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  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group 511 Seminar:   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    So, some of that will require changes in the design — multiple sessions in series is one approach — and some will require pinning down what it is you actually want to measure. alliances made? alliances broken? What do you intend to do with this knowledge of ”how much social interaction”?

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group 511 Seminar:   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Operationalize in quotes there because it’s a key term, not because it’s made up. It means defining it so you can measure it.

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group 511 Seminar:   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Andy will want to ”operationalize” interaction according to his needs. As one comment, I’ll say that people talked while playing Our Quest and didn’t talk while playing Pilot & Engineer, even though Pilot & Engineer really needed communication. Some of it has to do with intensity and downtime and confusion — (some?) people seem to talk less when they’re unable to understand and process what’s going on. Dungeoneering actually had more communication because players controlled the pacing.

  • Joe Osborn commented on the blog post USC Annenberg Fellowship Program Symposium   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Simon Wiscombe, Mike Sennott and I, Joshua McVeigh-Schultz, Laila Sakr, and maybe other IMD/IMAP people I can’t recall at the moment presented at the symposium. Mike and I spoke about Ensemble, our computer-aided storytelling system, and won the audience choice award for the presentation category.

  • Joe Osborn unlocked Charles BabbageCharles Babbage   5 years, 1 month ago · View

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  • Joe Osborn posted a new activity comment:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    You can also mouseover someone’s name and read what comes after …/members/ in the link.

    In reply to - Michael Annetta posted an update in the group 511 Seminar: @tdiefenbach I’m using my ability to spell (first initial, last name) Admittedly, yours is tougher than most. :D I’m pretty sure that the FILastName set up is common across all the people here. @admin is the exception to that rule, I believe. · View
  • Joe Osborn posted a new activity comment:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Yeah, that’s why I don’t think ”ludonarrative dissonance” is actually a useful term. Inconsistency is inconsistency whether it’s story vs rules, visual art vs rules, visual art vs music, etc etc etc. If you’re captured by three guards in a cutscene when you’ve killed twenty guards a minute ago, it sucks the same way whether it’s all cutscene or all gameplay.

    In reply to - Simon Wiscombe posted an update in the group 511 Seminar: Isn’t this just consistent video games? Why does there need to be a special name for it for games? · View
  • Joe Osborn unlocked Xerox StarXerox Star   5 years, 2 months ago · View

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group 511 Seminar:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    I would love to have a seminar-like course that’s all nuts and bolts stuff. But then, I guess I say that every week!

  • Joe Osborn unlocked Vannevar BushVannevar Bush   5 years, 2 months ago · View

  • Joe Osborn posted a new activity comment:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    I think this is nice, and it might also help with the vertical space stuff — a lot of the confusion when the space gets blown is keeping track of multiple threaded conversations, and this may help.

    In reply to - IMD Admin posted an update in the group Website Dev: @josborn addressed the email ”respond to” issue by enabling the reply to functionality in the activity streams. i think this is probably a good feature, but would appreciate yr thoughts. now doing the css tweaks to make better use of backchannel space… · View
  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group Website Dev:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Yeah, I would say my main concern right now is that the backchannel UI uses way too much vertical space. I think it’s the fact that ”Favorite” is display:block (might be nicer inline with the text or on the right, or a little icon next to ”view” and ”delete”) and that div.activity-comments is also display:block (with its fat margin) even when its form is display:none. Also, too much padding on each ”ul.activity-list li” and form #whats-new-form, and the post update button has some extra whitespace above it too. I’m trying to make suggestions that don’t necessitate widening the layout, which I can only imagine would be an enormous pain.

    I hope this isn’t too nitpicky.

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group Website Dev:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    I haven’t read any PHP books, but I’m sure ”how to rage” is the first chapter in each of them. The other thing is that I always forget to turn off WP_supercache before I mess with theme files and then I get confused and frustrated.

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group Website Dev:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Private groups are what we’re doing now and it seems to be working OK. I don’t know if ”pure backchannel” is truly necessary since we can just admin each other and then they can admin new members, etc. Still, auto-mod-on-join would be nice, or even just ”approve membership as admin” and ”approve membership as mod” buttons next to ”approve membership”.

    I don’t know if I’m a wordpress ninja, but I’m good at raging against php until something works.

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group Website Dev:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Ah, but then I have to manually invite everyone. Is there a way for a hidden group to be join-requestable?

    Also, is there a way to automatically promote group members to mods or admins so that they can also approve new members?

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group Website Dev:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    #bugreport @mannetta points out: ”Ugh. I hate that @mentions do NOT work if you follow the mention with a period. Backchannel hates good grammar!”
    Me: this backchannel mechanism uses too much vertical space (only three messages per screen); also, the rapid-fire backchannel group chatter will pollute the main space unless the group is private (and every ”true backchannel” group will want to be private). If we could get a special setting for ”true backchannel” that was a public group that just didn’t show on the main feed or send emails on @mentions, that might be nice.

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group Website Dev:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    @sfisher Yes, there are two ways — http://www.sidelinestream.com/blogging/wordpress-excerpts.php explains them.

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group CTIN 558:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    So this thing seems to work after all!

  • Joe Osborn posted an update in the group CTIN 558:   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Let’s open up this newfangled backchannel for 3/21/2011!

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