Y! Literati Cheating and False Accusations of Cheating
I love playing Y! Literati. I worked hard on my own to go from a provisional player, a player with a 1500 rating, to a player with a rating well above 2100. One thing that greatly bothers me is the fact that there's so many out there who are quick to point the finger that you're cheating, especially when you use all 7 tiles and make 2 or 3 bingo bonuses during the game. It's not like a person has control over the letters are distributed or what letters are distributed for that matter.
I've also noticed people are quick to point the cheating finger if you consult a dictionary to make sure what you're making truly is a word, if you make a word they've never heard of before or if you use any of the following: slang, variations of a word or British spellings. In fact, one woman recently told me that she felt variations of a word shouldn't be allowed and I had no idea that there was a written rule that stated you couldn't be referring to or consulting a dictionary. Referring to or consulting a dictionary is something I've always done growing up whenever I played the Scrabble board game with my family and it's something I continue to do today. I find it hard to believe there are people out there who believe you shouldn't do this and that by doing so you're cheating.
Some people say it's obviously when people cheat. I say not necessarily.
After a certain amount of time playing the game, you can become unimaginably good. Far better than you ever would have initially thought. Think of this, assuming someone is a fast typist (60+ wpm) and a skilled word finder, they may find 100 words per minute of each game, at say an average length of 5 or 6 letters. This certainly isn't possible every game, as obviously some boards are significantly better than others, but it is humanly possible most of the time.
I wish people who are quick to others of cheating would simply accept the fact that some people have gotten very very good at this type of game and it doesn't make them cheaters. It just means they've likely wasted more time playing them than they have and have thus formulated a better vocabulary for the game. Why can't a person enjoy reaping the benefits of a good vocabulary without being accused of cheating? It's frustrating when people can't accept that there CAN be people who are better than them.
That's not a method of telling whether someone is a cheat or not. The only real way to tell if someone is cheating is by being there as they play or having a hidden camera capture the cheating and that, quite frankly, is impossible unless you know the person and live next door, down the street, elsewhere in town or in their immediate area.
Besides, cheating is no guarantee of winning. People have cheated and have still lost.
People should play Y! Literati and have fun. Worry less about cheaters and worry more about improving their own rating and how they play the game.