Skotos Forums  

Go Back   Skotos Forums > Our Games > Castle Marrach > Castle Marrach Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-03-2005, 07:53 AM
SG Dathan SG Dathan is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Holding a water balloon from the parapet above you
Posts: 312
Deleted characters

Here are the guidelines we follow when a request is made to undelete a character:

"Considering the age minimum dictated by the TOS, we should all be able to assume that players are capable of making decisions they can live with. Players are asked several times whether they are sure they want to delete their characters, and once they agree for the final time, their character's fate is sealed.

Unless extraneous circumstances apply (which would require a judgement call from the Lead SG and a heavy argument such as that the player's account was hacked and the character deleted without their knowledge), no character will be returned from deletion, nor will a newly created character be made to resemble a deleted character in name, appearance, possessions or abilities, especially as this would basically allow players to circumnavigate the character limit per account."


Basically, unless you have some extenuating circumstances, we do not undelete characters. Please, make certain that you truly wish to delete your character before doing so, because it is rare that we retrieve them and it can often be a very sad thing to not be able to have your character back.

Thank you.
__________________
While I may not always agree with you, I will always listen to you. I will always give my best effort to be fair with the individuals involved, no matter what my prior associations with them may have been. I enjoy this duty, and while everyone is not always pleased with the outcome, we must remember that there are two sides to every issue and in as much, fair may not always seem fair to everyone involved. Nevertheless, I will do my best.

Thank you,
SG Dathan
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-03-2005, 09:05 AM
Kyle Kyle is offline
Kill count: 3
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Marysville Washington
Posts: 2,807
Send a message via ICQ to Kyle Send a message via AIM to Kyle
I was wondering how you would actualy go about deleting your character so it wasnt around anymore. I guess last time I tried I failed and he came back... so Ive got a character in my slot that I dont want to use but dont want to delete because then I couldnt make a new one of him. I guess all I wanted was the name, but ... I didnt know it came with a body already too. and I dont want to be bald.
__________________


Keep in touch, PM me with yahoo messneger. My ID is Fizgot. (and tell me who you are in CM so that I can know who Im talking to)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-03-2005, 09:47 AM
Diedra Diedra is offline
Curious Wildcat
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 2,578
Send a message via ICQ to Diedra Send a message via AIM to Diedra Send a message via MSN to Diedra Send a message via Yahoo to Diedra Send a message via Skype™ to Diedra
Re: Deleted characters

Quote:
Originally posted by SG Dathan
nor will a newly created character be made to resemble a deleted character in name, appearance, possessions or abilities, especially as this would basically allow players to circumnavigate the character limit per account."
Quick question on this, and I think I asked and found out the answer to this once - but its been ages and I can't remember. Do deleted character names ever re-set and become available? If so, how long does that take?

I mean, there are some really good names that have been used by people who make trial accounts then never play... are they forever off limits? Just curious.

~Nicole
__________________
"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of."- Bacharach
"Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading."- Trevelyan
"There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have."- Herold
"I don't necessarily agree with everything I say."- McLuhan
"There was never a great genius without a tincture of madness." - Aristotle
Get Firefox -- My Blog
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-03-2005, 10:56 AM
SG Dathan SG Dathan is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Holding a water balloon from the parapet above you
Posts: 312
Regarding names: I do not know the exact amount of time that this takes, but I believe it is six months to a year before the names are purged from inactivity and are once again able to be used. Don't quote me on that.

Also, I would encourage players to not use names that existed before if at all possible. It will inevitably end up with some amount of confusion depending on how well known the character was.

I should probably also note that prominent names may be removed from use forever depending on who the character was and how much their presence impacted the castle. For example, I can't see that if the player of Gareth suddenly quit that a year from now we would allow another Gareth, different even in personality and appearance, to roam the halls. It just wouldn't be a easy thing to adapt to, though we do recognize that in life there are certainly people with the same name.

Of course there are exceptions to everything.
__________________
While I may not always agree with you, I will always listen to you. I will always give my best effort to be fair with the individuals involved, no matter what my prior associations with them may have been. I enjoy this duty, and while everyone is not always pleased with the outcome, we must remember that there are two sides to every issue and in as much, fair may not always seem fair to everyone involved. Nevertheless, I will do my best.

Thank you,
SG Dathan
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-04-2005, 08:45 AM
britta britta is offline
damaged goods
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: only Pandora knows me
Posts: 4,667
Send a message via AIM to britta
I do believe some names have been retired permanently, at least that is the rumor.

Also, for instance, I have two accounts. and I'm hoarding some names *cough* now since i never play alts, pretend one day i come up with this wonderful idea for a plot bla bla bla, and i want to use say...Tara. I have her name, technically, but i want a red head instead of a brunette. She's never been played, is still in her linens. Is there a way they can let me delete her and reuse the name since the name belonged to my character initially? or even for a nominal rp cost?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-04-2005, 09:28 AM
Kalle Kalle is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Sweden
Posts: 816
Why not just request a 50 STP's trait-alteration on the char's hair? *shrug*

-Kalle.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-10-2005, 07:43 AM
SPXios SPXios is offline
Zipperump-a-Zoo
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Just this side of crazy
Posts: 1,312
Send a message via ICQ to SPXios
Yes, some character names are being held regardless of how long it might have been since their player had an active account. This is most often done in situations where the character has left a substantial mark on the castle and we actually catch it. I would expect some names will always fall through the cracks.

At the moment, the automatic purging system checks perhaps once a month and purges out character names on around six month old trial accounts.

