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Dossier Organization Suggestion

Postby Quebecshire » Thu Aug 18, 2022 7:07 am

Apologies if this has been discussed prior, but it crossed my mind this morning while I was thinking about some other NS things and wanted to suggest it.

Is there interest in making it so dossiers can be organized and categorized in ways beyond date added and name? They could still be separated by nations vs regions, but I think it would add a lot of convenience if you could have folders or separate things based on use. Just for some examples of what I've personally used my dossier on Quebecshire for in the last month that would be nice to be able to separate,

  • Tracking World Assembly status of a nation/nations
  • Keeping a collection of ceased to exist nation names which are becoming available in time
  • Monitoring regions with low populations for potential refounding

This is a non-exhaustive list as it's just what I've used it for recently, I'm sure there's plenty more. In any case, I don't know how realistic this would be to implement, but if it wouldn't be too difficult, I think it would be a nice touch of something customizable that makes things a little easier.

And as much as I loathe to suggest it, if there's reluctance to make it available to everyone, it could always be attached to Postmaster like telegram folders.
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Postby Scottiesland » Thu Aug 18, 2022 2:48 pm

Wasn't there also a suggestion recently for the dossier that added more information? I think it would be cool to lean into more of what the dossier gets used for - specifically talking about GP as that's my experience - so like WA Status and whatnot.
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Postby Haganham » Fri Aug 19, 2022 4:34 am

Quebecshire wrote:Tracking World Assembly status of a nation/nations.

This is currently available, https://www.nationstates.net/page=activ ... ter=member
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Postby Quebecshire » Fri Aug 19, 2022 7:33 am

Haganham wrote:
Quebecshire wrote:Tracking World Assembly status of a nation/nations.

This is currently available, https://www.nationstates.net/page=activ ... ter=member

That's not what I'm talking about though? That's useful for general spotting, but using the Dossier for this is common if you're keeping track of specific nations and want to see if they gain or lose WA status.

(Also, another thing I forgot to mention in the OP that would be useful to be able to categorize more as a dossier usage is monitoring login patterns)
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Postby United Calanworie » Sat Aug 20, 2022 12:08 am

Quebecshire wrote:

That's not what I'm talking about though? That's useful for general spotting, but using the Dossier for this is common if you're keeping track of specific nations and want to see if they gain or lose WA status.


I might be misunderstanding you here, but... isn't there already a WA status "badge" in the dossier? How would your proposed change differ from the status quo?
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Postby Chingis » Sat Aug 20, 2022 12:13 am

United Calanworie wrote:I might be misunderstanding you here, but... isn't there already a WA status "badge" in the dossier? How would your proposed change differ from the status quo?


I think Quebec means specifically to sort your dossier nations by their WA status, bubbling WAs to the top. I have about 900 nations in my dossier and finding specifically the WA members is nigh on impossible among all the puppets.

All in all, I think this is a great idea - it's probably hard to claim otherwise for most QoL changes, though I think stuff like being able to track last login times might be debatable from a balancing perspective. In general, though, making the Dossier a bit more fleshed out can't do much harm. I do wonder though - how many people actually use it, and for what purposes? This could be something worth looking into at a later point.
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Postby Quebecshire » Sat Aug 20, 2022 5:52 am

United Calanworie wrote:
Quebecshire wrote:That's not what I'm talking about though? That's useful for general spotting, but using the Dossier for this is common if you're keeping track of specific nations and want to see if they gain or lose WA status.


I might be misunderstanding you here, but... isn't there already a WA status "badge" in the dossier? How would your proposed change differ from the status quo?

Chingis' understanding of my suggestion is correct. I'm suggesting a way to categorize/make folders of/sort your own dossier as you choose. The WA status thing was just an example of one of several uses. In this circumstance, I could separate nations I have dossiered for that reason, from, say, nations I have dossiered to name reclamation, or nations have dossiered just to have a quick link to.
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Postby Quebecshire » Sat Aug 20, 2022 6:36 am

Now that I think about it, one way this could possible look as I envision it would be similar to how you organize cards into collections. On the main dossier page, everything, and a link to separate categories that you create by checking boxes for which nations you want in it, etc. If that's possible, anyway.
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Postby Havenburghe » Sat Aug 20, 2022 6:43 am

As a nation who roleplays with multiple puppets in multiple regions have a dossier with personal customization folders would be excellent. I would be able to have certain nations go into a folder for each region, or WA status to see which are puppets, or even divide amongst alliances per folder. Please correct me if I'm seeing your argument wrong sir Quebecshire.

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Postby Quebecshire » Sat Aug 20, 2022 6:50 am

Havenburghe wrote:As a nation who roleplays with multiple puppets in multiple regions have a dossier with personal customization folders would be excellent. I would be able to have certain nations go into a folder for each region, or WA status to see which are puppets, or even divide amongst alliances per folder. Please correct me if I'm seeing your argument wrong sir Quebecshire.

No, you're right, that's generally what I'm asking for. There wouldn't really be a wrong way to use it - the suggestion is just the ability to organize/customize your own dossier at will, there's probably a dozen applications of/uses for this I haven't thought about because of the corners of the game I play in as opposed to others.
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