SunRuanEr
 subscriber, 407 posts
Tue 7 Sep 2021
at 17:47
Is there a player 'timeout'?
I swear I seem to recall this sort of thing being mentioned once or twice in the past, but at the moment I'm drawing a total blank.

Is there a way to make it so a player cannot post in threads (preferably with the exception of their RTJ thread with the GM), yet can still see and read posts being made in the game?
nauthiz
 subscriber, 729 posts
Tue 7 Sep 2021
at 17:54
Is there a player 'timeout'?
I think you might be thinking of assigning someone to Group Z.


RPoL Help:
Group Z is a special Group.  Only GMs may post to this group, and characters in the game may not belong to any other group if they are in Group Z; while in Group Z, they will be able to read it, but not to post to it.  Lurkers cannot be placed in Group Z.


To put someone in any semblance of a "read only" mode I believe they have to be changed into a Lurker.
SunRuanEr
 subscriber, 408 posts
Tue 7 Sep 2021
at 18:05
Is there a player 'timeout'?
Hm. Thanks, nauthiz. That was what I was thinking of, I just couldn't remember how it worked specifically and my search-fu was failing at finding it.

Do you know, hypothetically, what happens to an existing RTJ pm thread if the player's character is transferred to GM control, but then the player is made a Lurker? Would they retain access to the RTJ thread, still, or would it poof into the ether?
nauthiz
 subscriber, 730 posts
Tue 7 Sep 2021
at 18:14
Is there a player 'timeout'?
I do not, unfortunately.

Hopefully someone who does will chime in however.
Zag24
 supporter, 709 posts
Tue 7 Sep 2021
at 20:04
Is there a player 'timeout'?
The RTJ thread belongs to the user, not the player.  If they are converted to lurker, they will certainly still see it and, I suspect. will be able to post in it.  Even if you reassign the character to a different player, they will not see the RTJ thread.

That's why, in games I run, as soon as I accept someone as player, I make a new thread called "Discussion of <character name>" as a place to hammer out the details of the character, rather than doing it in the RTJ thread.  That way, if the player disappears and I have someone willing to take over the character, the new player will be able to see the original discussion.

This message was last edited by the user at 20:07, Tue 07 Sept.

nauthiz
 subscriber, 731 posts
Tue 7 Sep 2021
at 21:11
Is there a player 'timeout'?
In reply to Zag24 (msg # 5):

This is not entirely accurate.

I don't know what the trigger is (I suspect it's when a player is assigned a character and then posts as that character to the RTJ thread), but at some point a private thread started by a visitor, can become attached to a character.

It then becomes visible in its entirety to whatever player may get assigned that character if it changes going forward.

That doesn't shed much light on SunRuanEr's question of what happens to an RTJ thread if you reassign the character while converting the player to a Lurker, but I figured I'd point out that PM thread ownership/visibility can get wonky.