The Pretender
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Sun 19 Jun 2016
at 23:37
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A feature which I have considered for text-based roleplay to avoid quote-pong is a comment feature. In Google Documents, it is possible for viewers to make suggestions to a piece of text by selecting that text and then adding commentary on that particular line.

I think that this could be useful on a roleplaying website as well (though I realize that in the current architecture, this is not possible). The comments would be of tweet-length, so 125 characters or so long. Something like "He will remember this" or "His expression darkens upon her words" or "As she did this, he jumped behind cover".

Short, simple responses to complicated actions without devolving to quote-pong (players keep quoting each other sentence for sentence in a constant back and forth that's not getting anywhere) and without breaking chronology ("would have been having already done under provision X, Y, Z, if X doesn't do this in future").

You could then also remind a poster of any comments they made on other people's post since they last posted, as inspiration for their current post, building off of the  short, but sweet comments into elaborate, eloquent descriptions of complex emotions and actions.

I think that this could go a long way in some of the paralysis that I see happening in some games, with players waiting for others to go first so they have more material to respond to. With this method, you can respond right away and everyone will immediately see that "he will step in to keep her from doing this thing" and incorporate it in their own replies, such as "as they fight for control over the device, my character will blahblahblah".

I think it could be a neat way of maintaining the flow of a game.
AlexDemille
 member, 70 posts
Tue 21 Jun 2016
at 05:29
Google Doc-Style Comments
I like this idea.  +1
bigbadron
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Tue 21 Jun 2016
at 13:34
Google Doc-Style Comments
Note that if you really want to do this, you can do it now.  Simply give all of your players Editor status within a game.

This message was last edited by the user at 13:37, Tue 21 June 2016.

The Pretender
 member, 11 posts
Wed 22 Jun 2016
at 00:23
Re: Google Doc-Style Comments
bigbadron:
Note that if you really want to do this, you can do it now.  Simply give all of your players Editor status within a game.

Pardon my ignorance, but what does editor status do?
The Pretender
 member, 12 posts
Wed 22 Jun 2016
at 00:36
Re: Google Doc-Style Comments
http://i.imgur.com/ddtsWti.png?1

In case it wasn't clear in the first post, this is the comment system that I was using as an example.

This message was last edited by the user at 02:03, Wed 22 June 2016.

bigbadron
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Wed 22 Jun 2016
at 02:23
Re: Google Doc-Style Comments
In reply to The Pretender (msg # 4):

From the context sensitive Help: /help/?t=help&page=gameaccess
bigbadron
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Wed 22 Jun 2016
at 02:33
Re: Google Doc-Style Comments
In reply to The Pretender (msg # 5):

I don't think you are going to get anything remotely resembling that example.
The Pretender
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Wed 22 Jun 2016
at 12:39
Re: Google Doc-Style Comments
bigbadron:
In reply to The Pretender (msg # 5):

I don't think you are going to get anything remotely resembling that example.

I know. I mentioned that the current architecture would make it impossible.