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Players who aren't actually playing

In Yahoo Hearts (an likely other games), there are players who don't actually play but, instead, hog up multiple tables at the top of the list of available tables and then sit in the chat area and BS.

The biggest culprit in Hearts is a guy who changes his name occasionally: currently he is using "Obama_the_skank" but he had been using "Obama_the_shank". (See the difference?)

I don't care what he does or says in the chat room: free speech and all. But he hogs up as many as 5 tables and just sits there. He becomes host by joining the tables when a seat opens, then patiently waits until he is the most senior player left, which makes him the host. He does this EVERY night.

Can't you include a feature that would either: prevent a player from being host of more than 1 table at a time, since it's rude to be at more than one table in such a rapidly moving game ANY way; or delete a table if a game isn't begun on it in less than just a couple of minutes?

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    TonyTony shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Product SupportAdminProduct Support (Admin, Yahoo) responded  · 

    With the exception of Pool, Poker and Bingo, which already have new versions available, all Yahoo Parlor games will be completely shut down on March 31st, including their chat rooms, leagues and ratings. Please note, while Pool, Poker and Bingo do have newer version, the older versions are also being shut down on the 31st.

    The new versions are also available in the app stores for Android and iOS versions. We will have a wide variety of games released throughout 2014, please watch for announcements on our Games homepage, on Facebook and in the news.

    You can try new versions of Pool, Poker, and Bingo on the Games website and mobile platforms today. We’ll continually add new features and games in 2014, and we would love to have feedback from you.

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      • Smokey BoySmokey Boy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I reported this as abuse in Word Racer - one woman, several names has "owned" 4-5 tables for weeks, never uses them, but Yahoo doesn't count that as abusive, nor will they do anything. Did you get action or a response? Tried to ping, request, beg, boot - got nada. Why does this "provisional" player get to shut down all tables this way?

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I sent a customer service complaint regarding an extremely abusive user and received the most generic and unhelpful message today. The user was the.junkyard_dog in Yahoo! spades beginner room who was stalling and booting the room with one of those booter programs (with research, VIPRASYS.org offers many programs to hack Yahoo!).
        1. No more 3 minute cards intervals, make it 30 seconds and players can initiate the bot a couple times if waiting for a player to return).
        2. NO CHATTING ALLOWED, PERIOD (it only leads to abuse and people are there to play the card game; it also helps with the scrolling text booter bots).
        3. Allow a GROUP BOOT option, whereas if all members at a game table agree and participate in pushing the GROUP BOOT BUTTON, the abusive player is automatically ejected from the game.
        4. Allow a GROUP CANCEL option, whereas if at least three people mutually agree and press the GROUP CANCEL BUTTON, the game is automatically cancelled by majority vote.
        5. Remove the rated game play and player ratings all together, although this might make some upset, it removes the competition aspect, which also leads to abuse.
        6. Investigate the website VIPRASYS and investigate the person(s) in which these programs originated and prosecute.
        7. Do nothing, which seems to be what the people expect from Yahoo! and everyone can go to VIPRASYS, learn how to use this hacking program and we can have a huge booter software revolution...?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        And Obama has 2 or 3 other ID's that also tie up tables on TWO lobbies! Can't something be done about him?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you go into the hearts room, social table Adobe hut Obama_The_Skank is doing that right now. He does that every night.

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