Michael Sinclair (rykos) wrote in gamine_dev,
Michael Sinclair
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Language & Private Messaging keys

Earlier today I was contemplating the ability to allow users to assign themselves a private messaging key. What this would mean is that a user could enter a key phrase (with a length of 8-16 characters) in their settings, and when sending private messages, they could set whether or not to use the key. If used, the message is encoded and can only be read if the accepting user knows the key.

Now, while seeming rather pointless, it would be a means of ensuring that the message could only be read by the intended recipient. That way, should an account become compromised (such as forgetting to log out on a public computer, a relative messing around on your computer, etc), messages containing private information cannot be read.

Yes, that would seem overkill, and I doubt anyone would have information that sensative being sent through private messaging. However, I also had another idea stemming from the one above, which is the reason for stating that one.

When roleplaying, all characters appear to speak in commonspeak, regardless of race or intelligence. And as much as the owners of characters would like to be able to speak the languages of their characters, it is quite a difficult task -- especially when some languages just cannot be learned. Then there is the fact that just because one person learns it, it does not mean anyone else will have learned it. Therefore trying to use fantasy languages on a free-form roleplaying site is virtually impossible.

Or is it?

This is where my idea from above comes into play. It would work like this:
Upon registering, players would select one language which their character speaks and understands. From that point on, their language would be set and unchangeable (unless a request was made to an admin with a legitimate reason for doing so). Languagues could be added as well, if there were to be a legitimate reason for doing so. Requests would be made to an admin.

When posting, there would be tags that a user could use to post dialogue in their "native tongue". An example just for demonstration sake would be:
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Darius looked from each of the representatives. Each one a brutish orc wielding heavy battle axes. He spoke to them in their own language out of courtesy, "{language:orc}Why do you seek council with Lianae?{/language}"
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The resulting post would appear entirely in English (without the tags being visible) to any character who has "Orcish" as a language. To anyone who does not, it would appear as follows:
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Darius looked from each of the representatives. Each one a brutish orc wielding heavy battle axes. He spoke to them in their own language out of courtesy, "Hom diggidy dom doum domf art?"
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What are your thoughts? Suggestions? :)
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