Recent posts by Alsee on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / Okay... that's it... get rid of that annoying RATE THIS GAME popup that overtakes the chat room!

Originally posted by player_03I don’t see how fans cause you to get more game messages.

I don’t want to drag this off topic, but the short answer is that Kong doesn’t simply let games directly spam everyone. Games can only generate spam to someone on a player’s friend list. The more fans you have, the more quickly and the more often you get hit by spam.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Okay... that's it... get rid of that annoying RATE THIS GAME popup that overtakes the chat room!

“If you really dislike this (or any feature), talk to us!”

I’ve been doing that, but talking to a brick wall is a rather poor UserExperience.

Number 3 on the list of things that I REALLY DISLIKE, and have been talking to you about, is that you BROKE THE BADGE OF THE DAY LINKS! You added some screwed up javascript that screws up right-clicks on BOTD links, making it impossible to Open-link-in-new-tab. It’s usually just an annoyance, but in some cases it can cause massive data loss – hours of lost work in a game, if the game hasn’t saved recently and your broken javascript triggers a page load instead of the expected new-tab.

Number 2 on the list of things that I REALLY DISLIKE, and have been talking to you about, is this horrid rate-the-game popup blotting out the chat tab. This can also cause data loss, as the popup can cause the backspace key to unexpectedly trigger a browser-back-page operation.

And #1 on my list is the damn Game Message spam, and that for some reason you won’t give us a simple BLOCK ALL profile option or something. I have over two thousand fans, and the moment any game starts using the Game Message system I’m first on the list to get hit by spam. And Kongregate throws up the New Message indicator, as if one of my friends had left me a message. Your current method of blocking games one-by-one AFTER getting spammed is garbage. I the spam keeps coming over and over and over and over again every time a new game starts using the game message system. I don’t want it. I don’t want ANY of it. I have “talked to Kongregate” about it repeatedly, in every way I can think of.

Any time I get a Game Message, THAT GAME GETS AN INSTANT 1 RATING AND A BLOCK, and a game-comment saying exactly that. You noted that 1-ratings hurts the developer? GOOD! I hate spam, and I consider it a community service good-deed to hurt the pocketbook of any and all spammers. In my opinion I’d be thrilled if you did away with the Game Message system entirely, but all I’m asking for is a BLOCK ALL option. It’s a very simple solution to the the problem.

Back to the Rate-Game popup issue, I also considered giving an automatic 1-rating when it started showing up. If it keeps happening, and keeps irritating me, and if forum messages on ALL THREE ISSUES continue to be ignored, at some point I WILL just start throwing 1-star ratings every time it pops up. And I’ll suggest anyone else annoyed by it do the same. Maybe sooner or later maybe you’ll notice the system being flooded with 1 ratings.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Okay... that's it... get rid of that annoying RATE THIS GAME popup that overtakes the chat room!

Bump. The rate-popup blotting out the chat tab is HORRID.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Recently broken: Opening badge of the day in new tab

Any update on the open-in-new-tab problem? It’s been over two weeks. The problem is still there.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Recently broken: Opening badge of the day in new tab

More testing:
Kong home page Featured game box no problem.
Kong home page TRENDING section ALL links cause the problem, no matter how you right click them.
Kong home page all other sections are fine if you are careful to rightclick on the text of the game name. However mouseover creates a barely visible pale yellow highlight box – rightclicking on the game icon or anywhere else within the yellow highlight box causes the problem.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Recently broken: Opening badge of the day in new tab

EVERY badge of the day link I’ve been able to find anywhere causes this problem for me. The one on Achievement menu, on the kongregate.com/badges page, on the kongregate.com/recommended-badges page, on the kongregate home page.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Recently broken: Opening badge of the day in new tab

I’m not sure what you had in mind about custom mouse click settings, but I’m pretty sure the answer is no.

This issue appears to be unique to the badge of the day links. Those are the only ones that don’t give me a contextual menu on right click.
I have a number of browser extensions installed, but I haven’t added or changed any in a long time. This issue is new, so it doesn’t seem to be extension related. I’ll try to test it later with all extensions disabled.

