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Veselka

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Capitalization and Punctuation.
« on: April 08, 2019, 12:09:26 PM »
A friendly, light-hearted PSA.

We play a text-based game that also happens to be Role-play Intensive. If it is within your power to do so and you do not have a reason you cannot do so (I'm aware that blind players have difficulty parsing punctuation through their client) please add a period at the end of your sentences. As well, capitalizing the first letter in your sentence would be excellent.

Alternatively, perhaps Staff could look into adding '.' at the end of says/tells/talks just as it adds at the end of emotes. And perhaps capitalizing the first letter as well.

To me, it isn't that it breaks immersion, it seems like people don't take the game seriously, or are just playing their 'toon'. It's a personal pet peeve of mine, and I am but a player, but do it for the children.
« Last Edit: April 08, 2019, 12:14:04 PM by Veselka »
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th3kaiser

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2019, 12:15:54 PM »
Oooh one of these threads. Good luck with your mission! I don't give you good odds of success though.

Veselka

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2019, 12:25:59 PM »
Oooh one of these threads. Good luck with your mission! I don't give you good odds of success though.

I'm just unaware of the counter argument besides 'I'm lazy' or 'I don't want to.'
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2019, 02:32:48 PM »
+1 - so anal about grammar. English is my 2nd language.

I'll add - Please don't break up your emotes. Learn your caps. Better 3 shorter emotes than 2 long ass ones that break apart and start with The so and so person ...... handing you the soap and dagger. She then xyz run on sentence-y.

I will purposefully misspell shit and not punctuate if playing certain elements btw.

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Riev

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 03:08:25 PM »
The old-school style of "wot ya doin' mate" is fine, so long as it is "Wot ya doin', mate?"

My peeve is the "we told you that but we wont end up doing it sorry"

I totally understand some people play on their phone. I've tried, and I cannot do it. I'm all for it. We can't control formatting of phone-based clients, but CAN we control for formatting server side?

All speech starts with a capital letter unless preceded by a .
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Someone says, in Sirihish:
  "... oh I see."

All speech ends with a period (unless it ends with a period, exclamation mark, or question mark). Even if you provide the favored ellipsis you'd get:
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"I didn't realize you'd be coming all this way...." (four dots instead of three)
Even with just these two changes, I'd feel like people are giving a lot more care to the world and their roleplaying. Even if they aren't.
« Last Edit: April 08, 2019, 03:13:25 PM by Riev »
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Veselka

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2019, 03:11:37 PM »
The old-school style of "wot ya doin' mate" is fine, so long as it is "Wot ya doin', mate?"

My peeve is the "we told you that but we wont end up doing it sorry"

I totally understand some people play on their phone. I've tried, and I cannot do it. I'm all for it. We can't control formatting of phone-based clients, but CAN we control for formatting server side?

All speech starts with a capital letter unless preceded by a .
Code: [Select]
Someone says, in Sirihish:
  "... oh I see."

All speech ends with a period. Even if you provide the favored ellipsis you'd get:
Code: [Select]
"I didn't realize you'd be coming all this way...." (four dots instead of three)
Even with just these two changes, I'd feel like people are giving a lot more care to the world and their roleplaying. Even if they aren't.

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Cerelum

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2019, 04:25:06 PM »
I donít know why the code doesnít autocapitalize?

Make it just auto capitalize and end sentences with a period of nothing else exists.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2019, 10:07:59 PM »
I donít know why the code doesnít autocapitalize?

Make it just auto capitalize and end sentences with a period of nothing else exists.

Sometimes you're continuing a sentence rather than beginning a new one.

Eyeball

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2019, 10:09:49 PM »
Yes, it's like reading a book. There might be a great story there, but it's just going to seem shoddy and low effort if the editor couldn't bother to get the punctuation right.

Alesan

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2019, 12:15:12 AM »
I'm going to toss out a wager and say most of the people who are, shall we say, less interested in proper grammar might not even be the people who regularly read the forums. You're probably not reaching at least half of those people. Unfortunately.

I sympathize, though.

Riev

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2019, 09:30:23 AM »
I'm going to toss out a wager and say most of the people who are, shall we say, less interested in proper grammar might not even be the people who regularly read the forums. You're probably not reaching at least half of those people. Unfortunately.

I sympathize, though.

