Jonathan Van Matre on 15 Feb 2002 14:34:19 -0000

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RE: spoon-discuss: So, what should I be doing?

For the web-proposal and web-voting ideas, your point is a good one.

But...what if you had a voting/proposal daemon set up to take votes and proposals directly from the e-mails to the forum?

It would require more stringently observed and enforced standard delimiters to make parsing the messages possible, but apart from the initial programming effort it would probably save a lot of time.

You could set it up to send confirmation / rejection messages directly to the player, and send you a daily rejection report so you can manually process the few that get bounced for some reason.

For voting, you could even have it automatically generate a ballot with the delimiter tags built in.


<prop n=258>Wonko's Something Proposal</prop><vote> </vote>
<prop n=259>Scoff!'s Something Proposal</prop><vote> </vote>
Player's Name

...where you fill in the blank with Y, N, A, or O (for special cases like the "YEA" mini-scam).  If you put in O, you add an <other>"YEA"</OTHER> tag.

Or something like that.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: David E. Smith [mailto:dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 8:05 PM
> To: spoon-discuss@xxxxxxxxx
> Subject: spoon-discuss: So, what should I be doing?
> Simple enough question.
> I'm taking the time off to (in part) relax just a little bit. I love
> watching the game unfold, but it is taking up ten or fifteen minutes a
> day, and a couple hours after each ballot.
> But, what sorts of things should I be doing? What do you want 
> to see when
> the new-and-improved B Nomic Web site rolls out next week?
> Here's what's already on the burner, best shown by example. 
> Let's take a
> random rule, say, 204. On the current-rules page, it'll soon look like
> this:
> Rule 204/1
> Thou Shalt Not Screw With Time
> Last Revision: nweek 5. [Revision History]
> Keywords: [Time]
> The [bracketed] stuff represents where links are. (Mind you, the links
> don't work yet, but that's another tale entirely...)
> They'll do the obvious things: "revision history" will pull 
> up previous
> versions of the rule or proposal in question, and each keyword (except
> for Uncategorized) will pull up a list of other rules with 
> that keyword.
> (I'll be adding more keywords to the system as well. I don't 
> think there's
> even a Gremlin keyword yet. Sigh.)
> Things like that will make life easier for all the players...
> But, I'm always open to other ideas. Both things that will 
> make your lives
> easier, and (especially) things that will make my life easier.
> Unfortunately, most of the really good stuff would be 
> technically illegal
> - some have suggested a Web-based Proposal system, and even 
> Web voting,
> but neither of those would be legal. I'd have to carefully check every
> online proposal against the Forum version to be sure they are 
> in fact the
> same, and online voting would be subject to ballot-stuffing 
> and/or forgery
> unless I put a LOT more time into it than I'd really like to.
> But ideas are good. I'm a big fan of ideas.
> ..dave
> ---- David E. Smith, POB 515045, St. Louis MO 63151
> "Use anger to throw them into disarray." -- Sun Tzu