Turf Blog 22-08-22

Turf zone – RobinAndTuck

With T.U.R.F 2022 fast approaching, that’s Turf Ultimate Region Fight 2022, a multi-regional turf competition, I want to raise the topic of turf names, in particular how to protect your turf name and prevent it being re-used by another turfer. When participating in T.U.R.F 2022, there is a trend, here in Scotland at least, to add the letters TS to team members turf names, thus highlighting they are part of Team Scotland and actively taking points and zones for the Scottish team.

There is a risk, all be it a small one – though it has actually happened to some turfers – that when you change your turf name, for example, PlanetGary to TSPlanetGary, your original turf name become available for use by anyone. However, there is a way around this but it is rather long winded.

The process is to start by adding TS to your current turf name, i.e., PlanetGary becomes TSPlanetGary. Next you need to create another turf name/account using your original turf name, e.g., PlanetGary. This will prevent it being re-used, either intentionally by some nasty person with a grudge or who wants to cause trouble, inadvertently by a new turfer, or even by an existing turfer who just likes the name. The process is as follows.

Note, there is always the possibility of screwing things up. However, the ever-helpful Turf Wizards are there to assist should something go wrong. Make sure you read and understand the instructions below before you start. If you are not sure about anything, don’t. This should not affect any of your hard-won zones, points, medals, rank, etc. These are stored on the server database and associated with your turf name.

Stage One – Rename and create secondary turf name.

  1. Run turf app, add TS to turf name, i.e., PlanetGary becomes TSPlanetGary.
  2. Note any Notification, GPS or other settings in turf app.
  3. Close the turf app and remove turf app from the phone.
  4. Restart the mobile phone.
  5. Go to Google Play and re-install turf app onto phone.
  6. Launch the turf app, create account using original turf name PlanetGary.
  7. Go a take a few zones to test all is okay.

Stage Two – Set everything back up as before.

  1. Close the turf app and remove turf app from the phone.
  2. Restart the mobile phone.
  3. Go to Google Play and re-install turf app onto phone.
  4. Launch the turf app, create account using turf name TSPlanetGary.
  5. Configure any Notification, GPS or other settings as noted above.
  6. Go turfing and test all is working okay.

You can shorten these steps if you can beg, borrow or steal a second phone from a non-turfer. All you would do then on your own phone is add TS to the turf name. Stage Two would be carried out on the second phone. Remember to remove the turf app from the second phone.

Of course, once T.U.R.F 2022 is finished you will probably wish to return your turf name to normal. To do this you follow a similar procedure to above and reverse the name changes. However, you will first need to change your old turf name, i.e. PlanetGary to a temporary one, then you can change TSPlanetGary back to PlanetGary.

What would be really useful is a method of signing out and into the turf app on the phone. One for the Turf Wizards, I think.¬†Hope that all makes sense. Good luck. These instructions will self-destruct in 5 seconds…

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