3 ways to prevent a ban from online games

3 ways to prevent a ban from online gamesGetting banned or suspended from a game is never fun and sometimes you might be mistakenly banned for no reason that you can see, but sadly some games won’t even talk to you about your misfortune, they are right and you are wrong.  Even if you say you were hacked, they say that this is your problem you should have protected your password.

I’ve played online games for many years with various gaming companies, Sony, EA games, Jagex,   Square Enix from the biggest to the smallest games – usually games that involve chatting and meeting new players, which is why I like Empire Avenue, the social media stockmarket game. This game enables me to chat to people that are like minded.  Empire avenue has recently changed many of its rules or TOS basically because the game had been seen to have users that were using the game for reasons not intended and it needed a shake up, to protect its users and its reputation. Due to this people have found themselves, told off, suspended, banned etc, however wrong this may seem this is actually how most gaming companies behave – in fact no, as you will see, from these examples, they are much more severe.

MMORPG Games such as Runescape have this policy 

If your account has been permanently banned for macro use, gold farming or real world trading, it means we deem the rule breaking serious enough to remove the account from RuneScape forever. We do not process appeals, tickets or emails about these type of bans. We will not enter into debate about these type of bans on our forums, Twitter, Facebook or through any other communication method.

Please remember that players are responsible for the actions of any person to have accessed their account. We provide a number of tools and tips to help players keep their accounts secure. In instances where an account was hijacked at the time of the ban offence, the account owner will be held accountable. Further details can be found via our T&Cs and Privacy Policy.

Bans on World of War craft 

We suspend an account when we find the user has violated one of our in-game policies. Depending on the severity of the violation, suspensions can range in duration from three hours to 14 days, 

We ban accounts when we find the user has repeatedly or grossly violated one of our in-game policies. A banned account is permanently closed and cannot be accessed for play. We will usually send a final warning message and apply a suspension to users in danger of an account ban. If this warning is ignored, we will permanently close the offending account.

However you may read on the forums that people have been “banned for no reason” and they cannot get their account back.

Banned on Xbox

XBox are very strict with their rules and I have known someone that lost 5 years worth of games and credits, when he was banned for no reason and Xbox would not discuss it, it was a very sad day for my friend.

MICROSOFT IS NOT OBLIGATED TO SEND YOU A WARNING BEFORE THESE ACTIONS OCCUR.  Microsoft is not obligated to monitor every post or activity, but has the right to remove any post or take action against any user.

Microsoft reserves the right to remove at any time, without notice, any user-created content, account, or device from the Services for actions determined to be in violation of this Code of Conduct or Terms of Use. Microsoft also reserves the right to immediately terminate or suspend a user for violations.

UPON RECEIVING A PERMANENT SUSPENSION, ALL CONTENT LICENSES, GOLD MEMBERSHIP TIME, AND MICROSOFT ACCOUNT BALANCE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUSPENDED ACCOUNT ARE FORFEITED.

Banned on Empire Avenue

Empire Avenue has similar rules

You agree not to use any spider, robot or other automatic means to search, monitor, copy or manipulate the content of Empire Avenue websites. You agree that you shall not use any automatic means, including software, to interfere with or attempt to interfere with Empire Avenue software or websites or their use by any other user. You agree not to knowingly cause any unreasonable burden or load on Empire Avenue software or its computer systems.

If you do not agree with any of the terms of the amended Agreement and/or Rules and/or Policy(ies) then you must terminate all use of the Web Site. This Agreement may not otherwise be amended.

These rules are put in place for the safety of other players and to prevent cheating so that gaming is fair for all.

Yes, all games are different, with any sort of game the best thing to do to secure your account is to follow the rules or if you like to take your chances and not follow the rules, then you need to take the consequences.
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3 ways to prevent a ban from online games

  1. Always read the T&C – TOS – Code of Conduct or rules for that game – mostly you see the same types of rules, but it is always good to make sure you have actually read them and follow those rules
  2. Most games will ban you without notice  for using unauthorized BOTS, MARCOS, Mods, Scripts or other automated programs that play the game for you that are used basically for cheating or to create unfair advantages to the user.
  3. Be respectful to other players, this can come under many guises, such as being abusive to other players with insults, bullying or threatening or even spamming them with your messages, that’s just rude.  Some games do not allow you to advertise your own product in-game. You won’t win friends and influence people by doing this and you can very well get reported by other players which can land you with a ban or a suspension.

There are many other ways to prevent yourself getting banned but if you have read the rules and abide by them you should hopefully be okay, this can apply to any platform or network online actually.

