Difference between revisions of "Messaging, Combine:SI"

From Plarium Games Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
(Created page with "Category: SI Combines =Communications= Soldiers Inc provides a basic form of communications for the officers and members to communicate to one and other. The Command Ran...")
 
Line 2: Line 2:
 
=Communications=
 
=Communications=
  
Soldiers Inc provides a basic form of communications for the officers and members to communicate to one and other. The Command Ranks can send combine-wide communications that all selected members can read in a memo. Communications is one of the critical aspects of any military or business, without it, all the members cannot be aware of events and the needs of command.
+
One of the most important aspects of any organziation is the ability for leaders to communicate with each other and with their subordinates. An army without a leader will not last long, and that leader is only a leader if they can direct their group. That requries communication. In short the ability to communicate is critical and failing to use that ability properly will hinder the groups ability to fight effectively.
  
==Sending a Combine Memo==
+
==Basic Communication==
  
To send a combine-wide memo, visit your Joint Ops Center, click on the ‘My Combine’ Tab and then choose ‘Send All’ on the right hand side of the associates list. All memos will automatically go to the CEO and Executive Officers. Other ranks can be selected or deselected by clicking on the rank icon. Each message is limited to 600 characters, and there is a tentative limit of 5 memos per day. Memos will appear to each member with a large combine icon as the sender, rather than the member who sent it.
+
Soldier Inc. uses an asynchronous messaging system very much like email or instant messenger. The basic steps involve locating the individaul you wish to contact either via their base, your combine's roster, or your friends list. You then select "send message" and begin your conversation. Once you have an open line of communication with an individual, you can generally refer to your inbox to continue the conversation. However be advised that they system will only retain so many open lines of communications and will also only maintain a limited number of actual messages. Exceeding the number of open lines will cause the oldest lines to fall out. This is generally not an issue because the limit is quite generous. However, the limit on acutal messages is more troublesome as it is hard to know when you've reached the limit and when messages will start disappearing. Again it is the oldest messages that are removed but an active commander will easily reach the limit and must thus have a care that no important information is lost.
  
Remember: ''Combine memos do not reveal who wrote the message, as a memo is more of a formal message without personalization.''
+
==Combine Wide Communication==
  
Individual members can be messaged through the normal messaging channel, or by searching the associate list on the My Combine page of the Joint Ops Center.  To the right of each member in the associates list, is a mail icon that can be used to directly message the member.
+
Sometimes it is not efficient to communicate a message to each member individually. Solder Inc. provides leadership with the ability to send a limited number of group messages. These messages can be sent to selected ranks, even to the whole combine if desired. The message will appear as if it is a personal message from the person who sent it, but the message will bear the Combine's symbol to show that it was sent to a group. Understand that no other indication sets of these messages. Combine wide messages can be sent through the Joint Ops center via the My Combine Tab using the Send All button. CEOs and Executive Officers will always recieve the message. The limit on group messages is 5 per day.
  
A good suggestion for writing multiple messages and combine memos is to use a text editor such as Windows ‘Notepad’ or Mac’s ‘Notes’ to compose the message prior to sending it.  This gives you a chance to format the message, gage the length (max of 600 characters) and a chance to redact (or edit) critical information.  Copy and paste the message into the Soldiers Inc message interface and click send.  There is a chance that spending too much time reading your message before sending it triggers the inactivity window to pop up and could erase the text of the message.
+
==In Game Chat==
  
Tip: ''By composing your memos externally, you can then save a copy of the message for future reference. A suggestion is to save the memo by date and subject: (12-1-13-Memo about mining <nowiki>complex.tx</nowiki>t).''
+
The game provides the ability to host chat in game. To access this feature there is a toggle button over your friends bar. Click that and the friends bar will be replaced with a chat bar that has a global and a combine channel.
  
==My Combine Quick Message==
+
==Persisting and Editing==
  
There is a 5 line maximum message field for a brief message on the My Combine tab of the Joint Ops Center that lets the CEO, XO or General communicate with the group.  This feature is largely outclassed by the messaging and combine’s memo feature, but still remains in the game.  This is handy for leaving instructions and a URL for an external combine page, voice communication software and credentials or other upcoming events.
+
The in game messaging does not have spell check and does not have a permanent save feature. You can however create your message via a text editing program, save the message to disk for later reference and then copy/paste the message into the game's messaging system to send it.
  
