Posted by Scooby on 06/07
Is it possible for player description keywords to be
inapplicable when their description is turned off, ie Name only?
I've seen instances in large groups where someone had the
keyword "man" or "warrior" in their description and it caused
one pk player to attack another, even though all the descriptions
were turned off. As a non-pk aspect, it can cause mis-targets for
benificial spells and/or healing if one character's name is
"Greebo" and a characters description has the word "Greedy"
and the person goes to operate on "Gre" for Greebo, and instead heals
the turned off "greedy".
Ofcourse most of this can be bypassed by using the Full name
of the character, or using the "name" of the mob, but often times
this is unknown to players.
Just something that irked me a while back during an SL
run and I was operating on the wrong person all the time
forcing me to have to type an extra letter and increasing my
chances at carpal tunnel. ;)
(btw my attorneys are in discussion with Kaige's lawyers as to
whether or not I can actually sue the mud for pain and suffering
from carpal tunnel inflicted by the increase of characters needed
for operating. I'll keep you all informed and perhaps we can
all cash in on this)
Saturday, May 29, 07:09AM
Eeeeeeek! Don't even joke about sueing! Kaige is super-woman
anyway, and seeing you're playing a text based adventure, your
case would suck, but don't even joke about it!
Saturday, May 29, 08:29PM
Unfortunately, the issue of keywords and names is not as simple as
making one skill work differently. Here's the problem, in (something)
of a nutshell.
It involves two large functions in the code, get_char and get_char_world.
You know all the annoyances and problems with hunt, keywords, tells,
locate, etc.? They're all tied in to these two functions. They control
how the code connects what you type, to whose information is consulted
and changed because of it. This is a widespread and frequently-used
bit of code, and its design is rather tricky. Any change made to it
has a large impact on the rest of the mud. We know that it needs to
be redone, reworked, and it is on the list -- so many bugs and problems
result from it, it's a rather high priority.
So while I agree that it's something of a hassle to need to figure out
a precise keyword on someone, the problems and hassles of a quick-fix
would have unpleasant impacts all over the place, and the long-term
fix is on the list, but it's a huge amount of very very dull work.
I'm crossing my fingers that Rufus or Ea get very bored sometime soon,
and work on it, but until then, teach your client to use up-arrow or
some form of command history, and send your lawyers after someone more
deserving, like Bill Gates :)
Sunday, May 30, 09:03PM
Ofcourse, what does a dog know about hiring lawyers?
Monday, June 07, 06:59PM
Carpul tunnel syndrome is fun.