Chat

As you can all probably imagine, we have received a lot of mails regarding chat. So this post is to explain the problem and an invite for everyone to give suggestions on how to fix it.

 

The problem

The problem with chat is not the swearing. In general, there is an sober tone in the chat. At least not worse than one can expect. We would always like to improve the atmosphere, but this is not the reason we are removing chat.

What is the problem is groups of people targeting single users, stalking them and bullying them. And even if there is a Guardian around to ban the bullies, they simply created new accounts and continued.

This is a behaviour we simply can not allow, and the system with free chat makes this kind of abuse too easy.

 

Solutions

If anyone have any suggestions to a solution that makes it possible for players to enable free chat, but still makes it impossible for trolls to obtain (and too valuable for them to loose), we are very open to hearing your suggestions.

 

For now

In the meantime, we have made chat cheaper, so it is now only 1$, which includes 20 gems. What a bargain!

 

 

Best regards,

MrShoe and MrVoid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue is best

At long last, after countless requests, we simply ran out of excuses not to make blue coin doors and gates.

 

bcoindoors

These should go well together with the existing doors and gates to make some exiting new worlds!

 

Chat

Unfortunately, we have had a lot of people misusing the free chat of Everybody Edits. So much that we have found it necessary to reintroduce “pay for chat”. This means you have to buy the chat items in the shop in order to chat. If you already bought it before, you still have it.

You can always chat with your friends and the Guardians though.

 

Twitter

Squadfs is doing a really good job at finding interesting worlds or news an tweeting about them. This is an example:

We really enjoy following and fully endorse him :-)

 

Also

A minor update (that we made some time ago, but never made public) is command auto-completion.  Just start writing a command, press TAB to auto-complete the command.

 

See you in the worlds!

 

Best Regards

MrShoe and MrVoid

 

 

Guardians Update

We are very happy to announce that all the people we have asked to become Guardians have agreed. So welcome to KingOfTheOzone, Nvd, JaWaPa and UltraBass.

We plan to find a couple of Guardians more over the next week to bring the total up to 6.

 

Meanwhile, I have received a lot of questions regarding Guardians and I will try to cover some of them here. Feel free to ask more in the comments!

If this is the first time you hear about Guardians in Everybody Edits, read the previous post :-)

 

Q: What powers will Guardians have?

To begin with, Guardians will have the power to kick people from all worlds and also ban people.  Nobody will be kicked or banned without a warning and an explanation.  Guardians cannot edit a world they do not own or grant others the right to do so. Neither can they modify any settings of a world.

They will have the ability to fly around in god mode like moderators do.

 

Q: I am afraid that the Guardian will be an immature kid who destroys my world.

We have chosen the Guardians carefully and instructed them that their role is to make the game fun and respect and help all players. They are not supposed to destroy anything (and they can not) . If this is not the case tell them how they can improve. Or tell us.

 

Q: Who will moderate the Guardians?

Guardians will moderate each other. Reports made about guardians will not be handled by that Guardian. If you have a complaint about a Guardian feel free to write to me. Giving respectful feedback to a Guardian will not result in a ban.

 

Q: Are there secret Guardians?

No. And anyone saying they are a secret Guardian (or mod) is not. Guardians may have more  accounts, or they may react on reports send in. But the Guardians are the ones mentioned earlier.

 

Q: Will the Guardians have access to the game code?

No. Guardians are not meant to develop the game. They will however observe the game and collect ideas which we will discuss.

 

Q: Can Guardians read all chat?

No. Guardians can read the chat log when a user reports another user.

 

Q: Guardians are a terrible idea! There a bigger problems!

That is not even a question. But while it is true that Guardians will not solve everything, they are an important first step to solve the bugger issues. Right now, we have only some idea of the problems that are going on. Guardians will play the game, listen to users and report back to us. This gives us a much better understanding of problems or wishes that the players have.

 

Q: When will Guardians start?