I believe the point is to make it coded, to avoid having to find those players.
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Alesan

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2019, 10:28:32 AM »
Right. Plenty of other things you can't automatically fix, though. Although capitalization and punctuation will go a long way.

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2019, 10:35:29 AM »
In some games, the following automatic endings is true, unless the player includes their own manual punctuation:

say = period
talk = period
tell = period
ask = question mark
shout = exclamation point

If the player types in the period, their typed punctuation over-rides the automated punctuation.

I don't know about the current code, but maybe the staff could re-visit this at some point, see if it's possible.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2019, 10:57:15 AM »
If only I knew LUA, I would find a way to alter what is being displayed and fix it on my end.

I wish I wasn't such a priss about it, but it REALLY takes me out of it, and makes me not look forward to interacting with a character, when they aren't putting in what I think is 'basic effort'.

But this also helps the phone/tablet players as well, whose clients may not be capable of this in the first place.
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Veselka

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2019, 11:29:01 AM »
If only I knew LUA, I would find a way to alter what is being displayed and fix it on my end.

I wish I wasn't such a priss about it, but it REALLY takes me out of it, and makes me not look forward to interacting with a character, when they aren't putting in what I think is 'basic effort'.

But this also helps the phone/tablet players as well, whose clients may not be capable of this in the first place.

Yes, yes, and yes.
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Alesan

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2019, 11:40:41 AM »
If only I knew LUA, I would find a way to alter what is being displayed and fix it on my end.

I wish I wasn't such a priss about it, but it REALLY takes me out of it, and makes me not look forward to interacting with a character, when they aren't putting in what I think is 'basic effort'.

But this also helps the phone/tablet players as well, whose clients may not be capable of this in the first place.

Yes, yes, and yes.

This... would actually be very simple to do in Mudlet. Now I have ideas.

Dresan

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2019, 11:46:26 AM »
This thread stinks a bit of elitism.

Don't think I have ever encountered a time where grammar was so bad it broke immersion or made me take much notice.

Its not that I have no sympathy at all it is just that I dont think it is bad enough warranted a thread that might potentially put new players off. As an older player it is almost almost enough me off with playing with you.

Get over it? It is a text game and everyone is trying to have fun. Rather have as many people trying than not.
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Veselka

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2019, 11:54:47 AM »
This thread stinks a of elitism.

Don't think I have ever encountered a time where grammar was so bad it broke immersion.

Its not that I have no sympathy at all it is just that I dont think it is bad enough warranted a thead that might potentially put new players off. As an older player it is almost almost enough me off with playing with you.

Get over it? It is a text game and everyone is trying to have fun. Rather have as many people trying than not.

Ah, this is the counter argument. "This smacks of elitism". Thank you, I was curious what it would be, and that certainly fits the mold.

I wasn't aware of it being elitism to ask people to do one of the simplest things in the English language in an English dominant Text-Based Roleplaying Intensive Game. Capitalize the beginning of your sentences, and punctuate the end of them. Actually, even if it is 'Elitism', I consider it the good kind. I strive for excellence, I would like for all people playing the game to strive to the simple Elitism and Excellence of capitalization and punctuation.

It's a text based game, that is correct. It isn't fun for the people trying to take it seriously when every other person is using l33t speak and not putting in the effort to at the very least capitalize and punctuate. Why should I take those PCs seriously, or even interact with them? That, I suppose, is the elitism you mention.

Alternatively, the code change proposed would swiftly take care of both sides of the issue. For those who can't be bothered with capitalizing or punctuating, it would do it for them. For those who grimace every time they see "how are you doing" ad nauseam, it would become a non-issue.

The only option I have at this point is 'Get Over It', and I'm not sure why we would cater to the non-capitalizing/non-punctuating lazy crowd, rather than the people who actually take the game and the RP within it seriously, at least seriously enough to complete sentences properly.
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Riev

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2019, 12:30:58 PM »
This thread stinks a bit of elitism.

Don't think I have ever encountered a time where grammar was so bad it broke immersion or made me take much notice.

Its not that I have no sympathy at all it is just that I dont think it is bad enough warranted a thread that might potentially put new players off. As an older player it is almost almost enough me off with playing with you.

Get over it? It is a text game and everyone is trying to have fun. Rather have as many people trying than not.

