Why is adding buddies impossible?

Started by jausmh

jausmh Lv 1

Windows 10 x64 - Version 10.0.17134.285

on IExplore, Firefox, MS Edge

When viewing the home page for my account jausmh the "My buddies" page gicves:

Access denied.

You are not authorized to access this page.

What can I do to fix this behavior?

Also "Add Buddies" is impossible due to this behavior.


LociOiling Lv 1

The buddies system hasn't really worked in a long time, as far as I know.

In addition to the web page, there's also the Social menu in the client. Its Exploration Map feature doesn't work. There's also a Buddies panel there, and its search for player feature does seem to work, finding actual players. So you could try sending a buddy request and see what happens. It appears that you can also accept buddy requests in the client on the same panel.

The Buddies panel also shows current puzzles, and it will show at least your score if you select a puzzle. For me, it's also showing a couple of mystery puzzles, "Invalid score test" and "no trim", that don't appear in the normal puzzles list.

I suspect that buddies is just something they haven't gotten around to removing, but it's never going to be fixed, either. Especially since there's a web component, and there's really not a web development team anymore.

LociOiling Lv 1

I tried sending a buddy request to LociOilingIRC using the client, and got at error message, but no crash. (The same thing happened in the LociOilingIRC to LociOiling direction.)

There are quite a few existing feedbacks on this, going back to 2008:


The last update I spotted to any of these feedbacks was in 2015, seems like we've pretty much given up on having buddies working again.

joshmiller Staff Lv 1

Hi there,

Loci is right that the Buddy system is no longer working. From what we have heard of player feedback, this system isn't used very much by players, so we are considering / working on phasing this system out. We apologize for any confusion caused by this.

frood66 Lv 1

This is interesting since I have never heard of any organised discussion on this subject. Perhaps it would be best to ask all players B4 making assumptions?

frood66 Lv 1

Oh - to be clear - the buddies system is not currently used much…this is because it does not work!