Isida KepTukari
 member, 390 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Tue 31 Aug 2021
at 07:43
Priorities, people!
ARGH! Spent an hour of downtime at work getting maintenance to get the machine to cut things properly one way, only to discover that it now wasn't cutting the product right another way. When I let the supervisor know, via phone, while I am (in rapid succession) trying to talk to the local maintenance message service, the maintenance supervisor, and the responsible operator, all the supervisor wants to know is why we haven't logged our downtime correctly.  As he is asking/complaining about that, the machine jams up again, throws another three faults, and the local maintenance guy arrives to ask what he's supposed to look at now.

I could not give a flying FIG about how accurate the downtime log is!  Would you like the product run tonight, or do you want paperwork done?  Because at this rate, you are going to have to choose one or the other!
Namedancer
 member, 8 posts
Tue 31 Aug 2021
at 19:59
Courtesy
GM's who never respond to a RTJ. <grshl grmbl krzzl>

Nothing like applying to a game and when I check back the players wanted flag is off and the cast list if full but no response to my RTJ. How do I know if you even got my RTJ? If I didn't make the cut that's fine, I'm a big boy, I can handle it. But please, just let me know. It only takes a minute to say 'Sorry not looking for players right now' or 'You didn't make it in.' (Or two minutes if you have to copy/paste it to the 10 people you didn't choose.)
phoenix9lives
 member, 1067 posts
 GENE POLICE!  YOU!
 GET OUTTA THE POOL!
Tue 31 Aug 2021
at 20:05
Things are not the same
I think some GMs get so many RTJs that they just don't feel they have the time to respond to everyone.  That being sid, I've had a number who let me know and offered to keep me in mind should they lise a player.  I've actually gotten into a few of games that way.
ladysharlyne
 subscriber, 3179 posts
 Member before Oct 2005
 THE GLASS IS HALF FULL
Tue 31 Aug 2021
at 20:37
Is this thing on? tap, tap
In my opinion, every Gm Should answer all RTJs with at least a friendly acknowledgment.  Yes, even if it stops taking new players.  No one knows what the future of a game is going to be and when you might want another player.  If a player’s RTJ is ignored or forgotten about that is not good for new to RPol players or just new to game players discouraging them when we should all be encouraging these players.  Remember I said in my opinion!
GreenTongue
 member, 1003 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Tue 31 Aug 2021
at 20:48
Is this thing on? tap, tap
Maybe you were lucky and the ignored player’s RTJ was a Red Flag.
Yeah, they should have responded with _something_ but maybe they are just not a responsive GM.
Maybe they have enough people to watch them unfold their "Amazing Story".
phoenix9lives
 member, 1068 posts
 GENE POLICE!  YOU!
 GET OUTTA THE POOL!
Tue 31 Aug 2021
at 23:13
Old friends
In reply to ladysharlyne (msg # 1924):

I am not disagreeing with you.  But some games get a large volume of RTJs.  5th Edition D&D, for one.  Rifts, probably, for another.  There may be so many that the GM feels overwhelmed just looking through them all, let alone responding to them.
Piestar
 member, 962 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Wed 1 Sep 2021
at 00:07
Courtesy
In reply to Namedancer (msg # 1922):

That can be irritating. I have learned over time to end my requests with a brief request to be notified.

I tend to give them a week, then drop them a note letting them know I retracted my request.

Humorously enough, some get upset at that, being apparently of the opinion that the GM deserves more in the way of respect and courtesy than the players do.

That said, I appreciated a GM who acknowledges the request in a timely fashion, even if they are as yet unsure if the are going to choose me or not. Treat me like a human being at least.
Greymist
 member, 18 posts
Wed 1 Sep 2021
at 00:30
Old friends
In reply to phoenix9lives (msg # 1926):

I have to disagree. Even if there are a hundred RTJs and the DM only accepts five characters, the time to paste a stock rejection and click submit is not onerous and it is courteous.
Brianna
 member, 2244 posts
Wed 1 Sep 2021
at 01:40
Old friends
If the GM isn't intending to drop a note to everyone, he should post in his WP something like 'only successful applicants will be notified', similar to what businesses do.
Piestar
 member, 964 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Wed 1 Sep 2021
at 01:41
Old friends
In reply to Brianna (msg # 1929):

That's an excellent idea.
phoenix9lives
 member, 1069 posts
 GENE POLICE!  YOU!
 GET OUTTA THE POOL!
Wed 1 Sep 2021
at 01:50
Serfdom
In reply to Greymist (msg # 1928):

I'm only giving reasons or justifications they might use for not notifying someone.  Usually, I receive a note.  But, not everyone is going to be that courteous.
Vatticone
 member, 28 posts
Thu 16 Sep 2021
at 17:37
Facebook Ban
Facebook just banned me for this comment: "Let's say you have a die, and I tell you that if you roll a 1, I will shoot you in the face. Would you rather have a 6-sided die or a 20-sided die? Would you rather have a 156-sided die or a 1,000,000-sided die?"

I was trying to illustrate that intentionally risking a small chance of death wasn't logical when the other option is a much, much smaller chance.  Apparently I was threatening violence. *facepalm*
GreenTongue
 member, 1012 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Thu 16 Sep 2021
at 17:46
Facebook Ban
In reply to Vatticone (msg # 1932):

Algorithms can't tell yet more and more they are making the decisions that used to require people.

