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"There's a lot of really good solutions if we wanted to pursue that," says Paul.
"For instance, it'd be fairly straightforward to track whether a user was doing that, and if he tried to submit three times in a row and was denied, we could say, 'You've lost your turn.' We could even show you what your opponents had guessed.
"But every time we've come up with these ideas and talked about them, we've realized that it takes away a little bit from the framework that's contributed to the success of the app.
We've tried to stay very focused on presenting a singular experience. There's not a lot of options you need to worry about.
You can just jump in and enjoy it right away." Don't like it?
The Bettners offer a low-tech fix: Agree with your friends to play by your own rules.
"We're trying to replicate the experience of sitting around the table, playing board games, and part of that experience, at least in my household, is we end up making up a lot of rules," says Paul.
Humorist John Hodgman calls this style of play "spamming the engine" and deplores it; the Web comic "The Penny Arcade" dubbed it "The Brute Force Method." The Bettners call it "plugging," and they have no plans to do anything about it.When it first came out in 2005, distrust of the mainstream media and the readiness to believe in a massive false flag operation orchestrated by the government was pretty fringe.