Posts by Balibar

    The numbers flash by very quickly, so I can't read them.


    US01 Crankshaft:

    Problem 1: Text at bottom of screen showing info like a URL with a large blank white area occupying most of the screen where presumably a video is supposed to show. You get the option to reload.

    RMM ad, Blocking Ads ad, Anti-malware ad, Protect What's Yours ad, Protect Your PC ad.

    Problem 2: Video shows and you think everything is OK, but the end comes before the reload counter reaches 0 and you see a completely blank Window where a video should be running.

    LL Bean, Game of Thrones, other movie ads


    COM05 Cylinder Head:

    I am using the same computer, same browser, alternating between the games: No problems at all. It could be that the above problem ads only run on US servers.

    Some videos clearly don't work, but you get a message to reload and you usually get a different video.


    The videos advertising other games seem to always work.


    One video -- LL Bean playing baseball in the rain -- runs and gets stuck at the very end with a blank screen but no transition to the reward. You no longer have the ability to reload. You have to hit the 'X' and start over.

    many people tell you good things about the current system here but you are the one who do not like.

    but then you recommend useless book to me who did not like the new company window.

    maybe you read this book to accept awesome current system o^_^o


    please explain meaning of `telegraphing your bid`

    Telegraphing your bid means letting someone know what you will bid before the end of the auction. By putting your bid in at the last micro second, your goal is to keep your bid blind to the other players. In a blind auction, you would not have to time your mouse click. You could put your bid in an hour early and do something else knowing that your competition could not determine how much you are willing to spend.


    I get the impression that you like the idea of getting information from others -- especially those who are not familiar with the system -- without giving up the same information to them.


    "Decide how much you are prepared to bid as an association, stick it on and then forget it. If someone bids higher then good luck to them."


    That is precisely what happens in a blind auction.

    If all these teams are clicking at the last micro second to avoid telegraphing their bid, that is functionally no different than a blind auction.


    I have not seen a single persuasive argument in favor of the current system.


    "i empty my bank to give to roosevelt, amundsen, von siemens. i click 3, 4 seconds before it ends. but sometimes we love.

    and i do not feel cheated.

    they were better, and won.

    we did our best, many gave generously, but it could not be helped.

    we feel more motivated to try again next time"


    You could give the same amount in a blind auction. Nothing would stop you. The only purpose of clicking 3 or 4 seconds before the end is to avoid telegraphing your bid. That is functionally the same as a blind auction.

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    But I wouldn't mind a blind auction either, it wouldn't change a thing for me.


    But, any auction that cannot end if someone is bidding every X seconds would be a disaster. Because you could have a troll or a bot bidding every X-1 seconds to make sure the auction never ends.

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    The troll or bot can be dealt with the same way you act now: put a large bid in that is out of reach of the troll or bot.


    If fixed time limit is important to the players, then blind auctions would be the way to go. As you said, you have essentially gone that route for your own convenience.


    If you lose a blind auction, you don't feel cheated. If you lose an auction because someone puts in a bid 1 microsecond before the time limit, you probably will feel cheated -- at least a little bit. If you don't, you have become jaded by the environment. So, blind auctions are not inconvenient to anyone, but the current system may very well chase new players away. I don't see how the current system benefits anyone other than the trolls and bots.

    A "blind" worker auction would let you see how much you have already bid, the current total bid of your Association, but it would NOT show the bids of other players or Associations. This works well for a fixed time limit. The strategy is guessing how much you want to offer. Clicking at the last moment is not really strategy.


    The above format would allow Associations to pool contributions from many players without difficulty.


    If you can see what the current winning bid is, the time limit for bidding should not be fixed; rather the bidding should end after a set time when no more bids are offered. Maybe 1 minute, as I originally suggested, is too long, but 15 second extensions would be reasonable. The auction has a minimum bid. There is a fixed time to organize and submit bids, but the auction continues after the set time until nobody offers a higher bid for, say, 15 seconds. This is how real auctions work and real auctions have worked well for as long as there has been civilization.

    It appears -- today -- that the bids are blinded which, in my opinion, was a good fix. Blind auctions work well with fixed time.


    If you watch a real auction, the bidding does not end until everyone stops bidding. Going once, going twice, sold! Real auctions seem to work just fine with extensions.

    The auction for things like a license needs improvement. If someone enters a bid in the last minute, the auction should be extended for another minute. Otherwise, the auction is a contest as to who can click closest to the expiration time.