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March 27th, 2012

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07:16 pm - Bad Software Design

So I admit to having started playing Words with Friends. The app for iphone is a piece of crap.

The big annoyance? There is, near as I can tell, no way to log out, and no way to mute the sound. You can mute the sound when it's actually foregrounded, but you can't shut off people's ability to send you moves while you're, say, sleeping -- and have your phone at full volume because you need to wake up if the network is down.

Thusfar, the only "mute" I've found is to delete the app, then reinstall when you want to play again, which definitely feels like the wrong answer.

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Date:March 28th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Sounds like you want to have "Words with App creator".
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Date:March 28th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
That is definitely poor design. You should be able to mute the sounds for that app without deleting it or muting the phone.
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Date:March 28th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Under your notification settings, you should be able to disallow 'sounds' while keeping 'badges' and 'notifications' selected?
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Date:April 13th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
To be fair, iOS is not the only platform Words with Friends has released on with crap design. The Android app is just as abysmal.

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