Obviously mistakes sometimes happen even to the big guys such as Xbox  if you search the internet for banned for no reason or suspended for no reason or I am being targeted by this game you will see thousands of results, with people complaining about many different games, whining that they were hacked and it wasn’t them or moaning about all the money they have now lost, and they didn’t do anything wrong, I would say the gaming companies have heard these complaints over and over and 9 times out of 10 the user knew exactly what they were doing, and this is why now the complaints fall on deaf ears, they don’t want to hear your whining. Rightly or wrongly, that’s just how it is – They want to concentrate on the users that are doing it right.

So basically we all need to tread very carefully, and check the rules on our favorite games haven’t changed, or actually read the changes in TOS when we are sent them –  myself included- especially if we want to keep the accounts that we care about and have built up over the years.

I hope that these 3 ways to prevent a ban from Online Games will help you understand the concept of gaming within the rules.

 

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Get more views to your blog – Triberr

get more views to your blogDo you want to get more views to your blog?  Yes of course we all do.  Its demoralizing when you’ve poured your heart and soul into a blog post and nobody reads it. Its not fairydust, you do have to put the work in, but if you are prepared to do that, then I can tell you a very easy way to get more views to your blog. If you have a blog and you don’t know about Triberr yet, now is the time to learn. Triberr can be a great asset to your social media strategy.

What is Triberr

Triberr is a blog amplification website created by Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo in I think 2011 – I’ve been with Triberr from the beginning and love the guys who have worked very hard to get the site to what it is today and are continually improving it, whats more if you ever have a problem they are quick to jump on board and sort it out for you, their presence to their users has been part of their on going success in my view.

  • Triberr is a community of bloggers
  • Triberr is a place to read new blogs
  • Triberr is about supporting other bloggers
  • Triberr is about reciprocal sharing
  • Triberr is awesome (snuck that in there)
  • Triberr isn’t a secret community – anyone can join
  • Triberr is a great way to meet new people and to gain more followers

 

Get more views to your blog using your Tribes

Triberr connects bloggers of similar niches within Tribes (a group of bloggers) If you are a Music blogger for instance you will search on Triberr for Music tribes. You join or “follow” that tribe and then you request to be a member of that tribe.  Some topics are hard to find, others like Social Media tribes are plentiful but you can also create your own tribe and invite people to that, if you cannot find one suitable.

When you are following the tribe you go to your stream and this allows you to share the members (tribemates) posts.  Not until you are a member will those bloggers share your own blogs or articles.

Your stream

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You do not have to share all of the posts that appear in your stream but it is better if you can because reciprocal sharing is seen as trust, and the more active you are , the more others will feel inclined to share your own blog posts.

In settings on your profile, you can control how often approved posts go out on your social networks, you’ll need to check this right away so that you are posting at the frequency that your require. Then all you need to do each day or for upto 100 posts is to click or hover over the SHARE button, when you have decided if you want to share. You can read the whole post, comment on it, or just share it from what you can read in the excerpt.

In your stream you can hover over the bloggers name to see if they have shared your posts, but I’m not certain these figures are correct. The stats you can see that I believe are correct is how many posts they have shared, and how many posts that they have written and posted to Triberr. You can also hover over your own name and see what your own stats are.

As you can see from my stats I’ve shared 76 posts this week and posted one myself.

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There are also other stats you can get if you go to your own profile – you can see who has shared your post and how many are you are awaiting to share. This also show how many clicks that you have gained from those people sharing.

So to recap….

How to get started on Triberr

Go to Triberr.com

You can sign up using an email, or your Twitter account, which I find easiest as then you are already part completed filling out your profile,

Complete your profile, making sure your website has been added, and that you have added the RSS feed if need be, which is where Triberr collects your posts. – or there is a plugin that you can use to import your blogs to Triberr.

You can also add Facebook and Linkedin if you also want to share to those social networks.  And you can add more than one website, if you assign them to different tribes.

You then search for Tribes of your niche, or you can click Bonfires at the top which are community discussions where people might be asking for tribes of a certain sort, or you might want to ask any questions here.

I wrote a short How to use Triberr on my Techieminx blog a few years ago but it might help if you are still confused although it is quite different now.

If you have any problems at all please give me a shout on @michelledh and I will help you with Triberr and to get more views to your blog!

 

 

Mobile phones for kids – you decide!

mobile phones  for kidsA big choice, mobile phones for kids – There have been many discussions on my social networks recently about the right age for a child to have a mobile phone.  When you first hear your kid saying  “I want an iPhone” it will probably be at such a young age you can say – “When you are older maybe”, but as time goes on, you will need to address this situation. I think, the age and what mobile phone you get for  your kid, is a big choice.  It seems that many children don’t get far past the age of 12 before having a phone, and many of those will be a smartphone.

