NationStates Jolt Archive

Something that could REALLY help the game in a small way!

Todd McCloud
13-04-2009, 17:18
Being a delegate of a feeder for only a few months has made me realize a few things - we need to get people more involved with the game so they stay on and eventually become strong, active players (kind of like how I was when I started in Poland). BUT, we lose a lot of them, mainly because as feeders, we just can't reach them all. I'm a grad student and can't spend my waking moments telegramming each new nation, or telegramming the region when elections are happening, etc. Plus, not everyone reads the world factbook entry, or understands what's going on.

So, here's my small but I believe effective suggestion: Give delegates (or founders, for UCR's) the power to send a telegram to everyone in the region just by a click of a button. One click, all telegrams sent. Like a button in the regional controls or something - where a delegate or founder could send all members in the region that one telegram, send it, and be done (but please don't make it cost influence!)

I know this might require some stipulations, ie, maybe this could be done only once every 24 hours, or with only a certain amount of characters, etc. BUT, doing this, I believe, would really bring nations that might otherwise never be contacted into the game. For instance, TEP is having Magisterium elections soon. Best I can do is announce it on the forums, WFE, and RMB occasionally. I did exactly that three months ago, and we got about 15-20 candidates. That's a little less than 1% of the region (at that time). So it's apparent I can't reach everyone, I'd imagine more would've applied had I been able to reach them.

Imagine if I could. I wouldn't hazard the guess that offsite activity would drastically increase, but because of that, in-game activity would increase as well. So it's a benefit both ways, if it is enabled.

I am willing to do what it takes to hopefully get this passed. We could really improve this game with just a simple alteration in the coding. MOST GLORIOUS MODS AND CODERS, HEAR MY HUMBLE PLEA!!
13-04-2009, 17:24
Yeah. Its a fantastic idea. Founders should be able to do it without question - Delegates would be able to do it if the Founder allows him/her to (as to fit in with the rest of the game's features).

It would be a real community builder, and I imagine something that would be used by raiders that DO have a home base.

Supporting the culture of NationStates with more communication and customization is something that can be altered in the game easily and without hurting communities which is always the biggest concern and the big road block for projects like Regional Influence.

*Two thumbs way up*
Dalmatia Cisalpina
13-04-2009, 19:00
I would have stayed in a larger region if there had been something like this in place. I don't always have time to check the RMB -- if the founder has something important to say that the inhabitants all need to know about, a tg to the region is the perfect solution. *two thumbs up*
Quintessence of Dust
13-04-2009, 19:03
I recall this idea being raised a long time ago, possibly by Erastide (Former English Colony) when they were a feeder delegate. If you search back, there may be a thread somewhere in the dusty recesses of Technical.
Destructive Art
13-04-2009, 19:09
I think that idea is great. I think I would definetly become more involved in the game if that could happen.
13-04-2009, 20:04
I think it's important because as I've mentioned before what separates NS from its sequel is regions, any improvement to regions and their following communities is a plus in my books.
Charlotte Ryberg
13-04-2009, 21:53
No problem with the idea basically but there is a fine line between wise usage and mass spam that needs to be addressed. Perhaps adopt the flood controls already in place.
13-04-2009, 23:00
No problem with the idea basically but there is a fine line between wise usage and mass spam that needs to be addressed. Perhaps adopt the flood controls already in place.

You could always put your founder/delegate on your blocklist, or vote him/her out.
14-04-2009, 21:40
That is a really good idea, which would probabaly greatly boost activity. Also, perhaps you could tie it in with the external game talked about in the influence thread, maybe make it so that the delegate always ahs the power to send mass T/Gs, and that if raiders/invaders take the delegacy, they can send a mass T/G clamiming victory. This would be a good way to claim victory and thus restore menaing to interregional politcs without wiping out regions. This is jsut a suggested add on and I wouldn't want it to derail the core diea in this thread, which is frankly a great idea.
Mayor For Life
14-04-2009, 21:48
Booyah, Todd. I heartily support a TG-all form available in Regional Controls.

However, NS only stores 20 TGs, then wipes out the old ones. If someone goes away on vacation for 3 weeks, a daily regional TG would completely wipe their TG box. I suggest that the regional TG be limited to 24 hours AND there be a 5 TG limit to Regional TGs - perhaps a separate frame from the other 20 where the 6th one gets wiped by a new one and they don't interfere with our personal TGs.
14-04-2009, 22:04
A separate frame would be better.
A Slanted Black Stripe
16-04-2009, 08:57
I support Todd's proposal. Even during my short time as a delegate of a feeder, I understand the communication challenges. It must be a pain even for a modest sized region.
Todd McCloud
21-04-2009, 06:26
*puts hands together and prays* This would be a really good thing, I think!
22-04-2009, 04:18
Anything that increases communication between players is a plus for this game, imo.

And I love the idea of having the regional TGs in another frame. Could we have all the game/WA TGs in another frame too? (I delete all the WA proposal ones, but I like to keep ejection notices and delegate election notifications; I'm sure some people would like to do the opposite.)

Or maybe regional TGs and game/WA TGs could be placed in the same separate frame, if creating more than two frames or menus would become too space/code intensive. If the Broadcast Zones ( were instituted, that could be a good place for them as well.