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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:18 pm

Frequently Asked Questions: Technical Forum
This thread was originally posted by Qaaolchoura, and after he left the game, Goobergunchia reposted the thread here. Since he has since left the game, I'm reposting the thread myself.

What follows has been edited for content and updated as there have been a number of changes to this content since that thread was last updated in November of 2009. I will work to keep this updated with questions that are commonly posed in this forum. Of course, if you have additional information to add or a question to ask, please feel free to add a reply to this thread.

GAMEPLAY
  • How do I declare war? How do I trade with other nations?
  • How do I invade another region?
  • My nations description is saying contradictory things!
GAME MECHANICS
  • What language is this site coded in?
  • I have two nations and whenever I am logged into one it logs me into the other.
  • When do the updates run? What do they do? How long do they take to complete?
FLAGS
  • Why can some nations have such a large flag?
  • Why is the flag I uploaded auto-resizing to something smaller?
  • How do I get a cool flag if I don’t have any graphic skill?
  • My flag isn't updating after I upload a new one. / It says I have outstanding issues, but I've answered them. / Page X doesn’t look like it’s supposed to.
CUSTOMIZABLE FEATURES
  • Can we add national leader/capital/religion?
  • Can we add a new customizable field of another sort then?
  • Can Mods change my nation name?
  • There's no active nation with the name [XYZ]. But the game won't let me create a new nation with that name. Why?
  • How do I change my national pretitle?
THE WORLD ASSEMBLY
  • I’ve seen all sorts of acronyms around the World Assembly. What do they stand for?
  • I know that I can have only one WA nation. How many non WA nations may I have?
  • What's a Historical Resolution?
  • What does being a Delegate do?
  • I have the most endorsements in my region, so how come I am not the delegate?
  • What if there are two WA nations with the same number of endorsements?
  • I've got a new e-mail address. Will my WA status be affected if I put it in my settings page?
  • Is WA status retained when my nation is resurrected?
  • How long is the e-mail accepting me into the WA valid for?
FORUMS
  • How do I create a poll for my post?
  • What (and where) is the User Control Panel?
  • How do I set my signature?
  • How do I post pictures?
  • Can I upload images to the forums?
  • Free image hosting sites include:
  • Hey I have a great Idea! Lets split International Incidents into past/present/future (and possibly fantasy) timelines subforums.
  • I can't view images/signatures/avatars! How do I fix this?
  • How do I post smilies?
  • What software is used for the forums?
ISSUES
  • Why do I keep getting the same issues?
  • How can I get more issues per day?
  • How can I change my position on an issue?
  • Why do my issue choices randomly change after I select them?
  • How do I submit a new issue?
MODERATION
  • Can the mods delete my nation for me?
  • Well, I’ll just break some rules then to get the mods to delete my account!
  • How can I resurrect a nation?
  • Is WA status retained when my nation is resurrected?
REGIONS
  • How do I create a region?
  • What does the regional administration page do?
  • What happens if someone is kicked out of the Rejected Realms?
  • What is a “Feeder” ?
  • What are Warzones?
  • What if there are two WA nations with the same number of endorsements?
  • How can I become my region's founder?
  • But my region doesn't have a founder/has a dead founder and we want to get it one.
  • What formatting tags can we use in World Factbook Entries?
  • What formatting tags can I use in Telegrams?
  • What formatting tags can I use on my region’s Civil Headquarters?
  • How is a region picked to be the featured region?
  • What region should I move to?
CODING
  • How do I code X, Y, Z?
  • How do I change the size of my text on the forums?
  • How do I code Proposal links for Telegrams?
  • How do I code images on the forums?
  • How do I code to align my text in a certain way?
  • How do I code spoiler tags?
  • How do I quote another person's post?
  • How do I link directly to a specific post?
  • How do I create a list?
TROPHIES
  • What trophies are there?
  • What on EARTH is an Easter Egg?
  • Can regions earn trophies?
  • Are the trophies cumulative?
  • Do I lose my trophy for writing a WA resolution if it gets repealed?
  • I've written WA resolutions and/or submitted issues with one of my puppets. Can I move the trophies I've earned there to my main nation?
  • I was listed as a co-author on a WA resolution. Can I get a trophy for that?
  • What's a Historical Resolution?
  • Can I put these trophies on my NS Wiki page?
  • Can you add trophy for any nation who has ..... ?
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Who is [violet]?
  • Where is the famous memberlist?
  • Is the photo with the weird mask really a picture of SalusaSecondus?
  • About the Players
USEFUL PAGES
  • Player accessible pages that aren't on the main menu
  • Information for script authors
  • Purely of historical interest
  • Unofficial semi-offsite pages of interest

Thanks to Sedgistan for his assistance in clarifying some of these answers.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:19 pm

GAMEPLAY

How do I declare war? How do I trade with other nations?
Both war and trade are role played – mostly through the forums.

WAR is run through the International Incidents subforum.

TRADE is run through the Global Economics and Trade subforum.
If you’re just getting started with one of these actions within the forums, for the love of all that’s holy, please be sure to read the stickies atop each forum. Stickies (noted with the following icons: Image or Image) are threads that offer essential, helpful information within the given forum.

I’d also recommend checking out this thread for more information on Nation States Diplomacy.

How do I invade another region?
If you want to learn how to region-crash and take over the leadership of a different region, I’d suggest checking out the Gameplay subforum. You may also want to look into joining (or creating) an alliance of like-minded nations since it’s all-but-impossible to successfully invade another region with only one WA nation. WA multi-ing is illegal – as detailed here.

My nations description is saying contradictory things!
Yup. That’s pretty much par for the course with NationStates. There have been some suggestions in the past to allow people to change the “environment” in which their national animal frolics. Of course, nothing has changed in that respect as of yet, and some people have fun having their national animal, the seahorse, frolic freely in their nation's many lush forests.

Basically, there are a number of different facets to your national description that is all based on separate aspects of the game. Some parts of your national descriptions are almost set in stone. These aspects are very difficult to change, especially for more established nations. The final paragraph is based on your last 4 issue choices and changes with each subsequent issue decision. As such, it’s not uncommon for these areas of your nation to be in conflict.

For example, a popular complaint used to be that a nation that was listed as an Anarchy had no government in the first paragraph, but an "omni-present" government in the second. This was because the player had met the requirements to become an anarchy (none of which have to do with government size), but had done so through massive government intervention.

