As many of you may already know, I was recently appointed by the site to be one of the forum moderators and the position is an unpaid volunteer. Over the last couple weeks, I have noticed an increase of players calling others cheaters and/or quitters. While I don't doubt that many of the posts merit truth, but this is in fact NOT a place to call out people or attack others.
In the past, we had post topics "Vote on who you thinks cheats". I was against this post and wrote it would only lead to trouble. All that topic thread did was increase tempers and many people who were in fact NOT cheaters were being accused falsely and their reputations were injured.
The purpose of this forum board is to help improve this site, report bugs, go over other topics related to Stratego, or perhaps some off topics and NOT accuse people of cheating, or leaving a game, or personally attacking someone because you don't like them. If you have an issue with the post/topic the person wrote, attack the issue and not the person. Be the better person and not use an abusive tone to put down someones idea.
With that said, here is what you should do you if you run into someone who is cheating or is taking advantage of game glitches to our site and this includes the draw/pause glitch to avoid a loss. I borrowed this passage from Trickz on another post.
Btw,...it's really easy to get proof of this.
Just take some print screens of the game (ctrl-alt-prtscn), open Paint, paste the picture in it, adjust it like you want and save it as a jpg-file. So if he glitches you,....then take 3 or 4 pictures of the game (one where he offers a tie request, one where he offers he pause request and one where it shows he disconnected on purpose to reload his requests).
Then write a mail to Karen Green of this site and you're done.
There are several people who followed these steps and a few cheaters have been warned and or banned.
You need to first go to your E-mail and address it to Karen Green who is our customer service rep at: email@example.com and she will look into the matter. If enough letters are written by a few players and proof is shown to Karen, then she will ban and/or reset the players stats. Please note I do not have any power to take action on any player, so I can't ban or reset anyone ratings. Please write to Karen with your proof of screen shots as for I can't do anything with them.
In the future I will take a more aggressive stance in stopping the accusing of players and personal attacks. I will either edit, lock, or delete post/threads that call out players as cheaters. Without proof its all hearsay when you call out someone and others may think its okay to start calling out other players and we run into the issue that some players who are honest are being falsely accused. If you do have the proof about the draw/pause glitch, again write to firstname.lastname@example.org and show your screen shots. Unless if it's a new bug we are not aware of and you have proof to back this claim, then I will allow the post to be written so the forum is aware of this new glitch.
As for the increase of calling out people who quit a game (runners), I say "Get over it." You still got your win and waiting 240 seconds isn't the end of the world. While I agree that player is exhibiting poor unsportsmanlike behavior, this forum is not a place to attack someone. There also may be a few times where yes that person is losing the game, but maybe they were legit when their computer locked up, ISP went down or what not. There is no way for us to determine if that player left on purpose or not, for not everyone who is losing a game left the game because they were losing.
I hope everyone understands the intent of this forum board, and if you have any questions or concerns write them here. Let's try to be civil and courteous to one another.
See you on the Battlefield,