Frequently Asked Questions: High Scores
We've added a simple high score system to Homepage Arcade so you can track and display the best scores from the vistors to your site. You can test this system out during the free trial period. Here are some frequently asked questions about the system.
How Does The System Work?
If you have enabled high scores in your account, then the games listed below will allow users to enter a name to submit to the high score board. They are asked when the game is over. Then, high scores can be displayed in a pop-up window on your site. You can place a link to the pop-up window anywhere you want. The top 10 scores will be displayed. This can be the top 10 over the last 1, 2, 7 or 30 days.
46 of the Hompage Arcade games are hooked into this system. The other games either do not use a score, such as a puzzle game, or have scores that won't work well with a high score system. The games in the system are:
Chicken and Eggs
Flash Arcade Bowling
Fox Force Five
Something Fishy III
Tornado Tear Up
Can I Use This System To Run Contests?
No. Contests are also subject to many state and national laws, and therefore we are prohibiting them since we don't have direct control. The high score system is for just-for-fun purposes only. Accounts that violate this policy will be suspended.
Can I Use This System To Gather Email Addresses?
No. Many sites uses game high score submissions to collect email addresses. We do not allow this. There are many federal regulations that govern this, and since it would actually be homepagearcade.com that is doing the collecting, we cannot allow this. Accounts that violate this policy will be suspended.
If Someone Enters an Offensive Name, What Can I Do?
This happens all the time. If you plan to use the high score system, you will want to be vigalent about checking new scores often. When you find one you want to delete, you can use a variety of method at your administration page.
Can You Put Automatic Filters In To Prevent Offensive Names?
We have been building high score boards for a long time. Filters don't work. You can easily filter out obvious words, but players can get around them by using alternate spellings. And the worst are the ones that use normal words to make an offensive statement.
How Long Are Scores Kept?
On your administration page you have the option to get scores to live for 1, 2, 7 or 30 days. The default is 2. After that time passes, a score will be removed from the database. This is done to prevent the database from filling up, and it also allows more players to see their name appear on the high score boards. It encourages players to return to re-post their name if they wish to keep their status.
Do Users At My Site Only See Scores By Other Users At My Site?
Yes. Scores are stored on a per-account basis. So your users will only see scores by other people who submitted score at your site.
Can I Tie This Into My User Database?
If you are an advanced Web engineer, you can, somewhat. You can pass a user name into the game through the HTML tag. This name would then appear when the user goes to submit a score, and they would not be allowed to change it.
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