I guess the first thing to say is that all kids are different, and all phones are different, there might be different needs required. There is a big difference between a mobile or cell phone to a smartphone.

Most Kids will obviously want the best most expensive phone on the market; they might be a tech freak or probably just want to show off to their friends, in my opinion those kids can want, even I have to wait to save my pennies to get the best phone, by which time, it’s just not anymore.  ha!

Back in the day

Essentially we like our kids to have phones so that we can text them or call them when we need to get in touch with them.  So different from back in our day, if we were going to be late home, you had to find a phone box and reverse the charges so you could tell your parents you’d be home late, of course you weren’t going to waste your own money on a phone call.  And what a great excuse that you didn’t let them know because the phones were out of order, which was mostly the case.

So I wonder, is it the kids wanting the phones or the parents that want their children to have phones so that they can stay in touch, so parents can know where their kids are, and what they are doing.

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Reasons against smartphones for kids

Of course, it’s not just the fact that you want your children to be safe online, and not use apps unsupervised where they can get bullied or scammed, or see unsavory pictures.  This report about one in seven parents has found unsuitable content their childrens mobile – It’s also because there is a chance they will get their phones stolen from them, sometimes in very dangerous circumstances. This can be very scary for our kids. Or there is a great chance the expensive smart phone will be lost or broken.  Besides the fact they scientists are still researching the effects on mobile devices on our brains…

Insurance can cover these losses sometimes but then some of the time the cost of the insurance doesn’t seem worth it. And remember you might decide your child might have a mobile phone for his or her birthday but the contact or the cost of keeping the payg topped up will probably fall at your feet.

So these reasons alone are things to think about when deciding if and when your child is ready for a mobile phone, whether it is a cell phone or a smartphone.

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Mobile phones for kids

If it’s the case that you just want to stay in touch with your children, which is what I wanted when he went off to secondary school, then there is no need to buy kids a smartphone. Of course you can get smartphones that have many parental controls on them or you can make sure you only have the passwords to change certain features.  However all in all there are plenty of mobile phones for kids that look funky and do just that – make phone calls.  I’m not sure how these would go down with a teenager, but I think some of them look pretty cools  and different enough for people to love them.

Such as the Just5  range, I spoke about these phones a few years ago – about the J509 phone for the elderly, easy to use with big buttons, What I like about these is that they look really colourful and funky and I think kids would go for that. Since I wrote about Just5 they’ve brought out more phones and even smart phones and have many more stockists, some info on the link above.

Or the Glowphone which is a child friendly phone available from Firefly – I’ve not tested this phone but I’ve read good things I’d suggest it could be worth looking into.

Maybe the TTfone Venus TT700 – its got the big buttons and is a flip phone and even has a camera (not for the heavy handed kids) but I think it looks pretty cool.

These types of phone are ideal mobile phones for kids, especially the younger ones, and they are not expensive so you don’t have worry (as much) about it being damaged, lost or worse stolen.

Add some Jooice power to your Twitter account #startup

jooicer the new twitter toolJooicer the new Twitter tool to add some Jooice power to your Twitter account.  Jooicer is a brand new startup created by founders Bartolome Rodriguez and David Rodriguez from Spain, the guys created Jooicer really for their own use, when they found that their strategies on Social media needed some help.

You know how I love tools that can enhance Twitter, and I love to help startups – well this is one of them, I’m really liking this Platform. Yes, I like Twitter as it is, I like its simplicity, although that is changing. What love is that we can have these tools like the Justsayingapp – which adds voice to your tweets; to enhance to our social media strategies and I don’t see why we aren’t using all of them, or many of these tools anyway.

What is Jooicer the new Twitter tool

Jooicer is similar to IFTTT for Twitter, although for me I’ve used it more to analyze and calculate than to automate, which is really what IFTTT is about, I believe. IFTTT is also crossplatform so different in that respect. Jooicer, allows you to create your own recipes for Twitter or to use recipes that other people have created to implement your own social media strategy.

The sort of recipes you can create are 

  • Actions – favorites, follows, unfollows, retweets. 
  • Analyze Data – using hashtags, keywords, bios, tweets, names, handles 
  • Calculate ratios – same
  • Create Lists – same

Or if there is something you want to create, that you don’t see a way to do it, just go to the feedback tab and ask away.

This platform is in …. I think,  ALPHA, or early beta and you can you can request access here – The guys know its not ready, and they want your help to perfect it, so they can learn what you need it to do and to help you do it.

