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Kastor Antilles
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 Post Posted: Fri, April 09th 2010 08:13pm    Post subject: Tag! You're it!
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Hey guys,

While talking to our very own Chukles and Han one evening, I realized something. We'd been talking about Unity's advantages versus other games' advantages. After I went to bed that night, I got thinking about one particular thing some games do that we don't.

That is, tags, or flags. They're common in single-thread RPGs (such as the JC or GBH's SWU) to alert people, who might otherwise skim the thread, that their response is required. It usually looks something like this:

Tag: Han, Alex, anyone else who wants to interact

In these threads, it's a great tool to help ensure that your friends know that you need a response from them before you continue.

The problem here is Unity is not a one-thread RPG. Not everybody is reading the same thing all the time. There's no way you can make sure someone is reading that particular thread, without PMing them or emailing them or something. So, tags are pretty pointless, right?

Not anymore. I took the simple tagging a bit further to adapt it for our boards. Let me introduce you to your newest friend:

Code:
[tag][/tag]


If you place one of these guys in any of your post, you effectively activate a miniature private messaging system that will send an alert to the players you tag, on any of their accounts. In order to demonstrate, I've tagged all of you. You should have seen a blinking indicator on your forum navigation, or, if you were on the index, a special message.

So how exactly does it work? Visually, it's pretty simple. If you type:

Code:
[tag]Han, Alex: When you guys post, please remember to stay in the cantina. :)[/tag]


... you get this at the bottom of your post:
Tag: Han, Alex When you guys post, please remember to stay in the cantina. :)

And you send a message to their accounts. As long as they're logged in to any of their characters, they'll see it.

It's extremely easy to use. This is the syntax:

Code:
[tag]Player #1, Player #2, Player #3: Optional OOC comments... if you don't want to add a comment, just leave out the colon[/tag]


You must use the player's name, not the character name. So, instead of tagging "Kastor Antilles", you would tag "Cray". You can tag non-existent names (like "anyone who wants to post"); it will still work, but obviously the alert system won't be used.

A tag is "read" when you access it through the index page or the tag management page. If you want to renew a tag for some reason (let's say the recipient read the tag, but forgot to post), you can mark it as unread. Tags also regenerate when you edit your post. You can also delete old tags that you've received and sent, if you'd like to keep your page in order.

A tag will always appear at the bottom of the post, regardless of where you originally place it or how many tags you use. This ensures uniformity - you'll always look for tags at the bottom of a post.

So, I hope you guys enjoy this addition to the site. It doesn't have to be just used IC, either; you can use tags to draw admins' attention to a specific thread, or another forummer. You could flag something you post as being potentially news-worthy, or you could be asking a technical question in the QUestions forum and you want an admin's answer. You can also issue a tag just to let someone know you've posted something - not necessarily requiring a follow-up post.

That said, this is still new so please report any errors you're having, along with any questions and suggestions.

Enjoy! Tag! No tagbacks! :D

Tag: Admiral Fyyar, Vader, Shaddam, Oriadon, Orrion Carn, Kyp, dudop, Alex, Jorgen, Melkor, Rem, Voly, Dezzi, Til'yek, Space Jawa, Gumball, Practice14, Sarge, Jess, Jallorn, Cray, Jase, Cheapy, Lazer, Tiara, Han, Moff, Shayde, Valin, Gelus, Tacky, Chukles, Benji, Zara, Alexus, Kyle Whew, that was a lot of typing!
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Lucas PallanÚn-Davad
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 Post Posted: Fri, April 09th 2010 09:02pm    Post subject:
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I really like this.
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 Post Posted: Fri, April 09th 2010 09:34pm    Post subject:
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Yay! Tags! :D

...I guess. :p
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Sean Tavell
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 Post Posted: Fri, April 09th 2010 09:36pm    Post subject:
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Oh, wow. I am quite impressed cray. Had no idea you could even DO something like this. :p

That said, I think it will be VERY beneficial. Way to go, my admin friend. :D
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Kyp Durron
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 Post Posted: Fri, April 09th 2010 10:15pm    Post subject:
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Wow that will actually be pretty useful. Let the tagging begin!!
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 Post Posted: Fri, April 09th 2010 11:57pm    Post subject:
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Pretty spiffy, Cray
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Xerros Orade
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 Post Posted: Sat, April 10th 2010 02:03am    Post subject:
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*sniff* I've been waiting for this my entire life...and I didn;t even know it! :D

