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Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin
Tale Spinner

May-17-2004 13:55

Up until recently, we had not had much trouble with people using private messages to harass other players. It appears that the honeymoon is over. Iíve received several complaints about various detectives sending unwanted private messages. The accounts seem to have been set up expressly for that purpose, so deactivating them would do no good. This leaves me with a few options.

Iím going to add an Ignore User function. This might happen as soon as tonight. This should help quite a bit. Of course, if the person sending the messages can just keep creating new accounts, but that takes a little time.

Do you all think that is sufficient? There are some other steps I can take.

1) I can not allow detectives with under a certain amount of experience to send private messages. This would make it much easier to enforce the no-harassment policy. It would, however, make it harder for newbies to ask other players for help.
2) Something I have been thinking about doing for awhile, for a number of reasons, is moving away from the popup windows for private messages altogether. I could make a location called the post-office, accessible from the toolbar. You would have to go there to read your messages, and you could manage your ignore list there, etc. This would make unwanted messages less annoying, because you would see a list of messages, instead of having them pop up, one at a time. I could also expand the maximum size of messages, because they wouldnít have to fit into a popup window. Additionally, users who have their popup blockers on could receive messages. I kind of like the popups though.

What do you all think?


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Negasong
Negasong

May-18-2004 02:25

I have received a couple of harassing IM's myself, and I have to say, I like the post office idea, because there are times when I get a pop up from someone in my own agency while I'm in the middle of a case, and I'd rather be able to check it out on my own time.

Negasong
Negasong

May-18-2004 02:33

Oh and also, I have received harrassing Im's from MikeBitch, Piggypudding, and Booblover for whatever that's worth.

kouraditsa
kouraditsa

May-18-2004 03:34

I haven't received any such messages.
*feels being left out* (hehe :P)

reda
reda
Well-Connected

May-18-2004 04:06

i like holden fast's idee. pm's in the agency is really handy when in need of help or money. (u cant put any text when sending money to an agency member).

if other players want help they could use the post office or the messege board. i'm sure some1 will help pretty fast.

ignore butten is also a pretty good option. preventing a whole group of players to pm cause they have the same adress is pretty cruel , i think.

letting only payed players pm is a bit unfair to those without credit card/ us dollars checks or just poor ppl like me ;)

it is annoying to get this messeges but we just need to learn to ignore it and live with it. its a part of every net community.

Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin
Tale Spinner

May-18-2004 09:14

The ignore option is in there. I just realised that I didn't include a way to remove people from your ignore list. guess I should add that.

Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin
Tale Spinner

May-18-2004 15:31

I am now banning IP addresses on a case by case basis. As I said, I don't really like doing that, because it can cast a wider net than necessary, but alas.

I will write up a comprehensive harrassment and abuse policy.

Wayne Williams Jr.
Wayne Williams Jr.
Well-Connected

May-19-2004 00:11

I'm sorry it has to come to that. I hope the policy will help to educate other potential prankers.

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