THE ACHAEAN NEWS SYSTEM - Achaea Online Help
3.5 THE ACHAEAN NEWS SYSTEM
Writing articles for other adventurers to read: the Achaean news system. New to the News System? ----------------------- The news system is a valuable way for Achaeans to communicate with each other in non-real-time, by writing posts that others can read on their own time. If you are brand new to Achaea, you don't need to worry about the news too much at first, but you should certainly learn how to at least read the news. Most importantly, you should make it a habit to read the latest news in the Announce section for announcements from the administration, and the news sections of your city and House, if you belong to either. You can check your news status and read individual news posts from anywhere, but if you wish to write a news post, you must find a news room. Details follow below. News Sections ------------- News is divided into sections: Name Who Can Read Who Can Write Public Everyone Everyone Announce Everyone Administrators Comments Producers Everyone Poetry Everyone Everyone Events Everyone Administrators Leaders Org Leaders Org Leaders Houses +----------- Cities | Members only may read and write in any of these sections Orders | which are named for the organisation (City name, House name, Oakstone | Clan name, etc). Clans +----------- Reading the News ---------------- You can read news posts and check your news status from anywhere in Achaea. To check your news status, type NSTAT. This will show you something like this: Public: Read 2/17688 articles. Comments: Read 0/596 articles. Announce: Read 2489/2729 articles. Ashtan: Read 0/5937 articles. Poetry: Read 0/3395 articles. Events: Read 0/266 articles. The above tells you that there are 2729 articles in the Announce news section, for example, and that your "last read" marker for that section is at post 2489. Your news marker for each section is simply set for the very last post you read in that section, whatever it was. If you type NSTAT CATCHUP, it will automatically set your "last read" marker for ALL the sections to the very last post in each section. Using NSTAT CATCHUP <section> will perform the above function but only for the news board you have specified. To read any existing post in a section where you have read access, type READNEWS <section> <post #>. For example, READNEWS PUBLIC 1. The READNEXT command (or RN) will cycle through all posts going forward from your "last read" markers. Try it out: type RN several times. (See HELP READNEXT for more information.) You can also read news posts from within a news room. Some prefer to do this if they have many news posts to read, for the peace and quiet. Writing a News Post ------------------- In order to write a post, you must journey to a NEWS ROOM. These are scattered throughout the land in each major city, and a few other locations such as Delos. Once in one of these places, simply NEWS. Once in the NEWS system, enter HELP to get information on how to use the news. Please read the HELP before you enter the news writing editor! If you choose to write an article, you will enter the Achaean Composer. This tool allows you to write an article, skip around from line to line, replace lines, delete lines, and so on. Typing *help from within the Composer will give you help on how to use it. You can also read HELP EDITOR. Something to keep in mind while using the public, house, order, and city news sections is that these are strictly in-role sections. Repeated out-of-character (HELP OOC) articles may result in the termination of your writing privileges. Due to the high volume of posts on the Public newsboard, there is a cost associated with posting to that section: 5000gp. Posting anywhere else where you have posting access is free. Commands -------- CONFIG NEWSIGNORE Configure your settings to ignore certain news sections. NSTAT Show you a summary of the news sections you can access. NSTAT CATCHUP Automatically bring your "last read" post in every news section in which you have news access to the last post. NEWS Enter the news system. READNEWS <section> <article #> Read a news article from outside the news system. The syntax is, for instance: READNEWS PUBLIC 1000. NSUM/NSUMMARY <section> <beginning article#> See a summary of a range of up to 20 articles, starting at whatever article you choose. RN Review all news sections to which you have access. (See HELP READNEXT) READPREVIOUS|READPREV|RP Read the previous article in a news section. (See HELP READNEXT) NMARK Mark a news article to easily find it later. SEARCHNEWS <section> [field] [article #] <keyword> Search the body of posts for keywords. SEARCHNEWS ANNOUNCE TECTON - search all of announce for instances of Tecton. SEARCHNEWS ANNOUNCE 3560 TECTON - search announce 3560 and later for instances of Tecton. SEARCHNEWS PUBLIC A TECTON - search public news for posts authored by Tecton. SEARCHNEWS PUBLIC S ASHTAN - search public news for posts with Ashtan in the subject. SEARCHNEWS PUBLIC B SHEEP - search public news for posts with sheep in the body.