Make "Chat" a table host option.
95% of what is said in the chat box during the multi player games I play (Hearts, Spades, etc.) is derogatory, rude, sexist, racist, etc. In fact, concerning Hearts, I can't think of a single thing a player needs to say to another player except "Faster Please", which is rude enough and could be fixed by shortening the time a player has to play a card.
Some of my most enjoyable games have gone by with no talking at all. (And before you suggest that I "ignore" players, how do I know whether they are cheating by telling what cards they have or passed, which is more common than you think on the anonymous internet.)
Chat should be a Host option.
I completely agree! Excellent idea! Make "Chat" a table host option!!! Bravo!
you dont have to tell someone theyve been ignored, you just do it. I agree, hearts does draw the zzzzzzzzzzzzz crowd, who need to comment rudely at every play. and if no one knows they are ignored they surely arent going to chat ingame about their plays.
You lose more players (who would see advertising) because of chat than you gain. Chat results in fights which leads to stalling. Actually with stalling options removed, chat is easier to deal with because they can get angry but it doesn't affect me.