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Hashtags 101: How to Use Groups Without Permanent Injuries

by FriendlyFire » 24 Apr 2012, 01:37

This is an experimental system that is currently unique to this server. Please report bugs, ask for details or give suggestions in this topic. Please read the entire post before asking questions!

The hashtag system was built to facilitate group and fleet management. With groups now having a maximum size of 32 (which could be increased as necessary), having everybody share the same chat would be nigh unmanageable. Used wisely, the hashtag system lets you compartmentalize squadrons, fleets and other organizational elements easily and with much flexibility.

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Note on terminology: hashtags can be called multiple names; hashtags are the "official" way, but hash, tag or even channel are all acceptable descriptors. A hashtag is defined as a word with a hash (#) symbol prepended to it; #thisisatag is a valid hashtag, but #this is not a tag would only register #this as being a tag. Hashtags can use letters and numbers and are case sensitive (#THIS and #this are not the same hashtag). "Registering" a tag is asking the system to receive messages containing that hashtag.

Note on usage: hashtags are local to the group you are in and *only* work when using group chat. Attempting to write a tag in system chat will not activate the hashtag system. Two groups using the same hashtag will not share chats between them. To send messages to a hashtag, simply type your message with the hashtag contained anywhere in it (this works just like Twitter). A special hashtag, #g, sends your message to group chat, overriding your defaults (see below).

Note on commands: commands described below may use tags as arguments. These tags must NOT contain hashes (#). For instance, if the command is "/h r <tags>", then "/h r this" is acceptable, but "/h r #this" is not. This is to let you type those commands to other people (to help them, for instance) without triggering the hashtag system (since normally "/h r #this" would send "/h r" to tag #this, which is not what you want to happen!).

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The commands available are:
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/h r <tags>
/h register <tags>

Registers a series of tags separated by spaces. Registrations persist for the entire account even after logging off. Registering a tag broadcasts your registration to all other registered users of said tag.
EXAMPLE: This registers you to tags #HIGHCOM, #fighters and #banter1
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/h r HIGHCOM fighters banter1


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/h u <tags>
/h unregister <tags>

Removes your registers from a series of tags separated by spaces. Unregistering permanently removes you from the tag, even after logging off. Unregistering a tag broadcasts your action to all other registered users of said tag.
EXAMPLE: This unregisters you from tag #HIGHCOM
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/h u HIGHCOM


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/h d <tags>
/h default <tags>

Sets the given hashtags as defaults. This means that if you do not write any hashtag into your message while in group chat and that you have set default hashtags, your message will be automatically sent to those hashtags. Writing even one hashtag in your message overrides defaults, so if your defaults are #a and #b but you write #c in your message, then the message will only be sent to #c. You can remove defaults by using "/h d clear".
EXAMPLE: This sets your default to #banter1
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/h d banter1


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/h c <tags> <HTML color code>
/h color <tags> <HTML color code>

Sets the color of the given hashtags to be the defined HTML color. HTML colors are hexadecimal based RGB colors. If you don't know what that means, use this page to easily select the color you'd like. Colors persist after logoff and only affect you, so you can choose the colors you want without affecting others using the same hashtags. Colors are a purely optional feature, but setting a color will remove the (#<hashtag>) part from people's names, which can help reduce clutter in your chat box.
EXAMPLE: This sets the color of tag #fighters to red (FF0000)
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/h c fighters FF0000


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/h l
/h list

Lists all currently registered hashtags in the color selected for them.

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/h t
/h tell

This lists all people registered to all the hashtags you registered to yourself. For instance, if I have registered to #a and #b and Sushi had registered to #b, then this command will tell me that only I have registered to #a but Sushi and I are registered to #b.

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This may sound a bit overwhelming at first, but the system has been tested and should help tremendously. Take some time to familiarize yourself with it, particularly if you are part of a faction's leadership. Good communications organization is essential.
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Re: Hashtags 101: How to Use Groups Without Permanent Injuri

by FriendlyFire » 07 May 2014, 06:21

This feature is now enabled again. Factions are highly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the system, which was key to fleet organization during the demo.

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