We will make a News update when we are ready to begin. Right now we are still testing, but we hope to make the update this week.

 

See you in the worlds!

 

Best Regards

MrShoe and MrVoid

 

 

 

Guardians

As you all know we are finally back to working on Everybody Edits.

One major issue right now is moderating the worlds. It seems to us that both inappropriate language and hackers have taken over while we were away, which is really sad.
What we really need is to have some kind of moderators who can can be our extended ears and eyes in the worlds, and who can take action on smaller issues on the spot.

guardian

 

Introducing guardians

Everybody Edits is full of nice, fun and creative people. But unfortunately there will always be people behaving badly or simply harassing and trolling other users.

We would really like to do something about this, as it takes the fun out of the game. However, we can’t be everywhere at once – and most of the time we are not even anywhere to be found. So what we need is a group of volunteers who can act as Guardians to keep a good atmosphere in the game. Not by running around and banning people left and right, even though they can, but by helping people out and get a better understanding of how to behave in Everybody Edits.

The main task for the Guardians is to create a good, safe and welcome atmosphere in the worlds. To cater to the community, not police it.

Besides being present in worlds, the Guardians will also read though the many reports send in and act upon them. Right now the reports are mainly used as an archive where we can verify accusations, but we would like to get better at acting as fast as possible.

Lastly, we imagine that the Guardians will probably also be avid players of Everybody Edits and talk to a lot of users. This means they will provide us with a lot of feedback from users.

 

Rules

The exact set of rules and what means of punishment the Guardians will have is yet to be decided. When the first Guardians have been chosen, we will set about creating a set of guidelines and rules as to what is considered good behaviour in Everybody Edits, based on the existing guidelines.

We expect the Guardians to listen to the rest of the community to get inspiration for this, and together we will find some rules everyone can agree is fair and useful.

 

Concerns

Even before we have launched guardians, the news about them has spread and worries have grown. We have received a lot of emails from concerned users, mostly regarding who will become guardians, how they are chosen and if they are the right people.

First of all, we are as concerned as you are about choosing the right people. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that we do this right in our first attempt. If it turns out that we have choosen the wrong people they will loose their guardian status and become regular users again.

We have found a list of potential guardians by asking players we know, who they would like to nominate as guardians. And by ignoring the people who have written to us nominating themselves. We have searched through our reports to see if the potential guardians have any skeletons in the closest, and basically read through the information we have on each. As we post this we have also send them a mail asking if they are even interested in becoming guardians. We are looking for people who are active in the game, likes to talk to other people and engage in the community. Someone who can solve conflicts in a mature fashion and generally behaves in a pleasant way.

When we talk to players it seems to us that there are a lot of different groups in the community who seems to be somewhat in conflict. It is almost impossible for us to navigate in these groups, but we expect the Guardians  to work together and be objective.

 

Potential guardians

The 4 people we have asked are:

  • JaWaPa
  • Kingoftheozone
  • Nvd
  • Ultrabass

We might decide to add more Guardians later on.  Feel free to comment below (using your ingame name), or send me an email at:

julian@everybodyedits.com

If you do comment, try to think about how the person will do as a Guardian and be as objective as possible.

 

Next step

Now we will await feedback from the players we have asked to become a guardian as well as everybody else. Once we have decided on the Guardians, we will announce it here and in the game.

We do not expect the Guardian system to be flawless from the start, but we hope that given time it will be a good addition which will help make a good atmosphere in the game we all love.

 

See you in the worlds!

 

Best Regards

MrShoe and MrVoid

 

 

Wow, real mail!

Thank you all very much for the postcards! We are very impressed. You are a creative bunch of people…and most of you seemed to have enjoyed your holidays :-)
 
Here is a picture of the postcards we received:
 
postcards
 
Highlights include:
 
From muffin:
This card has no porpuse
(open)
I send i anyway!
FANBOY PLISS
 
Poem from lpeugliot9 and wambo:
roses are red
violets are blue
I’m pretty bad at this
so gimme fanboy
 
Made us laugh!
 

