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翡翠 ([personal profile] feicui) wrote in [site community profile] dw_suggestions2017-01-14 10:24 am

Allow users to specify an account as a roleplaying account

Allow users to specify an account as a roleplaying account

accounts, statistics

Allow users to specify an account for roleplay without affecting paid account services.

This is a suggestion mainly for statistical purposes! Dreamwidth has an active, sizable roleplaying community, a consequence of which is that there are a lot of "character accounts" scattered across the site. As someone who's very curious about DW's site statistics, I can't help but think that means there's a lot of essentially fictional data skewing things one way or another.

If possible, I'd like for roleplayers to be able to specify an account as being made for roleplay. It would have to be in a way that doesn't affect paid services, since some get paid/paid premium accounts and some don't. In addition to being able to choose it during account creation, there would also need to be an option for existing accounts to "switch over", since there are many, MANY existing character accounts.

Challenges involved: oh boy! I'm not at all familiar with site coding, especially Dreamwidth's, so I can't imagine how complicated this might be. I also don't know how many people would actually use this option, but I thought I'd throw this out there anyway.

Poll #18026 Allow users to specify an account as a roleplaying account
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 56

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Should be implemented as-is.
33 (58.9%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (1.8%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
21 (37.5%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (1.8%)

jecook: (Default)

[personal profile] jecook 2017-02-22 02:27 am (UTC)(link)
File under "nice to have"; I have a fistful of characters floating around with journals.
marahmarie: (M In M Forever) (Default)

[personal profile] marahmarie 2017-02-22 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
I have no idea how much work your idea might take to implement but if in staff's eyes it's a Go, my one "with changes" idea would be not a change, but in addition to: if this idea goes through, then I wonder if DW could also create a special userhead for this account type (one depicting two people dueling comes to mind for some reason...just something/anything that indicates "games" or "roleplay").

I've often thought it would be helpful for people to specify roleplaying accounts to keep others from clicking through looking for content on those journals that isn't there because that's not what those accounts are for (I've wasted a lot of time that way, myself).
Edited (clarity, typos) 2017-02-22 06:28 (UTC)
msilverstar: (thard eyebrow)

[personal profile] msilverstar 2017-02-22 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
I agree, the RPG character journals can look a lot like real journals, and automated flags and markings would avoid a lot of confusion going forward.
marahmarie: (M In M Forever) (Default)

[personal profile] marahmarie 2017-02-23 04:53 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, a mask sounds about right.
ninetydegrees: Drawing: a girl's face, with a yellow and green stripe over one eye (Default)

[personal profile] ninetydegrees 2017-02-22 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I think this somehow ties to previous suggestions to enable main/secondary accounts in general.
darjeeling: (Default)

[personal profile] darjeeling 2017-02-27 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
I still love the idea of a main/secondary accounts classification, as long as it includes the ability to elect whether or not to "reveal" what the associated main account is, along the public/friends/private options.
jducoeur: (Default)

[personal profile] jducoeur 2017-02-22 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't really care about this one one way or t'other, but if it were done, I'd recommend a more general mechanism for adding tags to accounts, so that folks can self-identify along whatever axes make sense, and reporting by tag...
msilverstar: (thard eyebrow)

[personal profile] msilverstar 2017-02-22 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
I like that, like the way name links reflect the target site.
brainwane: My smiling face, including a small gold bindi (Default)

[personal profile] brainwane 2017-02-26 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
And I wonder whether this kind of approach would also allow us to tag the names of feed accounts instead of using the "_feed" naming convention.