Average difficulty rating - show wrong or multiple sessions
A yellow/light blue highlight in the time distribution charts highlights your time, where relevant.
Rating scores out of 10.0 show the average difficulty rating chosen by users, where 1.0 is "Easy" and 10.0 is "Hard".
If a puzzle is opened more than once, including by loading from a saved position, then this is potentially a significant aid so it is listed as being completed with 'multiple sessions' for the purpose of the best time/average rating displays above.
Minor aid is defined as no more than one use of 'Check solution' when incomplete and/or no more than one use of 'Check solution' when wrong; and/or using highlighting aids (show repeated digits, show broken inequalities and show valid/invalid placements [slitherlink] only). Major aid is any and all other use of the solving aids except for 'show wrong'.
I will modify the posting logic to try and prevent this happening again.
Last edited by gareth 10th Mar 2023 at 14:54
Last edited by soundwater 10th Mar 2023 at 16:48
Last edited by gareth 11th Mar 2023 at 14:08
In terms of the contact form, the better solution is for me to implement Google's reCAPTCHA v3 which is entirely hidden from the user but does an amazing job of filtering out spam (by using a script on the page to decide if the user is 'behaving like a human') since all these junk messages are sent by people running automated code; they're incredibly rarely sent by someone actually visiting the page and pasting in the spam message by hand. I've added reCAPTCHA to my other sites to prevent spam signups but somehow that's never been an issue for puzzlemix so I haven't to date (and simply go through the contact form spam by hand once a week or so) - I think I've avoided sign-up spam because all my website code predates every modern library that other people now almost universally use, so it isn't detected by the automatic scraping tools that 'script kiddies' use for spamming.
And finally, I don't want people using my personal contact form for puzzlemix queries that aren't urgent, so I won't be putting that on the general information page for the site. :) I can think of only 2 or 3 cases in the past 18 years when I've urgently needed to hear something about puzzlemix, so it's not that much of an issue in the usual course of events.
Last edited by gareth 11th Mar 2023 at 22:01
Since you seem to be reading here: I have sent a few emails regarding my account and did not get any response, did they get lost in the flood of spam too?
I've now replied to your email, and thanks!
Somethimes I posted a picture link to show a screen shot of an unfinished puzzle, either because I had a question or to help others - that didn't happen often, but I'd like to be able to this in the future, if needed. Banning links completely would not be my first choice.
Rather allow links only for registered people that have solved at least one (any) puzzle without help - or something like that.
What we had here was a hyperlink that was masking the URL with a text. Same principle as rickrolling, just nastier.
I'm all for blocking clickable hyperlinks in a forum to prevent such trickery. I.e., removing the <url> tag from the allowed markup.
Posting a URL as plain text is a different matter. You'd see the domain name, you'd have to copy and past it into the browser's URL bar yourself. Innocuous use cases like Joerg's would still work, just with a tiny bit more effort. Noxious use cases would be obvious, or at least require some (also obvious) URL masking via, e.g., bit.ly.
Last edited by gareth 14th Mar 2023 at 15:04
I have now disabled the <url> tag, but as you pointed out there's nothing preventing someone from posting a URL as plain text. The <url> tag remains available for admin users (i.e. me) so I can always update an existing post, once I've checked the link, to make it clickable. So essentially I just need to approve any live links going forward.
Plain text is always an option, agreed.
If it gets upgraded by gareth, great. If not, it still can be copy-pasted.
You can however view other players' statistics and comments in the tables above.