The solution? Well, there really isn't one. You can take whichever of the contradictory descriptors you want to be the "correct" description of your nation, but the game would practically have to be rewritten from the ground up to get these contradictions out. No matter how important you think it is that you have a coherent national description, it’s not going to happen. If this really bothers you, you can write your own national page (complete with national description!) on NSWiki.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:20 pm

Game Mechanics

What language is this site coded in?
Perl for the game and PHP for the forums.

I have two nations and whenever I am logged into one it logs me into the other.
This should be less of a problem since the redesign of the site. The “Switch” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen should allow you to switch between nations.

If the issue persists, you may have issues with an “Auto-login” cookie. When you login to one of your nations, be sure that the “Remember Me” box isn’t checked.

When do the updates run? What do they do? How long do they take to complete?
There are two update times, which are frequently referred to as the Major Update and the Minor Update. During both updates, any issue choices made by your nation are processed and for nations set to two issues per day, one new issue is presented per update.

The WA Delegacy may change in a given region with each update, depending on WA endorsements. (More details on this below.) WA Rankings are updated during the Major Update. Each region updates at its own time, so one region may have WA rankings based on the “Largest Cheese Export Sector” and another based on “Most Avoided.” Once the Major Update is completed, all regions will be ranked based on the same WA ranking category and The World lists World WA rankings under that same category.

The updates start at 12 am (Major) and 12pm (Minor), Eastern (U.S.) Time. The duration of the update depends on how many regions and nations there are to update. Typically, they're over within an hour or two.

To determine what time the updates start in your time zone, I’d recommend checking out the World Assembly page when there is a proposal At Vote. Votes always end at one of the updates, and the page will list the time remaining until the vote ends, which should be a clue as to what time the update occurs in your time zone.

Alternatively, you can use this time zone converter.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:20 pm

FLAGS

Why can some nations have such a large flag?
Back in the “olden days” (February 2011 and earlier :P), the flag size limit was based solely on file size – the dimensions of your flag didn’t matter as much, so long as you could get the image under the 12KB limit.

Nations with flags that are larger than the current size restrictions uploaded their flags before the auto-resizing feature was added. Their flags were “grandfathered” in, so to speak. However, should they ever change their nation’s flag, their large flag will be lost.

Why is the flag I uploaded auto-resizing to something smaller?
[violet] wrote:The server now attempts to resize flags to fit within 214x142 pixels, and generate thumbnails.

Both height and width must fit, so if your image is perfectly square, it will wind up as 142x142.

There are 3 “loopholes” to get around these restrictions, if you’re interested in having a (somewhat) larger flag. They won’t allow for flags as big as some that you’ll see older nations flying proudly. [violet] elaborated further on these loopholes in this thread.

How do I get a cool flag if I don’t have any graphic skill?
Check out this Directory of Graphic Makers in the Gameplay subforum. There are individuals who are willing to help make flags for others. Please read the details of their specific thread for whatever they require from you to create a quality flag.

My flag isn't updating after I upload a new one. / It says I have outstanding issues, but I've answered them. / Page X doesn’t look like it’s supposed to.
This problem is related to your browser’s cache. The page is updating correctly; however, your browser is still remembering an old version of the page. This is done by your browser to help save bandwidth and memory.

If this is happening, you can try to force a full refresh (Ctrl+F5 or Ctrl+R – this shortcut varies some by browser.), which may help. If this does not solve the problem, you should be able to clear your cache from your browser settings.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:21 pm

CUSTOMIZABLE FEATURES

Can we add national leader/capital/religion?
Yes. These fields are each unlockable via the Issues that you answer. You become eligible for each issue once you reach a specific population threshold.

Capital City: 250 million citizens
Leader: 750 million citizens
Religion: 1 billion citizens

Once you reach the population threshold, your Settings page will change to state: Unlockable: Awaiting Legislation.

If you don’t select an option that allows you to fill in these fields, don’t worry! You will get the issue again in the future. Of course, for nations like myself that don’t want a national religion, getting that issue over and over again can be a bit tiring.

More information on this can be found here.

Can we add a new customizable field of another sort then?
I’ll let Sedge speak for me here since he’s succinct and to the point:
Sedgistan wrote:I'm sure the admins have said at some point that adding extra customisable fields would be nice, but isn't high up the priority list.

Can Mods change my nation name?
No, they cannot.
[violet] wrote:The game code uses a nation's name as its ID, an unfortunate design decision that we are stuck with. Renaming a nation would break all references to it in regions, player Dossiers, the WA, etc.

As such, if you have a typo in your nation name, you have 2 (obvious) options:
(1) Create a new nation *without* the typo to use instead.
(2) Roleplay the nation name as what you want it to be. (This selection is really your only choice if the name you want has been taken by another nation.)

There's no active nation with the name [XYZ]. But the game won't let me create a new nation with that name. Why?
Believe it or not, NationStates has been around for a loooong time. Many MANY nations have both existed (and ceased to exist) before you tried to create your nation.

As such, many nation names are reserved. If you try to create a nation with that same name, you'll get the following message: RESERVED. That name was used by a former nation.

There has been talk about releasing some old nation names, but nothing has happened on that scene, as of yet. Further discussion on the topic can be found in this thread.

How do I change my national pretitle?
Until you reach a population of over 500 million citizens, you are stuck with the pre-determined list in your Settings.

After that, you can change your pre-title – but, of course, the usual rules regarding appropriate content do apply.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:22 pm

THE WORLD ASSEMBLY

I’ve seen all sorts of acronyms around the World Assembly. What do they stand for?
Yes, the World Assembly (also known as the WA) does love it’s acronyms. The most obvious ones are those most frequently used:
WA → World Assembly
GA → General Assembly (one of the WA’s chambers)
SC → Security Council (the second of the WA’s chambers)
UN → United Nations (the predecessor of the WA)

If you’re talking to an experienced WA player, you may see other acronyms make their way into telegrams or forum posts. GA#35 refers to GA Resolution #35, for example. CoCR is shorthand for a passed resolution – The Charter of Civil Rights. A list of passed resolutions can be found here, but if you find yourself puzzled by an acronym, ask! Most forum-goers are happy to help explain such shorthand to newbies. (And those that aren’t are probably in need of a good defenestration.)

I know that I can have only one WA nation. How many non WA nations may I have?
Some nations have multiple nations – some even have hundreds of nations!

