Posts from category "Technical"

Caretaker Thoth and the Seven Castes, Wider and Wilder Exposure, and the Adjectives used

Yesterday (and Today) has been one of tremendous change. Nine new ranks have been created within our community, we’ve introduced an advancement process, refocused the Pharaohs, and that was just the opening act.

Today we’re introducing the Mee6 bot to our discord server. Over the coming days and weeks we will be fine tuning and configuring the bot to best serve our community with our needs. Don’t ask me how, since right now I don’t know. This is a project for the Pharaohs to help figure out. Tl;dr post more, advance your rank.

Next up, we’re fine tuning our server’s structure. As you’ve probably read before, we’ve spent a lot of time trying to make our Discord server as easy to use as possible. I went a bit overkill in breaking up everything into a litany of categories rivaling the number of billions paid out by the Catholic Church over the years covering up… things. While we’re keeping the game permissions, we’re significantly reducing the category clutter. This should make the community much more visitor and member friendly.

Connie, one of our up and coming members, is currently on the fast track to become a Pharaoh. We need to iron out just a couple details, after which she’ll be skipping the Merchant post altogether and zooming straight into the College. What gives? I’ll tell you: she’s agreed to take over responsibility for our Twitter and Facebook presence, and to be the chief architect of our efforts to bolster community engagement. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how she’s gonna accomplish all this. Her boyfriend assures me she’s amazing*.

In the coming days, I will be looking at listing our server online with various discord listing sites to help increase unrelated interest and potential membership. No further information is available at this time.

Moving on, there is a new requirement that I’m expecting of all of my Deities. I will be expecting them to each interact with each member from the Guilds and College on a regular basis. At any time, I want to be able to ask them 1. When was the last time they talked to a specific member, and 2. What the nature of their conversation was, and 3. In the event it wasn’t privately personal, what the conversation actually contained. This is something that I believe will help ensure that my Council is adequately attentive and aware of the needs of Duat.

Finally, starting with this week, I will be outlining both weekly and monthly goals that I expect to be able to exceed. Some of these will be targeted towards the Deities, others towards the Pharaohs, and still others may be geared towards the Guilds or even the Metropolis. I’ll be publishing them on our website so that we can start working on our transparency. I’m also hoping to increase visitation to our site. It’s been feeling a tad neglected**.

*not the actual adjective used to describe Connie. **I’m inferring based on lack of wider usage.

Summer, the Sandy Nile, and Condos in Paradise

It’s officially summer where I’m moving from. It’s also officially summer in Texas where I’m moving to, but we aren’t going to talk about triple digit temperatures right now. Part of what keeps our community so hot is that the Council and I flat refuse to let Duat become stale. Just because we’re the exemplification of a desert afterlife doesn’t mean we have to be, well, dead. About ten minutes ago, I finished emptying the Metropolis of Alexandria. This rank, role, what have you is the setting for all of our prospective members. Periodically, we want to make sure that the individuals who are marked as prospective are in fact still interested in communing with the Deities.

After removing everyone from the Metropolis, I then reintroduced everyone who has a secondary (gaming) role back into the city. The logic is that if you have a gaming role (Warframe, Paradox, Shadowrun, D&D, etc.) you’re gaming with us, which means that you deserve to have that condo in paradise. Even if technically you’re never actually going to join our Craftsmen Guild, since you game with us, we want to recognize that.

Now that I’ve kicked everyone out of the city, effectively turnout a bunch of individuals into the abyss, anyone who actually would like the role need only request it from any of the Pharaohs (and that includes Deities, since Deities are first and foremost Pharaohs, but I digress). All of the Pharaohs have the permission to apply roles for both the Metropolis of Alexandria and all of the various other gaming roles we’ve introduced in a previous Discord update.

As always, if you have any questions or feedback, or if you want to bellow at the top of your lungs, my Discord message box is always open, and you can also always submit your feedback at www.landsofduat.com/feedback. Happy hot days of summer!

P.S. You will probably also notice the new Nubian Court role on Discord. This is for all of our Discord bots. I wanted to separate them from everyone else who doesn't have a role.

An old "community," TeamSpeak, and a Discord refinery

We coordinate all of our gaming on Discord. That’s never been a secret. In fact it’s one of the things that I think sets us apart from a lot of other gaming communities. I was a member, albeit very briefly, of a very different community. I co-owned a Minecraft server, and I was approached by leadership from that gaming community. They were looking to fill a vacancy, as it were, in their lineup. I was looking to acquire new, better hosting for my server. Ultimately, it was a match of convenience. What I did not understand until after the deal was done is that their community was incredibly inactive and, quite frankly, dead. I also did not understand that there was a power struggle at the top, but that’s a different conversation entirely.

