Allowing Skype

    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Dearest PokerStrategy

      I suggest it is time to consider uplifting the age-old ban on Skype usernames on the forum. It's probably the only poker forum in the world left that doesn't allow Skype at this stage.

      Please consider it.

      EDIT: This is not a troll, this is serious! I'm not trying to cause trouble!
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    • sherriffatman
      sherriffatman
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      agree it can be a bit inconvenient, but there are valid reasons for not giving out your skype on forums - especially for husng players, due to the DDos/DC cheaters using skype i/ds to force sit-outs and blind down your equity - I've seen RyPac warning peeps abt this over there on his forum and on the big one ("=4") and I think it's still relevant (?)
      (I also noticed a division-member didn't seem bothered by that, and was happy to post his, so maybe it's not such an issue anymore - I'm not sure?)

      - maybe it would sit better with members if PStrgy made a statement explaining WHY this is kept in place, then folks wouldn't just see it as an unnecessary annoyance/hindrance?

      - personally, I subscribe (in theory) to the idea that forum and irl should mostly be kept separate, (I didn't even consider this when making my u/ns originally - wish I had, tbh) but in reality peeps like to socialise/network and know who they are communicating with etc., and most regular forum users know each others' real names anyway - online anonymity is tricky when there are so many ways to check ppl out thru fb/twitter/google etc
    • UPAY4DINNER
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      I think it could/should be a personal choice and thus not restricted by forum law.

      I do see your point though. I just don't see the harm.
    • tonypmm
      tonypmm
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      It's worth noting the Russian and Czech communities don't enforce this ban too rigorously if the handle is posted not for spam purposes. (For some reason, people in RU like to hide handles into spoilers, though I don't know how it helps. In other cases, a member posts his handle temporarily and then edits it out after the needed person contacts him, which would work fine in EN too if the mods weren't so vigilant.)

      There is even the ':skype: ' emoticon, which has been used actively in RU to denote that a Skype handle follows.
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      It's allowed in other communites. It's allowed in DE for sure.
    • rompas
      rompas
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      Hi Everyone,

      Thank you for your suggestions and inputs at this topic,

      We will discuss this and get back with a answer to you when we are done.

      /Rompas
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Thanks Rompas!
    • Lazza61
      Lazza61
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      After further discussion we will be lifting the Skype restrictions soon. Please bear with us while we work out the necessary framework.

      Cheers

      Laz
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Great news!!!!
    • Marta
      Marta
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      Hello!

      We have updated Our forum principles, namely the Contact Info Rule:

      Originally posted by Marta
      Rule 7: Contact Information

      • It is allowed to post Skype addresses in forum posts, albeit at your own risk as posting your Skype address can pose a potential security risk for your Skype account (the same applies for any other instant messenger services you might use).
      • It is not allowed to post any other personal contact information including, but not limited to, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers
      • PokerStrategy.com employees and coaches may post contact information for PokerStrategy.com purposes.
      • Abuse of any posted contact information may be reported by sending us a support ticket. Abuse of contact information might lead to removal from the forum.
      Hopefully it will make easier for you to communicate. At the same time, we (the company) don't take responsibility for any possible misuse related to posting one's Skype details. You do it at your own risk - but I guess we can all agree on that. :)

      Regarding e-mail addresses, it's safer not to allow them due to the so-called harvesting bots the and risk of getting on a spam list.
      You can read more here: Email address harvesting

      Happy posting :f_drink:
    • VorpalF2F
      VorpalF2F
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      It might be a good idea for members wishing to post there skype addresses to tag the addresses with the :skype: smiley.
      That might slow down the bots a bit.


      VS
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
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      Is it allowed in signatures?
    • rompas
      rompas
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      Hi,

      yes its up to you if you want.

      /Rompas
    • WhiteWalker
      WhiteWalker
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      Personally I don't see the issue but of course it comes down to the user at the end of the day. They can stil reject skype contact requests. Happy days.
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    • APULIC
      APULIC
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      you always can choose to decline
    • 4s4s4s
      4s4s4s
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      Great news. lol