While I am not aware of purges from expired paid accounts, we do not guarantee your character will not be purged unless you had some unusual RL issues that you discussed with us prior to leaving. (i.e. drafted into the military for a year, don't want to pay when you can't play but hope to return in a year)
__________________
-StoryHost Xios
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-22-2005, 08:16 AM
SG Dathan SG Dathan is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Holding a water balloon from the parapet above you
Posts: 312
Re: Deleted characters

Quote:
Originally posted by SG Dathan
Please, make certain that you truly wish to delete your character before doing so, because it is rare that we retrieve them and it can often be a very sad thing to not be able to have your character back.
*Bump*
__________________
While I may not always agree with you, I will always listen to you. I will always give my best effort to be fair with the individuals involved, no matter what my prior associations with them may have been. I enjoy this duty, and while everyone is not always pleased with the outcome, we must remember that there are two sides to every issue and in as much, fair may not always seem fair to everyone involved. Nevertheless, I will do my best.

Thank you,
SG Dathan
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-22-2005, 11:41 AM
Darren Brimhall Darren Brimhall is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Fresno, California, America
Posts: 3,429
Quote:
Originally posted by SG Dathan
Regarding names: I do not know the exact amount of time that this takes, but I believe it is six months to a year before the names are purged from inactivity and are once again able to be used. Don't quote me on that.

Also, I would encourage players to not use names that existed before if at all possible. It will inevitably end up with some amount of confusion depending on how well known the character was.

I should probably also note that prominent names may be removed from use forever depending on who the character was and how much their presence impacted the castle. For example, I can't see that if the player of Gareth suddenly quit that a year from now we would allow another Gareth, different even in personality and appearance, to roam the halls. It just wouldn't be a easy thing to adapt to, though we do recognize that in life there are certainly people with the same name.

Of course there are exceptions to everything.

I think it would depend upon the spelling of the name.
With the right nouns and constants, the name my sound the same but be spelled differently.

Example: Hayton or Heyton

Darren
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-01-2005, 05:55 PM
Eeva Eeva is offline
Dame Evil
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Armoury
Posts: 895
Just a reminder for everyone.
__________________
My care is like my shadow
Laid bare beneath the sun.
It follows me at all times
And flies when I pursue it.

I freeze and yet am always burned
Since from myself again I turn.
I love and yet am forced to hate.
I seem stark mute; inside I prate.

Some gentler love doth ease itself
Into my heart and mind.
For I am soft and made of snow
Love, be more cruel or so be kind.

- Adapted by Martin Phipps, from a poem by Elizabeth I
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-17-2006, 09:32 AM
SG Dathan SG Dathan is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Holding a water balloon from the parapet above you
Posts: 312
More explanation as to why we do not undelete characters:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Geist View Post
a bad precedent to set because it takes Nino a good deal of work to go through the archives, find the right back-up, and retrieve the character. After all, if the character was still right there and just a quick command away from retrieval it wouldn't really be deleting, would it? The effect of deletion, in part, is that it removes it from the current databse. It is also impractical to maintain a seperate database of just deleted characters because, frankly, it would be *huge*.

This is why we tell you to not delete your characters when you are leaving the game.
__________________
While I may not always agree with you, I will always listen to you. I will always give my best effort to be fair with the individuals involved, no matter what my prior associations with them may have been. I enjoy this duty, and while everyone is not always pleased with the outcome, we must remember that there are two sides to every issue and in as much, fair may not always seem fair to everyone involved. Nevertheless, I will do my best.

Thank you,
SG Dathan
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-11-2007, 08:33 AM
SG Dathan SG Dathan is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Holding a water balloon from the parapet above you
Posts: 312
Please, if you can't live without your characters, don't delete them. When you go to delete, take a step back and wait until tomorrow before you decide to go through with it, because once you've deleted your character, unless there are some special circumstances, we aren't going to bring them back. Ever.

The information can also be found in this stickie:

http://forum.skotos.net/showpost.php...4&postcount=17

Those special circumstances:
Quote:
Originally Posted by SG Dathan View Post
Here are the guidelines we follow when a request is made to undelete a character:

"Unless extraneous circumstances apply (which would require a judgement call from the Lead SG and a heavy argument such as that the player's account was hacked and the character deleted without their knowledge), no character will be returned from deletion, nor will a newly created character be made to resemble a deleted character in name, appearance, possessions or abilities, especially as this would basically allow players to circumnavigate the character limit per account."
__________________
While I may not always agree with you, I will always listen to you. I will always give my best effort to be fair with the individuals involved, no matter what my prior associations with them may have been. I enjoy this duty, and while everyone is not always pleased with the outcome, we must remember that there are two sides to every issue and in as much, fair may not always seem fair to everyone involved. Nevertheless, I will do my best.

Thank you,
SG Dathan
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-11-2007, 11:29 AM
britta britta is offline
damaged goods
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: only Pandora knows me
Posts: 4,667
Send a message via AIM to britta
I am shocked and amused people actually do this. I think deletion should be like the darwin awards. If you're dumb enough to delete a character in a fit of temper that you want to play again, you shouldn't be allowed to play with grownups. Period.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by endophon View Post

Is this a business or the personal fiefdom of a few volunteers?
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-11-2007, 12:49 PM
Priam Priam is offline
Asshat
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: In my lab, building my caring-less helmet
Posts: 5,002
Quote:
Originally Posted by britta View Post
I am shocked and amused people actually do this. I think deletion should be like the darwin awards. If you're dumb enough to delete a character in a fit of temper that you want to play again, you shouldn't be allowed to play with grownups. Period.
Totally. Think twice before invoking the final solution!!!111
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.