Author Topic: Server Online Players  (Read 7001 times)

Nordic

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Server Online Players
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:30:19 PM »
First off, i love this site, but i'm having issues finding a shard that fits my needs.  I want to play on a populated shard, but not one that is too populated.  I spent about a week on uo redemption because it showed 60 clients online, but this was never the case.  I spent most of my time on here looking for people to interact with and there were no players on.  not sure if something is broken between how your site updates the players online, but i found it frustrating when looking for other shards.  Thanks!

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Re: Server Online Players
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2015, 10:23:49 PM »
Unfortunately, there is no way to truly get the number of players, we just have to trust the value that the server tells us.  It is very possible that there are servers that fudge the numbers, so while in general the numbers can be a nice indicator they cannot be taken as 100%. 

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Re: Server Online Players
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2015, 07:22:07 AM »
Unfortunately, there is no way to truly get the number of players, we just have to trust the value that the server tells us.  It is very possible that there are servers that fudge the numbers, so while in general the numbers can be a nice indicator they cannot be taken as 100%.

Are you saying the shard owner submits a number to you guys and that is what is displayed on the webpage?  Sorry for the followup question, just trying to figure out how this works.  I hope shard owners would be honest.  Thank you!

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Re: Server Online Players
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2015, 02:09:05 AM »
More or less that's how it works, but it's automated.  UOG sends a packet to the servers and the servers respond back with the information. So in theory someone could easily modify the server code to send a different value, or even display a different value when you login.

Honestly though I don't think it's a super common thing. Newer shards might try to fudge the numbers but there actually are some shards with 600+ people.   If a shard fudges numbers in the 600+ range and you login and barely see anyone or any houses it's a good indication.

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Re: Server Online Players
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2018, 06:39:24 AM »
When noticing servers that are spoofing is there any action to it? Example Ultima Online Forever doesn't have that many players especially now. I played there for 5+ years and this is their darkest times. Barely anyone at the bank, and it shows they still have 900+. I just hate when people are dishonest about their numbers, and waste your time by logging in and confused where the pop is.

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Re: Server Online Players
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2018, 09:45:38 AM »
Unfortunately there is not really a real way to police this as the value comes from the server.  However if a shard is known to fudge their numbers then by all means they can be called out for it by the community and it will look bad on them.
 

 


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