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Light-bulbAnnouncement From Zynga Producer for the LIMIT on collecting !! READ HERE re : Collecting Limit

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by April Evans - Jan 20, 2011 Star_s2,854 views
Producers Letter RE: Collecting Limit!

FarmVille is, at its heart, a social game - a game that is fun because you can play it with your friends and family. We’ve heard from all of you that one of the most fun parts of the game is the ability to share cool items and rewards with your neighbors. Sharing that rare foal from your stable with friends, or sharing holiday gifts with your neighbors – these are the things that really show how important the social side of farming is to everyone.




We also know how exciting it is to see that someone you know has posted an animal or decoration you want for your farm, and how it can be a letdown if you don’t get that item. Especially if you never seem to get the items you want because they are gone in seconds.




Over the past year, a number of computer programs have been written that will automatically claim everything posted to the feeds. The result is that, while one person can get a massive number of rewards, everyone else is left out with almost no chance to get anything. We receive regular feedback from players who feel as if it’s not even worth trying to collect items and animals from their feed any more. Not only is this a bad experience for our players, but the use of these programs is a violation of the FarmVille Terms of Service.

To improve this experience for our players, we are implementing two changes today:
  1. Each player will have a maximum number of items that they can collect from a feed in a single day.
  2. Any player seen collecting a high number of feed items per second will also be subject to a throttle that will limit the speed they can collect items for the remainder of the day.

The vast majority of players will never hit either of these thresholds. Players who use programs to automate feed collection will quickly find that they are either dramatically slowed down or are stopped at their limit, and they will be unable to grab everything that is posted for the rest of that day.

Currently, our daily maximum is set to 125 feed items collected per day. This limit was selected after looking at feed item collection behavior in our game, and is meant to limit only the most extreme feed collectors – most of whom are using these automated programs. As mentioned, the vast majority of our players will never hit this limit. This limit will reset daily at 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Wall to wall posts between two neighbors, barn raising help requests, and fuel posts do not count toward the 125 items limit.




Our goal is to make sure that both of these limits are restrictive enough to prevent automation software from creating bad experiences, but also high enough that most people playing the game are unaffected. We will be monitoring the results as we roll this out in the coming days, and may tune the limits over time. We invite and encourage you to provide your feedback in the FarmVille forums.

We would like to thank all our players for the time they spend playing our game with their friends and family, and we look forward to working with you to continually improve the experience.

If you have any feedback you would like to share with the FarmVille Team regarding the new collection limit, please post in the following thread:

http://forums.zynga.com/showthread.php?p=8054212

Information was found on zynga.com/forums

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Ok, yes this post is old but after reading some of this garbage I need to reply...1st off, EVERYONE can EASILY download the snagbar and get w/e the hell they want, so is it really cheating if EVERYONE can do the same damn thing...and I agree about the upper class ppl who can afford 2 continuously buy FarmCash, my mother in law lets her animals and grandson who shes raising go without things they need b/c she spends so much $ on Farmcash to buy things....its ridiculous...and if ur that wealthy that u have everything u need and alot of $ to spend on w/e u want, then maybe u should be donating $ charities 4 children who r dying, etc....yes theres been times I thought about buying FC, but when Ive thought about, I take that $20 or so and donate it 2 March of Dimes 4 premie babies, which without that charity my son wouldnt be alive today...Im sure most ppl out there have lost someone or are losing someone, or someone has had their life saved by funds from a charity but would rather give $ 2 a FB game just to get a good lookin farm....Im not sayin dont ever buy FC but FC and nice decorations on ur farm rnt helpin ppl live, except when it came 2 like the hurricane donations and such that they do every so often on FV....and may I also note that, yes most of us have priorities bigger than sitting on the wall all day to collect gifts and rewards and yes I do know a few ppl who just sit on the computer for 12+ hours straight every day 2 play these games and collect off the wall, but I can speak 4 most ppl out there and say thats ridiculous and we shouldnt devote all our awake time 2 sittin in front of a computer screen....and in case any1 noticed that when the limit was on, if u fix ur preferences on the snag bar u could still collect up to 999 gifts a day, i know this b/c i watched my snagbar do it multiple times, Zynga is unable 2 break the firewall completely and once again EVERYONE CAN GET THE SNAG BAR, so if u can take hours and hours 2 sit on a wall and collect u can spend 5 min 2 download this snag bar and be a lil bit happier

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I just want to say something about those who consider players who use snag bars or bonus checkers to gather items from the FV feed to be 'cheaters'... how fair do you consider it that Zynga is catering to those players who BUY their way to the goals of the game as they are obviously filthy rich and can afford to spend money buying farm cash? IMHO, these people are just too damned lazy to actually PLAY the game, their jealousy stems from the fact that they don't want anyone who isn't buying FC to outdo them by actually being able to get things from the feed in large numbers -- things that they wouldn't be able to get otherwise. Zynga needs to give those of us who can't buy FC a break and give us all a level playing field, instead of penalizing those of us who PLAY for the love of the game, and being able to collect things we love without this kind of condemnation!

