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« on: June 20, 2006, 04:37:49 PM »

I have tons of questions that I can't find in the FAQ, so I guess I'll just make a list. Please answer any one that you can. Thank you SO much!

1. I joined yesterday night and still haven't gotten my email to validate my address. Is that normal?
2. If the waiting list is 200 something people long, then do I have to wait all the way to next year to finally join? By then, I think I may lose interest. =p
3. Where do you check the waiting list?
4. Why do we have to keep the site down to 150 stables? Is it server reasons?
5. If I get approved, then will they send me an email telling me so?
6. Do the players that are inactive for 6 months get automatically deleted? Or does some poor soul go through the list everyday and delete manually..?
7. If I did lose my validation email, can I have it be resent?

I know, that is a lot, and I may come up with more, but I'm so lost!
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2006, 05:15:02 PM »

Well, I joined a few weeks ago and I'll probablly not be accept until like December or a little before. When I login, this pops up:

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Your stable is awaiting approval. You are currently #192 (out of 229) on the waiting list.

It is estimated that you will be in the game on or by December 29th, 2006. You will receive an e-mail once you are approved in the game.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2006, 05:16:19 PM »

Welcome to the game!  Umm, I can try to answer some of these for you, but I'm not sure on all of them myself-

2. You probably won't have to wait until next year.  There is no set limit on how many stables get deleted a week, sometimes it could be 7, sometimes it could be two.  It all depends.  

3. Once you get an email to validate that you are on the waiting list, you should be able to log in and see how many are still ahead of you on the waiting list.

4. We keep 150 stables because we like to keep a small community, and there aren't enough horses in the game right now to justify having more than 150, and just generating horse after horse doesn't make sense for the breeding aspect of the game.

5. Yes, you should get an email when you are approved.

6. I don't think it is every 6 months, I'm pretty it is more often than that, and I do believe that Shanthi goes through and deletes stables by hand that are inactive.

Well, I hope I was able to give you some accuarate info, and I hope someone else can answer 1 and 7 for you...

Also, the link to the faq page is here- http://www.finalfurlong.org/faq.php

It may seem like a long wait, but the game is totally worth it.  Read the Newbie Guide and FAQ while you are waiting to get into the game, and you have all the knowledge you need to start when you finally get in!
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2006, 05:22:59 PM »

I'll do my best to answer, though some are sort of beyond me.  Shanthi, the owner of the game, is getting some well-deserved time off in Mexico, and won't be back until later this month. 

1. Shanthi/Andrea the FF head-wenches/goddesses can answer this. 

2. Yes, the wait list is long.  We've got about 150 stables that are able to be active.  Stables are deleted after 4 or 6 weeks of inactivity (I forget how long exactly), when a stable is deleted, the person at the top of the waitlist is able to take one of the "active" spots.  Turn over can be quick, or it can be slow.  It's your choice if you want to wait.  But be prepared to wait at least several months.

3. You check the waiting list by logging into the game, I believe, from finalfurlong.org.

4. It may be for server reasons, but it's also to keep the game a manageable size and build a sense of community, so people don't get lost in the crowd.  Think about how huge horseland is, and the dynamics that go on there--there's not a whole lot of community, from what I remember. The 150 limit is actually a recent increase, the limit used to be around 100.  I don't know if it will be raised again.

5. I believe an e-mail will be sent out.  Again, Shanthi or Andrea would be better at explaining this than me.

6. Shanthi is a coding whiz (no relation to the cheese type).  She's coded the entire game, and has written a script that will delete stables automatically after a period of activity.

7. Again, a Shanthi/Andrea question.

I think patience is the key, both for the waiting list and actually playing.  As I've mentioned before Shanthi and Andrea (credit where it's due) have both coded this game from scratch--breeding, racing, retiring, injuries, everything.  Of course, it means there might be a bug here or there that one needs to be patient while they try to fix it.  But being patient does pay off big time, as the girls are always working to improve the game during their free time.  Added things like training, shipping, etc. are in the process of being added to make the game more realistic.  But, all good things come in time.

So if you feel up to it, stay on the waitlist, forget about it and several months from now be pleasantly surprised by an e-mail informing you that your number has been called.  If you don't have patience, the entire process may be a bit more frustrating than it's worth. 

In the meantime, you can always hang out on the forums, read the FAQs and Newbie Guide.  Memorize them, if you like.  If you do have questions, check these resources first.  If you don't, folks may be a tad grumpy, but point you in the direction of these rather than answer your question outright. 

Good luck, and happy waiting!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2006, 05:42:44 PM »

Oh, thank you so much guys! I feel better now that I know more. I've been reading the FAQ all the way through and I'll get to the Newbie Guide after I'm done. If I read these over and over, maybe I'll know enough to keep interested. ^_^

I guess I have to contact Shanthi about #1 and 7. If she's on vacation, then should I contact Andrea? I need to do another test login, but I don't think I see the number and date on the waiting list thing. Hrmm.. alright. Well thank you all for your time! It's very much appreciated. By the looks of the FAQ, this game looks well worth the wait! =D
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2006, 05:45:25 PM »

If you wait a little bit, Andrea may take a peek at this thread.  She may or may not be able to help, but she'd be better able to answer your question than the rest of us.
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2006, 05:46:37 PM »

You could contact me, but it won't do a lot of good.  The email should have gone out instantly once you joined.  If you PM me the username/stablename you requested I can tell you the email address it should have gone to.  Other than that, I can't help too much, Shanthi's the one who coded/handled the admin side of stuff.  I just steal fun coding projects ;)
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2006, 05:51:21 PM »

When I did a test login, it sent me stright to the horse sales page. 0.o

I'll PM my username/password to you, Andrea. I didn't get the email.
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2006, 05:52:08 PM »

Don't need the password. :)  Just don't see your email on the list of emails on the wait list so was going to make sure that all went through for you.
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2006, 05:53:05 PM »

I mean-- username/stablename. Sorry. xD
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2006, 06:15:55 PM »

Okay. Finally, it says #229 out of 230. Even though it estimates Feburary 4th, 2007. I'll live. I'm just so happy I'm finally on the list! Thanks to all who helped me! I understand now. ;D
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« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2006, 11:14:32 PM »

Yeah, someone else posted like yesterday about the long wait.  Like I said to her, I don't think that's quite accurate.  Thats if x number of stables gets deleted every x number of days, I believe, so if more than that x number of stables gets deleted on x day, your estimated wait will change.  I havent seen anyone yet who had to wait over half a year  :D
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2006, 03:50:23 PM »

Oh, good. I can't wait to join! Feburary 5th seems soo looooong. xD Hopefully a lot of inactive players will be deleted.
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2006, 03:33:56 PM »

-sigh- Still #299, but now out of 238. It seems like no one is being deleted.

Oh, well. I'll stop complaining and check back in a couple of days. ^^
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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2006, 05:20:48 PM »

Wel... no one is likely being deleted right now because Shanthi is on vacation in mexico and she is usually the one I believe that does the stable deletions. So that will probably resume when she gets back.

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