WP7 Microsoft too straight laced?

For the latest round of updates to my apps, I was exploring the use of ads. So I was not surprised that one of the apps failed, but I was surprised by the reason. Acording to the report I was in violation of policy 3.7 “Certain types of Illegal Activity” and the comment said “This application facilitates gambling and cheating at it which is in violation of policy 3.7”.

The app was one I created as part of a studygroup to learn some of the features of the phone. It was basically a version of Liar’s Dice where you roll a set of poker dice, hide the outcome from your opponent and try and claim a higher result. Your opponent can then challenge you by calling you a liar. Yes, it is gambling related and yes, it involves cheating, but that is the nature of the game.

The app did its’ intended purpose and I did learn how to use Blend for the graphics, how to handle orientation, how to shake the phone to make the dice roll, how to keep the dice from rolling while passing the phone and a number of other features.

I guess any app that promotes politics would fail since politics does involve a lot of cheating. Not all parties can be correct, someone must be cheating.

Of course, they did not remove the first version of my app and there is another app for Liar’s Dice that made it through the approval process to the marketplace. So rather than collect ad revenue I will have to be content with the half dozen people who fork over the $0.99 for the app.

John Marshall… Visio MVP       Visio.MVPs.org

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The original Visio MVP. I have worked with the Visio team since 1993