Jinnate and I just had a lengthy discussion about the rights and wrongs of round messaging players instead of reverting to shouts. Since I'm lazy and feel that we touched most angles of our points of view I'll just paste the chat.
jinnate says: *** It's Tourney Time! starts in 15 mins! 3 pt matches, 5 pt finals! TELL TOURNEYBOT REGISTER 238 to enter! ***
You tell jinnate: Hi, please don't round message for the tourney. If I want to see it then I read the shouts.
jinnate says: thanks, i'll try to remember.
jinnate says: if it happens again, just remind me.
You tell jinnate: Well, maybe you should leave it alltogether and just use shouts, that's what they are for.
jinnate says: lots of poeple don't read shouts and don't know when the tourney's on.
jinnate says: matt's working on a thing where players can register with tourneybot so tourneybot will send them 'tells'
jinnate says: until then, i've been doing it manually.
You tell jinnate: I know and understand that you want to advertise, but imho that's no excuse to abuse private messages
jinnate says: most people want me to send tells.
You tell jinnate: hmm
jinnate says: you're only #2 to complain
You tell jinnate: it's simply against what messages and shouts are for
jinnate says: you're saying that sending tells about tourneys is against what msgs and shouts are for.
jinnate says: >
jinnate says: ?
You tell jinnate: or rather there's a reason why this is separate
jinnate says: you're saying that shouts, msgs and tells are separate for a reason.
You tell jinnate: one could wish to have kind of "rooms" for shouting, but we don't unfortuntely
You tell jinnate: yes, sure
jinnate says: and you're saying we don't have rooms for shouting.
You tell jinnate: will you repeat everything I'm writing?
jinnate says: yes. until i get a clearer picture of what you're trying to convey, yes.
jinnate says: because right now, people enjoy that i send them tells.
jinnate says: and the majority do.
You tell jinnate: are you familiar with other chats? there's the notion of separtae "rooms"
jinnate says: so when you say that this isn't what shouts & tells were meant for, i think, what the f is he talking about?
You tell jinnate: but here on fibs we just have one public room, that all topics and users have to share
You tell jinnate: I'm awfully sorry that I phrased wronly in the first place
jinnate says: which is why i repeat.
jinnate says: pls expand/rephrase as you like.
You tell jinnate: well, did you understand / know my explaination about "rooms" in chats?
jinnate says: yes.
jinnate says: i have seen other sites where people chat in different rooms.
You tell jinnate: exactly, but unfortunately we don't have this here
You tell jinnate: and to explain the difference between tell and shout: if you "tell" everybody anyway, then you should better use shout, because that's exactly intended for this
jinnate says: i don't tell everybody.
jinnate says: and even if i did, everybody doesn't read shouts.
jinnate says: a lot of people keep shouts off.
jinnate says: oh wait. i think i could have let you finish
You tell jinnate: from my perception I think you do, at least I got notices from other players too
jinnate says: forget i said that, pls continue.
You tell jinnate: ...you tell at least quite a lot of people
You tell jinnate: so that's why I'm saying shouts are the way to go
jinnate says: (i send notices to players who aren't playing.)
You tell jinnate: that makes no sense to me
jinnate says: okay, you're saying that shouts are for telling everybody, or the majority of players.
You tell jinnate: yes
jinnate says: anything else?
jinnate says: (have you completed your thought?)
You tell jinnate: I thought I already wrote it
jinnate says: so, at fibs, a large number of people do not read shouts and/or have them turned off completely. which is why a lot of players are thankful to get tellls.
jinnate says: in sending tells, i am reaching the majority of players.
jinnate says: (clarification, i send tells to non-ready players and ready players not in a game at the moment.)
You tell jinnate: yes, of course, if they really want to, but you also reach all people by phone and still are not allowed to call everybody and advertise this way
jinnate says: so you're saying that i can also reach all people by phone and am still not allowed to call everybody and advertise this way.
You tell jinnate: please will you stop this repeating
You tell jinnate: if you dodn't understand try to make up a constructive question
jinnate says: i'd like you to expand these thoughts without rebutting, or ... dismissing.
jinnate says: would you like to give me an example of what you consider a constructive ?
You tell jinnate: explaining what exactly you don't understand
jinnate says: what the f phones have to do with our current convo. what the f you don't get about a lot of players not listening to shouts. and so forth.
jinnate says: i guess i don't understand what isn't clear to you about my explanation for sending tells.
You tell jinnate: I do understand your motivation, but that's no excuse for using tells in place of shouts
You tell jinnate: I tried to explain that with the phone analogy
You tell jinnate: it's called spamming
jinnate says: i am tempted to repeat. ...why don't you give me an example of a constructive question.
You tell jinnate: that's quite difficult because I don't know what you don't understand
jinnate says: i understand you think shouts are for reaching the majority. i understand that you understand the majority are reached, in this case, by tells and that the majority are happy with that.
jinnate says: and yet, some part of this isn't sitting well with you, because otherwise, the discussion would have ended by now with "oh i see, just pls don't tell me in the future"
You tell jinnate: the point is, are you sure that every single player is happy with it?
jinnate says: no. i would imagine every player isn't
jinnate says: you aren't
jinnate says: souptree isn't
You tell jinnate: not complaining doesn't mean that they agree
jinnate says: so i have you 2 on my list not to send tells to.
jinnate says: i know.