Traditionally, non-WA nations are referred to as “puppets.” Of course, some elect not to have their main nation in the WA and instead have a WA-puppet.

What's a Historical Resolution?
These are resolutions that were passed under the United Nations, which preceded the WA. A complete list of these resolutions can be found here.

What does being a Delegate do?
WA Delegates are able to Approve Proposals. (Proposals require approval by at least 6% of the Regional Delegates in order for them to come to a vote.)

WA Delegates also have extra votes for WA Proposals that are At Vote. They receive 1 vote for each endorsement, as well as their own individual vote. For example, a WA Delegate with 5 WA endorsements has a total of 6 votes.

WA Delegates may have access to Regional Administration for their region. If your region has an active Founder, they may disable Delegate access to protect the security of the region. However, if your Founder has Ceased to Exist (CTE), the Delegate is automatically granted access.

I have the most endorsements in my region, so how come I am not the delegate?
The delegacy does not change over until the region updates with the Major or Minor Updates. If you are trying to invade a region and take over the delegacy, you need to be sure that you have more endorsements before the region starts to update. If you gain more endorsements after the update has started, you will not become the delegate until the next update.

What if there are two WA nations with the same number of endorsements?
If there is a tie in endorsement count involving the current delegate, the delegacy will not change over. In order for a nation to become the new delegate, they need to have more endorsements than the present delegate.

Other than that, if the current delegate is not involved in the tie, as Pyth said, "it's ... complicated."

I've got a new e-mail address. Will my WA status be affected if I put it in my settings page?
Not at all.

Is WA status retained when my nation is resurrected?
No, all nations resurrected are automatically resigned from the WA. However, you can re-apply your nation as long as you don't have any other WA nations.

Previously, when you rejoined the WA with a resurrected nation, your endorsements (given and received) were also re-established. However, this was changed in a recent update, so you will need to re-endorse those that you wish to support in your region.

How long is the e-mail accepting me into the WA valid for?
It's good until it gets bumped out of the queue. The WA only keeps track of some number of applications at a time, and then it drops the old ones. The length of time that takes is variable, but you can always reapply to the WA if your e-mail acceptance has expired.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:23 pm

FORUMS

How do I create a poll for my post?
When you’re creating a new topic, there’s a section labeled Options to the bottom of the page – below the text area and the submit button. While Options is the default, you can select the Poll Creation tab, if you’d like. You then fill in your poll details there, and it is posted with your new thread.

Polls can also be added to a thread after the fact, provided that you are the Original Poster.

What (and where) is the User Control Panel?
If you click on the “User Control Panel” link under the Board Index link on the top left-hand corner of the forum, you will have access to all sorts of tools on the forum for your national profile.

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There are four different tabs to pick from when viewing your control panel:
  1. The first page (Overview) allows for you to manage your subscriptions (if you are notified of updates to given topics), manage your bookmarks (for certain topics you bookmarked for easy reference), and manage your drafts (should you have any saved for future posting).
  2. The second tab (Profile) allows you to edit your profile (and set things like your website, location, occupation, and interests) and edit your signature. (More information on creating a signature below.)
  3. The third tab (Board Preferences) allows you to set various board settings. Edit global settings involves setting your timezone, DST, date format, and whether users or admins can contact you by email. Edit posting defaults allows you to determine whether you want to enable BBcode, smilies, and/or your signature with each of your posts. You can also set the board to auto-notify you of replies to your posts, if you'd like. Edit display options allows you to sort and determine which posts and topics are auto-displayed. This also allows you to adjust what sort of features are shown when you view others' posts.
  4. The fourth tab (Friends & Foes) allows you to set your Friends (those you communicate with frequently) and Foes (those you'd prefer to not communicate with). Setting an individual as a Foe “minimizes” their posts – although they are still shown and can be expanded to allow you to read their post. Understandably, mods and admins are unable to be set as foes.

How do I set my signature?
As stated above, you can set your signature by going into the User Control Panel. Under the profile tab, you'll want to select the “Edit Signature” option.

Your signature has an 800 character limit – which, sadly, includes BBCode – and also an 8-line limit, per the OSRS.

OSRS wrote:Signature Spam: Forum signatures give you space to include a few carefully selected links or quotes. Sigs are attached to every post, and must therefore conform to clutter-reducing rules. Maximum size should never exceed eight lines, including blank lines and quote lines. (A short quote takes up 5 lines - "quote", attribution line, two lines for the box, and one line for the quote). Large font sizes should be avoided and may be trimmed without warning. Posting forbidden links is not allowed.


If you need help making your signature shorter (in terms of line length) or if you're not sure if it's too long, please check out Reppy's Sig Workshop for assistance.

How do I post pictures?
Place the url of an image in between the [img] tags.
Code: Select all
[img]http://www.imageurl.com/image.jpg[/img]

There is a maximum size (900px, I believe), and if you exceed that you will get an error message.

Can I upload images to the forums?
No. If you want to post any images, they need to be hosted elsewhere. Also, you should not hotlink from another website as they may change the content of the image to something that breaks the forum rules. If this happens, you will be held responsible for the content, even if that is not what you meant to post.

Free image hosting sites include:
Hey I have a great Idea! Lets split International Incidents into past/present/future (and possibly fantasy) timelines subforums.
No. Per the mods, Max has said that he doesn’t want the forums split up anymore than it already is. And, as he said in the FAQ, this whole game is like Max’s very own Father Knows Best state.

I can't view images/signatures/avatars! How do I fix this?
Go into your User CP > Board Profile > Edit Display Options > Set the appropriate radio buttons to "Yes" > Submit

How do I post smilies?
Click the buttons to the right of your post. If they don't show up, you'll have to go to your User CP > Board Profile > Edit Posting Defaults to enable them.

What software is used for the forums?
The code is written with php, and the forum software is phpbb.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:23 pm

ISSUES

Why do I keep getting the same issues?
When the game started, there were only 30 different issues, and each nation only qualified for a few of them. Later, [violet] (in all her greatness) coded an interface which allows game mods to edit player-submitted issues.

New players still only get the first 30 for their first couple of weeks. There are now over 250, yet the older ones still seem to repeat more often. (The whole list of issues can be found here.)

How can I get more issues per day?
Once upon a time, there was a bug where you’d get 4 issues per day. Sadly, however, the game admins have fixed this bug, so that’s not really an option anymore.

