What do we want? Letters/Datashards. When do we want them? As soon as possible, please.

SyltSylt Posts: 14Member ✭✭
edited January 7 in The Commsphere
I'm unsure if a thread has been created for this yet, if there has, I'm sorry. If there hasn't, please read on.

Could we PRETTY please get some form of "letters" datashards that allow us to use the editor to write stuff to each other in a more formatted way?

At the moment, us special snowflake types are sending PASTEBIN LINKS to each other in a message akin to:

"Hi Sylt. I have uploaded a datashard for your review. ((OOC: pastebinlinkhere))."

Any indication that something is planned for this would be great, if there is no plan, could it please be added as one?

I want to send my ASCII invitations. Portfolios. Interviews. Contracts. CORPORATION THINGS.

Thank you.
kxrachhusEsheViolaVegasaturnineXiruQuellUshuMineiNuzirGrekCasimarAni

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  • kxrachhuskxrachhus Posts: 6Member
    I mean as a fellow "Special Snowflake" type, I have had to recently upload a datashard (Pastebin) for roleplay purposes.

    I really am not a huge fan of going OOC with something most other games have IC, so I would very very very much be on board to have something like this in game, I have brought it up in the main discord and it seems to be a favourable discussion in the instances we have had, aside from some who have brought up using the MSG system, which for the most part is fine, save for the dreaded formatting.  

    PLUS: Some of us are huge fans of the MUDLET editor function for this kind of shiz.

    So pretty please @Tecton

    Thank you for considering this.
    NuzirSylt
  • QuellQuell Posts: 88Member ✭✭✭
    God yes, please. So much of my character's schtick hinges on him being able to write things. 
  • ViolaViola Posts: 14Member ✭✭
    This is essentially sort of what I want:
    MINDSIM EMAIL <person> - opens up the editor
    MINDSIM EMAIL <person1>, <person2>, <person3>, ..., <personx> - opens up the editor
    MINDSIM EMAIL INBOX - list of e-mails by number
    MINDSIM EMAIL VIEW # - standard viewing syntax
    MINDSIM EMAIL REPLY # - unsure how code works, might be impractical
    MINDSIM EMAIL FORWARD # <person> - sends a static copy of the e-mail to someone
    MINDSIM EMAIL SAVETO # <datashard> - archival purposes
    Feel free to charge us fees for sending e-mails and for keeping them stored in our inbox! Feel free to charge us fees for archival, too! But please please please something like this.
    SyltkxrachhusQuell
  • ShinonomeShinonome Posts: 167Member ✭✭✭
    kxrachhus said:
    When do I sign up for multiple free 30 day trials of Ascendancy On-Line, so I can instant message my dreg-buddies.
    Only if we can weaponize the free disks that come in the mail.
    SolusKax
  • SqueakumsSqueakums Posts: 196Member ✭✭✭
    I'm pretty sure scoundrels can figure out how to make IEDs with those! 
    kxrachhus
  • XiruXiru Posts: 464Member ✭✭✭✭
    This and the equivalent of journals. Longform writing is important. 
    NuzirkxrachhusCasimar
  • MatlkaelMatlkael Posts: 201Member ✭✭✭
    Also can we get color text for datashards, like Imperian? :3
    itsa Mereas!
    tysandrSqueakums
  • CasimarCasimar Posts: 9Member
    Xiru said:
    This and the equivalent of journals. Longform writing is important. 
    Longform writing? Don't tell the citizens of Scatterhome that, you'll probably get a knife in the chest or bullet in your temple.
    XiruKax
  • ElcorintioElcorintio Posts: 2Member
    They've already said what needed to be said but am just gonna add another voice as one of the people who tries to make do with the message command just to keep stuff IG. I have started using Pastebins instead because having everything squished into a message is just confusing and hard on the eyes.

    Tl dr Pls 2 have datashards wit editor for pretty formatting
    XirukxrachhusSylt
  • XiruXiru Posts: 464Member ✭✭✭✭
    Casimar said:
    Xiru said:
    This and the equivalent of journals. Longform writing is important. 
    Longform writing? Don't tell the citizens of Scatterhome that, you'll probably get a knife in the chest or bullet in your temple.
    Hey, I'm not posting to the news!

    ... yet.
  • FlipilariaFlipilaria Posts: 62Member ✭✭✭
    D a t a s h a r d s
    P l e a s e
    kxrachhusVegaSyltRazzy
  • RkansasRkansas Posts: 136Member ✭✭
    Another reason to have the is I have found some designers, like those that make food/drinks like to use descriptions of animals and such to create their own food/drinks descriptions and will pay well for animal descriptions. It would be a nice way for hunters to keep data on the creatures we hunt, either to sell or just as a fun thing to collect. Like I wouldn't mind having a collection of them and being able to share them with others as part of a nice talk piece and to show off the different creatures I have hunted.
    (Scatterhome): Cal says, "We're called Scatterhome after what everybody does at the end of the night when it's time for someone to pay the bar tab."
    (Scatterhome): You say, "Which by my calculations, it's your turn to pay."
    (Scatterhome): Brantar says, "That's what my calculations have come to."
    (Scatterhome): Paavo says, "My math adds up to that, yeah."
    (Scatterhome): Cal says, "Bastards."
  • WuffWuff Posts: 238Member ✭✭✭
    I look at mobs I come across and save their descriptions. Having ingame Sketches or Miniatures would be nice.
  • FlipilariaFlipilaria Posts: 62Member ✭✭✭
    If I just keep posting about it, surely Tecton-kun will see! Notice me senpai!!!
    Nuzir
  • tysandrtysandr Posts: 90Member ✭✭✭
    As a hack-around while we wait for datashards, there is a possibility that those (probably more readily on Nexus) could be able to generate custom CSS/HTML messages to share using external Github's Gists. You could potentially be extremely fanciful & extremely personal with your custom messages.

