In post 74, Shadoweh wrote:
Never gets old.
Bob's initial score is negative. Using the alt puts him back to zero. That's why people use alts.In post 70, Clumsy wrote:What I mean is, let's say Bob has his tell. Playing as "Bob" would be our set neutral or control.
If Bob plays as Albert, it gives him an advantage in the game because people won't know his tell.
Bob + Albert = 2
A mod who knows the alt will know that it's Bob.
Mod = (the advantage of)Albert
Bob + Albert - Mod = 0
So, since both Albert and Mod are greater than 0, each confers an advantage. If you think Albert doesn't give an advantage (or as much of one), Mod doesn't confer much advantage, because it is, in essence, a nullifier.
In post 24, Lady Lambdadelta wrote:Additionally, looking at it from the other perspective, how do you reconcile the advantages this could grant a member of the moderation team?
And I'm not talking about abuse or breaking the rules states here, I mean that there now exist a set of players on site who may or may not have the knowledge of who you are, when much of the point of an alt is often to remove just that.
No matter how you look at it, it provides a significant consideration, even if the moderator DOESN'T know who the person is.
Because the mod is gagged on speaking about it, players are left to make their own assumptions about whether or not the mod knows the identity of the user and thus whether that factors into the strength of their read or how other people view them.
There's just no possible way it doesn't shift the dynamic of the game, at least in some small capacity.
In post 25, Lady Lambdadelta wrote:If I'm being honest, I don't think moderators should be allowed to play in games with alts.
Or they should be forced to publicly reveal at the beginning of the game "I have no knowledge of the identity of any alts in this game".
In post 89, zoraster wrote:I'm doing a fair bit of stuff behind the scenes that takes up my time here, but if someone wants to check to see if we've had more no-hydra games after our subtle change in policy regarding them on April 18th? It'd require looking at maybe... 6 months before and the 6 months after and see the rates at which either (a) hydras weren't allowed or (b) hydras didn't play as both are useful metrics.
In post 77, vonflare wrote:However, if people use an alt to sign up as a newbie, why wouldn't they just sign up as an SE or IC?