Its full of elitism. Obviously it is. But there used to be a time when Arm ENFORCED the roleplay of even newbies. I remember the Review flag being on by default so staff knew who to check in on and who didn't care to be critiqued in the first place.

I don't LIKE that it bothers me. I wish it didn't. But I've had way too many of the following scenarios:

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[Someone] says, in Sirihish:
 "yah i'm not sure about that one ya know ha"

or even

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[Someone] says, in Sirihish:
 "you should engage with a backstab but if you miss just disengage and try again"

If you just capitalize the first letter, and put a period on there, I could roll with it. Otherwise, I feel like I'm in a 90's chatroom with people who aren't putting any effort in.

In Arm, if you want to put in little effort, or you're ESL, or from a phone... whatever the excuse... the proposed fix is a net good. That it bothers me is surely elitist, but why are we dropping/lowering standards for an RPI and allowing "heh" and "haha"?
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Dresan

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2019, 12:35:51 PM »
You are welcome, Veselka. You feel free to take this text game with utmost seriousness. I have no idea what sort of excellence you are trying achieve in this game but again I have not had any issues with the way anyone writes in the years I have played.

If coders decide the problem is so bad a coded solution is needed, well then so be it. However I still disagee, this does not need a coded solution or even this thread. Just needs some people to lighten up at best.

At least we agree on this thread being a type of elitism.
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Alesan

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2019, 01:06:10 PM »
Yikes - I didn't know decent grammar was such a contentious topic for some.

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2019, 01:07:12 PM »
Yuuuuuuuuuup. I'm surprised there's only been a little snark so far. Good job everybody reining it in!

Veselka

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2019, 01:33:37 PM »
You are welcome, Veselka. You feel free to take this text game with utmost seriousness. I have no idea what sort of excellence you are trying achieve in this game but again I have not had any issues with the way anyone writes in the years I have played.

If coders decide the problem is so bad a coded solution is needed, well then so be it. However I still disagee, this does not need a coded solution or even this thread. Just needs some people to lighten up at best.

At least we agree on this thread being a type of elitism.

Purely the excellence of complete, capitalized, and properly punctuated sentences, on a Text-Based Role Play Intensive game.

If we can add 'change mood' from player suggestion, surely we can have the above, or at the very least, request it.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2019, 02:22:25 PM »
Bruh imagine playing a text-based game and expecting people to properly type.

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2019, 02:38:22 PM »
"Fix your punctuation" is hereby the 'git gud scrub' of MUDing.

Cerelum

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2019, 02:43:36 PM »
Bruh imagine playing a text-based game and expecting people to properly type.

I credit my ability to type fast on Muds.

Because you literally have to in most games unless they allow scripting.
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Vex

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #26 on: April 09, 2019, 03:20:24 PM »
This thread stinks a bit of elitism.


No.

If I can get the basics right, ANYONE can get the basics right. Uppercase at the start, period at the end. The rest of English can be difficult, especially when it's english from USA vs Europe vs Australia, each with their own rules, unwritten rules, and slangs, but the BASICs of start with uppercase, end with a period, or question mark, or whatever, is something ANYONE capable of playing the game, can do.

Calling this elitist, reminds me of being "called out" for "discrimination", when I called a coworker ridiculous for saying "lol" out loud and talking, like she was having a teenagers text convo at all times. It's an absurdity.

Uppercase at the start, period at the end. If I can, you can. No excuses.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #27 on: April 09, 2019, 03:45:56 PM »
I'll admit this thread is a little bit elitist.

I'll also admit that if I see you lacking correct grammar, spelling and punctuation consistently I'm going to assume you're a nub or dumb-dumb and I may avoid you a little bit.  Sorry.

I am terrible at spelling, I make mistakes even though I will sometimes literally be Googling words I'm unsure of.  Do you know how long I misspelled uncertain or get confused with rogue and rouge but I'm trying dangit.  I can at least capitalize and punctuate.  That's basic grammar across almost any language.  Sheesh.

Dresan

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #28 on: April 09, 2019, 03:59:04 PM »
If this were an idea thread it would be one thing. However it came with a 'PSA' and anyone not following the OPs standards of excellence is potentially lazy.  Yes some people have better grammar and writing than others however no one takes the time to log in, create a character, pose, talk and rp with you wanting to write a grammatically bad sentence on purpose.

