Do you use spawns and how?


  • Coder


  • Pitcrew

    I spawn every individual channel as well as pages (and the monitor for connects and disconnects), but I can say that I wouldn't do that if I were on Windows using SimpleMU or Potato. Atlantis's layout makes it feasible for me personally.


  • Admin

    I've thought about spawning pages but it makes it tricky if I'm paging while in RP (i.e. quite often) to keep track of everything by having to switch tabs constantly.


  • Coder

    @Roz Could you screenshot an example or link one? I'm curious what sort of layout works well enough that you'd only use it under those circumstances.


  • Pitcrew

    I don't spawn. But then again i tend to have channels off most of the time unless I am on them to ask something specific or to seek rp then once that is taken I jump back off them.
    Pages can get annoying at times in rp but I have found most folks are cool about not paging with chatter if you politely say you are in RP and will talk with them later.
    Now if I was staffing somewhere i would definitely have them as you are frequently juggling three things at once and are less able to just forget channels exist.


  • Pitcrew

    @Glitch said:

    @Roz Could you screenshot an example or link one? I'm curious what sort of layout works well enough that you'd only use it under those circumstances.

    Sure! It's just the default Atlantis layout. I believe that it has a tab format that's more along the lines of SimpleMU as well, but this works way better for me. But spawning all these channels on SimpleMU wouldn't work for because it's just too many tabs and they aren't easily organized.


  • Coder

    @Roz I'm just floored at the number of spawns you've got going. It does look easy to read and understand at a glance, but man... isn't there a lot of clicking involved, going back and forth between all of those?


  • Pitcrew

    @Glitch Not if I'm moving between spawns with activity. There's a keyboard shortcut that's just "move to the next spawn with activity" that I make use of all the time. My head really prefers having all the conversations organized out separately. I also rarely page and am on games where players can make private channels and whatnot with other players, and we also tend to make channels based on common threads of interest (which is where you get stuff like VideoGames) to try and keep spam in places where it's easy for people to either subscribe or not.


  • Politics

    @Roz Damn. I wish SimpleMU had that kind of organization.


  • Pitcrew

    @Coin I get really sad thinking that someday I'll probably be back in an office with PCs instead of Macs and will have to use something else in the background at work. #fwp



  • @Coin said:

    @Roz Damn. I wish SimpleMU had that kind of organization.

    Yeah, same, it looks a lot cleaner than the tabs. Might be worth bothering the Potato developer about as an option.


  • Pitcrew

    Lemme tell you, when @Sparks showed up on one of my games several years ago, the other staffers had to sternly tell me not to fangirl at her. Because I love Atlantis an awful lot.



  • I use SimpleMU and one of the first things I do on any new character is set up spawns to be used. Pages all go in one window (and without getting OOC chatter oops'd into it unless someone is c/p'ing a page wholesale). Channels each have their own tab. The only thing I could really wish for is that the tabs were organized a little more like @Roz's so you can actually read them all. But... play a bit long enough and you start to know which tab is which.



  • My actual version's not in the voting list:

    • Channels to one window
    • Pages, OOC, and things like +friends to a second window

  • Politics

    Don't know how to do any of this. I just have it all in one.



  • @Olsson What client do you use?


  • Politics

    @Miss-Demeanor

    SimpleMU



  • @Olsson I can show you how to set up spawns for SimpleMU if you're interested. :)


  • Politics

    My style is not an option either.

    I usually keep my pages on my character´s window and I spawn only channels that I need to pay attention consistently. For example, if I am staffing, or if I am the lead or administrator of an important, active faction, I will spawn that channel off to the side so that I can see it clearly and follow conversations. Otherwise, I usually just leave them in my character window because I tend to have too many tabs open as it is and it clutters. This is why Atlantis's way of organizing spawns looks so amazing to me.


  • Tutorialist

    I don't, but that's only because TF doesn't do spawns. I'd use potato, but I can't figure out how to get spawns to work. Every time I look at threads on how to do it makes me scratch my head and go: What???



  • I went with the closest to what I do, which is for high volume staff windows only, usually. Mostly because I'm lazy about setting it up. But you can bet job spam got spawned off on the TR staff window, that's for dang sure, along with monitor clutter.


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