==Using Facebook as an external lobby for members to communicate==
+
==Social Media as an alternative==
  
Soldiers Inc is a game designed around social interaction. One of the biggest benefits of running a combine is to make friends in and out of the game with people all around the world. Sending friend requests and staying in touch is a big part of the game. Using a Facebook group page for combine members to interact is logical.
+
While the in game messaging works well for quick messages and basic communication, it can not replace a fully organized group page on Facebook or a similar forum (should you not be playing through Facebook). Registering a group page is quick and free. It will however require that all members friend you so you can add them to the page. You can store files for important documents like Rules of Engagement, Standard Operating Proceedures, and Hints/Tips. Some combines even organize multiple pages for multiple purposes like trading, command discussion, battle operations, etc. Facebook also allows for group messaging, though it has put some limits on those types of messages which require more effort to maintain. All things considered though this is a cheap and efficient means of maintaining strong communicaitons within your group.
  
There are many resources on how to create a Facebook page for your combine.  The Facebook page admin staff should have the CEO, Executive Officers as administrators at minimum.  As indicated in the XO responsibilities, a 4th XO can be appointed to run the off-game and 3rd party pages and lobbies for the combine.  Take care when removing members from the combine; they should also be removed from the combine group page in Facebook as well.
+
==Voice Chat==
  
 +
This option is not for everyone, but the Massive Multiplayer Online community has given rise to a number of voice chat programs. Generally these cost for hosting, but it is hard to match the real time communications that voice chat provides for intense Mining Complex battles and similar operations. We'll call this the deluxe option for communications.
 +
 +
==The Last Word==
 +
 +
Communication is essential. How you accomplish this task is up to you. However, the commanders that provide the strongest communication systems tend to be some of the most successful.
  
 
<br/><br/>
 
<br/><br/>
 
[[File:Wiki butt.png|center|link=Soldiers_Inc._Wiki]]
 
[[File:Wiki butt.png|center|link=Soldiers_Inc._Wiki]]

Revision as of 00:33, 30 April 2014

Communications

One of the most important aspects of any organziation is the ability for leaders to communicate with each other and with their subordinates. An army without a leader will not last long, and that leader is only a leader if they can direct their group. That requries communication. In short the ability to communicate is critical and failing to use that ability properly will hinder the groups ability to fight effectively.

Basic Communication

Soldier Inc. uses an asynchronous messaging system very much like email or instant messenger. The basic steps involve locating the individaul you wish to contact either via their base, your combine's roster, or your friends list. You then select "send message" and begin your conversation. Once you have an open line of communication with an individual, you can generally refer to your inbox to continue the conversation. However be advised that they system will only retain so many open lines of communications and will also only maintain a limited number of actual messages. Exceeding the number of open lines will cause the oldest lines to fall out. This is generally not an issue because the limit is quite generous. However, the limit on acutal messages is more troublesome as it is hard to know when you've reached the limit and when messages will start disappearing. Again it is the oldest messages that are removed but an active commander will easily reach the limit and must thus have a care that no important information is lost.

Combine Wide Communication

Sometimes it is not efficient to communicate a message to each member individually. Solder Inc. provides leadership with the ability to send a limited number of group messages. These messages can be sent to selected ranks, even to the whole combine if desired. The message will appear as if it is a personal message from the person who sent it, but the message will bear the Combine's symbol to show that it was sent to a group. Understand that no other indication sets of these messages. Combine wide messages can be sent through the Joint Ops center via the My Combine Tab using the Send All button. CEOs and Executive Officers will always recieve the message. The limit on group messages is 5 per day.

In Game Chat

The game provides the ability to host chat in game. To access this feature there is a toggle button over your friends bar. Click that and the friends bar will be replaced with a chat bar that has a global and a combine channel.

Persisting and Editing

The in game messaging does not have spell check and does not have a permanent save feature. You can however create your message via a text editing program, save the message to disk for later reference and then copy/paste the message into the game's messaging system to send it.

Social Media as an alternative

While the in game messaging works well for quick messages and basic communication, it can not replace a fully organized group page on Facebook or a similar forum (should you not be playing through Facebook). Registering a group page is quick and free. It will however require that all members friend you so you can add them to the page. You can store files for important documents like Rules of Engagement, Standard Operating Proceedures, and Hints/Tips. Some combines even organize multiple pages for multiple purposes like trading, command discussion, battle operations, etc. Facebook also allows for group messaging, though it has put some limits on those types of messages which require more effort to maintain. All things considered though this is a cheap and efficient means of maintaining strong communicaitons within your group.

Voice Chat

This option is not for everyone, but the Massive Multiplayer Online community has given rise to a number of voice chat programs. Generally these cost for hosting, but it is hard to match the real time communications that voice chat provides for intense Mining Complex battles and similar operations. We'll call this the deluxe option for communications.

The Last Word

Communication is essential. How you accomplish this task is up to you. However, the commanders that provide the strongest communication systems tend to be some of the most successful.



Wiki butt.png