Now before I begin I want to lay down one basic tenet I have taught my daughters. It never hurts to ask because if you don’t ask then you are much less likely to get. But that does not mean screaming ‘gimme gimme gimme’ is gonna net you anything either.
This is the forum post that started me writing this, but since it is post 967 in a 59 page threadnaught I am going to assume a LOT of you missed it. So for all my readers (both of you) this will get the information a bit more disseminated.
1) Stay calm. People block out screaming rage monkeys and move on or grab popcorn and place bets as to how long till they burst a vein. What they don’t do is listen to the content. You might as well be yelling that the Kaiser wants your string. Calm.
2) Sauce. If you are venturing a wild ass guess, personal anecdote, or graffiti you read on a bathroom stall . . . fine. But that will not get a lot of traction with people who deal with numbers and facts. “Everybody is unsubbing” is easily proven or disproven. Do so. Show your work, show the math, show the source. This is true when I am marking math and physics and it is true with posts as well.
3) Suggest. And not in vague terms. I take people to task for saying ‘fix null’ because that is not a plan, it is a goal. Specifics, dammit. ‘The drone bay is too small’ would be better phrased. ‘make the drone bay 150 m3’
4) Ramifications. Sure having a freighter with a sig size of 7 and a warp speed of 25 au/sec would be nice but what effect would it have on other parts of the game? Are you looking at the whole game or just your little piece of it?
5) Write well, spell and format the sucker. make it easy to read so people do. Hard to believe but I have found that even some DEVS are people. The rest are lizards in people suits. Watch the eyes THE EYESSSSS.
6) A tiny bit of back-reading would help. Is yours a new idea or is it the proverbial dead horse. If you have listened to Podside you know I am not against going over old topics in hopes of shaking something new out but I do do my reading and ask questions in hopes of a new idea.
I use this as often as I can, when dealing with people who write me new ideas and when talking to CCP. The better you use this sort of thing the better your ideas are received and the more you can get done.
It is not rocket science, even if we are talking about internet spaceships. Common courtesy . . . isn’t that common. But you do get listened to when you use a modicum of it. Unless you are on Podside, then you HAVE to bull over the other speakers at times or you will never be heard.
fly it like you won it