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Zynga the answer is simple you need to triple the amount of gifts you can recieve on a feed so we arn't forever clicking on gifts that arn't there. SIMPLES.

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@shaggy, An interesting theory. I am of the opinion that Zynga knows that a large portion if not an outright majority of people who actually spend real money on the game are also players interested in maximizing their virtual farms and particiapate in some manner of play deemed "cheating" by people who don't understand the method, or simply don't want to put forth great effort and expect everything there free and waiting for them to simply get.
So much has been deemed as "cheating" that if you did not participate in any of these mathods of play you would level so slowly that he game would fast become boring.

However your theory has an interesting base, and I wonder if that concept has been used by Zynga to find out the real ratio of bot users for use in determining just who to please?

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yall won the battle lol u got the limit lifted........lmao guess what they know who u r now quit playing or quit buying farm cash it doesnt matter because a few days from now yall will be really crying because we speak they fixing u all...lmao they limits was a way to find u when u ran out of snags your snag bar was still trying to snag....non-cheaters knew they didnt have anymore so they stop tring to collect,,but the snag bar didnt know to stop trying to snag and it let them know who u r ....lmao

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I've only had it 5 days.. I am one of those that get nothing.. you can't tell me that day after day and week after week ever item I click on is gone in 2 or less secs. I have to spend money I can't afford to really to get a few items... I have one neighbor that send out 5 to 7 foals at one time... I gat one if that a day... but she complains about the gu users as cheaters... what it is they are cheaters and want all our post for themselves while they share with their close friends. I won't spend one more cent on f/v and I will select who gets my feeds. I can't be at the computer every minute but spend most of my free time on page. another thing I noticed when I downloaded the bar is the people most complaining were my neighbors but they deleted me as a cheater. if any of you have any ideas of another fun game or something we can do.. please contact me.

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I think this sucks I don't have time to set around all day just to snag up the good gifts like some do, so the snag bar helped us who actually have a life to live and not setting at their computer all day and night, I played my games late at night so this was so stupid for people to complain over a snag bar if you had yours set you would have snagged items too there has been alot of prizes I missed and I have the snag bar so your complaints are rediculious. Farmville cut gifts down to 125 prizes that means someone would have to set at their computers all day and I'm for one will not be doing it good bye farmville

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I also think this is just an excuse from Zynga. These are not "real" gifts, they really hold no monetary value. It's just a way to hold players back unless they spend a lot of real $$$.

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I personally think that a lot of people (not saying everyone, all the time) "customise" or send the really cool collectibles to close friends. It has nothing to do with the snagbar at all. And also if the whiners that complain to Zynga are also complaining to their "neighbors" on FV about not getting the really "sweet" collectibles...just to let you know I deliberately do NOT send you the real goodies because you complain too much...and I never get anything good from you anyway!!

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@Caitlyn Smith: Just out of curiousity, how do you know who the people getting the foals are if they're not liking the post or commenting on it?

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I have been thinking and Zanga's limit is set way too low. If you start counting all the things you need just to keep your farm up and running per day....you can not get it from your friends post because you need at least 20 animal feed per day...20 pig slop per day or40 every other day.....watering cans....saplings.....now the Valentine's Day cards that you will need to grab in order to get special gifts.....bushels....helping friends with things other than Barn raising....just too much to do with the limits that Zanga has put on things, which means you have to rely on people to send you the things you need in order to play this game...hope Zanga realizes how bad this decision really is.

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My big problem is my preference isn't working and I am still getting alot of things I don't want and can not use. I do not want bushels at all but still getting my stock full. Of course 100 bushels is way too little when you have you spa built to the limit. But I need to know why my preference list is not working and I am being shut off. Also losing so many items now that friends are actually sending me just takes me to the game and the items are NOT there.

