I have deliberately avoided to return to the issue of forum games in Wesnoth.org for a long while, but Gambit and I have become increasingly worried about the board’s security due to potential guidelines violations from people who register for the sole purpose of playing a game on a forum thread.
I feel that this practice derails the Off-Topic forum as a whole. My intention when gaining control over it was to make it a fun place for us Wesnoth users, not to convert it into a general social forum with no relation whatsoever to Wesnoth’s community. As things look right now, we may have an issue in our front door which needs to be solved before the intention behind the forum’s existence vanishes even further due to this kind of invasions.
Therefore, I’d appreciate if people stopped publicizing Off-Topic threads elsewhere for entertainment purposes. The “Roll 2 Dodge” forum game has become a special case of its own after we discovered a forum member posting links to it on other forums (along with hotlinking forum smilies for some reason, no less). You don’t want the Off-Topic forum to go back to its old administration practices where autopruning was considered a feature by the Powers That Be™, right? An alternative is restricting it to known members of the community using more advanced management techniques with phpBB, but I don’t think we want that either if we can manage a reasonable deal without software intervention.