Ok, so I made a mistake!


You will probably already know that due to legal problems I had to rename the site from its original name of scrabblehelper.net.

Well I only had a week to do it, and so I had to choose a new name quickly.

I reckoned a lot of the site’s users would miss the announcement, and would turn to Google to find the new site.  After a couple of hours of research I found that far more people search for phrases including the words ‘cheat’ and ‘words’ than any of my alternative names.  So I quickly registered the name cheatwords.net and moved the site.

Well it turns out that a lot of you really didn’t like the name ‘cheat’.  In retrospect, that should have been obvious to me!  I’d always shied away from the ‘cheat’ label myself in my 5 years running this site.  People use the helper for many reasons, and I’d always felt that the site attracted word lovers who enjoyed playing Scrabble, not cheaters.

I certainly never meant to offend anyone, and didn’t intend to effectively call you cheaters!

Anyway, for the last week I’ve run a poll to see what people thought of the site name, and the results are now in.

A whopping 4590 people voted!

As you can see, the overwhelming majority (66%) wanted the site name to change, and so who am I to argue?

As of today, Word Helper is the new name for the site, and the URL is www.wordhelper.org.

Don’t worry if you still have cheatwords.net bookmarked.  That domain will still work, it will just re-direct to wordhelper.org.

Sorry everyone – I’m only human 🙂

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19 Responses to Ok, so I made a mistake!

  1. Barbara says:

    The best thing one can do as a site owner is to be sensitive to what is wanted by those who visit the site. Good for you!

  2. Mike says:

    No sorry needed. I don’t care what the name is I just love the site, and would like to thank you again for having it. So Thank you very much for all the help and knowledge this site has brought me!

  3. Diane says:

    Love the site – it’s taught me so much. It it wasn’t called Word Helper it could have been Scrabble Support

  4. Patty says:

    No apology needed. You did what you thought was right at the time. Thank you for listening and addressing those of us who had problems with that other word. Hope you have a great holiday!

  5. Scott says:

    Thanks for your site I think it is the most useful one out there. I didn’;t book mark the new site and had a bit of a rough look for you. Once again thanks.

  6. Paolo says:

    Great site! Thanks so much for changing the name.

  7. Gaia says:

    I really love this site, its better than many others and I appreciate you for creating and maintaining it! Let the games go on!! Thanks!

  8. Ellen says:

    Love this site, no matter what its moniker is. Legal, schmeigal– I understand why they need to protect their brand but you’ve helped many a person through “Words with Friends” and forced us to look up words we didn’t know existed. Thanks for doing what you do because sometimes we just need a little help from a friend!

  9. Reb says:

    thanks for the site and the word calculator, it has been lots of help.

  10. Rachel says:

    Thanx so much for all your effort into this site! I use it DAILY for my games 🙂 And seriously, no apology necessary! You really weren’t given much choice on the matter and from most of the comments I’ve seen, your fans really understand 🙂

  11. Elaine says:

    No apology needed, you did what you needed to do at the time. Should be us saying thanks for going to so much trouble to keep such a great site running. All the best.

  12. Natasha says:

    I echo Elaine. Thanks for taking the trouble to keep this site running. I love using it to learn new words to up my word games experience. Thanks so much.

  13. sisqsis says:

    Thank you for this site, regardless of what it is named!

  14. Pam says:

    Thanks for keeping this site up and running. I love it. It is the best!

  15. Ray says:

    Thank you, I love the new name … I suggested wordhelper.net you made it “.org” … I am so happy with it, keep up the good work.

  16. Cliff says:

    THANK YOU.. THANK YOU.. THANK YOU. A site by any other name.. Your site is GREAT!

  17. Sheila says:

    Thank you SO much for the site. I am amazed that some would not come back and use it because of a name. No offense taken here. Just appreciation to you.

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