Here in Duat, all of our gaming is coordinated on Discord. Our members are all on Discord, and we all chat with each other. True, we have a TeamSpeak server, although that’s almost never actually used. It exists, but to be honest I can’t even remember the server’s address. I can look it up, but it’s not a huge deal for anyone inside our community.

Earlier this month we introduced some changes to Discord’s management, and now we’re taking the next step. Today, Mikey and I rolled out category-specific roles for most of the games that are a part of our community. The idea is that short term, this is a fairly arduous process, getting everyone into their correct roles. Long term, however, this will help us tremendously as we expand.

The idea is that on the whole, we do have a lot of channels. Most of our members don’t need or want access to all of them, and that’s totally fine. We have now coordinated it so that with the exception of exactly two people (myself and Rob), everyone, even the Deities, has the opportunity to not see most of our gaming channels. Unless you actually want to be in a channel, you won’t need to see its category.

The downside? We now have a lot of roles, which does lead to role spam. Truthfully, I’m not too fussed about that. If you want the role, you get the role. If not, you don’t. Right now in order to gain access to any  of the new roles you need to chat with any of the Pharaohs. Everyone in the College has the ability to dole out the roles, so there’s more than enough coverage to get you that coveted role you need. As always, if you have any concerns, questions, suggestions, or idle thoughts, my Direct Messaging is always open to members of the server, and if you’re trying to be shy, you can use our online feedback form.

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

Websites like Google, Facebook, and other data broker sites tend to require a Privacy Policy as well as Terms of Use in order to be compliant with their various shenaniganery. Fine, let’s publish a privacy policy and terms of use.

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use for Visitors to the Website: We do not use any tracking or analytics, and we do not retain visitor logs of any kind. Since we do use Joomla, you may have a cookie placed onto your computer, but that cookie is not used by any of the components associated with this website. We have no need for any personally identifiable information to be shared on this site. You’re free to visit this site whenever you want, for any reason. Seriously, even if you’re an asshole trying to steal our cake and booze, you’re still free to visit our site.

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use for Feedback Form: We use Google Forms, so all the standard invasion of privacy terms apply to that. Literally, when you type landsofduat.com/feedback it redirects you to the Google Form. Not even hosted by us. Only stuff we will then have is whatever is submitted by you, and we reserve the right to share all of that information to whoever we want with or without your permission.

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use for Logged in Users: In your case, we do log your activity for the purposes of security, however this only affects individuals who actually have accounts on here. Your personal information is not shared except in situations prescribed in the Amduat. Pro-tip: There are no reasons for your information to be shared as prescribed by the Amduat. If you’re logged in, that means you’re bound by the Amduat and additional agreements and understandings that are specific to you. Don’t abuse that, or you’ll get more than a boot.

We have the right to update this at any time, for any reason, with or without your consent. Any future updates will be reflected with a new post in The Caretaker's Corner, and this specific post will not be updated. You should always visit https://landsofduat.com/tos or https://landsofduat.com/privacy for the most recent version.

Discord useability improvements, Feedback form, and generic complaints

Specifically on our Discord, one of our Deities made some very valuable suggestions on how we could improve the useability and reduce the overabundance of channels that aren't being used. As a result, I'd like to outline a few of the changes that have just occured.

  • We previously had six voice channels as well as a dedicated music channel. While this seemed like a good idea at their onset, we just don't currently have enough usage to warrant six individual voice channels. As such, I've scaled us down to Malachite and Serpentine, while still retaining our music room.
  • Our "Games from the Nile" section was where we kept all of our gaming channels that weren't previously categorized. Well, no more! Following the grouping found in our Games page, with only a few exceptions, all games that do have channels have been broken up to follow the same grouping. The exceptions are that the Paradox Games are still on their own, as are the D&D/MTG games, which are still a part of the House of the Nerd.
  • Most of the channels that were moved to the new "Misc. Gaming" category were actually inactive, so instead of leaving them in place, they have been archived. If we receive some interest, we can always bring them back from the great abyss.
  • The main channels (#gallery #catacombs #corridors) have had channel descriptions added so that there are no longer questions as to their purposes. While they were stated in #amduat the suggestion was made to also have them added to the descriptions, and that's a good idea!

Separately from our Discord, we're trialing a new Feedback form. If you've got gaming suggestions, community improvement suggestions, or other feedback, you can now submit them using our very clinical and sterile form. No need for any human interaction (in theory). Naturally, I would always prefer you reach out to me directly, but since I recognize that's not always possible, and also not everyone's style, this is the next best option.

Additionally, I will no longer accept "everyone says" or "people think" or similar statements. If individuals have suggestions, feedback, concerns, what have you, it is their responsibility to bring them forward. I am the person all of that feedback needs to be brought to. That's my responsibility as Caretaker: handle the suggestions, problems, and parties.