Again this is not an issue i have noticed. However you know what i have noticed? That the population isn't what it used to be, and attracting newbies is important. This sort of thread makes games like this intimating to new players. The fact most people won't see this thead is a good thing.

Lastly this thread seems like the a thinly veiled attempt to openly criticize another specific player. Something which if so aggregious might have been better served using the reporting tool.

I think we've already established this is pure elitism, no need for me to comment further on that.

 
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Riev

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #29 on: April 09, 2019, 04:16:26 PM »
Dresan, I don't want to dress down your concerns, because I am at the forefront of saying our community is toxic and elitist and incredibly insular at the BEST of times.

However, it began as a "Please try to do better" and has evolved into "Maybe we can do this codedly to actually IMPROVE the experience on all sides."

You, however, are devolving it into something it isn't (personal criticism), and I HOPE its not because you think we should have low standards. It is not one player, or one PC that does this. I have not played in 6 months, and I know people were doing it then, too. Maybe they don't know. Maybe the GDB won't reach the ones it IS touching.

I think you're striving to take offense, but nobody here is saying "you suck at English get off the game noob". Its "We have a few basic rules. One is that we're a roleplaying INTENSIVE community, so please understand we expect effort". I don't know when that expectation was lessened, but we can change it codedly. If not serverside, I would gladly switch to Mudlet to keep my experience alive.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #30 on: April 09, 2019, 04:34:53 PM »
I think we've already established...

... that some people take grammar seriously and others are SJWing for those that might feel attacked/singled out by that seriousness.

English is my second language.  As a flowery, over the top some might say, emoter I am CONSTANTLY hearing how my character sounds.  I'll re-enter an entire say/tell/emote because of a typo. I break run ons so they make sense.

Do I expect people to do as I do? No.

I *do* expect to understand wtf is being said and since the only method of communication is TEXTUAL you better make sure you're being understood.

say fuck you templar sally motherfucker said he will help cut up the body sexy

say Fuck! You... Templar.  Sally, motherfucker said he will help cut up the body. Sexy.

say Fuck you, Templar Sally! Motherfucker said:  "He will help.  Cut up the body, sexy.".

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Personally, I aint got no fucking problem saying I'm an elitist.

I don't think expecting basic 3rd grade grammar is elitist or somehow asking too much.


Refusing to play with, avoiding, formally complaining about, publicly humiliating, breaking character to correct someone? Yeah... that's a bit elitist I'd say.

Can it be fixed with code or client? I'd be curious to see.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2019, 04:47:38 PM »
Not really striving to take offense. Just pointing some thing out since not everyone playing this game comes off seeming so elitst.

 This was not just an idea and while it started civilized enough it devolved to calling others lazy and people threatening not to play with others for grammar mistakes. If that not toxic not sure what is, now people are free to voice their opinions and play with whom they want but I don't agree with with the opinions voice here nor that they are even an issue in the game. If they are use the reporting tool.

Since one of my own pet peeves is people who don't realize that their own shit smells, I for one am thankful forgetting a period or comma might shoo some of these people away. Thanks.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #32 on: April 09, 2019, 05:00:02 PM »
So. Conversationally speaking, you ARE taking offense to a suggested idea, and people asking that you respect the game and the players by putting forth the effort to capitalize a letter and add a period?

I didn't see threats.
I didn't see "Fuck newbies".
I didn't see a single thing about "lazy" people who can't do it.

Its about respect and standards. And for the umpteenth fucking time, we're trying to fix it so that the people who AREN'T able to capitalize or use periods don't HAVE to.

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Dresan

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #33 on: April 09, 2019, 05:08:42 PM »
Hey Riev, stop taking offense. My point is i don't agree with what is being said here and as for threats if you aren't seeing where people have written they rather not play with people who make grammar mistakes...umm..well okay then.

Lets just agree to disagree.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2019, 05:09:06 PM »
Still say the code should just do it.  Capitalize beginning letter and auto add a period.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #35 on: April 09, 2019, 09:07:35 PM »
I didn't see threats.

To be fair...

I'll also admit that if I see you lacking correct grammar, spelling and punctuation consistently I'm going to assume you're a nub or dumb-dumb and I may avoid you a little bit.  Sorry.

But, in this case, I mean... "Bebop", so.

