arguments and statements that make no sense, and have nothing to do with the thread topic, or the previous entries. So you don't have to post them on real threads. Have at it.
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curupira (3559 D)
11 Dec 17 UTC
AlphaGo Zero
I invite the members to share any thoughts about the recent achievements of Alpha Go Zero applied to Chess.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaGo_Zero
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Maniac (344 D (B))
10 Dec 17 UTC
Famous people who play diplomacy
Just been watching a repeat of "Would i lie to you" and David Mitchell mentioned playing diplomacy as a child. Anybody know any other mentions of the game?
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dancing queen (100 D)
08 Dec 17 UTC
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New video series on Diplomacy
New project for me: Diplomacy Academy. Its still a bit rough as I'm working out the best way to execute in the format. I think there's some value to be had and its improving! https://goo.gl/yxGQbY
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WyattS14 (100 D)
11 Dec 17 UTC
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My cat is currently walking across my keyboard
He's a black cat that I inherited from someone with the name, "Fun- Fun". He likes to apodfjvs aiowpucvsjpwioarjdsvncbhoizo;adsclx zpi90432 u8 regihfjvk;czxlmlfa;dslvjcnx 0[4
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c0dyz (100 D)
12 Dec 17 UTC
Public Press
I really love public press, who wants to get a game going?
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Condescension (10 D X)
09 Dec 17 UTC
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Has anyone noticed the forum getting better?
With KB banhammered, all the nazis being ignored and laughed at rather than engaged and educational material everywhere, the forum has gotten noticabley less toxic and more useless. We need to fix this.
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Smokey Gem (194 D)
10 Dec 17 UTC
My least favourite player on webdip.
Can this be done without getting personal ??
name only no reasons ..
this should make condesension happy.
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brainbomb (474 D)
09 Dec 17 UTC
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Palestine recognizes Texas as part of Mexico
https://www.thebeaverton.com/2017/12/palestinians-recognize-texas-part-mexico/
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captainmeme (846 D Mod)
12 Dec 17 UTC
Thread for testing which emojis work on webdip
pls ignore
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Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
07 Dec 17 UTC
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S U C C C
Anyone have indoor no-sunlight succulent grow lamp general advise / specs?
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Lazy Bones (653 D)
10 Dec 17 UTC
What Defines A New Player?
Hey everyone i was just browsing the new games to see if there were anything interesting that i could join when i stumbled across a game that had the requirement of 'New Players Only' and i was wondering how to make 'New Player' quantifiable. What is the time between you join till you are considered not a 'New Player.' Or in essence are we all new players?
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Hathkin (100 D)
10 Dec 17 UTC
Is this a stalemate line?
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=209461
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