Hi! I’m Kecleon, and I’m here to suggest things so other people don’t suffer from grievous and terrible mistakes like I did. As I am both blind and illiterate, I happened to have bid 7 million instead of 700k. This, unfortunately, isn’t the first time for events such as these (I recall an incident a while back where someone bid 2 mil instead of 200k for a pack of silks!), but it sure is a shame, because it wipes out a lot of work and fun if you mess up once.
I propose that instead of allowing these horrible typos to persist, there’s instead a warning of threshold if you’re bidding a certain degree over what you’d normally bid. For example, if the last bid was 20k and you type in an extra 0 to bid 250k instead of 25k, that’s still a devastatingly large gap. For most players, that’s their life savings! And if they’re unlucky enough to not be outbid, that’s their life savings gone for a pretty rock or something.
Beyond a certain point, I’d like to suggest that bids that are double or more of the original bid have a ‘are you really sure you want to do this’ message confirming the amount of money that you’re about to bid. It’s really just a safety net to prevent against the inability to count. An extra press of the key can ruin people’s lives, but an extra prompt can save those lives.