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#1 User is offline   timouthy 

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Posted 2012-July-29, 16:28

Here's another one that has happened one too many times. You are playing a hand that is not straightforward, i.e. you have to make a decision on the rest of the play based on what just happened on last trick. Many thoughtful players will take the time to proactively write "thinking" to table so as to clarify that yes they are still at table, their internet connection is not faulty, they did not fall off their chair, whatever, but instead need time to make a good decision. How about putting a "thinking" button on table so you can help expedite this delivery of information. Somewhere on the table in big bold red letters would be the word "thinking" so the opponents and even partner would know the status of the person they are waiting for.

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Posted 2012-July-29, 17:15

Only to be used by Declarer, or only visible to the opponents?
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Posted 2012-July-29, 18:30

View Postaguahombre, on 2012-July-29, 17:15, said:

Only to be used by Declarer, or only visible to the opponents?


To be visible to everyone of course!
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Posted 2012-July-29, 18:30

View Posttimouthy, on 2012-July-29, 18:30, said:

To be visible to everyone of course!


...and to be used by everyone!
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Posted 2012-July-29, 22:15

Is typing "thk" really so hard?

We already have a button for "be right back", I wonder how many people use it? I admit, it's not very prominently located. However, I don't think this "thinking" feature is so important that it should be given a prominent button, either.

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Posted 2012-July-30, 00:25

View Postbarmar, on 2012-July-29, 22:15, said:

We already have a button for "be right back", I wonder how many people use it? I admit, it's not very prominently located.
"not very prominently located"? It's hidden on the "who's online" tab, which most people wouldn't see when they're playing hands.
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Posted 2012-July-30, 04:43

I had no idea we had a "brb" button". Thanks!
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Posted 2012-July-30, 04:45

if i'm playing against randoms who tell me to play quicker i tell them to shut up.
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Posted 2012-July-30, 05:06

View PostBbradley62, on 2012-July-30, 00:25, said:

"not very prominently located"? It's hidden on the "who's online" tab, which most people wouldn't see when they're playing hands.


Not sure this was meant to be used while playing. I always assumed it's rather for lobby, so that friends who chat or send invites know why you aren't answering. But then again, it's possible to use it while playing too, I just didn't consider it before.

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Posted 2012-July-30, 09:38

View Postwank, on 2012-July-30, 04:45, said:

if i'm playing against randoms who tell me to play quicker i tell them to shut up.

Yes this is one way to handle it and I have seen this many times. The other common practice is to just boot the impatient person. But just maybe much of the misunderstanding could be removed by the presence of the "thinking" button prominently displayed. Now instead of waiting and wondering, you might correctly surmise that because the person taking a long time and not using said button must have some other problem, you could just leave and find a better table.

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Posted 2012-July-30, 10:27

I need a think button I can use when it is my partners time to play, to alert him to the fact that he should think..... hmmmmm.... would this be UI to partner? Should the button, if created, only be available when it is your turn to play?

If you wanted your partner to think about something unusual when he next plays, would you press your think button then play immediately to alert him that the think was a request to him?

Maybe we all should slow down, not be in a hurry, and think more when we play online so a think button would not be necessary. Or try to play with friends online who do not get so impatient when one spends up to 20 or 30 seconds thinking (we all spend longer at times, but online, longer is rare for a play or bid).

So I guess i would object to a think button.
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Posted 2012-July-30, 10:31

consider yourself plussed, Ben.

9's for both humor and content. Maybe a little lower from the highly critical form judge.
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Posted 2012-July-30, 16:26

+2 Ben
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