If you want more issues, the best answer is to create puppets since each puppet can get 2 issues per day as well. Since there will always be some issues for which your nation doesn’t qualify, having puppets with different types of governments will give you a wider selection of issues.

How can I change my position on an issue?
All of the issues - except for Easter Eggs - can eventually be repeated. As mods have said before, just because you make a decision on an issue (or decide to dismiss an issue) doesn’t mean that your citizens won’t make you answer the issue again!

What on EARTH is an Easter Egg?
It's a specific kind of issue - and each Easter Egg issue can only be answered one time per nation. If you want to know what the Easter Egg issues are, I'd suggest checking out this thread. If you want to know what the requirements are for each Easter Egg issue (as best as we can figure out, anyhow, since the mods aren't telling), this thread is more what you're looking for.

Why do my issue choices randomly change after I select them?
This used to be a common problem caused when people use web accelerators. The admins have since fixed the problem.

How do I submit a new issue?
After you have over 500 million citizens, you can Submit an Issue. You’ll find the link at the bottom of your Issues page.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:24 pm

MODERATION

Can the mods delete my nation for me?
No. The mods will not delete a nation by request. If you want your nation to die, you need to not log-in for 28 days. If you don’t think you’ll be able to stay away, you should scramble your password (i.e. bang on your keyboard a few times to get a random combination of keystrokes) and delete your email address from the Settings page.

Well, I’ll just break some rules then to get the mods to delete my account!
This approach is typically referred to as “suicide-by-mod,” and it is not recommended. Depending on what you do, you could end up IP-banned from the site, which means you’d never be able to come back. If you ever wanted to come back in the future, you wouldn’t be able to do so.

How can I resurrect a nation?
If your nation has Ceased to Exist (CTE), it can be resurrected by simply logging into the nation again. A resurrected nation will always be “reborn” in Lazarus. From there, you are more than welcome to return your nation to its previous regional home.

If your nation was deleted due to rule breaking, you will not be able to get that nation name back. Unless you are considered a Delete on Sight (DOS) or have been IP-banned, you are able to make a new nation.

Is WA status retained when my nation is resurrected?
No, all nations resurrected are automatically resigned from the WA. However, you can re-apply your nation as long as you don't have any other WA nations.

Previously, when you rejoined the WA with a resurrected nation, your endorsements (given and received) were also re-established. However, this was changed in a recent update, so you will need to re-endorse those that you wish to support in your region.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:35 pm

REGIONS

How do I create a region?
On your (current) region's page, it says "Tired of life in (region name)?" Click that link and click Create a New Region. Complete the fields on the page that follows and hit “Create Region.” You will now be located in your new region.

What does the regional administration page do?
It allows you to bar/unbar delegate access to regional control, ban/unban members, eject members, update your factbook entry, and password protect your region.

You can only ban members that are either presently in your region or who are on your Regional Happenings.

What happens if someone is kicked out of the Rejected Realms?
Any nations ejected from a region are moved to The Rejected Realms. As a result, The Rejected Realms are not allowed to eject any nations.

Further, bans are not allowed for The Rejected Realms or Lazarus. Nations that are ejected or resurrected must go to these regions, so nations cannot be banned.

What is a “Feeder” ?
Feeder regions are those where all new nations are born. There are five, and they are also commonly called the Pacifics.
These regions, the warzones, The Rejected Realms, and Lazarus, are not allowed to password protect their regions.

What are Warzones?
There are 6 Warzones:
These regions are specifically setup to allow for invasion-style gameplay. The normal influence costs for ejecting and banning nations apply for the WA delegate. However, bans expire with each update, so nations can keep coming back and trying to win the delegacy again. Passwords are also not allowed. These regions are often used as a "practice ground" for invaders and defenders.

What if there are two WA nations with the same number of endorsements?
If there is a tie in endorsement count involving the current delegate, the delegacy will not change over. In order for a nation to become the new delegate, they need to have more endorsements than the present delegate.

Other than that, if the current delegate is not involved in the tie, as Pyth said, "it's ... complicated."

How can I become my region's founder?
The only way to become a region’s founder is if you were the one who created (founded) the region.

But my region doesn't have a founder/has a dead founder and we want to get it one.
Refounding can be done, but it is difficult to do so successfully. All nations must leave the region, and those that do not leave by choice can be ejected by the WA Delegate.

The region will cease to exist (just like nations do) if there are no nations living there at the next update. Once the region has CTEd, you (or someone else) can re-create the region.

What formatting tags can we use in World Factbook Entries?
You can use bold, italics, underline, color (various shades supported), Links, Mousebumples (Nation links), Monkey Island (Region links), and Proposal links.

You can also use a Horizontal Line:

The details on how to code these (if you’re uncertain) can be found in the CODING section of this FAQ.

What formatting tags can I use in Telegrams?
You can use bold, italics, underline, Mousebumples (Nation links), Monkey Island (Region links), and Proposal links.

What formatting tags can I use on my region’s Civil Headquarters?
The Civil Headquarters is frequently also referred to as the Regional Message Board (or RMB). You can use bold, italics, underline, Mousebumples (Nation links), and Monkey Island (Region links).

How is a region picked to be the featured region?
It's selected randomly. Any region with over five members that isn't password-protected can be picked to be the featured region.

What region should I move to?
Mine. :P
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:37 pm

CODING
How do I code X, Y, Z?
Reppy has a lot of the codes for the forum outlined here. There is also this BBCode guide. However, I’ll run through some of the more common/frequently used codes here, as well. (If there are others you’d like to see added, please reply with what else you’d want added, and I will happily do so.)

BOLD
Code: Select all
[b]BOLD[/b]


ITALICS
Code: Select all
[i]ITALICS[/i]


UNDERLINE
Code: Select all
[u]UNDERLINE[/u]


STRIKEOUT
Code: Select all
[strike]STRIKEOUT[/strike]


RED BLUE GREEN (You can also use the Hexadecimal RGB color code, if you’re familiar with those. A list of codes for those colors can be found here.)
Code: Select all
[color=red]RED[/color] [color=blue]BLUE[/color] [color=green]GREEN[/color]


LINK
Code: Select all
[url=http://www.nationstates.net]LINK[/url]


Mousebumples (Use the name of the nation in question where I have my nation name inserted.)
Code: Select all
[nation]Mousebumples[/nation]


Monkey Island (Use the name of the region in question where I have my region’s name inserted.)
Code: Select all
[region]Monkey Island[/region]


Horizontal Line:


Code: Select all
[hr][/hr]


How do I change the size of my text on the forums?
Code: Select all
[size=100]Normal Size Font[/size]


Font size is determined based on a numbering system. 100 (as listed in the coding example above) is "normal" size. Smaller numbers shrink the font size. Larger numbers enlarge the font size.