It isn't elitist, imo, to expect basic standards, nor do I think it's a poor show, for people to want to add coded assistance for basic stuff, like periods when no other argument is entered by the player. It shows forward thinking, and a willingness to provide assistance to those who may need it, to be more coherent when participating.

FYI, if you tried to play a Russian game and didn't have a THOROUGH understanding of the language? You would be kick/banned, and insulted to boot, you better believe it. French, Japanese... most games? If you don't type like a native, you are GONE. No questions, so lofty are their expectations.

Expecting very basic, entry level grammar, for a pure text game, and otherwise tolerating ESLs of all levels? That is very reasonable, and as standards go, quite generous, given the medium. Not to say there are not failure human beings... who would exclude people for it... but the majority, is very patient and tolerant.

I'm sorry, but really D, you seem the very confused white knight, atm.
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Dresan

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #36 on: April 09, 2019, 10:07:28 PM »
Funny, I can't say I'm too familiar with the whole sjw/white knight stuff (I am getting too old to understand the new-age hippie stuff).

I really do find it humorously silly that disagreeing with the elitism expressed in this thread is considered any form of 'social justice'. heh.  ::)

I'll agree though, put in whatever code, anything that will make threads like this moot.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #37 on: April 09, 2019, 11:08:34 PM »
I am probably a part of why this thread started, seeing as how I am one of those who does not capitalize the first word in what I say, so allow me to explain what is going through my mind when I type out my communication for the game. I do sometimes take the time to capitalize it but most of the time, I do not bother with it. My reasoning for this is that we are supposed to play this like how we would act if we were our pcs. If I was my pc, I would have no idea what words someone was capitalizing when I speak to them, and they would have no idea of my capitalization. Capitalization, to me, is an OOC thing that makes little difference. When you speak, there is often little difference between a letter you would capitalize when you write, versus one you would leave alone.

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #38 on: April 09, 2019, 11:09:28 PM »
That's not how English works.
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Shiguy2

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #39 on: April 09, 2019, 11:12:35 PM »
Care to add a bit more detail so that I can respond better?

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #40 on: April 09, 2019, 11:49:12 PM »
Care to add a bit more detail so that I can respond better?
An excellent response to someone who doesn't use capitalization and punctuation correctly. Incorrect English typing takes other people out of the game that relies solely on typing to communicate. Taking people out of the scene is bad.
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Veselka

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #41 on: April 10, 2019, 02:06:01 AM »
I am probably a part of why this thread started, seeing as how I am one of those who does not capitalize the first word in what I say, so allow me to explain what is going through my mind when I type out my communication for the game. I do sometimes take the time to capitalize it but most of the time, I do not bother with it. My reasoning for this is that we are supposed to play this like how we would act if we were our pcs. If I was my pc, I would have no idea what words someone was capitalizing when I speak to them, and they would have no idea of my capitalization. Capitalization, to me, is an OOC thing that makes little difference. When you speak, there is often little difference between a letter you would capitalize when you write, versus one you would leave alone.

Imagine reading a book, where the dialogue looked as it does in the context you are stating.

"where did he go george"
"i don't know boss i think that way"
the man grunted and shook his head
"oh that way"

I see what you are saying. That you would like to keep a scene fluid. But the fact that my computer automatically corrects sentences to include a capital at the beginning sort of disqualifies the idea that it isn't how the common rules of English function. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this -- ICly a PC wouldn't know the difference between a capitalized sentence or word and a non-capitalized sentence or word? Or a complete sentence? Or how something is said with inflection, or whether or not it is a question?

Clearly Staff has already taken an interest in inflection and tone, by adding things like Italics and Bold and Underline to says and emotes. They understand the nuance of the English language, and how one thing can be said many different ways, and have many different meanings by how it is said. As we have no voice actors, or any audio whatsoever, we only have inflection to tell us how something should be heard'in our mind after reading it. Much as in common literature. Various styles of writing accomplish this in different methods. Breaking up quotations, with small actions in-between, or internal dialogue to match the emotions and mood to what is being said.

Yes, it is an OOC construct, just as reading a book is an OOC construct. I am not a character reading a book, I am myself, reading a book. There are mostly literate people behind the PCs they are playing. They enjoy reading books, and narratives, and collective storytelling, or they wouldn't be playing this game for the most part. Even if someone told me the Best Book In the World was available to purchase, and I read one paragraph with dialogue written in that fashion, I would toss the book away and shrug and move on. I would also probably think that friend was fucking with me.

