How to Make a Suggestion

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How to Make a Suggestion

Post by xepel » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:18 pm

(From Slarty)

Focus on the Problem, not your Solution
A suggestion is pretty useless if we don't know what the root problem you're trying to solve is. On top of that, sitting down and figuring out exactly what the problem is, and why it is a problem, really helps to define what the proper solution is.

I'm also personally much more likely to respond to someone giving a concrete example of a situation which was just outright no fun. I can identify with it, think of how I'd feel the in the situation, and get annoyed by proxy enough to act.

Granted, some of the coolest ideas are just that, cool ideas. No concrete problem that needs solving, just a fun new mechanic that adds interesting decisions to the game. So there are exceptions to this rule.

Avoid Definitive Statements
Words like "never" and "always" turn me away from suggestions almost instantly. If someone is exaggerating to make their point; I don't take them seriously.

Be Nice
I have delayed work on things before because of the way suggestions were worded, even when I agree with them. I've got lots of things to work on, and I'm going to work on the things that make nice, but frustrated, people happy.

Be Persistent, but not Annoying
There is a fine line between persistence and annoyance.

Multiple reports in a single update. Not useful, it can't have possibly been fixed by then.

Bringing the same thing up over and over again in off topic posts. Not useful, makes me ignore the issue.

*Just* bumping a thread every month? Questionable.

Posting to a thread with another (unique) report of the same general issue every month, and a re-iteration of why it is unfun? Useful!

Bug every update if a perceived issue still exists? Useful!

Realize Your Needs Are Personal
They don't apply to everyone. You don't speak for everyone. You can only speak for you. Embrace this, I'm more likely to respond to a personal appeal anyway. You aren't fooling me pretending to speak for the community.

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Re: How to Make a Suggestion

Post by Gloria » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:35 pm

Ok, so Slarti is not the GM who said that they check polls. But *some* GM said that!
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Re: How to Make a Suggestion

Post by Dyaus » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:49 pm

Perhaps this would make a good sticky for the Suggestions forum?

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Re: How to Make a Suggestion

Post by Gloria » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:54 pm

I disagree, Dyaus. If this were stickied into Suggestion Box, it would seem like a GM -mandated rules for making suggestions there. Instead it is the views of one GM from that GM's personal blog.
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Re: How to Make a Suggestion

Post by Maeght » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:27 pm

Hopefully other GMs will read this thread and make their opinions known.

Something tells me that Slarty's outline isn't too far from the GM "common wisdom". :-)

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Re: How to Make a Suggestion

Post by Eldon » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:02 am

Maeght wrote:Hopefully other GMs will read this thread and make their opinions known.

Something tells me that Slarty's outline isn't too far from the GM "common wisdom". :-)
I agree with Slarty.
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