I know we're dealing with another vote and this one might be slight controversial in that it's introducing something very new and it might be perfected through trial and error. Over the past couple of months, I've been looking for ways to upgrade the sorting process, or as one might say-rejuvenate it. Yes, it's only been a year or so since it's been updated but I think it's time to look at it again once more. What I'm going too suggest isn't quite what a usual update might look like (changing the writing requirement, a new multiple choice selection, the inclusion or exclusion of short answer questions) and, in fact, I'm barely going to touch the forum that we have now.
What this vote is putting forward is the introduction of an alternate forum. Another route to go down if you do not want to write history and personality. For the sake of clarity, I'm going to be referring to what we have now as the 'freeform style'. The other type will be the 'interview style'.
As calling it an interview gives it away, I'm suggesting that C&L write up an atrocious amount of broad and general questions (it'll be around 20-30) that will relate to history and personality that the user will respond too in character. As in, with their voice and narrative. You can even roleplay them. You will be forced to answer a minimum of ten questions with as much detail as possible. You can answer more but that's up to you. The only one required question will be the first magical incident and how old they were. Your answer should be enough to give C&L a clear sense of their personality, history and voice.
I understand it might be considered a lot less effort than the freeform, particularly since we won't nor can't police the length of the responses. However, it is considered more 'fun' to do. More interactive and allows users to practise rping their character, ensuring they have the character's voice per say. You find people write the personality in long form then have no idea how too rp them afterwards. Or end up turning them into someone completely different. I'm not saying this will work but it could give users a chance too try it out.
I know some people might consider this just short questions extended and yes, sure, it might be. However, I have a few things to say in response too that:
- C&L will be able to change the interview questions a lot easier than the MC questions in order to keep the questions fresh. As I said, there'll be 30 too choose from so people won't find them too repetitive, at least for a while, but we can change them from time to time if we need too.
- The questions will be a lot broader than the ones before (or the ones I've come across). I found people usually had one sort of response to questions (such as wishing the wizarding world was more tolerant etc), so hopefully these questions will be a lot more open that people can explore them in different ways.
For exotics and minors, you'd answer in the same way. For the magical incident and you're a squib, you'd just answer that your char never had one, how everyone reacted and how it made them feel. Something along those lines. However, C&L have discussed making specific sub-questions for specific exotics. There'd be 3 or 4 maybe for each exotic. And considering you're only allowed one type of exotic (save for nymphs), I don't think that should be an issue.
I want to make it clear this won't replace the freeform and people are still free too complete that. The interview style might still leave gaps in one's history and personality that you might want to go over in your history. You can even do both, if you wish, and just write the history and personality underneath the interview. If you do both-don't worry about writing requirements. If you have anything too dramatic in your history (for example-they go to jail), and don't go over it in the interview, then just make a note of it underneath. You get the gist.
The only times C&L will call you up on an interview is if we don't feel there's enough substance in your responses. Yes, this might be subjective, but if you give us one sentence per question, then how do we know which house too sort your character into? Or if they're overpowered or not? Furthermore, if we see something confusing in your interview and want clarification then we might ask.
I'm including three options in this vote. Which are as follows:
- Yes to an alternate interview styled forum replacing the MC questions, history and personality
- Yes to an alternate interview styled forum replacing only history and personality
- No to an alternate interview styled forum and keep it the same traditional style with MC questions, history and personality.
If we do decided to keep the MC questions, there will be a question for adults to be asked if they wish to be sorted.
Option One (+9)
- Woojin GOD
- Been through some bad shit, I should be a savage, who woulda thought it'd turn me to a sad bitch?
- — 반짝이는 별이던 니가 내 품에 안긴
- Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better. 23:19, November 20, 2019 (UTC)
- but, dear me, let us be elegant or die.
Option Two (+0)
Part of the point of writing out a history and personality is so that information can then be put on a character page. I definitely understand and support the idea of finding your character's voice. But how do we ensure that info still gets on the character page, if the requirement to write it out goes away? Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better. 17:57, November 20, 2019 (UTC)
I just assumed in the history section we would put out interview essentially
As Yorkie suggests, you’d just copy and paste the interview (or whatever you have if you did both) onto your character page. Even split the interview in half and put one section into the personality section and the other in the history section. It’d still be required to be found somewhere on the page.
And if that's the case, that works. I just wanted to make sure it was still an understood expectation that the information would still end up on a character page in some capacity, since that hadn't been discussed in the outlined explanation of the new system. Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better. 23:18, November 20, 2019 (UTC)
With nine votes for option one, the introduction of an interview styled forum alongside the forum we have now will be introduced shortly.