This is size 50.
This is size 75.
This is size 100 (normal).
This is size 125.
This is size 150.
This is size 200.
This is size 300.

How do I code Proposal links for Telegrams?
(1) Go to the WA Proposal Page (the GA or SC specific pages are fine) and find the proposal in the list.
(2) Right above the title of the proposal, there should be a line that reads: ID: nationname_234189435 (the numbers will be random). Copy paste this text (not the link) to your computer’s clipboard.
(3) Paste that into the coding below:

Approve! (You can put whatever you want where I have “Approve!” typed – you can type in the name of your proposal, for instance.)
Code: Select all
[proposal=gran_bolivaria_1297175383]Approve![/proposal]

If you click on the ID link that will give you a direct link to the proposal, which you can use to link to the proposal on the forums or elsewhere.

How do I code images on the forums?
Place the url of an image in between the [img] tags.
Code: Select all
[img]http://www.imageurl.com/image.jpg[/img]


How do I code to align my text in a certain way?
There are 4 alignment options:

Left (default on most browsers)

Right

Centered

Justified (Which only differs from Left when the text in question is long enough to take up multiple lines of continuous text. As a result, I'm babbling on and on with parenthetical aside in order to ensure that there is sufficient length within this tag, to make it clear how this tag differs from the Left justify option. You should notice that text tagged in this way has the first word start at the left margin and the end of the last word end at the right margin. This is accomplished by having the spacing between each word adjusted to accomplish this text appearance.)

Code: Select all
[align=left]LEFT[/align]
[align=right]RIGHT[/align]
[align=center]CENTERED[/align]
[align=justify]JUSTIFIED[/align]


How do I code spoiler tags?
Hidden text

Code: Select all
[spoiler]Hidden text[/spoiler]

Hidden Text

Code: Select all
[spoiler=Hidden Text]Hidden Text[/spoiler]

You can hide a spoiler tag within a spoiler tag. One needs to have the custom text, and the other cannot have the custom text.
Nested Spoiler Tag
More hidden text

Code: Select all
[spoiler=Nested Spoiler Tag]Nested Spoiler Tag[spoiler]More hidden text[/spoiler][/spoiler]


How do I quote another person's post?
Quoted text

Code: Select all
[quote]Quoted text[/quote]

Moderator wrote:Moderator quote

Code: Select all
[quote="Moderator"]Moderator quote[/quote]

The other obvious option is to click the "quote" button in the upper-right hand corner of each post.

How do I link directly to a specific post?
This image (Image or Image) is a direct link to the post in question. You can either use your mouse to Copy Link Location or click directly on that image. If you click on the image, the page you are directed to is the direct link to that post - Copy/Paste the url from your browser.

How do I create a list?
  • List
  • List
Code: Select all
[list][*]List
[*]List[/list]

Alternate options include:
Numbered lists -
  1. One
  2. Two
Code: Select all
[list=1][*]One
[*]Two[/list]

Lettered lists -
  1. A
  2. B
Code: Select all
[list=a][*]A
[*]B[/list]

Roman Numerals -
  1. I
  2. II
Code: Select all
[list=i][*]I
[*]II[/list]
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:38 pm

MISCELLANEOUS

Who is [violet]?
Only the mods know for sure.

There is speculation that she may be Max Barry’s pseudonym – or she might just be Max’s codemonkey. That question is one that we players are unlikely to ever get a straight answer to.

Where is the famous memberlist?
The Memberlist and by total posts

Is the photo with the weird mask really a picture of SalusaSecondus?
Yes.

About the Players
NS Player Profiles
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:38 pm

TROPHIES

What trophies are there?
First, a credit to Ballotonia for compiling these. It's long, so I have it behind a spoiler tag.
Issues author [any number]:Image
Resolution author [Historical,GA,SC]:Image Image Image
Easter egg [4+,3,2,1]:Image Image Image Image
Founder:Image
Moderator:Image
Retired Moderator:Image

Best Weather
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Fastest-Growing Economies
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Fattest Citizens
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Happiest Citizens
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Healthiest Citizens
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Highest Average Tax Rates
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Highest Police Ratios
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Agricultural Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Basket Weaving Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Cheese Export Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Defense Forces
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Gambling Industry
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Information Technology Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Insurance Industry
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Manufacturing Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Mining Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Populations
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Public Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Public Transport Department
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Publishing Industry
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Retail Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Soda Pop Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Trout Fishing Sector
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Largest Welfare Programs
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Laxest Drug Laws
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Least Corrupt Governments
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Longest Average Lifespans
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Lowest Crime Rates
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Lowest Overall Tax Burden
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Lowest Unemployment Rates
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Armed
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Authoritarian
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Avoided
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Beautiful Environments
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Compassionate Citizens
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Conservative
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Corrupt Governments
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Cultured
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Dedicated Public Healthcare
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Devout
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Eco-Friendly Governments
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Extreme Nations
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Godforsaken
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Income Equality
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Influential
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Liberal
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Pacifist
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Politically Free
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Popular Tourist Destinations
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Pro-Market Nations
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Rebellious Youth
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most Subsidized Industry
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Most World Assembly Endorsements
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Nicest Citizens
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Nudest
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Rudest Citizens
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Safest
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Shortest Average Lifespan
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Smartest Citizens
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image

Stupidest Citizens
World #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image Region #1:Image 1%:Image 5%:Image 10%:Image


Further trophies for WA Categories are unknown at this point. As new ones are determined, they will be added to this list.

What on EARTH is an Easter Egg?
It's a specific kind of issue - and each Easter Egg issue can only be answered one time per nation. If you want to know what the Easter Egg issues are, I'd suggest checking out this thread. If you want to know what the requirements are for each Easter Egg issue (as best as we can figure out, anyhow, since the mods aren't telling), this thread is more what you're looking for.

Can regions earn trophies?
Regions are also ranked (just like individual nations) based on how their overall population does in a given WA category compared to the rest of the World.

Per [violet]:
[violet] wrote:That seems like a natural extension, and something we'll definitely consider once we've had time to assess nation trophies.

