It was kind of pussyish for Joaz to lock me out without any warning or
explanation. A while back he sent me a message that I was violating
TOS by not respecting other members. Since then, I went out of my way
not to disrespect other members, and to abide by any imaginable TOS
rules, though admittedly I didn't read it. I wish there was some way
to contact Joaz to discuss that, but there's no access to forums or
messages. One minute I'm complaining about Kaya, and the next minute
I'm locked out. Kaya isn't a member, and even if it were, I wasn't
disrespecting it. Just offering constructive criticism. Don't be
such a pussy, Joaz.
On Aug 21, 12:04 am, Robert Jasiek <jas...@snafu.de> wrote:
> Mark Steere wrote:
> >Kaya [...] Just offering constructive criticism.
> Which message(s)?
I was complaining about what I perceived to be move lag at Kaya. I
had asked my opponent to make a few moves as fast as possible, which
he agreed to do. Then there was a few seconds of lag on his
subsequent moves. That's exactly what I reported on L19, and that I
felt it was pretty essential to straighten that out. Later, it turned
out I was wrong. My opponent had not moved as fast as possible. When
I tried to apologize for my error, I found I was completely locked
Later I was notified by email that there was a message in L19, and
when I went to check it out, I was notified that I wasn't allowed to
access private messages. I thought it might be a message from Joaz.
At one point, I had made a fairly significant donation to L19, and so
I thought I could expect at least a word of explanation. But no.
Classic moderator puss out. Lock the member out, with no possible
option for communication. I always thought that was pussyish when I'd
seen it done on other forums, but now I know first hand. Joaz is a
Basically there was a consensus at L19 of "You're not even a Go
player, so why are you here complaining about Kaya?" I found that to
be infantile and snotty, and I'm surprised Joaz bought into it. Some
Kaya members felt that I had been "abrasive" at L19. I suppose it's
relative. If you go to an ass kissing convention ("We should be
thankful to the Kaya developers for the privilege of participating,
and we should avoid offending them, yada, yada, yada") and you're the
only one not kissing ass, you might appear abrasive in contrast.
It's true that I'm not a Go player. I'm not a serious player of any
games except one of my own, Oust. I think very highly of (hex board)
Oust, which is not as natural as you might expect. I don't regularly
play any of my other games, including the popular ones such as
Cephalopod and Atoll, which have been played tens of thousands of
times at various game sites. Ego, bias, etc. won't motivate you to
play your own five year old game hundreds of times. You have to
really enjoy it.
A Kaya member told me "You could be a player." My response was "You
could be a designer." How many hats must I wear?
I have played Go a few times, always ending in frustration, but I
haven't given up. I will take another look at the tutorials at some
point, which I've started into several times but haven't completed.
I've heard a criticism of Go (not from Go lifers of course) that it's
no deeper than many modern games - something I wholeheartedly
believe. But in Go's favor, it's a survivor. Not every ancient game
has spanned the centuries. Many have fallen by the wayside. Go is
also organic. It's based on a simple, fairly obvious mechanism. If
Go had not been invented before now, it would certainly be invented by
me or one of my fellow designers. Go has to exist on any intelligent
planet (as must Oust), and odds are in favor of Go's (and Oust's)
indefinite survival in the universe.
Admittedly I'm a Go outsider. Even in abstract games I'm somewhat of
an outsider. I designed most of my games in a vacuum, so to speak,
having no knowledge of existing abstract games. Gradually I've come
to learn a thing or two about the world of abstract games, but I'm
still pretty naive (though it hasn't stopped me from creating superior
At L19 I was constantly vilified by the members. Shit like "So you're
a designer, huh?" And "What if nobody plays your games?"
The notion that nobody plays my games is fucking absurd. My games
have been played many tens of thousands of times (verifiably), perhaps
even going into the hundreds of thousands (no stats available at
megasites Ludoteka and ItsYourTurn).
Suppose we ignore your personal opinion about Joaz for the moment and
assume your report as matter of facts, then you appear to have helped
possibly making Kaya a better server and got punished for doing so.
However, your personal attack style comments and failure to state the
relevant messages cast doubts.
Me neither. Joaz is apparently under the impression that he didn't lock me out. Only that he was restricting my future posts subject to moderator review. That leaves two likely possibilities. Either he accidentally banned me, or shit streak tchan001 took it upon himself to ban me without telling anyone.
> Maybe they were threatened by your
> design skills?
That'd make sense in a design forum where fear, awe and reverence are a given. But I shouldn't pose a threat in a Go forum. You'd have to be pathologically insecure (tchan001?) to fear me in a Go forum.