I’m using Firefox 24.0.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Recently broken: Opening badge of the day in new tab

A recent javascript change broke opening badge of the day in a new tab.

Why on earth did the devs start screwing with a rightclick event handler for badge of day links???? This isn’t merely major annoyance, it can cause hours of lost game progress. Attempting to open badge of the day in a new tab unexpectedly CLOBBERS the current tab, causing an total loss of all game state and progress if you haven’t saved recently. This needs an urgent fix. Just take out the recently added rightclick event handler for links. I narrowed the issue down to somewhere in /compiled-assets/sitewide_javascripts. Blocking this script stops the offending rightright event handler on the badge-of-day links, but it breaks all the game pages.

Temporary workaround for anyone trying to deal with this this problem:
There’s a Firefox extension called RightToClick, but you have to be careful to always click the RightToClick button to activate it before trying to use any badge of day link.

Edit: Second workaround. Using Google Chrome seems seems to solve the problem.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

Zombie Slayer (block)
4 hours ago
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1 STAR RATING AND BLOCK FOR SPAMMING.

Ballistic (block)
Come play Ballistic, the best shooter on Facebook!
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1 STAR RATING AND BLOCK FOR SPAMMING.

Pirates: Tides of Fortune (block)
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1 STAR RATING AND BLOCK FOR SPAMMING.

Kongregate, are you ever going to fix this damn problem and give us a block-all button? Are you ever even going answer?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

Five 1 star ratings and five blocks.

KingsRoad (block)
7 hours ago
Join me in KingsRoad for real-time co-op action!
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Kingdoms CCG (block)
Dear player,
We have some exciting news about Kingdoms CCG to share with you, we introduced a VIP system with card and gem rewards back in November, at that time we did not retroactively reward our long term supporters, that is something we have changed in today’s updated.
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Brave Tales (block)
Join me in Brave Tales! We have cooki… heroes!!
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Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM (block)
Get ready! On December 23rd, and ON THIS DAY ONLY, enjoy another Yu-Gi-Oh!BAM Double Currency Event ! Double DP/CP/Coins purchases for the price of one!
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Play Heroes of the Realm
Heroes of the Realm (block)
Episode 3.3 Update is here!
Log in now to see all new heroes, buildings, items, quests, events, free T3 cards and more! Check out our latest Episode 3.3. Update and event details in-game and on our forum.
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Topic: Brave Tales / Bugs and Issues

“Join me in Brave Tales! We have cooki… heroes!!
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Instant 1 start rating and block for SPAMMING!
STOP SPAMMING!

 
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Topic: Technical Support / BUG: Invite-spam from unavailable game

tomtom32490
Brave Tales (block)
8 hours ago
Join me in Brave Tales! We have cooki… heroes!!
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I attempted to click on the game to give it a 1-star rating for spamming, and I got the following:

This game is in beta testing, and is only available to Kongregate Plus members. Learn more >>

This is clearly a bug, but it’s a bug on top of a more serious problem. Over two thousand people had put me on their friend list. This means that the moment a game starts using the Kongregate Game_Message system to start sending invite-spams there is a 100% chance I will immediately be hit by it. Furthermore it means each game will send me a flood of invite-spams attributed to the various players that friended me. I immediately block any game that sends me Game_Message spams to shut down the flood of duplicate spams, but Kongregate’s answer of blocking games one-by-one completely fails to stop the endless stream of new spams. It completely fails to stop the endless Kongregate New Message alerts every time Kongregate spews more spam into the Game_Message folder.

WE NEED A BLOCK-ALL OPTION for Game_Messages.
Kongregate’s answer that we should just block games one-by-one doesn’t work.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

Well here’s something new.

