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autoplay of singletons need a short delay

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Posted 2010-September-17, 12:12

delay autoplay action .5 second
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Posted 2010-September-17, 14:10

You can disable the option to autoplay singletons - go to the Options button > more options > advanced options.

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Posted 2010-September-18, 07:10

I am sure djeast knows that. Perhaps he would prefer autoplay+delay over disabled autoplay.
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Posted 2010-September-18, 07:44

What I'd like is fast auto-play when playing against bots, slow or no auto-play when playing against humans. I keep forgetting to change the option when I change species of opponents.

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Posted 2010-September-20, 19:17

barmar, on Sep 18 2010, 08:44 AM, said:

slow or no auto-play when playing against humans.

I think autoplay of singeltons against humans is useful (preferably a relatively slow one). Not necessary of singeltons as such, but - of the last card...

As everyone know, it is not unusual people do leave sometimes before the hand is over. A quite big share of these is, they leave when there is 1 card left.
I suspect it is they believe the hand is over, "NOW they can go".

But it is not over, the declarer and pard gots stuck.


Although it is possible to change seats and play out the hand, but it IS a nuisance. And stressing - somebody may come and occupy my seat while Im on move, and so we must ask them to move because I want to play with my pard.... etc.
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Posted 2010-September-20, 19:20

The next version of the web-client will include a short delay of random duration when there is at least one other human player at the table who is not the dummy (and no delay if robots are in the other 3 seats or if the only other non-robot is dummy).

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Posted 2010-September-20, 22:36

Tola18's suggestion has some merit but only in a fairly rare set of circumstances, and it is sligthly different to the OP scenario in that what Tola18 would like is for the table host to have the right to autoplay an opponent's singleton (on last trick)

I am not sure what situation Fred is addressing. Last card only? or any situation where there is a singleton? and if the latter, presumably only when the user has set his preferences to autoplay?

I think autoplay singletons on last trick should be mandatory or if not mandatory should be a separate option in the user's config, possibly overridable by table host. And in that situation there is no benefit to a delay.
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Posted 2010-September-21, 04:18

Thanks, Fred, that is really cool!
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Posted 2010-September-21, 06:52

1eyedjack, on Sep 21 2010, 04:36 AM, said:

I am not sure what situation Fred is addressing.  Last card only? or any situation where there is a singleton?  and if the latter, presumably only when the user has set his preferences to autoplay?

Only if the user has "autoplay singletons set":

1) Before trick 13 there will be a delay as I described
2) During trick 13 there will be no delay

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Posted 2010-September-21, 10:59

fred, on Sep 21 2010, 02:20 AM, said:

The next version of the web-client will include a short delay of random duration when there is at least one other human player at the table who is not the dummy (and no delay if robots are in the other 3 seats or if the only other non-robot is dummy).

Brilliant, a superb addition.

All we need now is an option to "activate" screens, i.e. show the SW and NE bidding in pairs.
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Posted 2010-September-22, 00:03

A small problem with fast auto-play on trick 13 is if 4th hand on trick 12 wants to request an undo. But I'm not sure this is worth worrying about.

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Posted 2010-September-22, 00:56

Maybe add an option to the user's configuration settings: Autoplay trick 13 (perhaps set as on by default), independent of other autoplay singleton settings (set as off by default). And trick 13 is autoplayed from an empty seat.
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Posted 2010-September-22, 21:10

1eyedjack, on Sep 22 2010, 02:56 AM, said:

Maybe add an option to the user's configuration settings: Autoplay trick 13 (perhaps set as on by default), independent of other autoplay singleton settings (set as off by default). And trick 13 is autoplayed from an empty seat.

That seems like preference bloat. And I'm pretty sure Fred is not a big fan of having lots of preferences, as they tend to overwhelm many users.

It's a delicate balancing act -- power users want full customization, but casual users don't want to be confused.

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Posted 2010-September-22, 23:47

barmar, on Sep 23 2010, 04:10 AM, said:

1eyedjack, on Sep 22 2010, 02:56 AM, said:

Maybe add an option to the user's configuration settings:  Autoplay trick 13 (perhaps set as on by default), independent of other autoplay singleton settings (set as off by default).  And trick 13 is autoplayed from an empty seat.

That seems like preference bloat. And I'm pretty sure Fred is not a big fan of having lots of preferences, as they tend to overwhelm many users.

It's a delicate balancing act -- power users want full customization, but casual users don't want to be confused.