You have all have been given the new Fan Boy II smiley:

fanboy_2

Congrats, and thanks :-)

 

See you in the worlds!
MrShoe & MrVoid
 
PS : If you only just now found out about the new Fan Boy II smiley, just send us a postcard and you can have it. 

Winners of the Battle Of The Bots

The winners of the community initialized competition “Battle Of The Bots” have been found, and here are the results:

1st place goes to: mylo

As promised we’ll donate 250 gems and 3 months of Builders Club to mylo, congratulations! :)

Profile: http://everybodyedits.com/profiles/?/mylo
Score: 83.75%
First submission: http://everybodyedits.com/games/PWAIiuILR0a0I
Second submission: http://everybodyedits.com/games/PWmSQ3dUeya0I

Judges rule:
The first, “Relume”, is very detailed and emulates a survival adventure game. It has stages for the user(s) to complete, such as: build a shelter, make a bridge, and defeat the “purple”. It is immersive and relaxing, comparable to Minecraft but obviously not as complex. It can be made challenging by attempting to break the lowest time.

The second is a remake of the very old Atari game “Kaboom”, in which the user must catch the bombs that are being dropped from a wall. His remake is void of bugs and follows the gameplay mechanics exactly. It is simple, well-made, and addictive.

2nd place goes to: processor

As promised we’ll donate 3 months of Builders Clubs to processor, congratulations! :)

Profile: http://everybodyedits.com/profiles/?/processor
Score: 60.50%
First submission: none
Second submission: http://everybodyedits.com/games/PWqtK3LOhIbEI

Judges rule:
Processor’s remake of the classic game Tron is nearly flawless and has visited the top of the lobby several times in the past week. Users control their light cycle using arrow keys and expert timing. It is effortless to learn, which is always a good thing when you’re dealing with the general public.

3rd place goes to: captain9

As promised we’ll donate 3 months of Builders Club to captain9, congratulations! :)

Profile: http://everybodyedits.com/profiles/?/captain9
Score: 57.25%
First submission: none
Second submission: http://everybodyedits.com/games/PWwA0kpYvubUI

Judges rule:
We were highly impressed by the technical skill demonstrated in this bot. He chose to emulate a game called Worms, which is about shooting your opponent and strategically moving about. He allows the user to intuitively change strength and angle of trajectory in order to attack opponents. The shots fired follow a curve that follows what it would look like in real life.

However, there is a flaw that damaged his score severely, and resulted in third place instead of second place. The game does not have an end sequence – once your opponent dies, it continually asks you to shoot. I will ask him to include an end sequence since it will be receiving a lot of attention after he is announced the 3rd place winner.

Honorable mention: rubixguy
rubixguy made a very successful version of Connect Four, and if he had submitted it, he would have ranked in second or third place. However, he decided not to submit it, because he did not want the prize.

We think you guys ROCK!

Fanboy2 smiley

Thank you for all your summer vacation postcards, they were really heart warming :)

You will recieve your smiley as soon as possible, we just need to implement it, and we got knocked over by work coming back from the holidays.

See you in the worlds
MrShoe & MrVoid

Yay summer holidays!

We’re going on summer holidays (AGAIN), phew these last couple of weeks were hard work!

 

All kidding aside, we are actually going on summer holiday, but not for a year.
A lot of people have asked us if they could get the fanboy smiley, an obviously we can’t just give that away.
But! We’ve done a new fanboy smiley:

 

fanboy_2
To get it, simply send us a postcard from your summer vacation, if it’s summer and you have vacation, otherwise just send us a postcard. Remember to write your username on the card, and we’ll reward you with the newest fanboy smiley.

 

We need postcards by august 4th, where submissions will be closed.
Send your postcard to:
Cape Copenhagen
Jorcks Passage, opgang A, 2. sal.
København K.
Denmark.

 

See you in the worlds!
MrShoe & MrVoid
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