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  1. ability to save progress in puzzles

    It would be nice if you were able to a) have an overview of puzzles you are currently attempting and b) to directly jump to the last puzzle you were not able to solve. Additionally there should be an option to abort a puzzle if you don't want to track them anymore.

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    • Option to disable blinking time when paused

      It is distracting when remaining time blinks. The current workaround is to enter Zen mode, but Zen mode lacks features available in normal mode (e.g. auto-switching to the next game after the player makes a move).

      The following forum posts detail the problem:
      https://forums.online-go.com/t/disable-blinking-on-correspondence-games/10826
      https://forums.online-go.com/t/please-stop-time-remaining-flashing-on-weekends/11012

      *Proposed resolution*

      Instead of blinking the timer, display a "Pause" symbol next to the time.
      https://imgur.com/a/VvJxO

      Option to turn blinking on and off (if some people like blinking).
      https://imgur.com/a/ZYfjJ

      Thank you for all you do to develop and maintain online go!

      4 votes
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      • Fuseki joseki confirmation on demo boards.

        If one plays out a joseki, or fuseki correct, it's stated in the comments (with % win rate in that board position).

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        • Fuzzy stone placement

          Add an option to toggle "fuzzy stone placement", a feature which makes stones not perfectly placed dead-center on the intersections, but adds randomness for a more natural-looking board (as can be found in Sabaki, Kombilo or SunXi Go-Screensaver).

          6 votes
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          • Listing available game-types for Bots, and reply rejected games with availability information

            Listing available game-types for Bots, and reply rejected games with availability information

            For a user, wanting to play bots, it can be difficult to find acceptable combinaton of boardsize, timesettings, etc...

            Now, it is up to the owner of the bot to display the feasible settings in the info page.

            I would like to:

            1) Automatically display a table of accepted settings for playing
            2) When a bot rejects a game, reply with a message what other settings he does allow

            2 votes
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            • Teacher/Tutor Role Icon

              Teachers play teaching games, review games, explain things, contribute tsumego and other content material and so forth.
              For the average player, it would be helpful to identify teachers. One may approach them with a question or a review request.

              I propose, based on the discussion in https://forums.online-go.com/t/accessible-teaching/11039, to introduce the distinction of “teacher” for users. This property would be indicated by a small icon next to the user name and a notice on the profile, similar to site supporters and moderators.

              The title of teacher can be gifted by any user to any other, but also suppressed or turned…

              21 votes
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              • Jake Paul DIss Challenge need to know if its good

                Yeah jakey u asked for it man here i come there
                one thing about jake paul theres nothing he can
                do to beat logan paul
                u got no flow were the micky mouse tho last time
                i check u were kicked bro now u beggin erika to
                stay your queen but u know u look as ugly as nick
                bean u say u aint a rapper but u actin so cool
                just sayin that cause u got a nice pool yeah
                second verse way better than the first Dear
                jakey im here to report a bullying incident
                from the middle…

                1 vote
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                • Give OGS more social media features

                  Go is a social game and I believe giving OGS more social media features would help drive more activity. Things like:

                  - being able to 'like' a game or a game review
                  - earn points or 'karma' for game reviews
                  - share games/reviews
                  - get notifications for friends or people you 'follow'
                  - get notifications when someone reviews one of your games
                  - a community calender that people can add events to
                  - etc.

                  5 votes
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                  • In game, show my history of games against my opponent.

                    Lichess does this in a great way. It gives so much more context to the matches.

                    4 votes
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                    • Play with KGS players from OGS. API and operationnal code available!

                      As you probably know, KGS is now available with a webpage https://shin.gokgs.com/33 and can be seen as a prooof of concept that it could be possible to log/search/join and play game on it via OGS ( with some kind of Adapter design pattern to communicate with the server).

                      Everything is documented to help people to create their own client.

                      https://www.gokgs.com/json/protocol.html2

                      https://www.gokgs.com/help/protocol.html1

                      I know it could be a lot of work , but it could definitvely make KGS players to come here, and will greatly improve the users community..

                      A single login for the two servers, and lots of new players…

                      12 votes
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                      • Remove maintime from automatch blitz.

                        If you look at dan games on KGS, you will see a majority of the games are 3x10sec byomi, with no main time. The excact number of byomis isn't all that important, but the fact that there is no main time is. The exception is the 1 minute main time KGS has in its automatch. Also if you look at who plays these kinds of blitz games, its almost exclusively dan players. You could argue, the stronger the players the more common blitz becomes. I personally avoid OGS automatch blitz and instead use custom game because of the long main…

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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…

                          36 votes
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                          • Make "find a game panel" clearer

                            I posted a suggested layout here: https://forums.online-go.com/t/clearer-layout-of-game-finder-pane/12354

                            Basically, the gist of it is to group 4 buttons that all do the same thing: they find a quick match - the result is "looking for a game". The game that they are looking for is controlled by the Settings.

                            Separate from that, you can Create A Challenge, using that button.

                            Assuming the logic is right, the other advantage is that this gets rid of the oddly shaped Correspondence button.

                            4 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.)

                              11 votes
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                              • Show online status of opponents in active game view

                                The little green dot that shows your opponent is online would be precious in the the active game view.

                                I don't want to have to jump into separate boards to see the status.

                                2 votes
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                                • 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…

                                  16 votes
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                                  • Slider control for playing through moves

                                    This is a very handy way to scroll through a game much faster than arrow keys

                                    2 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

                                      11 votes
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                                      • Control order/filter active games

                                        Not looking for a list view, I would just like to focus (in my case) on current games of a single color at a time. It's jarring switching from white to black randomly.

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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.

                                          20 votes
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