Autoplaying trick 13 from an empty seat should not be a preference. It should be mandatory. As, indeed, should automatically following suit with a singleton at trick 12 from an empty seat when it is the only missing card in the suit. There could be a case for automatically following suit with a singleton from an empty seat at an earlier point in play but I don't see how that would progress the game as it would stall at some point until a player sat.

Where an option is provided, intelligently setting the default preference in favour of the most popular choice should not confuse newcomers - they may go for years without even knowing a choice exists, and would be no worse off than if the choice were not presented to them. Whether there is any point in providing the option is more a function of how many users would want to disturb the default.

Autoplaying a singleton generally is a preference already available, so there is no additional bloat in that regard.

Apart from that, I take your point.

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Come to think of it, mandatory autoplay of any singleton, at whatever the state of play of the hand, whether from an empty seat or otherwise, might not be a bad idea in the situation where that card is the only missing hidden card in the suit. Maybe build in a 0.5 second delay (before trick 13) to cater for the possibility that opponent has not been keeping count and does not know that it is the last card.
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Posted 2010-September-24, 21:24

1eyedjack, on Sep 23 2010, 01:47 AM, said:

Where an option is provided, intelligently setting the default preference in favour of the most popular choice should not confuse newcomers - they may go for years without even knowing a choice exists, and would be no worse off than if the choice were not presented to them. Whether there is any point in providing the option is more a function of how many users would want to disturb the default.

What's confusing is when they go into the options screen and see a zillion options, and get overwhelmed by all the potential choices.

For an example of this, go into IE's Tools->Internet Options on Windows, with several rows of tabs and dozens of options within some of the tabs. Just trying to find the options you want to select can be difficult.

BBO addresses this (in the Flash client, at least) by having the most common options right in the Options menu, the next most common in "More Options", and finally some more options in "Advanced Options". But even with this hierarchy, it's obvious that Fred is going for a minimalist design, only creating options that many users are likely to want.

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Posted 2010-September-25, 00:23

As you said originally, it is a question of balance. On your IE analogy, I personally use IE and I found it worked fine right out of the box. Only after I had been happily using it for months did I bother to explore the options menu. There was only one occasion when I really HAD to go into there, and that was because our HM Revenue & Customs, in their wisdom, have done something very odd with their secure gateway that prevents you downloading certain PDF files unless you change a default setting. And I could not have done that without an hour's phone call to the helpdesk anyway.
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Posted 2010-September-27, 22:35

fred, on Sep 20 2010, 09:20 PM, said:

The next version of the web-client will include a short delay of random duration when there is at least one other human player at the table who is not the dummy (and no delay if robots are in the other 3 seats or if the only other non-robot is dummy).

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This worked great today!

Were there other changes implemented that users might want to know about? I don't see any documentation of this one on the BBO site.
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Posted 2010-September-28, 06:25

Bbradley62, on Sep 28 2010, 04:35 AM, said:

fred, on Sep 20 2010, 09:20 PM, said:

The next version of the web-client will include a short delay of random duration when there is at least one other human player at the table who is not the dummy (and no delay if robots are in the other 3 seats or if the only other non-robot is dummy).

Fred Gitelman
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This worked great today!

Thanks!

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Were there other changes implemented that users might want to know about?  I don't see any documentation of this one on the BBO site.

During the past month of so we have silently released several new versions of the BBO web-client (including V40 that was released yesterday morning). The changes in these new versions consisted almost entirely of bug fixes. Unless there is a particularly important or delicate bug fix that we want users to know about, we tend not to announce new versions that do little more than fix bugs.

The recent versions also contained some changes associated with a new type of tournament that Uday has been working on. He has been running tests of these tournaments during the past week or so. I believe they are entitled "Experimental Individual" (or similar) and are hosted by "bbolabs". You rate to hear more about these tournaments (in the lobby news for example) in the weeks to come.

I expect that the next version of the web-client will contain some more substantial changes, but it is unlikely that I will get much serious work done in this area until after the World Championships ends in mid-October.

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Posted 2016-October-01, 06:51

the delay for auto play singletons must be increased. recently i played in acbl tourney. the opps were humans and i would easily make out the singleton, it was fast. so please increase the duration of auto play singleton
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Posted 2016-October-02, 09:27

View PosttsankaR, on 2016-October-01, 06:51, said:

the delay for auto play singletons must be increased. recently i played in acbl tourney. the opps were humans and i would easily make out the singleton, it was fast. so please increase the duration of auto play singleton


Autoplay singleton works only for your own hand, it won't auto-play opps' cards.

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