How does Gamesville handle cheaters?
In a word, no. Gamesville and its parent company Lycos do not approve, allow, or condone any kind of cheat program. In fact, the use of a cheat program violates the terms of service for Lycos and Gamesville, and puts your use of Lycos and Gamesville at risk--not to mention that downloading cheat programs from third parties may put your personal information at risk.
First, the Lycos terms of service makes it very clear that using automated means (including additional computers, software and scripts) to enhance play in our games is prohibited. See the "Member Use and Conduct" section at http://info.lycos.com/legal/legal.asp#Member.
Second, the rules for Gamesville and any jackpot game (such as Magic 21) or sweepstakes game (such as the GV Rewards sweepstakes) we operate prohibit players from acting in an unsportsmanlike or a disruptive manner.
Cheating, by its very definition, is unsportsmanlike because it violates all aspects of fair play, and it's disruptive because it negatively impacts the legitimate players who are adhering to the rules.
Finally, the use of computer programs, scripts or any other devices to automate any aspect of play in any Gamesville game can put your own privacy and your own computer at risk.
Think of it this way: If an individual or a company is willing to provide you with a program that will help you cheat us, what makes you think those same people are not willing and able to cheat you as well, by either misusing your personal information and/or loading spyware onto your computer?
It's not always easy for players to tell if another player is using a cheat program. For example, the suspected cheater may not respond to questions in chat because he or she has chat turned off or has certain players muted or blocked. Sometimes, the person who appears to be cheating is just a very, very good (or lucky) player.
If you suspect someone of cheating, there are two basic options. The first option is to ignore the suspected cheater and simply focus on your own game and your own enjoyment of that game. The second option is to report the suspected cheater to customer service for investigation.
Please be sure to include the suspected cheater's full username, the specific reasons why you suspect this player of cheating, and any details or screenshots you feel will help prove that this player is cheating. Send all of this information to Gamesville Customer Service, powered by Lycos.
If you suspect someone of cheating, whichever option you choose, please do not argue with or antagonize the suspected cheater in chat or elsewhere; this serves no tangible purpose other than to breed ill will among the community.