Sunday, February 04, 2007

Proposal: Column Millimetres

Timed out and passed. 13-1-2 by my count.—Clucky

Adminned at 06 Feb 2007 06:21:27 UTC

[ Simplifying the scandal idea, and trimming the gossip stories back to one or two words each, so that the GNDT columns don’t get too bloated. ]

If “So what’s your scandal” passed, replace “Each Actor may be the subject of zero [...] with respect to any number of Actors.” in the Gossip rule with:-

Each Actor may be the subject of up to two “Gossip Stories”, summarised as adjective-phrases in the “Gossip” field of the GNDT, and separated by an “and” if there are two of them. Whenever an Actor becomes the subject of a new Gossip Story, it is added to the end of the list; if this would result in three Gossip Stories for a single Actor, the first is forgotten, and deleted.

And replace the list with:-

Available Gossip Stories are:-

  • Pretentious
  • Drunk
  • Alcoholic
  • Philandering
  • Sex-addicted
  • Right-wing
  • Left-wing
  • Kleptomaniac
  • Paternity-suited
  • Cult-worshipping
  • Divorced
  • Eccentric

If “Column Inches” passed, replace the vanity project list with the slightly-abbreviated and tense-altered:-

  • Touring with childhood band
  • Adopting African child
  • Directing an indie film
  • Attacking government policy
  • Launching underwear line
  • Attending festival in home town
  • UN Goodwill Ambassador
  • Living in Britain
  • Appearing in sitcom cameo
  • Working for charity
  • Investing in new technology

Comments

Doremi:

02-04-2007 15:38:41 UTC

Is the “and” thing easy to do? Or would it be a do it yourself thing? Drop down menus might be nice for these, with two columns, like spike proposed. This does fix a lot of things though.

Elias IX:

02-04-2007 15:49:14 UTC

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Kevan:

02-04-2007 15:52:16 UTC

It would just be a do-it-yourself text string. I agree that drop-downs would be easier to edit, but plain text would keep the GNDT table a bit narrower.

spikebrennan:

02-04-2007 16:18:43 UTC

Text is probably better than drop-down, since it makes it possible for new gossip stories to be quickly added to the ruleset without needing to change the GNDT.  I would suggest a “comma” rather than “and”, but it’s fine as is.

spikebrennan:

02-04-2007 16:18:53 UTC

Text is probably better than drop-down, since it makes it possible for new gossip stories to be quickly added to the ruleset without needing to change the GNDT.  I would suggest a “comma” rather than “and”, but it’s fine as is. for

spikebrennan:

02-04-2007 16:26:04 UTC

If the text width of the selections for “Gossip Stories” and “Vanity Projects” is thought to be problematic, then have the text that is in an Actor’s row in the GNDT be a placeholder symbol (such as numerals 1 through whatever for gossip stories, and letters A through whatever for vanity projects).  Then have a key at the bottom of the GNDT page: (i.e., 1: Pretentious, 2: Anorexic, 3: Attacks paparazzi, etc.; A: Touring with childhood band, etc.

snowballinhell7001:

02-04-2007 19:37:16 UTC

for Good idea because as we all know, no publicity is bad publicity.

Rodney:

02-04-2007 19:37:55 UTC

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Hix:

02-04-2007 20:13:14 UTC

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alethiophile:

02-04-2007 22:34:04 UTC

for i like this.

ChinDoGu:

02-04-2007 22:56:30 UTC

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ChronosPhaenon:

02-05-2007 01:38:59 UTC

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Clucky:

02-05-2007 04:44:55 UTC

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viewtyjoe:

02-05-2007 07:11:03 UTC

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snowballinhell7001:

02-05-2007 14:52:57 UTC

CoV in support of Fame and Fortune against

Doodle:

02-05-2007 22:35:10 UTC

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Tiberias:

02-06-2007 00:22:57 UTC

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Angry Grasshopper:

02-06-2007 01:12:17 UTC

You know, spikebrennan’s titles are much more amusing, although these are shorter.

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Excalabur:

02-06-2007 06:40:56 UTC

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