thehockeyguru wrote:dagny wrote:First of all, people have been told to hide their online statuses, ad nauseum. Newer players have been directed to read old game threads and the original rules, repeatedly.
It is fair game.
I never even thought to look at the whose online section, myself. I don't hide my status because that would make me look more suspicious. Bottom line, hiding your status when you're playing this game has been heavily encouraged. Some people do, some don't, but to call it unethical, when it's within the parameters of the game, just cuz you got tripped up, is the definition of sour grapes. Take your lumps. Lesson learned, right?
Also, it is still a calculated risk. Just because someone is PMing doesn't tell you anything other than, really, that they're PMing. What if THG was a good role player? I also saw MWB PMing, voted for him, then caught up with his posts and realized, if he's a RP, he's probably good, so unvoted him. I saw the wicked child PMing, a lot, got all excited I found another, then looked at the list and saw he wasn't even playing.
With Redwill, I was just convinced he was bad by his posting. I don't know how to explain it, but I never caught him PMing. Same with Kicksave, his posting just sent off alarm bells, I never saw him PM.
Pavel has brought us a whole new way of playing this game, opened up so much more, and discovered things we never thought of. Don't hate just cuz you didn't figure it out.
This post is filled with so much BS i needed put a hankie over my nose so I could finish reading it.
I've played in probably 6 or 7 games, and I don't remember the hide your status thing, nor remember seeing it in old games instructions when I first tried to learn the game.
Additionally, on one hand, you seem to imply that from the start of the games on here, people have been told that (presumably to avoid people knowing they were writing PMs) but on the other hand you are implying that Pavel told you about it (I've been told he is the one who discovered it and told you about it). If no one ever used/was aware of this trick before, then I am not sure what people being previously told about online status has much to do with anything.
No one is "hating" because they didn't figure it out; or at least, I am not. The reason some people -- including people who weren't negatively impacted by the "trick" in any way -- think its shady is because it clearly has nothing to do with what is (or is not posted) in the game thread/forums.
The fact that only some people knew about it and it was a big secret just reinforces the shady aspect of it.
And finally, just because its not conclusive, its certainly pretty useful in building a list of possible bad guys and/or RPs, especially over time. Don't "hate" because some people found what you did shady.