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To Catch A Cheat

Written by Don

The daily challenge now has an honesty rating system under MyTourney. This is a tool that we can now use in disputes analysis. The average honesty rating is one dimension we will be taking into account when deciding whether or not a player has used external assistance. The ratings are viewable only to administrators and the rater.

This is a good time to state that the only appropriate avenues for accusing a fellow player of dishonest play are:

  • Honesty rating system
  • Directly contacting the site administrators

Accusations in chat are not appropriate because everyone is entitled to initial presumption of innocence. Accusations via the public commenting system are also not appropriate because the comments are visible immediately without giving the accused the chance to present their case.

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282 Responses to “To Catch A Cheat”

  1. Julie says:

    I am playing someone that I think he uses a word generator but I see it as a challenge because every now and then I still beat him and he gets very surprised. My trouble is when I play a two or three letter word that is rejected and then he plays the same thing and it accepts it. I even looked up the one he just did fi and it didn’t appear in what it would accept but it did for him. How can he cheat like that?

  2. Lynn says:

    What is the statistical likelihood that someone will have three or four 7-letter words per game. I have been playing with someone that seems to defy the reasonable probability of maybe one or two per game. Last game he had four 7-letter word plays and five moves into our new game he already has two 7-letter words. We’ve played 11 games and of the 8 he has won he has invariably had 2, 3 or 4 seven-letter words.
    Is he cheating?

  3. Pattea says:

    I am playing someone who always kills me but I like the challenge. Today he played a word that should have totaled 14 pts. but it totaled 45. He said that wwf does these random mistakes sometimes. I haven’t see this before. Opinions?
    And how can someone cheat with the game? Do you mean by looking for words online while playing someone?

  4. Deb says:

    Ok, so I’m playing a girl now whose stats say she played a 752 point game. I messaged her to ask her she managed that and she provided a lame reply about beginner’s luck and how she played two consecutive words for 135 points each. Her written replies demonstrated no extraordinary verbal ability and it’s evident she cheated. I don’t get it; what’s the point in cheating? It must be a very hollow “victory’ for a very insecure person.

  5. Grace says:

    I think it is appropriate to call out cheaters. I did it today. I was winning and out of nowhere came the most obscure word that fit perfectly into the TW spot. If it was genuine I would have said”good for her” but in your gut you know those words that just are inconsistent with the players typical skill that come at just the right time. The ones that are do obscure they don’t even have a definition in the dictionary. I block those people but I tell them why. I say “sorry, that sounds like a cheat word”. If not, I apologise, you’re too good of an opponent for me.

    • Tom says:

      You can look up letter combos that will fit right there ,so they aren’t cheating– like in solo play aa was a word used by the computer. And ba, and ais. So you can’t accuse people of cheating for strange words.

  6. CatherineTR says:

    I will never play with a cheat; but what if it’s WWF that’s cheating? I play the WWF Solo feature repeatedly. Occasionally the WWF computer will play a word that I suspect is NOT a word, and I look at the WWF game dictionary to see. It will return the lame message, “X is a valid Words With Friends word. Sorry, no definition is available at this time.” Today I went to dictionary.com and looked up two words that the WWF Solo feature played simultaneously. NEITHER of the words, (pily and imid) is a word on dictionary.com, a resource I believe is MUCH more reliable than WWF. A cheating player is one thing. A supposedly reliable public game that is programmed to cheat is something much worse.

  7. agatha says:

    the horrific butchering of the English language on this thread tells me that no one needs to cheat when playing against you people. just sayin’

  8. Sha says:

    I don’t mind the cheat apps because it’s not that serious. I play for fun and plus it helps build my vocabulary. But what I noticed is that my opponent played the letter “Q” and I know there is only one “Q”in the game. I also have the letter “Q” Does that mean my opponent is buying letters?

    • marajade says:

      I mind all cheats… use your brain

      • Bonita Alvarez says:

        If they play a q it might have been a blank tile they used as a q. Word strength let’s you know there is a stronger word and keep trying til you find the spot.

    • Grace says:

      It is all that serious. Cheating on any level is wrong. When you do it you cheat yourself more than anyone. If you want to improve your vocabulary, study the dictionary but do not deceive people. It’s a crude and vulgar practice and reflects badly on your character. It’s what you do when no one is watching you that really matters in the development of your character.

    • Lynn Proctor says:

      Blanks can be turned into Q’s. Always look to see if it is a blank.

    • Gaunygirl says:

      No, they probably had a “blank” tile and chose to use it as a q

    • Private says:

      They could have used the wild block and made a Q. I have done that before when it fit and it wasn’t cheating, just using the wild tile.

  9. Val says:

    I suspect a few of my opponents are cheating. I am playing with on subject who would lose some and win some but for the past few months said subject has been zooming past me in games that would be pretty even but suddenly I ame being left in the dust and losing by more than 100 points in every game. So unreal.
    I am currently playing with another subject who never won a game for months and all of a sudden strategy is such that I cannot come close to winning a game of late.
    I also notice that letters mysteriously appear at the end of games that afford my loss of such games. Foe example: we are at the end of a game where there are only 2 t’s left. How does an o appear, forming a two letter word like HO? The t’are left on the board. I am mystified
    Is there an app where losing opponents can purchase letters that are not present on the board at the end of words with friends games?

  10. Gail says:

    There is a lady on my leaderboard, who constantly beat most components by 13,000to 20,000, I play several times a day, and she still wins by 10 of thousands, how can this happen? This lady, named Carol, use to play with me, but, I use to beat her, but then, she quit playing the game with me? You might not catch her, but, I want her off my leaderboard.

    Please reply

  11. Jason says:

    I am totally done with this game, I used to enjoy it until now I am consistantly matched up with cheaters. I know they are cheating because never when they are winning but only when they are behind do they magically pull 7 letter words out of thin air. I could understand if it was consistant with their gameplay;however, when they playing small, common words through the whole game then magically a word like iodides appeara.

  12. Qoph Dave says:

    I’m really surprised no one has written an App to determine (or at least give % chance) that opponent us cheating. Got to be a way to determine it… Figure what top 10 possible plays are… How often is player hitting best possible play? More than X% of the time and the odds opponent is using an app should rise… Plus if opponent has suddenly increased his average score Dramatically — way more than average — should be a way to tell. None foolproof obviously, but some % indicator should be possible.

    If such an App were $1.98 or whatever, I’d sure be a buyer!

  13. Henessey says:

    Is there any program than can be ran against your opponent to find out if they have used the cheat app? Or maybe I can submit game to administrator. No need to cheat I say , you can not win them all.

  14. peont says:

    I kept beating a friend by hundreds and he stopped playing for about a week or so. Not in an insulting way, but he doesn’t have the best grammer nor is he the best speller. He challenged me after a week or so, and has an incredible vocabulary as well as the ability to strategically place words for his next move, not at all the player he once was. When I asked him, he said he just needed to clear his head. I am trying to look at it as a compliment that he may be needing help to compete, but non the less the thought is making me not want to play him again. So I’m choosing to believe him.

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