Idle rooms (in General)

bartjan June 8 2006 2:48 AM EDT

I seem to recall some policy against using idle rooms. If that policy is still current, then why do I see this when my chat starts?
Existing rooms:
Twilight Castle: 1 users
recluse: 1 users
hiding: 1 users
supreme: 1 users
New Zealand: 1 users
chelon: 1 users
null: 1 users
new players: 13 users
carnage: 22 users

AdminG Beee June 8 2006 4:25 AM EDT

You're correct Bart. Some chat ops routinely cleared out the idle rooms as a result of a request made by Jon a long time ago.

I guess we need to reinforce that creating a room and sitting afk is not to be encouraged and will result in a little "love tap" (kick) from a chat op.

I'd suggest chat ops get back into the habit of popping into user created rooms on a regular basis just to greet the occupants with a friendly smile and a "hi". If the occupant is afk and doesn't respond then a kick to close the room is not inappropriate.

A kick is no big deal and if you're just on a toilet break don't get all angry folks, just come back and make your room again.

Likewise, remember that unless you have a reason to be afk in NPs (ie you're an admin / op) there's no need to hang about afk there either :)

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] June 8 2006 4:30 AM EDT

I don't _pop_ in! First I casually ping from outside once or twice, at 3-5 minute intervals because that is polite.

Then I barge in and kick the bodies a bit, to see if there's life in any of them. Then I rifle all the closets and cupboards looking for pocketable valuables. _Then_ I send out the dead.

Gallatin [Thanoscopter And You] June 8 2006 4:33 AM EDT

You better not mess up my room, Bast.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] June 8 2006 4:34 AM EDT

You better not leave it unattended, Seran. :P

chelon June 8 2006 5:12 AM EDT

well i am active most of the time in my room, so thats not allow?

bartjan June 8 2006 5:14 AM EDT

That's OK. Some of those rooms may be used properly, but the list was so long, that I didn't believe all of them were...

Frod June 8 2006 7:59 AM EDT

They were mostly idle.

There's a big difference between mostly-idle and all-idle. Mostly-idle is slightly active.

With all-idle, there's only one thing you can do: /kill them and rifle their accounts for loose change to send to Central Bank.

babbler June 8 2006 8:55 AM EDT

I am guilty of using an 'idle' room.

My reasoning is that from home my internet service is basically crap and the wait times to get it corrected are about 3.5 hours. (nice customer service)

I create my own room because my cable modem reboots about 3 times an hour but sometimes it will 3 times in 5 minutes. People get a bit fuzzy when you bounce in and out of carnage that much.

Oh yeah i have a 8 month old kid resulting in me going afk very often at her schedule. I was checked once and responded :)

Maelstrom June 8 2006 9:06 AM EDT

So turn off chat?

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] June 8 2006 8:11 PM EDT

I was going to go and start "enforcing it" but every time I do that, people get all pissy and start posting threads, so rather then worry about it, I figured I would let someone more important bring this up before acting on it.

RedWolf June 8 2006 8:11 PM EDT

Haha, Frod. Princess Bride?


Frod June 10 2006 11:51 AM EDT

As you wish.

drudge June 10 2006 1:08 PM EDT

removed null from frodbot's list of channels. my bad, forgot.

Mikel June 11 2006 4:12 AM EDT

Well sometimes I don't always like seeing all of that chat crap, but I do like to be available if someone wants to chat with me. Make a room for Idlers so that we can sit in peace.

Negator June 11 2006 5:00 AM EDT

I'll second that - a permanent "idle" or "afk" room would fix this.

NSFY June 11 2006 11:07 AM EDT

I will do my part to help with this imaginary problem.

Flamey June 11 2006 8:27 PM EDT

afk, room would be nice.

SuiteStuff [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 11 2006 8:31 PM EDT

that would be great!

LayWaste-[bA June 11 2006 9:18 PM EDT

What's to stop people from chatting in the AFK room, thus destroying the point of it?

BlueWolf June 11 2006 9:24 PM EDT

They should just like make one room named AFK, if people wanted to stay online and in chat, they go there, that way there's not 8 different rooms. I think that's what they are trying to get at.
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