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« on: August 22, 2011, 04:57:57 AM »

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|  I want one day where I am not providing a forum for people        |
|  to be rude and obnoxious to each other.  I want one day           |
|  where there are no droppers, no dumpers, no people complaining    |
|  about the dice, and nobody accusing the bots of cheating.  I      |
|  want one day where I am not hosting incessant interpersonal       |
|  abuse and bickering.                                              |
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If you miss FIBS while it's down, and you really want to log in, then think about that for a while.  Think about how much you enjoy FIBS, and how sad you'd be if it went away for good.

If you're wondering if this is because of something you've done, and your conscience is even a little bit guilty, then it is.  If you've ever abused someone on FIBS, it's your fault.  If you've ever dumped matches, it's your fault.  If you have multiple accounts, you're to blame.  If you've deliberately dropped on someone, or even not resumed a match when you had the opportunity to, you're guilty.  If you're constantly bickering with someone on FIBS, you caused this.  
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011, 07:44:17 AM »

Enjoy the day, and lets hope it has the desired effect.  Like banging your head against a brick wall, the pleasure in just 'stopping doing it' is immense...
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011, 08:13:28 AM »

It seems to me that there are two problem areas here. Those related to play issues, cheating basically and those related to shouts.
99% of regular fibsters don't drop, dump or abuse multiple nicks. I can't speak for phone users, but most of us would happily lose them anyway. It's a great pity that Patti has to spend any time at all dealing with this, but while Fibs is a free server, there will always be a bit of it. Share the load Patti. I am sure that one or two reputable regulars would be happy to help with a bit of admin. I would, as long as it doesn't require programming skills.
I would estimate that less than 1% of fibsters ever shout at all and and of those the very great majority are not offenders, but shouts is still a problem area for Patti. I see three solutions. The first is to ban a few more problem shouters. The removal of those that we have already lost has immensely improved shouts and discouraged the worst abuse from those who remain. The second is to shut down shouts altogether. I expect that tourneybot can be adapted to message or tell everybody for tourneys or even be the only allowed user. I would willingly give up the pleasure that I get from using shouts to retain fibs.
The third is to allow a bit of load sharing. There are plenty of fibsters with good judgment who never abuse shouts, so use two or three of them to operate monitor, warning and then removing those out of order.
It's great that you provide Fibs Patti and if you pull the plug one day, who could blame you? Perhaps if you get in a little help around the place it will seem less of a chore and more of a pleasure.
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 12:13:39 PM »

There are plenty of fibsters with good judgment who never abuse shouts, so use two or three of them to operate monitor, warning and then removing those out of order.
 


And don't forget to create a committee to decide what consists of being out of order...
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2011, 12:18:17 PM »


99% of regular fibsters don't drop, dump or abuse multiple nicks.

I think Patti said, "have" multiple accounts, not "abuse".
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2011, 12:24:44 PM »

I know you don't mean that seriously, nor is it a good idea. If we have a monitor, it would be a personal judgment, just as it is when Patti does it. It would however mean that when someone is in the grey area, they get a monitor warning and if they want to go on with it, they get gagged. It's just an idea that might deter people, can't do any harm and might do some good.
Patti did say "have mutiple accounts", but she has always made it clear that she was not concerned with that if not abused, hence I interpreted it as meaning abused.
No, before you ask, I don't think that I would be a good candidate for monitor.
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2011, 01:03:42 PM »

Of course I wasn't serious. The implication I thought was obvious though. What is proper to some, is abuse to others. What some see as witty sarcasm, others see as an attack.

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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2011, 02:24:35 PM »

If you're wondering if this is because of something you've done, and your conscience is even a little bit guilty, then it is.  If you've ever abused someone on FIBS, it's your fault.  If you've ever dumped matches, it's your fault.  If you have multiple accounts, you're to blame.  If you've deliberately dropped on someone, or even not resumed a match when you had the opportunity to, you're guilty.  If you're constantly bickering with someone on FIBS, you caused this.  

I would say that one or other of those points applies to, if not everyone on Fibs, then 99%.

Just as an example, let's look at Dorbel, who puts himself forward as a 'reputable regular' - guilty of at least two of Patti's 'crimes'. This is not an attempt to score cheap points or 'bicker', but merely an indication that Patti can't trust anyone else on Fibs to share the load, beacuse we are all guilty to some extent. It could be reasonably argued that Patti herself has been guilty.

