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PostSubject: RE: Forum Newsletter 4/6/15   Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:57 am

Ever thought of renaming this board "Help Desk", wherein the description could say "Complaints/Suggestions"? I spent quite a long time trying to find a Questions/Suggestions/Updates board, before I came here. This may be the place, but that's not 100% evident, at least to someone who's used to things being all in plain sight. :p

Anyhoos... here are my thoughts to the updates:

1. Profile Revisions = Slaughter Points
There are people who recently made edits to their characters, who did not have to pay a SP Penalty. Is there going to be a grace period allowed, within which people can similarly get a free addition/amendment to their profile, without having to forfeit a kidney?





2. Black and White Rules (No Wiggle Room)

Some rules warrant wiggle room, others don't. For instance, "don't use powers not listed in your profile" is one that doesn't warrant wiggle room, unless it pertains to mundane skills (cooking, knows how to use a Mac/PC, etc). Will there be elaboration, in the future, on which rules will be less flexible, and which won't?




3. Fewer Votes for Approval on OCs
I almost want to kiss Phil for this one, but I'll suppress the urge. I do hope that, between Org Leaders, and Global Mods, we will have enough people to make the Approval process start running smoothly.





4. No OC Limit
Why would anyone need more than 5? But no quarrel with this one either. I like it, even though I'll probably be the only one who has less than 3 OCs.





5. Dispute Boards
Whatever happened to Private Messages? Now, I like the idea of people being able to have a Mediation space where they can talk over any issues they have, with a Mediator overseeing the discussion. However, I - personally - am not a fan of airing dirty laundry for the whole board to see. More times than not, people get defensive, use language filtered for an audience (instead of being genuine and responsive), and set out to look like they're "in the right", rather than finding a compromise.





Can we do this? Probably. I'd just like to see an instance of it, if at all doable. I usually use PMs and IM/SMS to discuss Storylines, but as most of our members are usually MIA, it's tough enough to just talk about Story, let alone hash out discrepencies lol :p




6. Staff Reorganization
Who is in charge of Moderated Threads, now? We'll be needing someone(s) active enough on the boards to not keep people waiting, and to make it so Story flows more smoothly.

My
"Vampire Hunt in Sheerness" thread has been waiting a GM post for over three weeks, because the demand for GM activity is high, and the supply is (due to significant IRL constraints) undeniably low. Can't we do something so that this is less likely to happen?
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PostSubject: Re: RE: Forum Newsletter 4/6/15   Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:51 pm

1) Anyone who's in there right now will not have to pay the cost but all future revisions will have the cost as part of it. Reason being that we get a lot of revision requests in here and ideally we would like you to make a character that you will be happy with the first time around so this will hopefully cause you all to think hard about your characters and create something that you will really like the first time around. That being said, I deliberately kept the cost low so it isn't a complete let down but does make you have to think about it a little more before you decide to make the revision.

2) Again, I aimed to make this site operate more like my Cowboy Bebop site as it had little to no drama at all. Some could argue that this is because it never really became all that active but nonetheless, a lot of the things in that site really worked. It took disputes and issues out of the hands of the staff and put it more in the hands of the players. Ideally, this site should be more of a place to relax and have fun while enjoying the subject material that we're trying to emulate. Have rules that are more "cut and dry" makes the whole process a lot simpler. Either you follow the few strict rules that we have or you get out. Things like cooking and other inane abilities are not in question. Things that are easily game breaking like weaponmaking or ability gaining are. Ideally, what you see is what you get for any characters that are on here so this change is meant to eliminate alot of the metagaming that happens on here and make a level playing field for everyone. There will be revisions as needed but I wanted to eliminate alot of the rules that had "gray area" and leave only a few easy to follow rules.If you see any gray area, let me know because ultimately our goal is to remove the drama that has happened in the past and bring it back to basics.

3) Oh, you dirty bitch, behave. Lol. This was something that I had on the Cowboy Bebop site as well and it really worked. We've always had an issue ever since I started on this site with adjusting the number of approvals that were needed as staff came and left. On the CBB site, the idea was much more simple and no character ever sat in the registry for more than a week without some personal accountability. Now, we can place a lot more responsibility on the organization leaders. The tradeoff is that it is now a bit easier for something to slip through that doesn't meet with what the general criteria is which does place pressure on the people who accept those positions. That being said, we never had a real written rule for what our standards were so it's hard for most people to know what all that entails. With that said, that sort of thing is hard to quantify beyond what we have but I may try to put it in more exact words going forward.

4) This is something people have asked for a lot with previous administration and they always were a little worried that it would cause inactivity among other accounts or be hard to track. The original limit was 4 OCs and any amount of Canons you could handle. This has also prevented a number of submissions simply on account of people being at the limit. However, being as we're currently a little inactive and I personally want to try to listen to y'alls requests (even the silly ones), I'm willing to allow everyone the chance. Of course, if it's abused, we will have to revisit this rule.

5) The reason for putting this here should be fairly obvious as should the benefits to such a method. It's not so much to air out dirty laundry but it is again for accountability on the staff and player side. Too often, we had players stating that a staff member told them something that wasn't accurate or got conflicting rulings from different staff members. Ideally, players should be able to handle things civilly and not get staff involved. This process is simply designed for those instances where that is not possible. It's black and white in the sense that if it's not submitted here, we will not accept the dispute and it clearly outlines what is and is not disputable.

6) Moderated threads will still be reviewed (hopefully) by all staff members but now the responsibility is more on the players to post any concerns they have in the appropriate sections. Having a staff member interfering with a thread in the middle of a fight is always something that has caused much contention between members, more on other sites than this one. This method takes some of the power out of the hands of the staff and trusts the players to handle it themselves in a neutral, almost clinical method.

I'm sorry that nobody has been taking care of those posts. I placed the dungeon mastery in the hands of the moderators so that any one of them should be able to do it rather than it being just one person and one account that handles everything. With all of that being said, I'm placing a one week time limit on the person who was responsible for that thread to finish it. If they haven't taken care of it or delegated the role to someone else, I will make sure to compensate you for this mistake.
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PostSubject: Re: RE: Forum Newsletter 4/6/15   Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:55 pm

As far as the Help Desk, we already have one. It just changed locations. That's all.
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PostSubject: Re: RE: Forum Newsletter 4/6/15   Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:21 am

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