Why should I take a book so poorly written and edited seriously? And, insofar as the game is concerned, why should I take a PC that chooses to not capitalize or punctuate properly, seriously? I might cursorly play around them. I might withstand them. But I certainly won't go out of my way to have my PC get to know them better, or take a deep dive into their past, or become friends.

And yes, that's just me. My personal feelings on the matter. I'm not saying they're empirically right. But it's a text-based game. We communicate through that medium. If a Player chooses not to respect that medium purposefully, there is no justifiable reason I have to respect that person or play around them more than I need to. We clearly have a different approach to the game (of which there are many). I was mostly erring on the side of caution with this, from the beginning. I was excusing those who are not as capable in punctuation or capitalization, be it due to blindness, being ESL, or playing from a system where that is more difficult to perform. If anything, it would provide more veracity to these people's play, and level the playing field between all players.

And, as has been stated previously, this would be made a moot point by auto-capitilization and punctuation with communication commands, as it is currently executed with emotes.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #42 on: April 10, 2019, 02:51:26 AM »
I am probably a part of why this thread started, seeing as how I am one of those who does not capitalize the first word in what I say, so allow me to explain what is going through my mind when I type out my communication for the game. I do sometimes take the time to capitalize it but most of the time, I do not bother with it. My reasoning for this is that we are supposed to play this like how we would act if we were our pcs. If I was my pc, I would have no idea what words someone was capitalizing when I speak to them, and they would have no idea of my capitalization. Capitalization, to me, is an OOC thing that makes little difference. When you speak, there is often little difference between a letter you would capitalize when you write, versus one you would leave alone.

Everyone knows how to start and end a sentence when they're speaking.

The character isn't writing on a scroll and handing the communication over to someone else. The character is speaking. Knowledge of writing correctly isn't an issue.

As players, we have to do the typing of the communication. We know how to designate when a sentence starts (by capitalizing) and when it ends (with a period). We're just communicating what the characters involved would naturally perceive.

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #43 on: April 10, 2019, 09:49:46 AM »
This is why some people are fans of the ellipsis, a la

"I'm not entire sure, you know..."
This signifies that you may not be done with your speech, or you might end it with a shrug, or what have you.

We're all a storyteller, in our own way, telling our PCs stories. It is up to us, as players, to express that story to OTHER PLAYERS in a manner that allows a smooth roleplaying experience on both sides.

I would much prefer if you learned to use capitalization at the beginning of sentences, or use punctuation, because otherwise you are not communicating in a matter that allows me to smoothly respond with an in-character action.

But if you prefer not to? Fine. I still want the server to process it with those things, so that if you're the 1/50 people who thinks you do not NEED to capitalize, you aren't marginalized and booted from the game with threads like this.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #44 on: April 10, 2019, 11:01:05 AM »
And then there are the habitual elipses users.

Hi, how are you...
(you wait for the rest of the sentence)
(turns out, that was the whole thing)
I'm fine. Yourself?

Just great...
(you wait for the "but" to qualify why not so great)
(it never comes)

If the entire conversation is like that, I get confused.

As for intentionally not capitalizing or punctuating because your character doesn't know about it: your character doesn't know about text, either. But that doesn't stop you from typing into your game buffer. It's not your character typing. It's you, the player. And you are presenting your character via the text that you are portraying, not through an audio media source. As such, it is up to we, the players, to interpret the text that we're reading so that we can portray our characters' responses appropriately.

Here's a great ancient word puzzle to better express the confusion when someone chooses incorrect capitalization and inappropriate punctuation:

Every Lady in this Land
Hath 20 Nails on each Hand;
Five & twenty on Hands and Feet;
And this is true, without deceit.

If you've never seen this one before, chew on it for awhile.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #45 on: April 10, 2019, 11:31:47 AM »
Here's a great ancient word puzzle to better express the confusion when someone chooses incorrect capitalization and inappropriate punctuation:

Every Lady in this Land
Hath 20 Nails on each Hand;
Five & twenty on Hands and Feet;
And this is true, without deceit.

If you've never seen this one before, chew on it for awhile.

I need help. Is it that because Hand and Feet are capitalized, its actually talking about proper noun "Hands" as in Handmaidens and such?

