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The Anti-Hax Formula: Curtain Call

Discussion in 'Smogon's Greatest Hits' started by DougJustDoug, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. DoubleUnderscore


    Jun 8, 2008
    Fantastic stuff guys. I was doing my usual (lurking on the boards, not really saying anything) and was thinking that the whole Anti-Hax thing was ridiculous, but I was willing to actually try it and give it a chance to see how it played. I didn't get round to playing while it was active, but I really wish I had!

    Once again, the level of planning and detail that went into this prank is absolutely amazing. DJD, you are a genius. Everyone else involved, you were brilliant. One of the best pranks I have ever seen in terms of tricking people.
  2. Elevator Music

    Elevator Music still not a girl, sry
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    Jan 25, 2008
    In other news I loved this prank and Doug should really play mafia or something because he'd be awesome at it.
  3. EvilBob


    Apr 29, 2007
    Still disappointed this is fake :(
  4. jrrrrrrr

    jrrrrrrr wubwubwub
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    May 23, 2006
    great prank. you got me! I probably would have fallen into a flame war if i didnt give up when i noticed that this was clearly going to go into effect whether i liked it or not...when you lead off a post with "the admins discussed it" that usually means that arguments are futile =\

    At least I can take solace in the fact that I was on the right side of the debate and held my opinion! lol
  5. moot


    Apr 11, 2008
    as detailed as it was there was no way we couldn't have fallen for it x_x but nice job, yet again
  6. zorbees

    zorbees Chwa for no reason!
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    Dec 29, 2008
    Yeah, that's one thing I took out of this thing too.
  7. Scepticallistic


    Oct 15, 2008
    Being strange that I am, I am fascinated by the thought of increasing the coin-flip chance as the hours pass. That is fascinatingly intellectually scintillating. ._O

    As for being victimized, I lurked quietly watching the chaos spread and only played one battle just to see what it did (Analyzing data for luck factors...) and then spent a whole 10 minutes explaining to my opponent what the heck it was talking about. I guess I was convinced it was real, too. Great job!
  8. Kenesei


    Feb 5, 2009
    I was reading that thread with the discussion about that idea. Man, it was funny. Very well done.
  9. cim

    cim happiness is such hard work
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    Jun 3, 2007
    I figured it out near the end but oh god this was amazing. You should all be proud of yourselves.
  10. QibingZero


    Aug 22, 2007
    My timing was a bit off on this. I wanted to do such, but I didn't want to force it too early. Then I got caught up with some work I was doing, and the next thing I knew Doug had started the next stage. I was originally going to post some extremely long bit about how I felt the formula should deal with each type of hax, but I was caught up on how to actually fully support this and deal with the issue of it needing to be 'obvious'. What I mean by that is: we needed to have the formula overturn wins in order to make this effective on april fools, but the logical argument (if we accept the premise of this in the first place) is that we should keep the win/loss, and just have the rating change based on the formula.

    So by the time I got around to posting, I decided it would be best if I expressed concerns in the opposite direction (is this really working well enough?), while agreeing that it might be ready for testing soon due to how few battles were affected.

    BTW, I've been sick for the last few days, and this thread is (literally) killing me due to laughter. I'm really glad we can consider this a success.

    P.S. - A funny exchange when talking about Noah revealing the joke:

    [23:47] darkie: make a new account "Noah"
    [23:47] Tangerine: lol
    [23:48] DP-Crobat: yeah
    [23:48] Tangerine: with the shoddy mod badge
    [23:48] DougJustDoug: Noah would be hilarious too.
    [23:48] DP-Crobat: we need a Noah account
    [23:48] reachzero: lol Noah** would be perfect for the White Knight role
    [23:48] darkie: "This is Doug's bot speaking. I have taken over control of his computer and found the formula"
    [23:49] Lorak: It needs to be all HAL2000-like.
    [23:49] Lorak: "I can't allow you to overturn that battle, Dave. I mean Doug."
  11. As I See It

    As I See It

    Mar 14, 2009
    I was the unfortunate soul who had to console Blame Game in his time of dire need.

    You all almost drove the poor kid to the point of insanity, we wasted far too many words on actual legitimate discussion of the concept... and some words on not so legitimate discussion.

    Once they mentioned a special test server had been put up:

    A little bit earlier; Blame Game has completely given up by now:

  12. Kristoph


    Jun 10, 2005
    you forgot to mention the part where you tried to convince me, multiple times, to ask for access to the test server lol
  13. Luxormaniac


    Dec 1, 2008
    It was funny- I found out that it was a joke just after I started liking the idea of an Anti-Hax Clause. I even convinced myself, with an elaborate argument, that it wouldn't mess up Hax Togekiss and the like. Great job guys =D

    What are you doing next year?
  14. maddog

    maddog is a master debater
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    May 28, 2007
    You mean my nonsense?

    Oh god that was fun.
  15. Lorak

    Lorak *leekspin*
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    Jan 2, 2008
    Damn straight it was fun. It was hard to stay serious (+Speed, -Speed), though. >.>

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