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Hey Steve, thanks for the heads up! I'll bring the issue of being able to actually add it up to our tech team, and revise the wording slightly in the meantime. It will likely cause problems if you've signed up to both when we do the next subscription run, so I'd suggest contacting Customer Service to let them know which version of the sub you'd prefer and get them to cancel the extra. :)
Heya, it looks the issue is stemming from the fact that one of your aliases in the campaign has the campaign set to "hidden." I've gone ahead and selected to show your hidden campaigns via your profile (you'll see the link for this towards the bottom of your main campaigns tab on your profile), and your aliases and main account should be displaying this properly now.
We don't encourage trying to navigate our file directories for our direct download .zips. I've gone ahead and updated the product page. This was simply an oversight in the midst of a very busy last month, I'm super sorry about the delay!
If you notice this occurring with any other products at any time in the future, please ping firstname.lastname@example.org (this email is at the bottom of every product listing on our site as well).
Locking. At no point is it acceptable to make a thread with the full intention of making personally abusive posts about any community member, let alone an employee who is simply doing their job. You may disagree with the decisions or policies laid out by my team or by other moderators (and bring that feedback to our attention through the Website Feedback forum or our email@example.com address), but understand that the decisions we make for our community are in its best interest, not personal soapboxes made by our employees. This is exactly the kind of activity we don't need.
EDIT: I've adjusted the thread title to be slightly less baiting so we can avoid further drama.
Many of these criticisms really should go in a different thread and are unrelated to this person's request (as the answer isn't a technical limitation, but instead a decision that Paizo staff has made). We intentionally have customized forum software to accommodate our status as an online retailer and various other business related tasks, and have quite a list of features we hope will make it up the chain of the tech team's to-do list as higher priority projects get completed (particularly geared towards to play-by-post features and improving social interactions between our community members). I've also done a fair bit of research while documenting and revising those feature sets, and no third-party option satisfies the requirements that Paizo needs to have met.
I have a related question for you Chris. Have you guys ever discussed the option to allow board users to create custom avatars? I know personally I would love a pleroma avatar as it's my favorite outsider.
Nope, we have no plans for custom avatars/ability for folks to upload images (in part due to copyright concerns/appropriateness in terms of our Community Guidelines [I don't want my team trawling through user submitted images for those that break those, to be honest]; our existing pool of non-Paizo avatars is partially inherited by decisions made by Paizo staff some years ago). However, we have one contest where the winner has received a custom avatar, so further opportunities aren't out of the question.
So, for some background: I recently had to have a detailed discussion with a friend of mine why the altering of "stars" to "hearts" on Twitter was such a big deal (and believe me when I say I was very much surprised by how into it I got). It's very much the same issue that I'm seeing being raised here (where a neutral symbol literally changes into an affirmation/symbol of agreement). Since the overall function is deeply coded into the forums, changing it up is a bigger conversation for us to have internally and devote resources to (and I can't really say at the moment one way or the other if we *will* see a change to that function). But I think it's incredibly valuable to consider where we go as the community continues to evolve.
Just dropping in to address the issue of the PRD: my team is working as quickly as is possible to get the last two books (Unchained and Occult Adventures) available. With some unforeseeable out of office staff and other internal complications, it's been quite a logistical struggle to progress this as quickly as I'd have liked. Obviously this doesn't resolve the issues some folks are having, but we're well aware that it needs to be available ASAP and are doing what we can.
Caedwyr, you bring up an interesting point about moderator posts and favoriting. Part of the reason we chose the "Favorite" label on this function is to make it as neutral as possible (as opposed to "like" or "+1"), with the intent that folks can come back to their favorited posts later for referencing (which is why it's a tab under your profile). I can certainly see it being viewed as a "dog piling" issue.
As an aside: I am currently covering for a couple out of the office staff, but I am keeping up on this thread, and hope to have some form of implementation as soon as I have a moment to truly focus on these issues. Just want to make sure that there's no feeling that this is being ignored or left aside :)
Removed some baiting/escalated posts and the posts in response to them/quoting them. Folks, disparaging other people because their play style is different than yours, or because they're phrasing it in a way you don't like isn't OK (this includes blanket statements about people in our own community). If there's a comment that you feel crosses a line, flag it and move on.
Just popping in real quick, since it's been a couple days:
Some of the technical suggestions are interesting, but not totally compatible with the fact that we're also an online retailer (we're very unlikely to do anything like reroll accounts over). I'm also wary about opening the options to limit posts (if it's an option for play-by-post, it opens up the argument about posts in other subforums). I do think that our team could definitely make Play-by-Post more transparent (IE: providing clearer instructions for use, stickies with specific suggestions/guidelines).
Divinitus: I will be emailing you regarding your account as soon as I get a moment.
Sure, I think that a separate thread would be totally fine :)
Marc Radle wrote:
As I posted above, very soon. Unfortunately, we've had some out of office folks and that's held us up a bit, but it's not dropped off our radar :)
Removed a few posts individuating some specific folks/campaigns.
As indicated above, we've received some emails about this behavior cropping up on the site. Now, we don't officially have a guideline in place for this sort of thing for Play-by-Post (and thus have to handle these cases individually as a best judgement item), and it's possible that if it becomes a bigger trend, we might need to.
What action do you think should be taken on Paizo's end for these threads? What would the guideline for starting campaigns look like to you (how should it look)? Should we restrict interest checks to the new "General Discussion" area for PbP, rather than utilizing full campaign features? Should this be a new area?
Marc Radle wrote:
So, I asked about this specific product, and because it's already fairly discounted as a bundled product (our Flip-Mats individually are priced at $13.99, and the bundle includes 8), we've decided to omit it from this sale.