Or is it that Nails is capitalized, and since it is a proper noun without context, it doesn't necessarily mean fingernails?

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #46 on: April 10, 2019, 12:02:36 PM »
Every Lady in this Land Hath 20;
Nails on each Hand, Five &
Twenty on Hands and Feet;
And this is true, without deceit.

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #47 on: April 10, 2019, 02:05:33 PM »
Every lady in this land hath 20 nails.
On each hand, five, and
twenty on hands on feet.
And this is true, without deceit.

Edited: I actually goofed! Fixed.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #48 on: April 10, 2019, 02:15:53 PM »
Aggghhh I fell into the trap.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #49 on: April 10, 2019, 02:21:24 PM »
Simply put, in a game that relies on english text to portray actions, emotion and speech.

You should be properly punctuating your shit unless it's an outright mistake.

Otherwise it's like going to play paintball but not wanting to get any paint on yourself.  You're devaluing the whole experience.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #50 on: April 10, 2019, 02:28:59 PM »
Aggghhh I fell into the trap.

I rest my case :)
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #51 on: April 10, 2019, 03:23:15 PM »
Aggghhh I fell into the trap.

I rest my case :)

Thanks, I hate it.

Its a good example though. I'd argue that the spirit of the suggestion is to improve the experience for everyone. "Be the Change" is tauted everywhere, but if 3/5 people in a scene are using proper grammar and two at least are PERCEIVED as not putting in effort, it can (and often will) change the scene and the expectations of the PCs.

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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #52 on: April 10, 2019, 05:03:07 PM »
I can barely read and write!  I am a caveman at a desk typing away I swear.  But I love the role play here and I try or atleast make up my own grammer and spelling.  Myself when come across someone else like me.  if they are in a role play I can usually follow what we are typing out. I truly forget I am reading when I play so details of spelling rarely throws me off.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #53 on: April 10, 2019, 09:16:23 PM »
I can barely read and write!  I am a caveman at a desk typing away I swear.  But I love the role play here and I try or atleast make up my own grammer and spelling.  Myself when come across someone else like me.  if they are in a role play I can usually follow what we are typing out. I truly forget I am reading when I play so details of spelling rarely throws me off.

Misspelling rarely bothers me. We all do it, some more than others. Not TOO concerned with grammar either as long as it's easy to tell what you mean by whatever you're typing. It's the first letter cap and some kind of punctuation at the end that makes me happy. Little things.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #54 on: April 11, 2019, 09:57:37 AM »
I can barely read and write!  I am a caveman at a desk typing away I swear.  But I love the role play here and I try or atleast make up my own grammer and spelling.  Myself when come across someone else like me.  if they are in a role play I can usually follow what we are typing out. I truly forget I am reading when I play so details of spelling rarely throws me off.

Misspelling rarely bothers me. We all do it, some more than others. Not TOO concerned with grammar either as long as it's easy to tell what you mean by whatever you're typing. It's the first letter cap and some kind of punctuation at the end that makes me happy. Little things.

Honestly this is my feeling, too. Many people spell horribly, or don't read often enough to make correlations in how words are spelled, or hear things said in real life like "for all intents and purposes" but think its "For all intensive purposes" (guilty). But the point is getting across.

Bad Spelling? Improper grammar? Saying "Feck" and "Fok" and whatever... fine. But the general structure of a sentence can't be so much to ask for.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #55 on: April 13, 2019, 02:56:02 AM »
Some players are blind and it is a lot harder for them to play with full punctuation. I would prefer those pcs I encountered with the quality rp that they had over any tavern sitting aide.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #56 on: April 13, 2019, 09:33:01 AM »
Some players are blind and it is a lot harder for them to play with full punctuation. I would prefer those pcs I encountered with the quality rp that they had over any tavern sitting aide.

And some people don't speak English as a first language, and lack of punctuation makes it difficult to understand context. No one's asking for "full" punctuation here - however nice it might be.

What they're asking is for *a* punctuation mark at the end of the sentence, and they're asking for the beginning of the sentence to begin with a capital letter. That's pretty much it.
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Re: Capitalization and Punctuation.
« Reply #57 on: April 13, 2019, 11:30:37 PM »
I'm beginning to think this is like every online idea ever.

I want to do A.
I prefer B.
But if you do B, C will happen.

3 pages later

So really, all I wanted was A.
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