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Question-whitePetition: Please Remove Lock Feature on Farmville Game Posts

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by Peggy George - Dec 18, 2012 Star_s1,009 views

I have been playing Farrmville since it began. Lately, I have noticed that almost all of my neighbors have been using the "lock" feature on posts in order to allow only certain people to get the foals, calfs, trees, etc that they post. In the past 2 weeks, I have been unable to get enough watering cans, animal feed, and building materials. I have also been unable to get a lot of different trees, foals and calfs. After emailing several of my FV neighbors who are resorting to this, one reason for this behavior stands out. Money. A lot of my neighbors are selling such items to their other neighbors. I refuse to pay my neighbors for foals, calfs, trees, etc. As far as I know, this is against Facebook and Zynga's rules. I would like to see the feature that allows "locking" a post for specific people in FV removed or disabled in order to prevent this type of unfair play.

Therefore, I am posting this as a petition. Please indicate in comments if you agree or disagree. I will forward a copy along with screen shots of all agrees to Zynga.

UPDATE: I contacted FB about this feature. I was told that it is indeed a FB feature, but Zynga and other third party game developers were/have been offered the option of disabling that feature in their game(s). Obviously, Zyga hasn't done that. So, this petition will be addressed to Zynga.

I am well aware that there are many people who prefer to use the lock feature in FB to prevent their coworkers, boss, or others from seeing certain posts. However, this petition isn't about disabling it for anything other than for in game posts.

(By the way, I am looking for more neighbors willing to share their items....add me.)

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I use the lock feature as many others have said to give gifts to certain people who have seen a tree or something they want. Items like watering cans etc though i open share same with the stuff for quests. If i locked all this stuff id neva get anything done. Even with open posts i struggle getting parts to build stuff so new neighbours are always welcome. I did try make a farmville group and just post there but working out who played just became a pain. So if u need cans feel free to add me or check my timeline

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It seems a lot of us, are saying the same thing... you need to delete the neighbors that are using the lock feature all the time, or etc.. and just get NEW neighbors. You really can't and shouldn't dictate HOW someone is playing THEIR game. If you don't like it, then don't play with them it is very simple. Like the post below me, that Katie did, I can honestly understand her wanting to give family special items, and as long as she wasn't locking ALL or even most of her items, while I myself was not locking any items, I would not have a problem with being HER neighbor at all, even knowing she was locking some items for her family. Again I say, this IS a game, it should be played how you want and enjoy playing, locking or not, so try to enjoy it, and just delete the neighbors you don't like.

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I use the lock feature so I can share special things with my kids and a few select friends and family BUT only on certain special items and only on the first one. My daughter or cousin don't need 20 of one special bunny, but I do want to make sure they get one. If your neighbors are blocking you from almost everything, get better neighbors.

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My co-workers and personal friends don't need my farmville posts showing up on their feed because peggy george isn't getting enough watering cans. If you don't like your neighbors, delete them and find new ones. This is not a complex problem.

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Melanie, a little fact checking here for your edification. Not everyone who uses GU uses the snag bar. Those who do use the snag bar do not take everything. The snag bar is not quicker than a human sitting in front of a computer clicking the exact same link. The GU snag bar does let anyone who uses it, to also leave a message that they helped at the same time. I for one use the snag bar on quest items or countdown items most of the time. This HELPS other players immensely because anytime I'm not playing the game, I can use the snag bar to click on their quest or countdown needs. Otherwise those players may not get the required items they need. I would suggest you join sharing groups where everything is posted in link form. The snag bar can't get anything if it's posted that way. Everyone does not delete us as neighbors. I have many loyal friends who understand that everyone should be allowed to play the game the way they want to. All of my friends and neighbors know I use GU and the snag bar and they don''t delete me because I am a very considerate player who always helps out my friends and neighbors at every chance.

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That where these ppl come up saying that the snag bar is stilling from them, it will still snag even if they have the items set for certain people. I use to think that they were saying the snag bar takes off there farms until I found out for myself about that locking for certain people which I don't use it either, heck I still don't know why they have it on there. The way I found out about this feature was a lady posted that someone with GU had stole from her sister, she said she sent her something for her farm and had it set just for her an her only, then I found out what they meant by stealing from them with the snag bar. I thought I would though my 2 cents in on this subject, LOL. Merry Christmas to all and God bless!!

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I didn't even know about the lock feature until this post. I can see how it can be useful if you have a friend or relative trying to share something with you because you need it for a quest and people who don't need it are getting it via snag. I keep my snag bar going most of the time since I have three kids and can't babysit the laptop just to snag something I need. I do admit to being one of those people that doesn't click like nearly often enough but in return I don't care if someone clicks like on my status or not. I figure if your going to be anal and not just play to play what's the point? I don't need a like to show someone appreciates my post. Several of my older relatives (not good with technology) play farmville and use the snag bar so that they don't have to navigate facebooks ridiculous game feed setup. I know they appreciate it and they never click like. People are busy that doesn't mean they don't care.

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I know some won't like what I am about to say... but with what I have been reading here, I just have to ask, why don't you just delete those neighbors who are NOT sharing, or who are using the lock, or who are only taking and not giving back or etc... I mean seriously, there are way too many GOOD players out there, for anyone to keep a neighbor, or friend, or etc... that is annoying them or doing or not doing something they don't like.

