major stumbling block, because in order to reliably signal between two bots, you'd need to make a lot of sub-optimal (or at least pointless) moves in order to accurately "handshake", moves which would hurt the bot in 99% of matchups.
Not only that, but I'm sure there's enough data in the scoring system to identify places where--among two highly-ranked bots--one seems to mysteriously fail against the other and not against any other peers.
Finally, I disagree that having the enemy bot ID would be a good thing. All it would do is give an incentive to players who compile massive if-then strategy lists based on other players and put "honest" bots that actually strive for good strategy at a disadvantage. It would also punish players who don't make a last-minute re-registration (against the rules for other good reasons) with a new "un-profiled" account.
Statistics: Posted by Terr — Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:05 am