Are the trophies cumulative?
No. If your nation falls in the rankings for a given category, the trophy will be lost with the next update.

Do I lose my trophy for writing a WA resolution if it gets repealed?
No. You keep the trophy (and the count stays the same) even if your only authored resolution is repealed.

I've written WA resolutions and/or submitted issues with one of my puppets. Can I move the trophies I've earned there to my main nation?
We haven't (officially) gotten an answer from the mods or admins, but probably not. The trophies are automatically coded to look at the data associated with a given nation. There is no method currently in place to "link" multiple nations to one main nation, so the game has no way of knowing that you're also behind other nations.

(All the more reason to use your main nation for submitting WA legislation, right?)

I was listed as a co-author on a WA resolution. Can I get a trophy for that?
As the trophies are currently coded, only the nation listed in the "Proposed By" field will get a trophy on their main nation page. It is likely quite difficult to change the code to allow co-authors to receive a trophy. After all, many SC resolutions have other nations (or regions) linked with the corresponding tags as they are relevant to the content of the resolution - not because they were involved in the drafting of the text.

Short answer: probably not.

What's a Historical Resolution?
These are resolutions that were passed under the United nations, which preceded the WA. A complete list of these resolutions can be found here.

Can I put these trophies on my NS Wiki page?
So long as you don't hotlink the images, that shouldn't be a problem. If you're unfamiliar with any free image hosts, there is a list in the FORUMS post of this FAQ.

Can you add trophy for any nation who has ..... ?
[violet] has stated that she's going to see how the present trophies work before adding any new ones. However, if you have a suggestion, I"d recommend looking at this thread.
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Postby Frisbeeteria » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:38 pm

We recently dug through the back office at NationStates, and found some forgotten and under-documented pages that might be of interest.

Player accessible pages that aren't on the main menu:
About NationStates: https://www.nationstates.net/page=about
Terms and conditions: https://www.nationstates.net/pages/legal.html
Email Privacy Policy: https://www.nationstates.net/pages/why_email.html
Forgotten passwords: https://www.nationstates.net/page=forgot_password
Getting Help: https://www.nationstates.net/page=help
NS for Educators: https://www.nationstates.net/page=educators
NationStates Store: https://www.nationstates.net/page=store
The Boneyard: https://www.nationstates.net/page=boneyard
Change regions: https://www.nationstates.net/page=change_region
Create a region: https://www.nationstates.net/page=create_region
List regions and Region Tags: https://www.nationstates.net/page=list_regions
Dispatches: https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatches
Factbooks of dead nations: https://www.nationstates.net/page=exfactbooks
Past General Assembly Resolutions: https://www.nationstates.net/page=WA_pa ... /council=1
Past Security Council Resolutions: https://www.nationstates.net/page=WA_pa ... /council=2
Historical Resolutions: https://www.nationstates.net/page=UN_past_resolutions
Advanced Dossier Manager: https://www.nationstates.net/page=dossier_advanced
10th Anniversary Minigame: https://www.nationstates.net/page=challenge
All About Influence: https://www.nationstates.net/page=influence
Mobile Site: https://m.nationstates.net

Information for script authors
API (Application Programming Interface) script guidance: https://www.nationstates.net/pages/api.html
Verify Login for API use: https://www.nationstates.net/page=verify_login
Non-template nation page: https://www.nationstates.net/page=panel ... erall=none
Non-template region page: https://www.nationstates.net/region=the ... erall=none
Menu-only template: https://www.nationstates.net/page=panel ... ll=minimal

Purely of historical interest
Change Log: https://www.nationstates.net/HISTORY
2003 Nation Analysis: https://www.nationstates.net/page=nationstats
2003 message from Max Barry to NationStates players: https://www.nationstates.net/pages/message.html
MaxChat1 transcript: https://www.nationstates.net/pages/MaxChat.html
MaxChat2 transcript: https://www.nationstates.net/pages/MaxChat2.html
MaxChat3 transcript: https://www.nationstates.net/~salusasec ... Chat3.html
MaxChat4 transcript: https://www.nationstates.net/~salusasec ... Chat4.html
MaxChat5 transcript: https://www.nationstates.net/pages/MaxChat5.html
Interview with SalusaSecondus: https://www.nationstates.net/~salusasec ... rview.html
2009 earlier version of Remove ads: https://www.nationstates.net/page=co1
2011 Max invites previews of Machine Man: https://www.nationstates.net/page=maxappeal

Old April Fools Day pages
2004: Everyone's population set to 5 million for the day. (No link)
2005: Site interdicted by Homeworld Security. (link expired)
2006: Site merged with dating service, NationDates. (link expired)
2007: Regional Moderators added. (No link)
2008: United Nations no-prank: https://www.maxbarry.com/2008/04/02/news.html
UN Cease & Desist letter: https://www.nationstates.net/unlegal.pdf
2009: NS for Nintendo DS: https://nintendo.nationstates.net
2010: Liberal & Conservative themes and forums (see Archives)
Liberal theme: https://liberal.nationstates.net
Conservative theme: https://conservative.nationstates.net
2011: Nations hacked prank (no link)
2012: Initial Public Offering for NS shares: https://www.nationstates.net/page=ipo
2013: Zombie infection hits nations and regions
Zombie Control: https://www.nationstates.net/page=zombie_control
2014: ByteCoin exchange: https://www.nationstates.net/page=bytecoin_marketplace
2015: Cards against NationStates: https://www.nationstates.net/page=cards

Unofficial semi-offsite pages of interest
Embedded #nationstates IRC chatroom: https://www.nationstates.net/page=chat
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:46 pm

This is (mostly) what was in Goobergunchia's old Tech FAQ. I've reworded a lot of stuff to be clearer/current with updates, and I've added a few things.

I'm going to continue to add more over time, and I may play with formatting and/or order of the categories as well. (Right now, they're in the order of the old thread since that was easiest for recreation purposes.) And! I just discovered the fabulous ANCHOR tag, so I might be using that to assist in linking. :)

Questions I have, going forward -
(1) I know that Sirocco had a "Guide to the Language of NationStates!" on Jolt. Did that ever get moved over and/or redone? I did a quick forum search and didn't see it, but I might have missed something ...