Bottom line, I don't use this lock, but then again I don't really care who is or who isn't to be honest. The way I look at it, this is a GAME, and it should be enjoyable, period. So if you want to play your game and use the lock then go for it, and if someone doesn't like that you are doing that, then they should remove you as a neighbor. Same goes for those who do not like lock being used... if you don't like it, then remove that person as a neighbor. Why try to change something like that, when evidently there are TONS upon TONS of people who ARE using it, enjoy using it, and for whatever reasons. It is THEIR game, not yours, so just delete them. Let me say, I am NOT bashing the poster, and I am NOT bashing the lock users, I am simply saying it is a game, so enjoy it WITH the people you like playing with, and NOT with the ones you don't, it saves time getting annoyed/upset, and trying to change something that will probably never change anyway.

By the way, yes I play this way. I have been playing for a few weeks now, and already I have deleted more then a couple of neighbors. The ones I have deleted I noticed were always asking for help, and getting MY help, but rarely or never helping me back. This is one of the main reasons I will and have deleted someone. I would rather have 20 really good "GIVE & take" neighbors, then to have 100 "Take & take" ones.

One last thing, to the person who was talking about those who don't "like" the posts... I am one of those people, I try to like them, but since I have arthritis in my fingers, and it gets bad sometimes, I am not always able to do the extra clicking of liking a post. I have mentioned this a few times here and there on my page, and I have talked to others... keep this in mind before you jump the gun about those who don't like your posts, there are a lot of elderly people I have seen playing this game, even though I am not elderly, LOL, only 38, but still.

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I don't use the lock thing ever. Just sent you a friend request but be forewarned....I am a militant atheist libertarian. But we have a great name in common! : )

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About LIKES: I'd like to add that I personally dont lock things posted to wall to small grps because I want people to snag em, especially those which are living in another timezone. They're asleep so they cant click like and that's totally OK for me! It's one of the great benefits of snagbar that I can share stuff with people from the US or india or australia as well who let snagbar run over night.
I also do post links in groups manually (can't be snagged) there I certainly expect like but not on normal wallposts.

Some things I myself snag over night I try to like afterwards, even after hours - very convenient u can access the posting with the chain icon -, but only rare stuff and sometimes it doesnt work out so im relaxed about others as well.

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Thats redicilousssssss, farmville doesnt control the lock feature for one. Facebook does. Its my choice if I want to lock something for a friend because I have people who continue to take all my things without hitting the like button. This is why we do that because we get tired of our nice things getting stolen with no appreciation. So we lock them for friends who do appreciate. If you were on my list of people who knew how to hit the like button you would get that item too. I buy it with my money so I can share it whoever I want. Second......no the lock button isnt used so that we can sell these items. I never even heard of such a thing. That is just crazy!!!

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Two reasons I have locked in the past:
1) To only allow people that I know always click like to take things
2) To make sure my real life friend got somthing really special

Since the seedling nursery now makes 5 of each, it really doesn't bother me if there is someone occasionally taking without a like, so I don't lock specific things any more, but I do lock ALL my farmville posts to only FARMVILLE playing friends, so my B/F doesn't go balistic because I was palyign farmville at work.

I think that if you personally asked your neighbors that you think are excluding you to include you, you would find things locked to you. When I had my special "People that click like on trees" list to lock trees to, I was always happy to add to it.

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Peggy, it is up to individual users to either be generous and share all of the goodies in a game or only share certain ones. I happen to do both depending on the needs of personal friends who also play the games. If I know that one of my RL friends is in need of watering cans I will post every one I get to help not only the friend, but all neighbors who have access to my feeds. When it comes to more rare and hard to get animals and trees I try to be fair by doing every other one that's rare or new to the "all friends" to insure everyone has a chance at something cool. The trick is to play at peak hours with your snag on so you will get optimal amounts of the good stuff...and it DOES sound like you could use a few more 'generous' friends...and use the lock to YOUR advantage as well!! If you help certain neighbors with the fancy stuff the good ones will return the favor and be more giving to you!

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I don't understand. It always has been possible to post stuff to only certain lists/friends. This is a stoneold fb feature and useful too for the reasons you mention.
If you got friends that don't set you on their list (or sell links... none of the friends I got via GU does that) I would unfriend them.

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Sounds like you need to get more/better friends. ;) The ability to restrict posts is beneficial in so many ways, in and out of the game. All my FV posts get locked to my FV friends and not my RL friends, coworkers, students, etc. And, some personal things get locked to friends and not FV stranger neighbors. As mentioned this is a FB feature and, I'm sorry, but they are not going to disable it because you don't like how some people are playing a game from a company that is leaving FB as soon as their contract is up. ;)

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You need to write Zynga about this. My main advice-add new neighbors. I do not know why anyone would buy foals or trees etc. All you have to do is add new neighbors who are willing to share. There are tons of groups out there who share things like foals and trees. I, for one, am a tree and foal breeder but I do not charge. I try to breed enough for my neighbors and to reward other players who share with me. Add me if you would like. I am always looking for some active neighbors!

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I have, on occasion, used the lock feature. Mainly use to either lock trees for my younger brother that plays, but is only lvl 30ish and does not have many neighbors so therefor does not get many trees. I have also on occasion locked a couple trees for a really great, helpful neighbor. Not every single time I grow trees, but once in awhile.

I don't want to see it removed for those reasons.

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I looked on my news feed, didn't see a lock feature, what is it ?

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I use it to keep from spamming my neighbors who don't play FarmVille.

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the lock feature is through facebook, not farmville, and this feature will always be in place because it is a useful tool on facebook

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