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Gond (January 22nd, 2003, 3:53 pm)

I've always had this idea in my head of an ongoing sort of story thingy (love the technical description, eh?). What this means, basically, is that someone would start a story.. one paragraph, 2, more, whatever, and would stop. Then others would come along, read it, and add on to it. Kinda like a message board, but not, 'cause when one person was writing, it would have to lock out others from being able to write, like 5 minutes or so. It would probably be best to use Word or Notepad to actually write your part, and then copy and past it into the submission box.

This seems like something that would be a lot of fun for everyone here, and shouldn't be too terribly hard to code (heh, maybe.) Nice thing about this is that you could easily have more than one story going at a time, or maybe have an Ongoing Story of the Month. Heck, I dunno.

Anyway, what does everyone think?


Siedhr (January 23rd, 2003, 1:11 pm)

sounds interesting. I never did a colab and I was actually thinking about one. just didn't find the right person, I guess.

Sounds Very Awesome!

Semirrahge (January 23rd, 2003, 3:55 pm)

I've wanted to do collabs of all kinds for ages... I started one with Eldritch but it did not work out....

Chain stories, duels, etc - all these appeal to me. Yeah. I'd love this. :)

ok, then

Gond (January 23rd, 2003, 6:19 pm)

Well, I'm not an amazing coder, but I can search around different PHP/CGI sites and see if I can find anything like this, or something that can be (easily) edited to accomplish this. Even if no one wants to host it here, I can probably host it off of my website. Lets see what I find (unless we do have an amazing coder here that'd like to tackle this...)


cruise (January 23rd, 2003, 11:02 pm)

One amazing coder with a busy schedule at your service :P

To be honest, the easiest way is just have a dedicated forum, and each thread is a far as I can see, that would do what you need to...unless there's something I've missed?


Semirrahge (January 24th, 2003, 3:32 pm)

I think he wanted a lockout time, so that while someone was writing, no one else could.

Thise would solve the occasional double-post that you find in this sort of thing.

At the moment

cruise (January 24th, 2003, 7:41 pm)

I can't see that being a problem :P

Once we got enough people that two are going to be posting on the same story, I'll worry about it...

In the meantime, shallI create another forum?

Actually, it's happened

Narainsbrain (January 25th, 2003, 4:56 am)

When you have people writing huge posts in a thread, there's bound to be some collisions occasionally. I see latest posts in thread, compose reply over a minute or five, and post to see a new message up there just before mine. It happened once at the Aye of Faith - where else? :D - and if it happens to a story, that's going to screw it up a mighty lot...

But it isn't going to happen often. So yeah, you might as well go ahead and make the forum.

Who starts it?

Semirrahge (January 25th, 2003, 5:20 pm)

Me? Gond, since it's his idea? Cruise, since he's our Fearless Leader? Narain, since he's so cool? Eldritch, because he's youngest? Siedhr, because ladies go first? Ben, because I have not mentioned him yet?

Come on - lets get this show on the road!

=D And, whoever starts it needs to cover the basics for the world: Sci-Fi or Fantasy, what tech is in major useage, and primary focus (i.e. cyberpunk, action, etc).

about ladies

Siedhr (January 25th, 2003, 5:37 pm)

ladies go first, that's all you have to say about me? pretty weak argument. :P I'm better off than Ben though. LOL


Narainsbrain (January 26th, 2003, 6:02 am)

That was a cool list... =)

I don't like being called 'cool' over everybody else though :D How's this: "Narain, since he's less of a writer than anybody else here, and can't even get a decent metaphor right?"

Anyway, I sure as heck ain't going to invent a fictional world myself. I know what I can't do, and this is near the top of the list, just below "depicting believable emotion". ;) But hey, one could just jump-start the story in the middle of something happening, and the build the world around it as we go along. That way, we avoid too much effort in the world-building department. But probably end up with an inconsistent hodge-podge of a world. Oh well. I've never built a world, so don't listen to me.

As soon as we get a forum started, we'll see what happens.

I should start it off

Ben (January 26th, 2003, 8:29 am)

Because I'm a ridiculously slow writer incapable of finishing anything. =)

About the lock...

Hellkeepa (January 31st, 2003, 1:22 pm)


As far as the locking issue goes, I have the solution for it. ;-)

Just finished the first version of a tool similar to this, only it's for a whole (online) book complete with chapters and "pages". :-D

Anyway, the solution is to add a field for a timestamp in the database, and then have a button one must press in order to make a reply. When that button is pressed two things should happen:

1. The database is checked to see if a timestamp has already been set, and if it has, how long it is since someone opened it. I have 6 hours before someone can edit a page, which only kicks in if someone aborts their browser (meaning the timestamp is cleared when they successfully submit something).

2. If they are allowed to add a new reply (no previous timestamp), add a new timestamp and take them to the "Add new reply" page.

Quite easy in fact, but it does take a little bit of work.

Happy fraggin'!

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