I am really at a loss of what to do to fix it. One thing I thought of is something I was against last time it was tried, which is to make everyone register their nics from a valid ISP-based email address and to only play with their registered nics so people don't hide. That might get rid of some of the people who don't respect the game of hearts if they knew they couldn't pretend to be someone new (until their style flushes them out). Some people don't care but it might help a little.
The format changes in who advances and how many points you get was supposed to remove the incentive for people playing for third. If you remember, people use to legitimately play for third in the first round because they could advance. Now we have people playing for third because they figure they are not winning, so they just take revenge on everyone and mess up the game for the others as well. I honestly can't say people are playing better now without the incentives they had before to come in 2nd or 3rd.
Unfortunately this kind of play has caused even more good players to stop playing and will drive even more out if we can't figure out a way to stop it. Some have suggested going back to the old format of 4 semifinal tables and a 10-7-4-1 scoring (instead of winners and only enough 2nds to fill tables and a 5-2-2-2 scoring system). I think with the way people play now, we cannot trust that people will somehow play better under the old rules.
So - other than registrations, does anyone have any ideas? What if people had to pay to play (and the money going to prizes and paying for the website?). Would we get rid of the people who don't appreciate a good game of hearts then or would existing players take it more seriously? I'm reaching for ideas. Please let me know what yours are.
: My point exactly!
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: ummm 3rd place is a loser too
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