You tell jinnate: yes, 2 that said something
jinnate says: when a lot of them agree
jinnate says: i take that into account as well.
jinnate says: if 2 complained and 20 had not said thank you, then i would have probably found another way.
jinnate says: but 20 said thank you and then 2 complained.
jinnate says: so
You tell jinnate: the order doesn't realy matter, does it?
jinnate says: i have no constructive question. may i repeat?
You tell jinnate: obviously you remain with your opinion, well so do I of course
jinnate says: wait.
jinnate says: i don't understnad your opinion.
jinnate says: in seeking to understand your opinion, i am finding ... what seems to be illogic.
You tell jinnate: in other areas such as email, phone or fax advertisements there are even laws for this... for a reason
jinnate says: in repeating to get you to expand your thoughts/feelings/explanations, you are saying, please, no thank you.
You tell jinnate: for myself I'm saying this, exactly
jinnate says: so i feel at a loss to understand your position.
You tell jinnate: but I'm also trying to advise you that from experience of other businesses this is no good practice
jinnate says: but the majority of fibsters are happy with the tells.
jinnate says: overwhelming majority
You tell jinnate: let's hope you're right
jinnate says: y don't u hope i'm right.
jinnate says: i'll just keep reading the thank you tells from players.
You tell jinnate: however there's still the point that an opt-in is better than an opt-out system
jinnate says: and remember, as much as possible, not to send you & souptree tells
jinnate says: and anyone else who asks.
jinnate says: yes, i agree,
You tell jinnate: an opt-in system would be that you only send tells to those that explicitly asked you to do so
jinnate says: so does matt
jinnate says: which is why he's working on an opt-in system
jinnate says: until that system is in place,
jinnate says: i'm wroking with what i got.
jinnate says: which, except for you & souptree,
jinnate says: seems to be working for players
You tell jinnate: no question it works from your point of view
jinnate says: and there's no question it doesn't work from your point of view.
jinnate says: when you'd like to share that point of view with me, i'll be happy to hear it.
You tell jinnate: but other TDs, e.g. myself included, don't go around but only use shouts
jinnate says: yes, i know.
jinnate says: jonjon & madmatt have tried it.
jinnate says: and maybe kari
jinnate says: and humaniam
You tell jinnate: I'll ask kari next time
jinnate says: do that.
You tell jinnate: ah yes, there was another point: sending tells to non-ready and not playing players doesn't make sense
You tell jinnate: why do you think non-ready players are not ready?
You tell jinnate: and why would you want to exclude those that are currently playing?
You tell jinnate: they might just finish in time for the tourney
You tell jinnate: or even interrupt their match
jinnate says: i neglect to send tells to players in a match because it can interrupt their concentration on the match, in addition to which, they may not be ready for the tourney when it occurs. if they become avail later, then i send a tell to them. i have often been not-ready and still avail for play. and a lot of my tourney players come from the nonready states.
jinnate says: sending to ready, non-playing fibsters is obvious, i think.
You tell jinnate: yes
You tell jinnate: although I'm not saying that it's wanted or you should use tell for that
You tell jinnate: well, the solution is very simple: shouts solve this all, everybody who wants reads them, those who don't just don't, simple
jinnate says: your simple solution sounds like it simply works for you.
You tell jinnate: no obtrusive things...
You tell jinnate: why should anybody who is interested in joining a tourney not be able to read shouts?
jinnate says: oooh.
jinnate says: you haven't been reading fibsboard
jinnate says: there's been a whole forum topic going on
jinnate says: check out community vs. snakepit on fibsboard
jinnate says: not in the tourneybot forum, but the other area.
You tell jinnate: do you have a link for easier finding?
jinnate says: ummmm.
jinnate says: hold on.
You tell jinnate: ok
jinnate says: http://www.fibsboard.com/index.php?showtopic=209&hl=
You tell jinnate: ok, I'll have a look...
You tell jinnate: oops, that's long, I just browsed it and didn't really find reasons pro tells
jinnate says: but many con shouts
You tell jinnate: yes, but...
You tell jinnate: if you mark TB messages or in general ads in a special way people are able to spot only those
You tell jinnate: e.g. *** hey people, come and join ***
jinnate says: try, do you feel you're reaching?
jinnate says: cuz i feel you're reaching
jinnate says: i put out shouts in that special
jinnate says: way
jinnate says: let me say again
jinnate says: and based on what you just read
jinnate says: see this is why i repeat you
jinnate says: because otherwise i repeat myself
jinnate says: if i repeat you, then you expand and dvelop your arguments
jinnate says: coming up with something new
jinnate says: otherwise, it's just a back n foth
jinnate says: and no new ground is covered
jinnate says: or uncovered
jinnate says: and i just get sick of the whole f'ing discussion
jinnate says: because it's obvious that many people like tells, don't listen to shouts
jinnate says: okay
jinnate says: i cna't repeat you
jinnate says: so i will say, tryout,
jinnate says: please bring this up in tourneybot forum
jinnate says: if you feel safe enuf to develop
jinnate says: your thoughts there
jinnate says: then maybe we can cover some new ground
jinnate says: instead of hashing the same ol grist for the mill
jinnate says: and maybe even if you don't s
jinnate says: someone else will.
You tell jinnate: hmm, what about putting our discussion right up there?
jinnate says: yes. good.
You tell jinnate: it's quite a bit easier, because I think we both have stated our opinions in length
jinnate says: yes
You tell jinnate: ok, let's see what responses we'll get