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Offline Last Active Jan 28 2011 01:49 AM

In Topic: Tip.It Times - 23rd January 2011

24 January 2011 - 03:39 AM

So... Who remembers the Falador Massacre...?! I for one won't be logging in for a few days after the update comes...!

In all seriousness, it's nice that people are excited about the return of the wild, but it wouldn't have done any harm to get a competent author to write about the problems it may bring. I know that many of us will have worked it out already, so it wouldn't necessarily be the best-received article ever, but it might just open peoples' eyes to what is coming.

I've got a lot of friends who are seriously thinking about quitting when the gold farmers come storming back. I find it hard not to be sceptical about Jagex's new-found ability to curb it, so I think there could come a rather rude awakening for the optimists on re-release day...

Specifics on the articles:
1st: Another thought for you - it is quite possible that Jagex have planned the re-release for months or years, merely using the poll results to back up the whole "well, you decided it" argument. It is also quite possible that they could have completed fabricated the results, though I don't believe they would stoop that low. I for one don't think it's going to do the game much good in the long term, but I liked the game before the G.E. and trade limits, I'm sure I'll survive the return to normal service!

2nd: I'd be curious to know if the author has made much money out of the current pvp system. Not because it would in any way invalidate the article, I just find it interesting to know the mentality of a community to which I clearly don't belong. (I've never once pked seriously, nor felt the urge to try). I'm glad the author dislikes the current pvp system - I have hated the stupid influx of wealth Jagex created. I realise I've rambled a bit here, but I basically enjoyed the article and it did make pking sound somewhat more entertaining than I'd ever thought possible.

In Topic: Tip.It Times - 5th December 2010

08 December 2010 - 12:51 AM

Well, I've been away for a little while, but trying to read each update on the times when I can. Nice to see some new-ish topics being brought up, also seemingly the majority are to a better standard grammatically which I like a lot. Enjoying the progression of the fictional article, but as pointed out elsewhere there are still a few odd phrases that don't add up. Still, as I don't really have the time to offer edits myself, I'll not bother restating past criticisms. :)

In Topic: Tip.It Times - 14th November 2010 (Writing Contest Winners)

19 November 2010 - 12:03 AM

The second article is similarly littered with schoolboy errors that make an otherwise interesting new topic frustrating to read.

I have to admit I got a wee bit annoyed by that, considering I had revised that article three times on my own, followed by two other revisions by two other people. We work hard to write these articles, and honestly, comments like that don't encourage us.

Sorry I'm not an English major and that I don't get out the Bedford Handbook every time I write an article.<_<

Apologies, please read my other responses for what will hopefully be some explanation of my strong criticism last night...! Much of what I said WAS designed to provoke a reaction, but by no means was it intended to belittle the efforts of the Times team.

Forgiven. :shades: Although thanks to you, I have something to write about next month lol. So thanks. XD

Hah, I'll look forward to reading that one then (I think! :P).

If one reads to quickly over your comment, it looks like the ironical "from professional authors" is aimed at the editorial panel. I misunderstood it at first too.

On the contrary I know that the people who do these articles are not professional authors but do this type of thing because they love what they do. My point was that some are judging them as if they were.

And there's nothing wrong with that. After all, from the reader's perspective, there's no difference. We just see published articles with a lower standard of quality than the other websites we look at. Why should we adopt a double standard?

Agreed. Let us not also forget that despite the efforts of Racheya and other forum admins to tell us otherwise, the language of an article is inherent to its ability to communicate with the reader. If the language is faulty in any way, it denigrates the content of the article and rightly deserves to be highlighted as a notable point. Not saying flaming is acceptable, but some level of criticism for flaws should be expected.

So I think this entire situation is getting stale. Every week these topics turn into some big flame war which takes away from the actual discussion that should be had here: the content of the articles this week.

Effective immediately, the following policy is put into place on Times Discussion topics.

Rampant flame wars have taken control of virtually every week's times discussion topics. The following guidelines must be followed when posting on this topic. Posts that ignore these guidelines will be removed.

1. You are invited and welcome to express like or dislike on articles and a particular author's writing style. It is not acceptable, however, to flame or personally insult an author. Posts that aren't anything but an attack will be removed from the topic.

2. Spelling and grammar errors can be reported to Racheya by PMing her and they will be fixed promptly. It is not necessary to post them on the discussion topic.

3. Off topic posts that do not discuss the content of that week's articles will be removed. This is not the place to discuss the direction of the times, how much you love or hate the times, etc. Off topic posts will be removed.

By keeping within these guidelines, Times discussion topics will mean more for the Panel and Administration than just a place for flame wars. Flame wars do not provide any useful feedback to the Times, which is mainly what we're aiming for with these topics: feedback.

This policy is effective as of this post, November 17, 2010. Any posts prior to the creation of this policy may or may not be removed according to the new guidelines.

Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Tip.It Administrator

Not that I'm particularly questioning your logic, as I agree that pointless flame/spam/insult-fests are a pointless nuisance. I'm just curious as to why it has been deemed necessary to call out the Stasi on this, one of the more polite (and least read) feedback threads I've seen in a long time?

In the case of this week's articles, there wasn't really a great deal to discuss, but I would disagree with anyone who claims that this week's thread is a degenerate flame-war.

In Topic: Tip.It Times - 14th November 2010 (Writing Contest Winners)

17 November 2010 - 06:31 PM

If one reads to quickly over your comment, it looks like the ironical "from professional authors" is aimed at the editorial panel. I misunderstood it at first too.

On the contrary I know that the people who do these articles are not professional authors but do this type of thing because they love what they do. My point was that some are judging them as if they were.

I too was unsure of your true intention with the first post you made - couldn't work out if you were sarcastically mocking the authors or the critical readership. There was a certain amount of ambiguity with it. Just so you know. :)

In Topic: Tip.It Times - 14th November 2010 (Writing Contest Winners)

16 November 2010 - 02:12 AM


And yeah, Lore did point me on my tenses... I sincerely hope that the story (when its finished, we've only seen the first chapter really) will not be too damaged by it, and that the overall epic will be recieved as well as I had intended it...


Most people are right when they say soemthing along the lines of "I like where it is going, but can't comment on it too much until i've read the finished story"... Soemthing that I fully understand...
All I can do is churn out the best version of the story I had in mind, and when finally all eight parts are published; I will definitly recomend (and even nudge Rach to say so on the main pages) to read all parts back to back :)

This is my first ever proper attempt at a fictional, but if my previous articles have been something of an indication; I doubt that even you will be dissapointed after a 20-hour work day :)

Finally; expect someone contacting you soon in PM about what being an editor means... Trust me that it is no more difficult than what you expect of it :) Some of our editors also write; and more editors would give them room to write more/better :)

Storm, forgive me, I hadn't made the connection that yours was the start of a more lengthy series of fictional articles, which changes my viewpoint slightly. I very nearly made a comment earlier that I felt the level of description belonged in a more epic setting than the 2-3 article length of most fictionals on the Times, so it's good to know that that is exactly what will be following from this first chapter in due course. I still stand by my comments that it could have been better laid out but, given the novel I'm currently reading deliberately digresses to the point of absurdity in almost every chapter yet is still quite excellent, I shall endeavour to avoid making too many further comments or criticisms until I am able to read the full story upon its completion. Good luck!!

I hope you guys are happy with yourselves, you spend so much time defacing the community that you won't have any left.

I do hope that the "you guys" wasn't encompassing me as well (I was unsure given I'm one of only a handful of posters on here)?! If I gave any impression that I belonged in that grouping then I apologise, it was not my intention.