oneofthedragon wrote:You know, most of the time, the people who have the problems with IRC are the ones who are in there the least.
Now you could claim this is because the people on IRC get full modsheets for games that haven't even started yet, but it's more because it's not particularly a problem. Most of the time the discussion happens between dead people, and info the mod gives is done via private messages on IRC, and in many cases it's rather mundane.
There are people in IRC 24/7 and maybe once a week there is a piece of info that maybe gives a slight unfair advantage.
Hell, people get more info pming me with questions than IRC.
For the most part, it's a non-issue.
I'm also not sure what you're referring to IS.
I'm not on some anti-IRC crusade. The only reason I'm not on there is I'm mostly here from work and while my employers don't mind a bit of forum browsing and downtime, they wouldn't really appreciate me having an open chat window going on, just like they don't approve of messenger programs and the like.
I also don't care about dead people talking about games or getting the modsheet posted before it comes on the forum, and I'm not claiming IRC people get an unfair advantage.
The only reason I piped up this time (and it is the first time) was because Tigion didn't get his role description PMed to him. He had no copy of it and no reference. I'm aware it's probably deemed minor by the rest of you, but it's caused an effect in the game.
The prime reason I put forward the Mafia Mod account idea was to keep all game related materials in one place for all mods/co-mods so that everyone got the information they needed and it was all managed effectively, because we have had problems before, such as:
The main mod keeps an offline mod sheet which no co-mods have access to, co-mods help with vote counting but defer almost all rule clarifications, because if they make a clarification the main mod might overrule it later.
From time to time a role description PM is skipped. Generally gets cleared up pretty quickly when someone says "hey, didn't get my role PM".
This is only going to get worse if mods start using IRC to perform mod duties.
If you're telling some people over IRC and others over PM things ARE going to get confused.
If you're doing modwork over IRC you have no record of it unless you're willing to printscreen or keep a chat history, in which case it's offline and inaccessible to any co-mods, or to you if you operate from another computer.
If someone's on IRC, chances are they are either on xkcd, or can be on it to receive a PM, which is recorded and logged for reference.
It's difficult to put forward exactly why this should be important, since it's a casual game and we're all having fun and so on. The simple fact is it's not hard, and it outright prevents this stuff from happening. I don't think anybody should be able to make administration issues an excuse for in-game behaviour beyond saying "Sorry I missed my night action, I was away for 12 hours"