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How often do you read the Utopian forums?
It generally depends. Around the start and end of Utopia ages, we read quite a bit. Othertimes, we read sparsely as we're not going to make substantial changes in the middle of a round. Much of it depends on the time period and what's going on. In August and September, we were launching a few new sites, contests, and sports games, so time was more limited. Later this year, the opposite should be true as we settle down.

You said before that you sometimes post anonymously in your forums, when you want to express an opinion without the "authority" of Swirve. Do you still do that?
Yes, definitely. Each time we post, many people analyze every little detail of the post the wording, etc. It's often much easier to spark a discussion by doing it anonymously.

How often do you read your email?
All the time.

Do you take emails from your moderators more seriously than from regular players?
When dealing with message board issues, yes. They help make the message boards work where others can't. However, in terms of gameplay, we look at players' needs as a whole, and our goals for the game. We don't really use email for game design as much as the forums.

Why does it take longer to fix some bugs, while others are being fixed almost immediately?
Mostly it depends on the immediate need to fix the bug, and the difficulty to find the bug. Depending on if we can duplicate it or not, sometimes it can be nearly impossible to find the source of certain minor bugs.

Will the server slowness always plague Utopia?
This age was worse than most, as one server was overloaded while the other was well undercapacity. We hope to improve this next round, but server slowness will be an issue for the foreseeable future. As we haven't peaked on the number of players, any increase in server strength will be followed by an increase in players until we reach an equilibrium between the server and player count.

Has anyone actually hacked into Utopia until today?
No. There was one security problem a while back which was corrected and dealt with. However, there has been no occurrence of users getting access to private information or account passwords.

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Aika
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(22-Oct-2000 08:03 am)
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Has anyone actually hacked into Utopia until today?
No. There was one security problem a while back which was corrected and dealt with. However, there has been no occurrence of users getting access to private information or account passwords.

That is SUCH BULLSHIT!! I know friends who have had troops released, or their province defected, or just deleted completely against their will.
Anonymous
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(22-Oct-2000 08:53 am)
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Perhaps your friends should be a little bit more careful about keeping their log in details a secret...
KillerSaiyan UA
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(22-Oct-2000 09:01 am)
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I&#039ve sen hacked accounts left and right. Like Diablo said, a *very* good friend of mine was hacked, his province was set with 0 defense and a porn pic was put as the banner.
Xtra Olde
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(22-Oct-2000 10:01 am)
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Or maybe your friend was hack when he log in utopia. That way hackers can track what they have type.
Golbat
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(22-Oct-2000 11:44 am)
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Alright, now THIS I do not understand? I have seen hacking cases as well. Our Biggest guy, a really huge attacking dwarf was hacked during a war earlier in the game and 15K of his zerks were released! He said he had given his info to NO ONE. Now please explain that one for me. >=(
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