(2) Is the "thread" link active? I can't get one to work, so I'm either completely flubbing something or have the wrong coding entirely. (It was in the old FAQ, and it's not anything I've ever used. Still, I'm happy to include it, if I can figure out how to make it work.)

(3) For all you Gameplayers out there - is there an 'average' duration that the WA email lasts? (I've only ever had one nation in the WA, so I have no idea.)

Of course, comments and suggestions (and corrections, if any) are more than welcome!
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Postby Oviabshe » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:34 pm

I don’t know if this is more of a roleplay-type thing, but at least a small mention of the warzones might be helpful. Many new nations probably have not heard of them.
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Postby Mousebumples » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:54 pm

Oviabshe wrote:I don’t know if this is more of a roleplay-type thing, but at least a small mention of the warzones might be helpful. Many new nations probably have not heard of them.

I'm happy to include more information, but I wasn't sure what questions would all be asked or what the best answers would be. If you want to write something up, I'd be happy to include it (and give you credit, of course).
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Postby Mousebumples » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:43 am

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: I just added a section on our new trophies. I pretty much covered the Q&A that happened in the main thread, but let me know if there's anything you think I missed.
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Postby Sedgistan » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:18 am

Mousebumples wrote:The updates start at 12 am (Major) and 12pm (Minor), Eastern (U.S.) Time. The update is typically over by 1 am/pm.

Actually, I think it usually takes a bit longer than an hour - in the last year, I think it's been anything from 60-90 minutes depending on the number of nations in the world/whether it's the major/minor update.

Mousebumples wrote:Why can some nations have such a large flag?
The size limits in place for flags are based on FILE size – not the dimensions of the flag. Different file types take up more or less space, in terms of file size. Additionally, some image programs allow you to save a given image with varying levels of quality, which also impacts the file size.

You may want to mention that flags over 300 x 200 pixels may be deleted.

Mousebumples wrote:Traditionally, non-WA nations are referred to as “puppets.” Of course, some elect not to have their main nation in the WA and instead of a WA-puppet.

Instead have a WA-puppet, surely?

Mousebumples wrote:What if there are two WA nations with the same number of endorsements?
If 2 nations are tied with endorsements, the WA delegacy goes to the nation with greater influence. Usually, this is the individual who has been in the region for the longest period of time.

Also, if there is a tie in endorsement count, the delegacy will not change over. In order for a nation to become the new delegate, they need to have more endorsements than the present delegate.

It always used to be that if there was a tie (and either there wasn't a sitting delegate/the delegate had less endos), the longest-resident nation would become delegate. I don't think that's been changed. (Also, this bit is in the 'Regions' section too, so if you change it, that'll need updating too.)

Mousebumples wrote:Previously, when you rejoined the WA with a resurrected nation, your endorsements (given and received) were also re-established. However, I believe this has been changed by a recent update, so you will need to re-endorse those that you wish to support in your region.

Yep, it has been changed.

Mousebumples wrote:How can I change my position on an issue?
All of the issues can eventually be repeated. As mods have said before, just because you make a decision on an issue (or decide to dismiss an issue) doesn’t mean that your citizens won’t make you answer the issue again!

I don't think that's the case for Easter Eggs. (You may want to copy the Easter Egg section into the Issues post too.)

Mousebumples wrote:Why do my issue choices randomly change after I select them?
This is a common problem caused when people use web accelerators. Either turn it off completely, or, at the very least, for http://www.nationstates.net.

That was fixed: viewtopic.php?p=946941#p946941

Mousebumples wrote:You can only ban members that are either presently in your region, who are on your Regional Happenings, or who have posted a message on your region’s Civil Headquarters.

That'd be neat, but it isn't true.

You may want to mention the Warzones in the 'Regions' section.

In the coding section, you could mention that the Moderator [warn] code shouldn't be used by non-mods.

There's a new version of the NS Player Profiles thread in NSG: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=76990

Mousebumples wrote:What's a Historical Resolution?
These are resolutions that were passed under the Bureaucracy That Cannot Be Named, which preceded the WA. A complete list of these resolutions can be found here.

You can call it the United Nations :P

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Postby Mousebumples » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:09 am

Sedgistan wrote:Actually, I think it usually takes a bit longer than an hour - in the last year, I think it's been anything from 60-90 minutes depending on the number of nations in the world/whether it's the major/minor update.

Changed to: The duration of the update depends on how many regions and nations there are to update. Typically, they're over within an hour or two.

You may want to mention that flags over 300 x 200 pixels may be deleted.

Done.

Instead have a WA-puppet, surely?

Fixed. :blush:

Mousebumples wrote:What if there are two WA nations with the same number of endorsements?
If 2 nations are tied with endorsements, the WA delegacy goes to the nation with greater influence. Usually, this is the individual who has been in the region for the longest period of time.

Also, if there is a tie in endorsement count, the delegacy will not change over. In order for a nation to become the new delegate, they need to have more endorsements than the present delegate.

It always used to be that if there was a tie (and either there wasn't a sitting delegate/the delegate had less endos), the longest-resident nation would become delegate. I don't think that's been changed. (Also, this bit is in the 'Regions' section too, so if you change it, that'll need updating too.)

I would think that the longest-resident would be have the most influence, right? I don't know all the details of "how" influence counts, but I know staying in the same place for a long time REALLY helps.

Anyhow, I put both there (most influence, usually the longest-resident) to cover my bases in case there's something unexpected with the influence meter. I'm happy to change it, though, if you think it's especially misleading as is.

Mousebumples wrote:Previously, when you rejoined the WA with a resurrected nation, your endorsements (given and received) were also re-established. However, I believe this has been changed by a recent update, so you will need to re-endorse those that you wish to support in your region.

Yep, it has been changed.

Edited accordingly.

Mousebumples wrote:How can I change my position on an issue?
All of the issues can eventually be repeated. As mods have said before, just because you make a decision on an issue (or decide to dismiss an issue) doesn’t mean that your citizens won’t make you answer the issue again!

I don't think that's the case for Easter Eggs. (You may want to copy the Easter Egg section into the Issues post too.)

You're right. I have that in the Easter Egg section, but I should clarify that here. (Done.) And I add the Easter Egg section just below this Q&A.

Mousebumples wrote:Why do my issue choices randomly change after I select them?
This is a common problem caused when people use web accelerators. Either turn it off completely, or, at the very least, for http://www.nationstates.net.

That was fixed: viewtopic.php?p=946941#p946941

I left it in there since I see complaints about that occasionally. I'll edit the Q&A accordingly, though.