This is why Cray is the webmonkey.
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 Post Posted: Sat, April 10th 2010 05:32pm    Post subject:
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Absolutely brilliant idea.
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 Post Posted: Sun, April 11th 2010 06:42am    Post subject:
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Cool, worked perfectly for me.
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 Post Posted: Sun, April 11th 2010 05:57pm    Post subject:
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Cray, you are a smart one.
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Admiral Michael Harrison
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 Post Posted: Sun, April 18th 2010 11:25pm    Post subject:
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Tag :p

Still don't have time though :( I'm trying guys Haha
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 Post Posted: Sun, April 25th 2010 10:35pm    Post subject:
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I'm back and playing! It might end quickly since I've got a second interview coming, but if I still have time, my R'n'R time is going here :D (And facebook ;) )

Tag: Admiral Fyyar, Vader, Shaddam, Oriadon, Kyp, dudop, Alex, Jorgen, Melkor, Rem, Voly, Dezzi, Til'yek, Space Jawa, Gumball, Practice14, Sarge, Jess, Jallorn, Cray, Jase, Cheapy, Lazer, Tiara, Han, Moff, Shayde, Valin, Gelus, Tacky, Chukles, Benji, Zara, Alexus, Kyle
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Riene Zend
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 Post Posted: Sun, May 02nd 2010 12:04pm    Post subject:
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...Please don't do a mass-tag like that again. And that goes for everyone. It's for getting people into plots... so unless everyone is invited...

Okay, admin Moff can go back into the box. Welcome back, Orrion. :D
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 Post Posted: Sun, May 02nd 2010 02:40pm    Post subject:
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Oops, sorry. Won't happen again.
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Vera Nico
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 Post Posted: Fri, June 18th 2010 05:54am    Post subject:
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Speaking of Mass Tagging, are there ways to create groups?

Like:
TAG CMAC
TAG BLIGHT LEAPER
TAG BOUNTY HUNTERS
etc\\ True Empire, etc

Tag: Cray


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 Post Posted: Fri, June 18th 2010 03:43pm    Post subject:
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That... isn't a bad idea, Alex. 8)
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 Post Posted: Fri, June 18th 2010 08:32pm    Post subject:
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...I'm not sure how that would work. Tagging doesn't use groups, but member ranks. And PHPBB won't let you group them.
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Kastor Antilles
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 Post Posted: Sun, June 20th 2010 05:31pm    Post subject:
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Yeah. =/ The thought has gone through my mind before, Alex, but I decided against trying to implement it, since it would require a total revamp of the way the tagging works (probably divorcing them entirely from phpBB's rank system, which is what I'm piggybacking it off of and changing it to go off of usergroups). Using the usergroups is certainly a possibility, and I'll probably try to work on it one day, but I'm not sure when I'll get around to doing that.
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 Post Posted: Wed, June 23rd 2010 04:31am    Post subject:
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Kastor Antilles wrote:
Yeah. =/ The thought has gone through my mind before, Alex, but I decided against trying to implement it, since it would require a total revamp of the way the tagging works (probably divorcing them entirely from phpBB's rank system, which is what I'm piggybacking it off of and changing it to go off of usergroups). Using the usergroups is certainly a possibility, and I'll probably try to work on it one day, but I'm not sure when I'll get around to doing that.


No, don't even worry about it. I was curious if it was easy to add, but it looks like a disaster. :P

Thanks though! And for future reference, if you want a prompt reply, everyone, TAG me. When I log in and out between characters, I sometimes miss something. This system really helps to make sure I get to everything that needs my attention. :P


Cheers! Looking forward to the invasion!
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 Post Posted: Thu, June 24th 2010 02:19am    Post subject:
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Eh, I don't suppose it would be possible to edit the Tag code at all so that we don't get re-tagged when someone edits their post, would it?
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 Post Posted: Thu, June 24th 2010 02:29am    Post subject:
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LOL, I was retagged too :p
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 Post Posted: Thu, June 24th 2010 02:37am    Post subject:
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Never!!!

I know it was mentioned before... but I think the answer was negative.
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Kastor Antilles
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 Post Posted: Thu, June 24th 2010 09:40am    Post subject:
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I've been tossing that around, actually. I think I'm going to go that route. It's kind of a pain to do it, and originally I let them renew intentionally, but I (and you all :p) found it's more annoying than helpful.
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Vera Nico
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 Post Posted: Wed, June 30th 2010 06:37am    Post subject:
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It doesn't seem to work if you have punctuation inside,

ie: (though two posts have been made, they are not connected)

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 Post Posted: Wed, June 30th 2010 11:15am    Post subject:
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Hmm. Thanks for pointing that out, Alex, I'll try to see what's up with that.
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