Those who think they are not involved, or adopt a smugger-than-thou attitude, really should have a look inwards.



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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2011, 04:23:22 PM »

I did not say "If you've abused multiple accounts..."  I said "If you have multiple accounts..."

Having multiple accounts is a flagrant violation of the rules of FIBS.  I've looked the other way, but if you have multiple accounts and you haven't first gotten permission from me then yes, you're part of the problem.

The social problems on FIBS tend to be clique infighting to a large extent.  I can't think of anyone on FIBS who I would trust to deal with that particular nightmare. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2011, 05:20:21 PM »



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This is not an attempt to score cheap points or 'bicker'

Actually, it is.

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I would say that one or other of those points applies to, if not everyone on Fibs, then 99%.

I don't think that 99% of fibsters are guilty of anything at all. The overwhelming majority, never shout, play nice, finish their matches and are model citizens. Many of those who do shout never shout anything offensive from one year's end to the next.
In the end, it isn't what any of us think that matters. It's what Patti thinks that counts and anybody who has a problem with that can go and play somewhere else. If multiple nicks is a problem, by all means clean them out. If what some people shout is a problem, ban another dozen or so for life if that is what it takes.

Let's discuss the problems and try and find ways to deal with them, ideally without the personal digs. The "I can't discuss the problem rationally, but I can jeer at you" attitude is one of the things that stinks out shouts. Let's not do it here as well.
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2011, 05:44:08 PM »


Actually, it is.


Actually it's not - I think I should know better than you what my intention was  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2011, 05:52:41 PM »

Your intention in naming me as somebody who is, in your opinion, guilty of some of Patti's crimes is obviously personal. It's somewhat disingenuous to pretend that it isn't! I note that you haven't withdrawn it or apologised, something that you would surely have done if your intention wasn't to "score cheap points or bicker".
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2011, 07:54:17 PM »

I have already told you what my intentions were dorbel. Obviously you know better and I think that my origional intention has been vindicated by your responses. Patti can trust no-one because of the clique-mentality which is ingrained in even the most reputable members.

I note you haven't apologised for, or even admitted to, any of the 'crimes' of which you are guilty. This is not 'my opinion' but fact.

My intention, yet again, my friend, was to try to expose hypocricy and show that Patti can'y trust those entrenched in the clique-mentality.

Let's forget the petty squabbling and try to remember that it's not all about you.
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2011, 09:06:43 PM »

Wow.  It took HOW MANY messages before you guys started bickering?  Thank you for illustrating one of the problems so perfectly.
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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2011, 09:09:36 PM »

Ty Patti - my work here is done.
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2011, 06:20:39 PM »

I laughed so goddam hard I had Pepsi shooting out of my nose.

All this time I thought that when Vic and I were shout-banned that FIBS would become the Utopia longed for by others. Now it turns out that not only hasn't the abuse diminished, but Patti has to do something she never had to do in my and Vic's worst moments............SHE HAS TO SHUT FIBS DOWN FOR A DAY !

I have only four words to say about this tragic series of events................ BWA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Bob

depersonalised by Diane, have a nice day.
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2011, 06:48:17 PM »

Maybe you want to try tigergammon.dyndns-home.com port 4321 during that day.

Don't forget, if you never played on that server, you first need to register. It is done the same way as on fibs. Use the adequate features of your client.

The server is a clone of fibs. It has some minor flaws. The beta will be released in fall some time.

The website (tigergammon.com) is in German only, but I plan on releasing an English version, soon.

Have fun

Andreas
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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2011, 12:28:08 AM »

Check out tigergammon.com.

English version is available now.

There are issues, of course. Biggest problem is: JavaFIBS doesn't register properly. I am working on that.
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« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2011, 12:23:53 PM »

I was rather surprised at patti's apparent level of exasperation. I had thought the overall tenor of FIBs shouts had greatly improved and was much more friendly than in the past.

For those that actually like to play backgammon, its really one of the best servers to play at.









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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2011, 12:32:25 PM »

Me too, to be honest. Then again, I rarely shout and rarely even have the shout window open when on Fibs, so wouldn't really know.

BTW Moon - I think we play in Fibstyten tourney if you would care to e-mail me regarding setting up a 'date'.

No hijack intended Smiley
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