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Policies regarding multiple family members playing on lichess in one house

Asked by JermFuMaster
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I have searched through the site quite a bit and not found anything regarding my situation so here goes. My name is Jeremy and I'm a single father with 3 kids as well as my dad living with me in one household. Besides myself; my dad and my two oldest kids have lichess accounts. My dad held an FIDE rating over 2000 back in the 70's while i am really just a pretty below average player, although I have begun to make very serious efforts towards becoming better. My two kids are just starting out and learning the ropes. What are the policies regarding multiple family members playing on their seperate accounts from the same household and IP? And are there any concerns I should be aware of?

Of course my first thought is when being accused of cheating, (which I have twice now, although the first later took it back and apologized). But I was accused again recently and not only does it tick me off, it worries me as well considering how many people are playing out of this house off the same IP. Is my household already violating any policies? I have already advised my kids not to use any other programs while in a rated game nor to take any advice or hints from anyone (even Papa!) while playing someone online. I worry that a cursory look at our IP addresses might make someone think its one person here and jump to assuming ratings manipulation. There's no cheating here whatsoever and I'm proud to encourage my kids to take an interest in the game and hope they will be able to climb the ratings ladder as quickly as they are able. I really love lichess and what it has done for my game. I don't want to risk losing the privilege over any potential misunderstandings while allowing my kids to play as well.

For the record, my family members screen names are the following:
[Redacted for privacy]
I am happy to provide proof to Lichess staff regarding their names and ages if at any time there are questions. I can also make them available to answer any questions regarding their activies on the site if needed as well.

So even though I'm below average now, I am working hard to change that. And Lichess is the best tool for me hands down. Not by messing with my ratings (that would actually hurt me more than anything), but by being exposed to so many players and then being able to analyze and learn from each and every game. So many awesome features here for the casual or serious chess player. I'm glad to have found my way here and hope to be here a very long time. Thanks Lichess staff and developers for such an awesome site.
Thanks in advance for any help with my concerns,

Jeremy
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Answered by Chess_Agent
Hello,

"What are the policies regarding multiple family members playing on their seperate accounts from the same household and IP?"
> Don't share accounts. You can each have one account but just don't play on each other's.

"Of course my first thought is when being accused of cheating, (which I have twice now ..."
> http://en.lichess.org/qa/258/all-about-cheating-questions-and-answers number 11. Basically: ignore them. Turn off the chat. There's nothing more satisfying than knowing your opponent is wasting his/her time typing for nothing.

"Is my household already violating any policies?"
> Nope. Everyone has one account and nobody's cheating - so go for it.

"I have already advised my kids not to use any other programs while in a rated game nor to take any advice or hints from anyone (even Papa!) while playing someone online."
> Great! Well done.

"I worry that a cursory look at our IP addresses might make someone think it's one person here and jump to assuming ratings manipulation."
> Only mods can see IP addresses (and users associated with them). If you're ever marked (or one of your family members), email lichess.contact@gmail.com Note, though, we do get some hilarious emails about "it was my brother" or "my mother used an engine," so we'll look through it carefully.

Hope this answers your question to your satisfaction! If not, feel free to comment!

Have fun!
JermFuMaster commented :
Perfect! That puts my mind much more at ease. I just went over the rules with the kids again anyways just to make sure they understand fully, and I think were good here. I'm excited they're taking an interest and look forward to watching them progress. Thanks a bunch for such a quick response.


And seriously, on a side note. This site is truly awesome. You guys most likely do not get enough credit. My dad and I both were playing at another site ( I guess I probably shouldnt say which) and i went looking around because i felt i was too often a victim of people cheating and didn't feel i was getting a fair shake at establishing a truly accurate rating for myself. It's possible, if not likely I was just playing that badly but either way, after finding Lichess, I was awestruck. The other site being a pay site just pales in comparison in my opinion. And Lichess being a free site still just blows me away. What a truly great find. You guys rock and hopefully you hear it all the time. Also big kudos to those involved in putting out Study (beta). Awesome idea. I've already started my own on From's gambit and its just awesome to be able to do that.

Thanks again,
Please rock on
Jeremy

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