I got spammed. Again. But this time I didn’t give it a 1-star rating.
And why, you may ask, did I not give it a 1-star spammer rating?
Was there some reason I decided to rate this game higher? Hell no.
IT’S BECAUSE NOW I’M GETTING SPAMMED BY A GODDAMN GAME THAT ISN’T EVEN AVAILABLE!!!!!!!!!
When I click it trying assign it a 1-star rating I get:
This game is in beta testing, and is only available to Kongregate Plus members. Learn more >>

Brave Tales (block)
8 hours ago
Join me in Brave Tales! We have cooki… heroes!!
Play Brave Tales now>>

So… Kongregate is sending an unending stream of spam. The block button is useless. Kongregate refuses to answer the issue in the forums. Kongregate sends nothing but a goddamn form letter saying the issue “has been marked as resolved” when you try to use the contact forms. And now we’ve got a BUGGED system sending out spam for a game that isn’t even available.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

Little Legends: The Battle for Willow Lane (block)
5 hours ago
Battle me in Little Legends? It’s a real-time puzzle fighting game. It is cool.
come play little legends Play Little Legends: The Battle for Willow Lane now>>

More spam.
Another instant 1 star rating.

KONGREGATE: The block option DOES NOT WORK when an endless stream of games just keep sending spam.
Are you ever going to fix this problem? Are you ever even going to respond on the issue?

 
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Topic: Rise of Mythos / Show Wisdom in Battle

I’m waiting for the release of:
General PTW
Cooldown 1
20 attack 40 life
reflects magic damage
reflects physical damage

General PTW is a regular creature, not a unique, so you’re not limited to just one in play.

General PTW can be yours for the price of $5000 each, and he comes with an entirely NEW ability to evade the three-card-per-deck limit! So stock up on 15, or even 30!
Buy 10 or more, get one free!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

Gun Disassembly (block)
26 minutes ago
Come try out this awesome game!
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BLOCKED and INSTANT 1 STAR RATING FOR SPAMMING.

MaistlinRajere “I still don’t see why you feel the need to tell us every time this happens.”

I thought you said these messages were so rare and harmless that I was….. how did you put it…. “You making a huge deal out something that isn’t that big”.
Oh, I’m sorry… are you now suggesting that these game spam messages are frequent enough constitute an annoyance? Maybe Kongregate should do something it? Or at least RESPOND to?

MaistlinRajere: “The forums are not the best way to contact Kongregate staff. That’s what the contact us form is for.”

Your request has been marked solved. Thank you for the suggestion. Community & Support www.Kongregate.com

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

Valthirian Arc (block)

The sequel is released, go ahead and play it, give us rate and feedback
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Spam, 1 star rating, block game. Spam, 1 star rating, block game. Spam, 1 star rating, block game. Spam, 1 star rating, block game. Spam, 1 star rating, block game.
It never ends. Kongregate, give us a goddamn option to block ALL of the goddamn Game Message spam!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

Decision 2 (block)

The bloody top-down zombie shooting game Decision2 is waiting for you!
Try to reconquer each part of the town by shooting hordes of zombies and earn enough money to keep your weapons and skills updated!
Play Decision 2 now>>

Another game gets 1 star rating and bock.
Kongregate, are you ever doing to respond?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

MaistlinRajere: “Pretty much every definition of spamming I have found online refer to repeatedly sending the same message. This does not seem to be the case here.”
MaistlinRajere: “Games only send the messages to people who have played the game before…considering you actually played the game.”

Wrong. Wrong. And WrongWrong

I have never played Viking Clan. I had never loaded the page for Viking Clan. I had never even heard of Viking Clan. And if you looked at the spam I documented in my earlier post, Viking Clan spammed me with the exact same message 3 times in 6 hours. I blocked Viking Clan as soon as I saw them. Other games have hit me with a of spams every few hours….. sometimes less than an hour apart, piling up until I load Kong and immediately block the game.

Also, no one else uses your ridiculous definition that spam has to be duplicate messages. When your e-mail gets clogged with different messages for Herbal Viagra and penis enlargers and reverse mortgages and porn sites and other unsolicited bulk-sent messages, of course that’s spam. But that point is irrelevant, because obviously we are dealing with duplicate messages here.

MaistlinRajere: “It’s not like they’re just sending the messages willy nilly to every single person on Kong.”

