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This is one of the saddest and funniest (in a twisted sort of way) videos I have ever seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RClJ6vK9x_4 This seemed very apropos of the debate in the NPR thread re: Fox's reliability compared with other stations. This seems to me to provide the definitive solution to that debate. Thoughts?
I recently had an encounter with an annoying little twerp in which he crossed (in my opinion at least) the metagaming line. The question is should I bother to mention it to our already overworked mods? Should we attempt to crush all damaging forms of metagaming with an iron first, or should we ignore the more minor forms of cheating?
As a newbie I am not sure if I am doing something wrong or not, but I am seeing two performance problems that are quite irritating. I time out readying orders, and also every time I change pages on the site there is a delay of 10 seconds or so before I can do anything. Is this normal?
What is your opinion on using proper English in diplomatic correspondence as opposed to shorthand (like u = you, wanna = want to etc.) I am usually less likely to trust a shorthand player and prefer full English communications.
I use Chrome as an internet browser and it has a built in spell checker. When I spell a word incorrectly in a text box I get a red squiggly line under it. [It is a little annoying that Diplomacy uses a non-standard spelling of Rumania].
Oh and a specific note: are to argue was a result of this new keyboard and the shitty new browser whcih doesn't always keep up with my typing, is impossible to keep at a specific zoom level when typing, never seems to show the cursor in text boxes, incorrectly scrolls so that what I'm typing isn't even on the screen, and doesn't respond well to finger touch to change the focus of the cursor (whci you often can't see anyhow).
What amazes me is that you all seem to remember who you played & in what game. I have played in hundreds & hundreds of games & I could not recall any of them, even the games I am currently in. I just look at the board & read what I have written & the replies I receive back & start a fresh each & every turn. I spend far to much time playing diplomacy as it is, so keeping records is far to much like work & my memory is ziltch. I admire you all for your high levels of dedication, but it is only a game to me. A game I take very seriously, but still, just a game.
One thing no one hsa noted yet is that Diplomacy started as a boardgame where people talked. And conversatinal grammar is *very* different from formal grammar. The elitists like bas should come to grips with this and be more accepting of simple typos and colloquialisms because you can't exactly review what you are about to say and avoid the bad grammar before saying it in a fast paced conversation.
Really. Ampersand is not a word. Don't you know it makes you look stupid and bas will never ally with you. But they are annoying as fuck when used like you do. You string thoughts into runon sentences with them.
As an electrical engineer I always find this comical, not that I'm not as guilty of it myself, but somehow it seems like all is right in the world when I see this:
"I always try and use proper English in ANY correspondence--I'm an English major..."
I always thought the appropriate pair of words was "try to" rather than "try and"...
No offense intended obi, just enjoying the comedy.
@bas "What it all boils down to is "how much thought was put into this message?""
I find my messages ignored or rejected more often if they are not well thought out. I have to have impeccable logic presented in a very clear manner to get France to ally with me after I move to the English channel when playing as England. A simple "Sorry, I'm ensuring I get Belgium," sort of drivel doesn't cut it. Ever. France always retaliates.
And a message that is trying to get me to do something that is not in my best interest AND is poorly crafted is even more annoying than most.
A couple of quotes come to mind here:
"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." -Winston Churchill.
"A philosopher once said, 'Half of good philosophy is good grammar.' " -A. P. Martinich
"I don't know the rules of grammar... If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular." -David Ogilvy
"Try and" is acceptable, but you're probably correct in saying "try to" is more generally used and likely more formal.
Then agin, I was typing an essay on Keats' poetry and how it serves as a mirror to the social conscience of his time and exemplifies the tension between the desire for eternity and for the passion of the moment...
So I had other things on my mind than dotting my "i's" and crossing my "t's" ehre, so to speak. :p
@abgemacht - not all systems give you those nice squggly lines. I just intentionally left squggly instead of correcting it to squiggly and there is no squiggly line underneath. And I'm running Qindows 7 and IE 8.
This is all very amusing, but besides the point. We're humans, we make mistakes. Even helped by a computer program like a spell checker, mistakes slip through. These mistake are compeltely acceptable and one should not be judged for that.
What I do judge people for, is not trying to write a comprehensible message. You know, the ones that are so obscured by spelling errors and grammatic mistakes that it's meaning evades you.
If you have an SC left, but it's not one of your home centres, and your last unit is destroyed, and then the game ends, what goes on your record? And are you considered defeated immediately? Or not until someone walks over to your SC and sits there over the winter?
I like Johnny Depp. I think "Gilbert Grape," "Pirates otC I," "Ed Wood" and "Sleepy Hollow" are all very good. But I saw "Rango" today, misled by the generally good reviews, and found it dark, vulgar, violent, slow and fatally self-aware in an ironic, in-jokey way. If you loved it, peace to you. I did not.
A group that I play with are moving our correspondence game to web diplomacy. Normally, we switch country assignments between games so people don't have to play as the same country twice in a row. Is there a way to manually select who plays as what country or can it only be done randomly?
I'm in an anonymous gunboat (might be a tautology, still new-ish) at the moment with someone who saves his orders but never readies them, as there are 24 hour phases where most people are finished after around 10 or so this this could be getting quite annoying if it continues throughout the game. Just wondering if there's any way to communicate that it would be good for them to ready them?
The Sage of Omaha once said that investors should try to be "fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful." Which tendency, if either, tends to govern your Dip play, especially when you divert from a long-range plan (i.e. to stab earlier than you had hoped)?
This Time On Philosiophy Weekly: "What Do YOU Think Heaven And Hell Are Like, Then?"
That's a question I got on the bus this week, and it's been on my mind ever since, sort of simmering there...just when I think I'm happily ready to watch a movie, on comes Hamlet and instantly he's talking about this and that about death and there the question is again, so I put it to you as well, WebDip members--play Dante. If YOU could have your perfect, 100% version of what the two "afterlives" are, what would each be like? Is it anything to be excited about?