LOL, it has happened to me SO OFTEN that I have put the variations for my devilish board domination plans in the normal chat instead of the M log I just move on then … laughing …
BTW, did you know that your opponent can see your M log if they are not logged in? (Or, of course, using another account.) I don’t care about this because I say to myself that if I am fit to win that game then I should also be able to win if my opponent knows what I’m doing.
Even more embarrassing if the variation contains some totally stupid mistake that becomes obvious right after you’ve posted it </edit>
Hmmm - the not-logged-in thing is a heavy dampener. Does it have to be like that?
I think the “opportunity for spectators to see Malkovitch in real time” is outweight by the nagging feeling that the opponent can see Malkovitch in real time. That should not be possible, at least for ranked games.
People who want to cheat will find a way. Often it’s as simple as consulting a computer during the game. So I don’t think “my opponent might check my super secret notes as a different user” is an overly concerning risk. Furthermore, Go is a game of perfect information. If your strategy is a good one, it should not matter whether your opponent knows it or not.
Well, if you really want to solve that problem, you can just make all of your games private. That way, only your account and your opponent’s account, (the one they’re currently playing in), can view the game.
In my opinion this would not be as good as making Malkovich not available till after the match for ranked games, because I like looking at my opponent’s games, and I feel they should be able to look at mine as well.
It might make sense that you can’t, because arguably you could chat about something private and then your oppo finds that you’ve opened it to the world. I dunno - just thinking about what might the argument be?
Anyhow, more importantly: why not just make Malkovich private until the ranked game ends?
Why not have both options, i.e., a public Malkovitch that’s visible to everyone except the opponent during the game and saved to sgf, and a private Malkovitch that’s visible only to the player making the log and not saved to sgf?
And is there really some benefit to having the malkovitch visible to spectators? What’s the use? wouldnt it be simpler to just have one Malkovitch that is private until the end of game? I am not really a fan of having twenty buttons almost no-one will use…