My Wife’s Solution to Random Farmers Dropping By

These days if you play FarmTown and you visit “The Marketplace” in order to sell some goods, get hired, or whatever you’re likely to find occasionally that random people follow you back home to your farm when you leave. This seems a bit odd to many people. I mean, if you go to your local grocery store and some random person followed you back to your house you’d probably call the police right? In fact, this is the whole reason we have these things called “locks” on our front doors. To prevent everyone, including friends, from randomly entering our house. Farmtown, however, doesn’t have locks. (Fortunately there isn’t much they can do in your farm so it’s not really a huge concern)

Why people are doing this in facebook too I’m not sure. I suspect that they’re looking for a job (ie, they want to work in your fields for cash) and they’re hoping you’ll hire them.

My Wife’s Solution

So, my wife had a smart idea: never hire them. In fact, make sure you can’t. She does this by clicking on them and then clicking “ignore”. By doing this you add them to the list of folks that are functionally “banned” from your view of the game. The result is that no matter how much they beg you for a job in the marketplace in the future, you’ll never see them and will never hire them. Plus they immediately disappear from your farm as well.

I thought this was a great idea to solve the annoying-farmers problem.

6 Comments

  1. Craig Said,

    July 3, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    What’s also cool about the ignore feature is that you can see who they really are. Clink on Account, then Blocked Users. You’ll see that farmers real FaceBook name and profile photo. And if the privacy settings are lax, maybe see the entire profile. Not sure that Farmtown developers thought about that.

  2. Sam More Said,

    July 7, 2009 @ 6:23 am

    Often the avatars that follow you back from the marketplace are \ghosts\, glitches in the system. I have never had a ghost ask me for a job or do anything other than stand there. This is not a malicious act, not an intentional act. To \ignore\ or otherwise harass these individuals because of something out of their control seems heavy handed. Simply dis-connecting from and then back to the server causes them to disappear.

  3. Laurie Said,

    July 18, 2009 @ 11:30 am

    Thing is-people often do this with no ill will intended. I know I would go to check out a farm to make sure people were legitimate; not stringing others along. If too many people do this to the same person they are banned from the game. Knowing this I cleared by blocked list. It’s purpose is really to block “undesirables”, not legitimate players.
    PS I like the XP tips..never thought about the “clearing” of grapes…lol!

  4. Wes Said,

    July 19, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

    I’ve mentioned the “ghost” thing to my wife (who is a much more avid farmtown player than I). She’s now feeling guilty and thanks everyone for their advice.

  5. Donna Said,

    July 22, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

    I have had people follow me back and have chatted with some and when I ask why they would follow anyone back to their farm without being invited, they often disappear. I have had a couple ask for jobs and I tell them I don’t hire cropstitutes. 🙂

  6. Bobbie Said,

    August 21, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    GEEEZ…I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE/GHOSTS WHO HAVE UNINTENTIALLY FOLLOWED ME HOME GOT PUT ON IGNORE 0_o
    THIS IS WHY I JUST GOOGLED THIS QUESTION WHY DO THEY FOLLOW? SO I GOT MY ANSWER…THX EVERYONE!!! I’LL GO DELETE THE DELETED/IGNORED NOW… 😀