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Old 02-12-2003, 10:59 PM   #1
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I just want to get an idea of what people are looking for when they come here. What kind of help or chatting do you do when you come here?

I myself always like to talk about roleplay, but nobody seems to be interested in that very much. There is a lot of things going on though, so there's a lot to keep track of.

I try and do anything and everything (except continuing stories, i hate those )
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Old 02-13-2003, 01:51 AM   #2
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Likes:
1) Roleplaying discussions. Specifically, I prefer technique-oritented discussions, and dislike rambly things like the neverending stories.
2) How other people have solved difficult problems on their MUD, either coding, administrative, or "cultural".
3) Figuring out what things people want from games. This comes from well-written reviews, advertisements, and general discussion.

Dislikes:
1) Far too many threads here are back-and-forth flaming.
2) Off-topic rambling. I come to TMS to read about MUDs, and not "D00d, what sk8ers roxxor your boxxors?" type posts.
3) People who come here for very basic coding/admin questions. There are a lot of topics where I read them and say "If no one on your staff knows that, you should probably accept that running a MUD is slightly beyond you at this point, and join an established project to get useful experience instead, rather than burn yourself out reinventing the wheel."
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Old 02-13-2003, 05:23 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by (Valg @ Feb. 13 2003,00:51)
Dislikes:
1) [snip] flaming.
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3) People who come here for very basic coding/admin questions.  There are a lot of topics where I read them and say "If no one on your staff knows that, you should probably accept that running a MUD is slightly beyond you at this point, and join an established project to get useful experience instead, rather than burn yourself out reinventing the wheel."
I just thought the contrast above was striking. I felt that was a mild flame itself. Here's why:

I think it's perfectly valid to come here for starting advice on basic stuff. Recall that not everyone here is a MUD admin, some of the forum members are players with no admin/coding experience. Other people have incredible, original ideas that just don't fit the theme of the MUD they play/work on. It might not always be prudent to ask around on a MUD you play or imm on, for advice in starting your own MUD. It can be construed as a criticism of the game you're currently involved with. Other people start up MUDs for themselves and a few friends to play on, then need advice when they decide to open up to the public. I suppose it boils down to the old "there are no stupid questions".

Now, your suggestion of joining an established project is good, IMO, and contructive. But the rest of the tone of that snippet seemed kind of condescending and belittling.
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Old 02-13-2003, 11:39 AM   #4
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I enjoy this place primarily for discussions of RP and creation/discussion of new mud ideas, and every now and then for the glimpses into muds I probably wouldn't play because every now and then a perspective alien to my own is interesting and/or useful. I just wish this stuff was discussed more often instead of the threads ending just as they get interesting. I often wait for a week or more before getting responses to anything thoughtful, and that poor guy talking about interactive teacher npc's has yet to get a response.

Unfortunately, a lot of the time this place degenerates into flames and arguments and isn't anything remotely resembling productive or even fun. It's entirely possible to ignore the site for months and then come back and everything's exactly the same as it was. Then again, that kinda stuff happens everywhere online, so why expect it to be different here? heh
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Old 02-13-2003, 01:23 PM   #5
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Personally I use this forum for a variety of reasons. I visit the Forum Games section, although recently it's just not as fun as forum games used to be. Besides that, I find it interesting to read various discussions about MUDding. I also occasionally post/read stuff about building, as I've recently got into it.

I dislike flaming as much as the next guy, but I also detest arrogance.
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Old 02-13-2003, 01:30 PM   #6
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I come here to exchange ideas with other builders, get help on something that has me stumped, or just relax. I peruse all the forums except perhaps the games unless I am in need of a change of pace.

I am no coder but I can offer suggestions from the "other side of the fence"(I am a builder through and through) that help coders work out how they implement things.

I tend to lurk more than I post but when I feel I have something useful to contribute I do. Of late, there has been little activity here. I have been following a thread on TMC in the builders forum on the future of building.

Too often on both sites, I find someone will post something (subject matter can be anything) and get flamed for their questions/problems, spelling and grammar etc. - its starting to get really old, really fast. A useful discussion overlooks little personality conflicts and allows for the fact that people can agree to disagree without "losing face" among their peers.

Sorry I am rambling now, I will go back to lurking....

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Old 02-13-2003, 07:26 PM   #7
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I come here out of habit. Probably searching for the holy grail of perfect 'muddyiness' since I seem to make it a point to read the new reviews.

I usually find something interesting to read in the forums every few days. I lurk most of the time here. But sometimes post on topics based on my limited exposure to mudding. And vote obsessively for reasons of my own. I prefer to lurk at enworld most of the time instead. But every now and then I find a funny post there which I feel the need to share over here especially when there's a crossover of interest.
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