This used to be a common problem caused when people use web accelerators. The admins have since fixed the problem.

Mousebumples wrote:You can only ban members that are either presently in your region, who are on your Regional Happenings, or who have posted a message on your region’s Civil Headquarters.

That'd be neat, but it isn't true.

Whoops. I thought I heard that somewhere, but my region is so boring that I don't usually have a need to ban people. Thanks - I'll excise that portion.

You may want to mention the Warzones in the 'Regions' section.

I actually have that in there, now. (it was probably added in while you were typing this up :P) It's just a single Q&A - largely based off the NS Wiki information since I couldn't find a Warzones FAQ that (apparently) existed on Jolt. I don't know much more about Warzones than what I have included, but I'm happy to add additional information if you have any other suggestions.
What are Warzones?
There are 6 Warzones:
These regions are specifically setup to allow for invasion-style gameplay. Spamming the Regional Happenings is allowed and there is no limit on the number of nations that can be ejected. However, bans expire with each update, so nations can keep coming back and trying to overtake the delegacy again. Passwords are also not allowed. These regions are often used as a "practice ground" for invaders.

Warzones aren't terribly popular or busy - except for invaders who use it as a "practice ground." There have been suggestions on how to make the Warzones more interesting and more desirable to control.

In the coding section, you could mention that the Moderator [warn] code shouldn't be used by non-mods.

Good idea. I'll probably add in how to link to a specific individual post (for moderation reports, etc.), how to quote, how to customize the spoiler tag, how to change the background color, and how to make lists. I don't think tables are worth covering in detail, or the Float tags - plus, the latter is somewhat confusing. I might toss in the align tag, too, though. If you (or anyone else) has other coding suggestions to include, I can add those in. However, that probably won't happen until later this weekend since that's not as easy of an add.

There's a new version of the NS Player Profiles thread in NSG: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=76990

Updated!

You can call it the United Nations :P

Done. And I've also added that into the WA section too. I also need to add "How do I submit a proposal?" and I may toss in "How do I write a successful proposal?" I might also add a, "I hate this resolution. What do I do?" but that may be overkill.

Thanks for the comments and suggestions, Sedge. They were much appreciated. :)
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Postby Sedgistan » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:31 am

Mousebumples wrote:I would think that the longest-resident would be have the most influence, right? I don't know all the details of "how" influence counts, but I know staying in the same place for a long time REALLY helps.

Anyhow, I put both there (most influence, usually the longest-resident) to cover my bases in case there's something unexpected with the influence meter. I'm happy to change it, though, if you think it's especially misleading as is.

It may be best just to link to this post, since apparently it's not something that's ever been explained officially.

You may want to mention the Warzones in the 'Regions' section.

I actually have that in there, now. (it was probably added in while you were typing this up :P) It's just a single Q&A - largely based off the NS Wiki information since I couldn't find a Warzones FAQ that (apparently) existed on Jolt. I don't know much more about Warzones than what I have included, but I'm happy to add additional information if you have any other suggestions.
What are Warzones?
There are 6 Warzones:
These regions are specifically setup to allow for invasion-style gameplay. Spamming the Regional Happenings is allowed and there is no limit on the number of nations that can be ejected. However, bans expire with each update, so nations can keep coming back and trying to overtake the delegacy again. Passwords are also not allowed. These regions are often used as a "practice ground" for invaders.

Warzones aren't terribly popular or busy - except for invaders who use it as a "practice ground." There have been suggestions on how to make the Warzones more interesting and more desirable to control.

I'm not sure about this sentence: "Spamming the Regional Happenings is allowed and there is no limit on the number of nations that can be ejected." I haven't heard of exceptions for regional spamming - I'd guess they're the same as for any invasion/defence. Also, influence does apply to warzones, so that obviously limits how many nations a delegate can eject/ban. I don't think the commentary at the end is entirely accurate either - yes, the warzones aren't particularly popular, but they are used fairly frequently by various gameplay regions, and I don't think invaders use them any more than anyone else. You're right about them being used as a practice ground, though.

I'll probably add in how to link to a specific individual post (for moderation reports, etc.), how to quote, how to customize the spoiler tag, how to change the background color, and how to make lists. I don't think tables are worth covering in detail, or the Float tags - plus, the latter is somewhat confusing. I might toss in the align tag, too, though.

Those all sound good.

I also need to add "How do I submit a proposal?" and I may toss in "How do I write a successful proposal?" I might also add a, "I hate this resolution. What do I do?" but that may be overkill.

The latter two would have to be vague - pointing people towards the stickies is probably the best that could be achieved.

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Sedgistan wrote:It may be best just to link to this post, since apparently it's not something that's ever been explained officially.

What if there are two WA nations with the same number of endorsements?
If there is a tie in endorsement count, the delegacy
will not change over. In order for a nation to become the new delegate, they need to have more endorsements than the present delegate.

Other than that, if the current delegate is not involved in the tie, as Pyth said, "it's ... complicated."

Does that work better for you?

I'm not sure about this sentence: "Spamming the Regional Happenings is allowed and there is no limit on the number of nations that can be ejected." I haven't heard of exceptions for regional spamming - I'd guess they're the same as for any invasion/defence. Also, influence does apply to warzones, so that obviously limits how many nations a delegate can eject/ban. I don't think the commentary at the end is entirely accurate either - yes, the warzones aren't particularly popular, but they are used fairly frequently by various gameplay regions, and I don't think invaders use them any more than anyone else. You're right about them being used as a practice ground, though.

Pretty much everything I included in that section came from the NS Wiki page or from AMOM's "Warzones: from Dull to Dandy" thread. My WA nation has always been in the same region and served as delegate for the vast majority of that time.

Is this a decent change/replacement:
These regions are specifically setup to allow for invasion-style gameplay. There is no limit on the number of nations that can be banned or ejected - although the same influence costs do apply for the WA delegate. However, bans expire with each update, so nations can keep coming back and trying to overtake the delegacy again. Passwords are also not allowed. These regions are often used as a "practice ground" for invaders.

I also need to add "How do I submit a proposal?" and I may toss in "How do I write a successful proposal?" I might also add a, "I hate this resolution. What do I do?" but that may be overkill.

The latter two would have to be vague - pointing people towards the stickies is probably the best that could be achieved.

Agreed.

Thanks again!
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