The way they have gone about this reminds me of Buffer, when Joel and Leo first founded buffer they were always on hand and around talking to everyone, taking on board suggestions, they were out there.  they were talking to bloggers and creating relationships, that’s why within 2 months Buffer was featured on 100 Blogs – They are continually working to make it better and always listen to the users.

This is what I feel Bartolome is like, replying straight away and so thankful for ideas, and having time to help me to create what I needed.  When founders are hands on like that it gives me a good feeling about the way a platform is going to go – I know they have to be hands on , as they don’t have funds to have a team of people helping them and if they just leave it, its not going to grow, but you’d be surprised how many start ups I’ve forgotten about because they stopped being involved or replying to questions.

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Reports on Jooicer

Once you have created a recipe you get a detailed report to use,  however the recipe was made.

This was a precreated recipe which I was trying out – its called Discover my influencers created by @grandpicapp

This one shows you – who is following you that has over 10k following them.

Note: On all of the precreated recipes you can change any of the details or formulas you want.  So you could change this to 100k followers.

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This is my Dashboard, I have been messing around with various different recipes to see what is possible, what works, and what doesn’t, but I’ve not really hit the tip of the iceberg with what I would like to do with this platform.  You can see already all of the information that I have collected.    Twitter is my favorite social network, and I can see a lot of potential with Jooicer – they are adding the ability to have more than one Twitter account and they will be adding things like sending the list or report to your email, there are already many other updates to be included.

jooicer the new twitter tool

If you want to see a “How to” on creating recipes please see the Jooicer.Blog which has more information about Jooicer the new twitter tool 🙂

Follow Jooicer on Twitter 

What tools do you use to help you enhance Twitter? Maybe I’m missing some..

Learn to Code with Codecademy

learn to codeWith Codecademy you can really learn to code for free, Codecademy have web based platform and a mobile app that actually teach digital skills.

Codecademy was founded in 2011 by Ryan Bubinski and Zack Sims and now has over 24 million users globally.

This platform certainly gives you the building blocks to become a coder, even schools in the UK are using it now to help kids understand coding.  Codecademys aim is to reduce unemployment around the world by helping to supply skills needed. Someone actually suggested the program to a friend as a joke a while ago – and I thought I’d try it out.

Learn to Code for Free with Codecademy

The Codecademy mobile app is free to download on iTunes its called Code hour the app is just a taster – if you want to do something better with your time on your smartphone than to play games like DOTS, then try this intro into programming basics, they call it “A fun one hour experience” where you can learn the basic structure of code.

The web-based platform is also free but much more comprehensive.  What I like about Codecademy is that its so simple to use. It starts from the complete basics so you don’t need to know anything about coding to get started, they are such easy coding lessons, anyone can learn or start to learn coding.

Get your geek on

Each lesson or project is broken down in to bite-size pieces which is great for someone like me that is too busy to fit much else in.  You can complete a few lessons in just a few minutes and you really feel like you have learned something, and you can just come back another time to carry on where you left off. With in a few lessons you start to feel like a coder.

Codecademy say they aren’t interested in monetising the platforms, this could be because they have raised at least 12 million dollars from investors such as Richard Branson the founder of Virgin.

Learn to code with a choice of programming languages

You can learn

  • HTML & CSS
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby

I chose HTML & CSS to increase my knowledge or understanding, as I said before you can start this a a beginner.

With these easy lessons to learn HTML you learn the building blocks of web development with HTML and CSS, and create your own website by the end of the course.

It starts by explaining the basics of HTML,  like how to add images and links and the whole coding course takes about 7 hours, currently 4.5 million people are doing this course!

Learn to animate your name 

I’ve just skipped forward on my progress to show you this project which teaches you how to create a program that animates your name.

Learn to Code

 Just to show you how its broken down – the first step is variables.

Variables

So far, we’ve been typing in stringsnumbers, and booleans into the editor. To do more complex coding, we need a way to “save” these values. We can do this using variables. A variable stores a string, number, or boolean, and gives it a specific, case-sensitive name.

Examples:

  • var myName = "Beyonce";
  • var myAge = 32;
  • var isEven = true
Instructions

In line 1, create a variable called myName and type in your name.

Stuck? Get a hint!

If you don’t know what the instructions mean, you can get a hint.

Hint

Remember to use quotes, since your name should be a string.

If you make a mistake when you submit, Codecademy tells you again what to do

Oops, try again. Set myName equal to your own name.

And it does each step like that – taking you through each line and explaining why and how you need to submit the code.

I love how Codecademy has this new approach to learning where you can interact with other students worldwide, and enhance your professional skills with no extra cost than your time.

Now back to learning.

 Iphone app 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.