Laugh…. technically correct… they’re not sending them to every person on Kong. What they are doing is using player’s goddamn Kongegate-FRIENDS-list to blast out bulk advertizements “willy nilly” to NON-PLAYERS.
Note that two thousand one hundred and thirty two people have added me to their Kongregate Friends list. Note that I have exactly ZERO control over people adding me to their friend list. I got added to a lot of people’s friends list largely because I’ve engaged in high-visibility pro-community activity that a lot of people appreciated. And my reward for my good deeds benefiting the Kongregate community is that I an given far more comprehensive experience of the spam on Kong than you get to see. A new game shows up and starts spamming, or an old game begins spamming, and inevitably several of those people have me friended and I’ll get a stream of spams associated with each of multiple players of that game. And those spams would continuously flood in if I didn’t block each game the moment I saw the spam. And as you may have noticed from my posts, blocking games one-by-one obviously ISN’T stopping the stream of spam. I’m still getting multiple spams from game… after game… after game. Because no matter how many games I block there will always be new spam from the next game.

So, you’ve got the facts wrong. The spam is getting sent “willy nilly” to non-players, the messages are duplicates, and just because you aren’t getting that many of them doesn’t alter the fact that other people are getting more. And you’re trying to call me unreasonable, when all I want is for Kongregate to add a profile option to globally block game spams. Or at least to stop throwing up the goddamn NEW MESSAGE notifications for spam messages. Or an option to shut off Kongregate NEW MESSAGE notifications for spam. Seriously, is that even the slightest bit unreasonable?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

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Anti-Idle: The Game (block)

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1 STAR RATING. SPAMMING COMPLAINT TO DEVELOPER.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

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coopdoggied
Ninja Warz (block)
10 hours ago
Come and join me in Ninja Warz!
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lollko
Galaxy Life (block)
10 hours ago
Come play coolest game ever!
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lollko
Galaxy Life (block)
14 hours ago
Come play coolest game ever!
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Both RATED 1 and BLOCKED.
(I could have sworn I already blocked Galaxy Life)
And oh look, spammer game Galaxy Life is dropping dead on Dec31st. Good goddamn riddance.
Now we just need all the other spammer games to shut down too.

Kongregate still refuses to stop sending these spam messages, Kongregate refuses to stop putting up MESSAGE ALERTS for spam, Kongregate still refuses to give any way to globally block Kongregate game spamming, and Kongregate still refuses to give any response.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

“I’ve only gotten 4 messages since implementation, and that was because of one game. Your situation is peculiar.”

Maybe the fact that I’m Kong-level 65 and 2124 people have me on their friend list may contribute to the regularity with which the spam gets thrown in my direction. Even when I click to BLOCK the goddamn spammer games it only buys me a temporary respite before the next spaming game hits me with a string of spams. Multiple people playing the same spammer game, often generating multiple messages each. That’s why Kong’s stock answer to “just block the game” is an obnoxious NON-SOLUTION. Just give us an account setting to globally block game spams.

And just to drive home the point, it was 8 hours ago that I last blocked a game, and came here to post about it 7 hours ago. It was a matter of MINUTES after the last game-block that I started getting hit with YET ANOTHER batch of gamespams:

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BrianK5
Viking Clan (block)
2 hours ago
Hey friend! Come join me in Viking Clan, a game where you can battle mythical creatures, build an empire, complete epic adventures and much more!
Play Viking Clan now>>

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BrianK5
Viking Clan (block)
3 hours ago

Hey friend! Come join me in Viking Clan, a game where you can battle mythical creatures, build an empire, complete epic adventures and much more!
Play Viking Clan now>>
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heliconia121
Viking Clan (block)
8 hours ago

Hey friend! Come join me in Viking Clan, a game where you can battle mythical creatures, build an empire, complete epic adventures and much more!
Play Viking Clan now>>

So that’s another game in a long list of games earning a 1-star rating. It doesn’t even deserve a zero rating. It needs a -10 go-to-hell-spammer rating.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

More 1 ratings assigned to more games.
Kongregate, are you EVER going to do anything about the goddamn spam?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

7 more spams today. More games rated down 1 star. Is Kong ever going to address the problem?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Game Message Spam aggravation

“The annoying part is that currently, the messages can’t be deleted.”

No. That is more like dark comedy.

The annoying part is that KONGREGATE is giving me a NEW MESSAGE ALERT and wasting my time to go check the messages page, just to get pissed off seeing that it’s nothing but goddamn spam. If you won’t give us a global block on game spam, at least give up some way to block the spam messages from updating the new message alert.