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Postby Unibot III » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:05 pm

Consular wrote:Anyway, an interesting interview!


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Postby Escade » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:04 pm

Xoriet's article was important to read and also understand.

A wise person said to me, "There's a difference between fighting and standing up for yourself, I think, even if doing the latter sometimes involves fighting."

NS players need to stand up more (and keep logs). It's difficult and people will yell at you to "shut up" or "stop taking things seriously" or to "take a break" because its easier for people to submerge themselves in apathy and negligence then actually face hard facts or issues.

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Postby United RussoAsia » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:08 am

Congrats to dark for a good interview.
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Postby Unibot III » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:58 am

Crazygirl was annoyed that I'd have coffee with Darkesia and not share. :P
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Postby The Blaatschapen » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:01 am

Unibot III wrote:Crazygirl was annoyed that I'd have coffee with Darkesia and not share. :P


Share what? Coffee or Darkesia? :p
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Postby Darkesia » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:20 am

Oh myyyyyyy!
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Postby Unibot III » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:05 pm

The interview has taken a dramatic turn.
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Postby Wickedly evil people » Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:52 pm

ahh good work Uni and Dark. (don't faint Uni) :clap: :clap:


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Postby Little Sealand » Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:33 pm

Nice interview
Even if you did call us lazy and spoiled :p
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Postby Unibot III » Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:47 pm

Wickedly evil people wrote:ahh good work Uni and Dark. (don't faint Uni) :clap: :clap:


I miss ROL too.


Thanks Eli.
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Postby The Rejected Realms Media Corporation » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:43 am

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Five Possibilities for ‘Mod March’...
FEATURE | TRR NEWS

Max Barry teased that a new feature would be implemented this month, noting “there are some great projects in the works, including a big one that will almost certainly drop during March. It's not Feature February, but we don't let calendars tell us what to do. Stay tuned.”

Well, we have stayed tuned, but that hasn’t stopped us from speculating on five possibilities for a new feature…

5. A New Forum?

Who says a feature has to be a ‘feature’ per se? Max did, after all, use the word, ‘project’ not feature. Recently there has been some discussion on whether the admins might consider updating the game’s forum software to its newest release, phpBB 3.1.x. Frisbeeteria admitted, “there's been quite a bit of discussion about the coming forum upgrade,” which sparked a frenzy of comments from tech geeks and forum enthusiasts, but it doesn’t seem as though this change could occur anytime soon, with [violet] noting that the upgrade would be difficult…

“You have to build a new board from scratch, including recreating all your modifications in a completely new format. And we have quite a lot of those. So it's a big job.” – [violet], Mar 17, 2015.

4. Regional Polls Upgrade

Currently, let’s admit it, regional polls are kind of limited. They’re decent for polling a region what kind of cheese they prefer, but as a mechanism for regional voting, they’re far less powerful than they could be. Reforms to the regional poll system to prevent multying would facilitate in-game legislatures easily and seamlessly into the game’s regional pages.

Don’t put away your forums just yet though, [violet] wasn’t so keen on the idea when it was suggested last month:

“Basically, you currently have the Fort Knox option, or the open-to-all option, and I'm not keen on adding a middle kind-of-verified-but-not-reliably option.” – [violet], Feb 26, 2015.

3. April Fools Banners

Alleniana suggested a neat idea where Rift banners could be unlocked for participating in various April Fools events; [violet] seemed to relish the idea, saying “Oh boy. That does sound cool,” although adding she was unsure whether it was a practical idea, and whether it might be a needless point of contention among players who forgot to log-in during April Fools Day and missed out on a collectible banner.

It certainly seems fairly plausible, however, that the admins might implement something with regards to the upcoming April Fools, or the new Rift banners or both.

2. A New Sinker or Feeder

There’s been a recent influx of new players from Reddit; NationStates is as large as it’s ever been in terms of sheer number of nations – there’s always the possibility then that the site admins might decide a new Game-Created Region is needed.

Escade suggested this time last year that a new sinker should be named after a woman (popular suggestions included “Persephone” and “Isis” – the latter of which has taken on a whole new meaning as of late) – [violet]’s surprise response, “those Sinkers are looking kinda full...” rocked the Gameplay world. Recent commentators have suggested, however, that the real need is for a new feeder, not a new sinker – but it remains to be seen whether a new feeder would follow the old naming pattern for feeders, or establish a new trend.

