Re: [nbos] [FM] FM8 Techniques Sharing
"Mike Oliver"
Wed Aug 1st, 2007

This is more or less the same mess that was created when the topic was
raised on the CC2 group. There seem to be as many viewpoints held as
contributors. Mark Oliva and I see eye-to-eye on this. My e-mail gets
delivered. If I want to visit a blog or a forum, I have to have user
names and passwords and sign on and...and...

I "belong" to several forums (fora?), for at least half of which I have
forgotten my user name and/or password (user names - hah! Most of the
time the only ones that have not already been taken are things like
Pzwrpps1029 or similar). Plus, I no longer visit more than a tenth of
those where I have a recallable name and password because I just don't
have the time.

However, tutorial repositories are a little different. Issues like "I'm
a newbie and don't know how to draw a straight line" are best resolved
via a group list like the one we have - however many times they get
asked. Something like "I'd like to design a dungeon using wall-mounted
torches that cast realistic shadows and link a mixture of natural
caverns and constructed rooms with DM-only access to monsters and
treasure content - how do I go about that?" Could effectively be covered
by something like Christopher's blog. But surely, NOX is the ideal and
proper location. The fact that users don't use it is probably the same
syndrome suffered by magazine editors everywhere (and I was one) you
have to write your own readers' letters AND answer them; the readers are
too lazy.



-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Joe Frazier, Jr
Sent: 01 August 2007 02:39
Subject: Re: [nbos] [FM] FM8 Techniques Sharing

Darn, what a mess. Well, since I was somehow the start of this, I
will put in my opinions. My original thought was simply that there
is very little content for FM uploaded to NOX. Christopher took my
thought and upgraded to a better concept since NOX is limited. The
main point of the wiki or blog approach is that size limits and
formatting options are much better. The email list has it's place as

a way to answer quick questions from one user to another. However,
embedding images and formatting is not an option since many user don't
allow HTML email, so a lot of stuff gets all messed up. The problem
with forums is that many times there may be so many posts, that items
can get lost in the shuffle.

Christopher's take on my idea is a much better approach which allows for

much more specific details to be conveyed in an article type format.
The bottom line is that any contributer may spend as much time on
details as he thinks is needed to convey the steps to create a solution
in FM 8. The whole point is that these articles are not intended to be
read every day, I highly doubt we have that many people who are willing
to spend the time on the details to submit that often, but if we could
average 2-4 techniques a month, that would be awesome. Additionally,
some or all of this information may end up making it into the official
tutorial, thus making the base product even more friendly to new users.

My original point is that there are very few maps uploaded to NOX, so it

is hard for a new user to get inspiration to make their maps better by
looking at others work and picking it apart. Besides, a wiki or blog
format is the place to provide this via an article approach since
specific nuances may be easily missed by someone trying to pick apart a
heavily detailed map.

Remember, the idea was is NOT to replace the email or the forums, but to

provide an additional place for learning more and possibly very advanced

techniques. People looking for a quick answer for help would still
benefit from the email list. In case the answer to the question really

requires a lot of details to have it understood, then THIS is the
situation where a detailed wiki approach works best.


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