PUBLISHING AND CRITIQUING - Lusternia Online Help
188.8.131.52 PUBLISHING AND CRITIQUING
When a book is published by a Great Library, a copy is sent to every other Great Library. For the next year (exactly 300 days), the book is open to critiques. During this critique period, the book is locked and sealed so that not even the author can edit the book. After the critique period and after scholars have reviewed the critiques, the book may be unsealed and edited. Authors should be aware, however, that once a published book is published and if the author edits that book, then as soon as the author seals the book, it will be considered a new edition and go through the critique phase again. Thus, it should be clear that publishing a book is a very serious matter. As a rule, published books are considered finalized works. Unsealing and editing should only be done for major rewrites or to address negative critiques. Librarians of Great Libraries are given the ability to criticise works that have been placed in rivalling libraries, however, this is an ability that is not to be used with impunity. When you decide to criticise a book scholars will look at the work you decided to criticise and the reason you chose to do so. If this reason is found to be justified, the credibility of the library in which the book was placed shall decrease; however, if the reason is found to be faulty, it is the credibility of your own library that shall decrease instead. Criticise is the only ability that influences credibility directly, so use it with care. Now then, here are some examples of what criticise is to be used for: Bad Layout: Various examples of bad layout include what some refer to as faulty linebreaks, in which format this part of the helpfile has been written. This mistake often occurs when people copy-paste from the Mud back into the editor, without removing any of the linebreaks. It is a simple mistake that is easily corrected by simply keeping in mind that linebreaks go at the end of a paragraph and not at the end of a line. Another prime example of something one can always criticise for is making each sentence into a separate paragraph. This is not a mistake made in writing the file but rather a tendency to end each line with an enter. Once again we have written this part of the helpfile in the format we are trying to indicate in order to transfer how this layout looks and make it easier for librarians to recognise it and act appropriately. This mistake is easily corrected simply by keeping on writing without any linebreaks at all until one wishes to start a new paragraph. Apart from these two very easy examples, one can criticise books for bad layout in general, though we warn people that this is only to be used in the most extreme of cases: do not criticise just because you feel this one paragraph should be two instead, or that these two sentences should be a comma. Criticise is only to be used in extreme cases where the book really is a blemish on the name of the library, and all goes well, we will never see it used at all. In general, criticise should be used for cases when you can take a single glance at a page and immediately see it is complete rubbish. Further examples of this include things such as a complete page full of words without paragraphs or linebreaks at all or messy things such as overdramatic uses............of full stops or exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!! Bad Spelling: Again, this is only to be used in the most extreme of cases where you can see in a single glance that the work is utter rubbish, not for the occasional spelling mistake or two. In general, if you are not convinced that the book would warrant a criticism for spelling mistakes it is probably best not to take the risk. However, this does not mean that spelling mistakes in books are widely accepted: Just make sure your books are written in correct Lusternian and we won't have any of these problems at all. OOC Information or layout: This is the one category for which you may go out and dig through every last line of the book, for having OOC information in a book is simply unacceptable. However, we will only declare obvious uses of OOC information to be justified criticism, not the cases in which if you look at it in a certain way it might very well refer to something that is OOC. Another thing that is not allowed at all is OOC layout, and with this we mean using the layout of the Lusternia mud in a book, write a book as your character would write it, not as your player sees it. For example, if you are writing a log for a meeting your guild leaders had, the easiest way to write it down would be: Estarra, the Eternal says, "Bloody shite! Did a Seal just break?" Estarra runs around madly, flapping her arms in a blind panic. However, this is not the way in which it should be done as your character would never have written it down in such a way. A more acceptable way would be: Estarra: Bloody shite! Did a seal just break? At this point Estarra panicked. However, transcribing it completely always has the preference: After her arrival, Estarra was most disturbed to find that one of the seals on Kethuru's prison had been broken and for a moment, She lost her composure in an instant of panic. NOTICE: Any big changes of this system will be posted on Announce, but small ones will just be added without further notice.