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  1. Suggested modifications to Zen mode

    The idea behind Zen mode is a pretty good one. No cluster, no hassle, an interface with only the basics for playing.

    It's been pointed out, however, that it may be far too naked.

    It's inconvenient for live games, let alone blitz, since it does not indicate how much time is left. Furthermore, there are no indications of prisoners or komi, so it's harder to know the game state on a glimpse. I could even argue that you may want to know who your opponent is (by username).

    I'd propose adding that information, which is the bare minimum you need…

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    • Can we have an audible warning that a challenge has been accepted

      I find it quite a hassle to put up a challenge here for a live game.

      There are a couple of problems, but the worst is that when you hit "create" on a new game, you have little choice but to sit there watching the screen saying "waiting for opponent", because you need to be ready for when they accept.

      But you don't know when that will be! So you waste time fretting looking at that "waiting" window.

      If we could have an audible alert (and even a status bar alert) then the situation would be much better: you could…

      17 votes
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      • Rename Malkovich Log to Private Notes

        New players don't know what Malkovich means. Per Sensei's Library, the term "Malkovich" comes from the movie "Being John Malkovich," in which people can visit the inside of another person's brain. That movie was released in 1999 and is honestly kind of obscure, being the 79th highest grossing film that same year. Since that time, someone in 2008 apparently thought it was an apt metaphor for private notes in a Go game and started using the term. And it caught on. What travesty!

        I suggest renaming the obscure Malkovich Log to simply "Private Notes" (or "Notes" for short.)

        14 votes
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        • v5 Upgrade minor annoyances

          In Version 5.0, the time remaining flashes on the weekend. For correspondence games, I'd like the ability to turn this off.

          Also, the user name doesn't show up when using Chrome on a phone (Nexus 6p), so you can't follow the link to the users profile.

          11 votes
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          • Show the rank of players at the time of the game, in game history

            Game history looks really wierd where the player's ranks have changed since the games in question.

            It would be nice if the rank of the player at the time of the game was shown.

            16 votes
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            • Auto-advance after move impovements

              Here are some features that really should be there to make the feature more user friendly:

              1. Do not auto advance if the opponent had a planed response for your move.
              2. Allow to plan moves ahead even if you didn't play your first move - now to plan moves you have to place first one, then wait for page reload and then go back to previous game and plan ahead. Those two features do not work nicely together right now.
              3. Do not auto advance after I make second pass in the game and go to stone counting. Usually…

              9 votes
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              • show pauses in game chat + request/suggest a draw

                The background to this idea can be found here: https://forums.online-go.com/t/rant-and-feature-request/11398/4

                Showing Pauses in chat: "Game paused/unpaused by playerABC".

                In a live game, if both players agree to pause the game, there is no nothing stopping the one player from pausing and winning by timeout. They guys in the post above described how features to stop this would be just as abusable so how about a request/suggest a draw feature. If someone really has to leave the game, then they can inform their opponent and suggest a draw.

                4 votes
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                • Provding a link to the game record in kifu format (with OGS watermark ;))

                  Kifus are not dead, go books and other resources are full of diagrams.
                  Downloading SGF file is a great feature but the website could provide a PDF with the kifu

                  6 votes
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                  • reset/restore password

                    currently, the website do not allow to restore a forgoten password. I thin it is necessary.

                    6 votes
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                    • Softer stone sound theme

                      Compared to other go servers, OGS stone sounds effect seems to be pretty sharp. A bit too sharp and distracting for me personally. We have visual theme's, so why not introduce audible themes?

                      How about configurable 'Soft' sound set?
                      Original: https://www.chirbit.com/lemurek/playlist/a5a2d
                      Softened through 12-7k Hz band filter: https://www.chirbit.com/lemurek/playlist/22dqN

                      5 votes
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                      • Go ressources for beginners & Tsumego (French)

                        Hi there, I'd like to propose two very good french go sites to include in the ressource list,

                        one with problems and solutions, including Cho Chikun's Encyclopedy of Life and Death:

                        http://tsumego.org/list_exo.php?Cat=autre

                        and another for true beginners, in fact you just read and follow simple and progressive problems, and in 15min you got the rules and notions of life and death, you're ready to play!

                        http://jeudego.org/_php/_mori/mori.php

                        Enjoy!

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                        • Improve automatic handicap, it being based on your rank in e.g. only blitz can end up stupid

                          Earlier today I wanted to have a nice game of blitz. So I restricted the rank to my rank +/- 2 Stones, so it would be a nice and rather even game.
                          I ended up giving 7 stones to a guy who's blitz rank was 20k, while his combined rank was 11k. My combined rank was 9k, while my blitz rank is 14k.
                          The automatic handicap feature is completely broken for players who rarely play in specific time settings, and it doesn't make sense that it's not consistent with the "restrict rank" option, which on the other hand refers to…

                          4 votes
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                          • Sound effects when capturing stones

                            That nice sound, of a stone falling on a wooden bowl cap.

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                            • "Are you sure"-button

                              After the game, when players agree on the count.
                              Would it not be a good idea to have a pop-up button, for when you are agreeing with the score.

                              Some players tend to try to trick you by changing the score, to remove all your stones, and it is too easy to give them the game.

                              Thank you!

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                              • Mobile friendly site

                                As of right now it is impossible to create a game on iOS. This is because of the way that scrolling priority takes place. When you are selecting the style of game (blitz live or correspondence) the page listing the open games scrolls instead of the pop-up. This results in it being impossible to select a time for play and therefore impossible to create a game.

                                3 votes
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                                • Pair Go

                                  On IGS there is an option to play Pair go. Basically, both colors are actually played by 2 people, alternating moves. With their correspondence games and fast-paced tournaments, the player base of OGS is very fun-oriented and this could be a great addition that many players might be interested in.

                                  11 votes
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                                  • Scroll for game type doesn't work

                                    Scroll for game type doesn't work on iPhone - I like to play the computer but the scroll stops on custom and won't scroll to allow me to select computer as the opponent

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                                    • Vacation should only stop the clock of the person on vacation

                                      Going on vacation should only stop the clock from the person on vacation.

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                                      • Ingame analysis mode only for unranked games except correspondence.

                                        The way I see it, go is game of deep insight and reading ahead as much as you can. So the it seems to me doing ingame analysis during live game is cheating or something very close to it.

                                        My suggestion is to make it disabled by default when creating match unless you check it on (opposite of current status) and not allowing it at all for ranked games (in the same way ranked game cannot be private).

                                        With obvious exception of correspondence matches where doing analysis inbetween moves is sort of point and huge part of what makes them…

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Bug: trying to change username returns "server error"

                                          Steps to reproduce: go to user profile, input a name that is already taken by someone else as your username.

                                          Current behavior: UI returns "server error"
                                          Expected behavior: UI returns "This username is already used by someone" or alternatively, username is not an editable fied.

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