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The moment Zynga realizes there are two types of players they will gain my attention again. There are those that wish to have what hardcore gamers have then there are those that make it happen. And what those "gods" forget is most hardcore only want to socialize with other hardcore players and the ones not capable of understanding that connection are the ones left behind, it's true in everything we do. The reason people find wealth in the world where others fail is the same situation. Some get it some don't and those that don't either stop playing or accept it that they can't achieve what they want. The bar helped normal players get into the advanced player groups now only to realize they are going to be left behind once again. Because of the ignorance of the masses.

Rich Smith
~ I am tempted by more than average game play~

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I think this really sucks. My computer is 12 years old & only has a 1 gig hard drive really archaic I know but I am one of those poor folks who can't afford a new , faster more up-to-date machine. Loading is painfully slow with all it's OOS issues still not rectified. This just makes things alot harder for me. I have already blocked all of Zynga's other games, because of the loading issues & lack of stability. Buh-Bye Zynga. I thought your games all sucked anyway. Now I can concentrate on Farmtown. The developers of the Z-tarded games should take notes & code their games like farmtown I have never had an issue with that. I don't have the time to sit here all day. They must think that noone plays anything else but what an awakening they will get when majority of their players go elsewhere. They still haven't fixed all that's broken & what about the non-existent expansion that they keep dangling in front of us. They should give us more farms like FT instead of keep having us cram the stuff on the little one they give us.
I'm done. I hated this game for a long time & now even tho I have invested so much time into this I have reason to quit altogether.

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Dear Zynga Your item limits are ridiculous and I will NOT be playing or buying items until something is done. Items are hard to get because of people don't share in the first place! How about doubling the amount of items per post? How about marking posts where all the items are gone so we don't have to spend hours clicking for nothing? Post this as your status and STOP PLAYING ALL ZYNGA GAMES RIGHT NOW!!\

Please share this ! Did you know most people have over 400 farmville friends but a post is only 2 or 3 eggs. Foals are 5 per post. MOST items are only 5 PER POST!!! Now look at your friends walls and see how many posts per day they have. Over half my friends ( everyone a player) Only have 1 or 2 posts a day! Some have fewer than one a WEEK. I usually post everything I can and it is horribly time consuming. MORE ITEMS PER POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sorry but its not zygna or the snag bar users that caused this to happen its all the people who use a browser that is not supported and to be truthful i think that now they know how it feels to not get some thing when they do it. and to say one more thing every one on farmville and other games the snag bar works lies to people they all use the snag bar so why cant they just get over it... cuz most people dont have the money to by farm cash or horse shoes the snag bar helps the people that cant so its the rich people that have money to buy the cash that is crying about the snag bar when they use it. by the end of this month in to feb farmville and other games will not be played cuz of the cring about programs.

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It seems to me this will most affect people who hover on their wall and constantly click refresh.( or maybe use an auto-refresh script( http://www.lazywebtools.co.uk/cycler.html )). It further occurs to me thatmany of these are the same elitists who have encouraged and participated in this witch hunt. I often see the claim that gifts are gone in seconds, and there is an assumption that his is due to the snag bar usage, but the snag bar is not that fast. I often find when I click on a post sometimes only a couple of seconds old, I get a message saying this gift is expired? again, not a result of snag bar usage.

I'm reminded of a very old cliche, Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.
125 is way too low.

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I use the snag bar but have my preferences set to snag only the things I need in the game at the time. This limited number shouldnt hurt most of us who use the snag bar the right way. If there are people out there snaggin EVERYTHING, no wonder Zynga caught on & limited it. I dont think it will slow down my snagging very much.

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1 thing no one ever mention or complain about are theese damn bonus collector apps

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I have no problem with the snag bar, however I don't use it. The one thing I dislike about it is that many snag bar users just seem too lazy to care to like something or they set it to collect everything they can and then sell it.... that is why people complain. My foals when posted not in link forum go in 2 secs... and always to the same people who couldn't use common courtesy to like it or comment. Why? because the snag bar makes it easy to grab whatever, and not even a darned like.. Who you call lazy, those that click each thing as it comes and are decent enough to like the post. I think its the other way around, we work hard to click on the little we do get not use some bar to take it all and act unappreciative of those who work hard to breed and stuff...

I don't blame Zynga in the slightest really, it now evens it out, and more of my farmers get a chance at my foals which also means I don't have to take the extra work to avoid the snag bar by posting it as a link.

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