We can hope that they will get better but where is the feedback required to do that?
Jarodemo
 member, 947 posts
 My hovercraft
 is full of eels
Thu 16 Sep 2021
at 18:14
Facebook Ban
In reply to Vatticone (msg # 1932):

My missus got a temporary ban on Twitter when someone asked if they could steal a meme she had posted and she replied, “yeah, knock yourself out.” She got a suspension for promoting self-harm!

She appealed and a human did cancel the ban, but it was quite amusing for a short while.
Hunter
 member, 1669 posts
 Captain Oblivious!
 Lurker
Thu 16 Sep 2021
at 23:30
Facebook Ban
In reply to Jarodemo (msg # 1934):

Yup.   Like I really needed more reasons NOT to use social media.  -.-
Hunter
 member, 1670 posts
 Captain Oblivious!
 Lurker
Fri 17 Sep 2021
at 02:02
Re: Vents with allowed responses - 3
(Apologies for the double post)

I'm starting to feel like my time here is nearly done.   While tabletop has often been the only means of positive socialization; I'm been sensing lately that I've done all that I can (or are supposed to) here.   While I'm (still) doing surprising well, given my issues (specially Bipolar Depression and Asperger's) are slowly getting to the point of acting up with increasing frequency.

And while that's partially a vent; it's also a thank you for all the players, GMs, and staff that are here.  Take care everyone.   ^_^
Yaztromo
 supporter, 451 posts
Fri 17 Sep 2021
at 07:05
Re: Vents with allowed responses - 3
In reply to Hunter (msg # 1936):

We can only keep fighting - best of luck!
Yaztromo
 supporter, 452 posts
Fri 17 Sep 2021
at 07:11
Technical questions
Why do the people that wants to pay for your very specialised, technical, professional services come to you asking to sign off directly to the conclusions that they made in their mind, instead of telling you want the problem is and asking what is the best technical solution for it?!?

You pay a lot of money and I'm here to solve your technical issue the best possible way, not to rubber stamp the (typically wrong, of course) solution that you thought up while daydreaming!!! Let me do my job!!!
This way I spend more time showing you that your "technical" solution was wrong than actually solving the problem the best possible way (that is actually what you're supposed to pay for)...
Jarodemo
 member, 948 posts
 My hovercraft
 is full of eels
Fri 17 Sep 2021
at 07:31
Re: Vents with allowed responses - 3
In reply to Hunter (msg # 1936):

I’m also Autistic with an addictive personality. I found , a while ago, I was doing too much rpol and neglecting real life so I took a hiatus for a few years. I can back last year during the first lockdown but committed not to overstretch myself. I am being quite disciplined and it is working.

So my message really is that you don’t have to make any lifelong decision regarding how and where you play. Take a break, explore other options and see where it takes you. Rpol will be here, should you choose to return.



As a side note, my spellchecker defaults rpol  to fool. :)
V_V
 member, 961 posts
 Read my biography...
 Feel free to Rmail me :)
Fri 17 Sep 2021
at 08:43
Re: Vents with allowed responses - 3
In reply to Jarodemo (msg # 1939):

I liked this post ↑, and can identify with a lot of it.

I've taken a similar approach, as of August 2020.

Hopefully Hunter can find a way to recharge, and feel enriched. Maybe we'll see them back. I hope. :)

This message was last edited by the user at 11:09, Fri 17 Sept.

Piestar
 member, 976 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Fri 17 Sep 2021
at 15:19
Technical questions
In reply to Yaztromo (msg # 1938):

I can see how that would be irritating. I worked in a different sort of job, but the level of frustration became similar I imagine, as in order to save money the people in charge pushed the staff so hard they couldn't do the job correctly anymore, and a lot of people suffered. I fought them, and continued to do the job correctly. They hated me, but it is hard to fire a person for doing their job right. I was just about the one in the office though that did, eventually I had to take early retirement. The stress was killing me.
Hunter
 member, 1671 posts
 Captain Oblivious!
 Lurker
Fri 17 Sep 2021
at 16:56
Technical questions
In reply to Piestar (msg # 1941):

I've run into this myself, on more than one occasion.  This typically happens when support (tech/product/etc) is outsourced; and the contracting company is being payed on a per-call basis.   I worked for one contract where the condition was: "Solve in 30 seconds or less; and if it couldn't be then escalate to tier 2 for callback".  So yes, I understand your pain.
V_V
 member, 966 posts
 Read my biography...
 Feel free to Rmail me :)
Sun 19 Sep 2021
at 11:49
Technical questions
Minor gripe, but frustrating. I ate my food, forgot I ate it, went looking for it, got angry, searched for where the container was, found the remanants, suspected my roommate ate my food, went to talk to her, remembered I was still hungry, ate the remanants at the table and saw my drink I had with the meal the first time. That I got sad. I was looking forward to the fried chicken, but I was so hungry the first time I just ate it without tasting it. I0 so seldom order out anymore, and love fried chicken, and especially from this place. I am so mad I zoned out. Hunger is a trigger for me, so, eh...it could have been worse. Gotta let it go. Just ticked off, because it was supposed to be a treat.
Piestar
 member, 978 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Sun 19 Sep 2021
at 12:26
Technical questions
In reply to V_V (msg # 1943):

Maybe you really did enjoy and savor it, but forgot? Would that help any?
V_V
 member, 968 posts
 Read my biography...
 Feel free to Rmail me :)
Sun 19 Sep 2021
at 12:43
Technical questions
In reply to Piestar (msg # 1944):

Yeah. :/ It does actually. *nods* :)

I ended up eating some lox and cream cheese I still had, and that was really good too. So I still got to enjoy a treat, even if it wasn't what I intended.

Being hangry about one meal is fixed by eating another...