A new sinker or feeder would certainly ‘shake things up’ in Gameplay – no side would hold back in trying to prevent the power vacuum from enabling a new Independent, Defender or Imperialist feeder – which would certainly complicate the current political dynamics.

1. Regional Officers

As far as bets go, this is arguably the 'safe' one. Safe doesn't mean it wouldn't be significant, however. This change would allow administrative positions in regions to be recognised in-game as well as allowing multiple custodians to serve a region. It was first proposed as an April Fools joke, so it only seems appropriate that it would be implemented for real on April Fools. This feature was one of the selected proposals at the 2013 Gameplay Summit.

[violet] has been optimistic about implementing this feature for some time now:

“I would like regions to be able to take control of their own destiny, deciding who has what powers, and living or dying by their own decisions, and hopefully the Regional Officers feature will facilitate this. It's been in the works for a while and some early parts of it will show up soon.” – [violet], Dec 27, 2013.

What do you think, dear readers? Which features would you most want to see implemented this Mod March!?
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Postby Valrifell » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:55 am

Confirmed in some thread in technical that the forum upgrade is NOT the project mentioned in the announcement.
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Postby The Dark Star Republic » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:56 am

The Rejected Realms Media Corporation wrote:What do you think, dear readers? Which features would you most want to see implemented this Mod March!?

WA category overhaul.

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Postby Nephmir » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:57 am

Delegate Elect will likely come before ROs. It's change #2 and doesn't require as much coding time.
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Postby The Stalker » Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:50 am

Well I personally hope it's the Regional Officers, as someone who runs a handful of regions I think it be very helpful and most crucial possibility. Before the Black Riders decided to raid every region with a founder that have open delegate access, I used to co-run my regions with the Delegates. It allowed for a more involved and democratic governance of my regions, till the riders decided to tag raid us every week. Since then it's lend to inactivity and loss of any real co-leadership, quite a shame.

Mods said oh Regional Officers will fix that, like two years ago... >_>
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Postby Ever-Wandering Souls » Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:17 pm

Option six: something entirely new and unexpected like Rift, aka none of the above :P
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Postby Valrifell » Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:20 pm

Ever-Wandering Souls wrote:Option six: something entirely new and unexpected like Rift, aka none of the above :P


Personally, I'm leaning towards my theory of a big 'Fuck You' from the staff by this being some sort of setup for the April Fools joke. For instance, they re-create the game that shall not be mentioned.
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Postby Reploid Productions » Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:16 pm

Valrifell wrote:
Ever-Wandering Souls wrote:Option six: something entirely new and unexpected like Rift, aka none of the above :P


Personally, I'm leaning towards my theory of a big 'Fuck You' from the staff by this being some sort of setup for the April Fools joke. For instance, they re-create the game that shall not be mentioned.

Actually, in practice, most of our April Fools things are thrown together at the last minute. Sure, we might start talking about it in, like, January, but then everybody forgets about it and all the sudden it's ten days away and we go "OSHI-! Guys! It's almost April! What the hell are we doing for April Fools this year?!"

Speaking of which, OSHIT! It's ten days until April! *runs off*
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Postby Dante Reath » Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:49 pm

If that is the truth, I admire the skills of the programmers

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Postby Valrifell » Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:01 pm

Dante Reath wrote:If that is the truth, I admire the skills of the programmers


Let's not forget how laggy everything is :p

I kid... I kid...
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Postby Dante Reath » Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:48 pm

xD

Even something functional though is a tremendous feat.

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Postby Venico » Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:00 pm

Regional Officers, would actually give a use for a lot of sleepers and allow for stealth raiding again since Regional Officer coups wouldn't necessarily have to happen at update, nor would it be reported in the activity feed.

I'm stoked.
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Postby Mousebumples » Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:00 pm

Dante Reath wrote:If that is the truth, I admire the skills of the programmers

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Postby Nephmir » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:35 am

Not to mention the ability to maintain several regions at once by appointing ROs with limited powers. :p
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Postby Dante Reath » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:56 am

It could make occupations so much more secure!

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