    A proof-of-concept could be doable. My concern would be verifying that the content you receive is actually a CSS/HTML only Gist.

    Initial concept (not end-to-end proof-of-concept):

    This is the actual Gist on my Github used to pull->generate the above image.
    @import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Indie+Flower|Thasadith');
    #main {
      width        : 410px;
      height       : 370px;
    }
    #content {
      position     :absolute;
      background   : rgba(155,133,133,1);
      border-radius: 4px;
      height       : 100%;
      width        : 100%;
      padding      : 0.4em;
    }
    #header {
      font-family  : 'Thasadith', Lucida;
      font-size    : 42pt;
      color        : rgba( 255, 255, 255, 1 );
      text-align   : center;
      line-height  : 51px;
    }
    #text {
      font-family  : 'Indie Flower', cursive, sans serif;
      font-size    : 12pt;
      color        : rgba( 222, 222, 222, 1 );
    }
    #signature {
      font-family  : 'Indie Flower', cursive, sans serif;
      font-size    : 12pt;
      color        : rgba( 222, 222, 222, 1 );
      text-align   : right;
    }
    
    ##fin-css-rules##
    
    <div id="content">
      <div id="header">Welcome to<br>the Gedex Network!</div>
      
      <div id="text">
       <br>
       <br>
       The Gedex Network is a next generation method of handling mindsim-messages between members.<br><br>
       It allows you to generate personalised & artful greetings and/or notices for recipients.<br><br>
       To learn more, connect through to here.
      </div>
      <br>
      <div id="signature">-W</div>
    </div>
    
    ##fin-content##
    
    https://gist.github.com/willxyu/182a65df1d2cb8bc71031570eb977c30

    As an outline of how this could work for the enterprising coders: 
    1. author writes their message in HTML/CSS in Notepad/text editor
    2. author generates a Gist externally
    3. author generates an in-game "message" with embedded link & sends to recipient
    4. recipient-side client intercepts clearly OOC link & "wraps" it in IC text, i.e. Tysandr pings your Mindsim with a message. Click here to read it!
    5. recipient opens client-side link
    6. recipient's client *verifies that sender/author is a trusted user
    7. recipient's client retrieves Gist from Github
    8. recipient's client verifies that received Gist is only CSS/HTML & namespaces it to avoid overriding other CSS rules & HTML elements
    9. message is displayed

    In terms of potential, this could potentially be vastly superior to an IG method for datasharding.

    One could embed images using image urls like your faction's insignia or Dynasty's emblem, use custom fonts like the example above and even include a customised/templated signature. If you're really crazy, you could even potentially add in custom pure CSS animations inside your message.

    To keep the message long-term, you would not copy/pasta the information, just clone the Gist from Github & you have your own copy then.

    Just a thought.
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    ArsentarQuellSyltViola
  • ArsentarArsentar Posts: 120Member ✭✭✭
    That sounds sexy as fuck. So much want.
    Viola
  • ViolaViola Posts: 14Member ✭✭
    You have my attention as well...
  • tysandrtysandr Posts: 90Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 25
    Here's a little more proof-of-concept, though security concerns are still unsolved.

    (very big pictures)

    Party time!


    The markup for the party invitation.

    @import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Indie+Flower|Libre+Franklin|Shadows+Into+Light|Tangerine');
    #main {
    width : 470px;
    height : 330px;
    }
    #content {
    position : absolute;
    background : rgba( 163, 26, 133, 0.67);
    border-radius: 4px;
    height : 100%;
    width : 100%;
    padding : 0.4em;
    background-image: url('https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/HY2x1SI.png');
    }
    #header {
    font-family : 'Libre Franklin', Lucida;
    font-size : 24pt;
    color : rgba( 188, 188, 188, 1 );
    text-align : left;
    line-height : 34px;
    text-shadow : 1px 1px rgba( 1, 1, 1, 1 );
    }
    #text {
    font-family : 'Neucha','Indie Flower', cursive, sans serif;
    font-size : 12pt;
    color : rgba( 211, 211, 211, 1 );
    }
    #signature {
    font-family : 'Shadows Into Light','Indie Flower', cursive, sans serif;
    font-size : 11pt;
    color : rgba( 111, 111, 111, 1 );
    text-align : right;
    }
    #emblem {
    position : absolute;
    right : 6px;
    top : 13px;
    width : 140px;
    height : 63px;
    background-image: url('https://wiki.fed-space.com/images/4/40/Romulan_Star_Empire_logo.png');
    background-size : cover;
    }
    ##fin-css-rules##
    <div id="content">
    <br>
    <div id="emblem"></div>
    <div id="header">You are invited!</div>
    <div id="text">
    <br>
    <br>
    The Song Dominion is celebrating it's centenary on 8th of Yotta.<br><br>
    If you have not incurred the wrath of the Dominion in the last 3 years, you and yours are welcome to attend.<br><br>
    There will be food & laughter aplenty!
    </div>
    <br><br>
    <div id="signature">- Iniar, Servant of the Dominion</div>
    </div>
    ##fin-content##
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    MatlkaelArsentarQuell
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