~Please note that these guidelines are being brought in for a trial period. We are trying to find a way to facilitate the open concept of Role Play that Inns represent, while still ensuring that this forum is not overrun by Inn-centered threads. We are hoping that the revised guidelines will help to keep a reasonable number of Inns open and running, while keeping too many multiple Inn threads from being started and abandoned and thus cluttering up the Prancing Pony Forum.~
* To prevent an overabundance of Inns in this forum, only 3 Inns may be “active” at one time.
* All Inns are subject to the same guidelines that govern Role Play quality in this Forum.
* Any existing Inn that reaches 500 posts (or a few either way in order to nicely finish up a current scenario) will be locked and not automatically restarted. A request must be made to create a new thread to continue the Inn.
* "New" Inn threads must be requested first. A sticky thread will be provided at the top of this forum for this purpose.
* New Inns may be started whenever the number of "active" Inns falls below 3 (i.e: an Inn reaches 500 posts, or is locked due to inactivity).
* Any Inn that becomes inactive for 3 months will be locked.
* "Inactive" Inns that have been locked can be unlocked by request. However, they will only be unlocked if fewer than three other Inns are currently active.
First of all, thank you Daefaroth and whoever the other Mods are who were involved in the discussions surrounding this topic.
How long will the trial period last?
Hunter wrote:* Any existing Inn that reaches 500 posts (or a few either way in order to nicely finish up a current scenario) will be locked and not automatically restarted. A request must be made to create a new thread to continue the Inn.
This hits a little close to home for me and I feel I must at least try and argue this point and it is my main reason for replying to this thread.
The Prancing Pony Inn is, I believe, the first Inn established in this Forum. It was started on June 6, 2000 and has been in existence for over 6 years. It is almost an institution.
My first post ever in the Pony forum is on page three of the thread (dated October 8, 2000) and ever since then I have watched over the thread, taking on the role of an absentee Innkeeper when Tharkûn, the thread originator, was no longer an active participant. Sometimes I’ve just set the stage for the thread and tried to keep things on track. Other times I’ve stepped back and let whoever has entered play out scenarios that they created. When the Pony was inundated with numerous Inns that often had nothing to do with Middle Earth, I even defended the Inn from being ‘taken over’ and let it slip out of sight rather than be locked. The Prancing Pony Inn has never been locked, nor has it ever, in the whole if its existence, had a warning.
As I write this, the post count for The Prancing Pony post count stands at 892 and under the new guidelines it spells death to an original. Is there any other thread, in any of the other forums on the board that holds the distinction of being continually posted to for this long?
Please, is there any way at all that this Inn can be kept alive in its original format?
How will it be determined if more than three requests come in? Will this be on a first come, first serve basis?
Is locking really necessary? Can’t Inn threads just be allowed to slip away? A warning could be posted when/if the thread is posted to in the future, explaining the guidelines pertaining to Inns.
Daefaroth wrote:The staff will certainly take this under discussion.
Hunter wrote:~Thank you for considering this matter, but as you discuss the Prancing Pony Inn thread will you and all the others mods please consider this as a possible way of keeping the thread alive:
Make the Prancing Pony Inn a permanent Inn, one of the three, the only one that can be handed over to new Innkeepers following the same guidelines you have set forth for Inns.
Freahelm wrote:Am I correct in my impression that the 3 inns currently in possession of a 'permit' are the Forsaken Inn, Prancing Pony Inn, and the Inn of Tales II? In other words, the three that are currently active?
Just wanted to make sure.
At least the idea will be put forward to the staff and hopefully it will be discussed. Thank you for the opportunity for my voice to be heard. I will accept and abide by whatever is decided.
Yes, I am loyal to the Prancing Pony thread and that loyalty is exactly what prompted me to ask for an exception in the first place. Surely there is nothing wrong with asking? It was a long shot, and if it fails, it fails, but at least I tried.
Hunter wrote:I have one last request concerning the Prancing Pony Inn, if I may?
May I write the last post for the Prancing Pony before it is locked? I am not involved in the current “scenario” taking place there but have been keeping an eye on it (as always). All I wish is to write a proper ending for the Inn.
Daefaroth wrote:The current "Prancing Pony Inn" thread will be given two months to conclude the present "scenario" before the doors are closed.
bill_n_sam wrote:-Will The Inn of Tales II be locked, as it's been more than three months since anyone posted there? Or did the three month timeframe just go into effect when the rules were recently amended?
bill_n_sam wrote:-Once the Prancing Pony Inn thread that now exists is locked, can a player ask to repoen it, as a new inn thread, but still keeping its basic look and location the same? Or would a totally new inn have to be created?
bill_n_sam wrote:-What does one have to do exactly to request to open an inn, and when? As it's first come, first serve, and the three named inns are all still open, is it premature to ask now, anticipating that at least the Pony will be locked soon?
Daefaroth wrote:Currently Operating Inns:
Inn of Tales II - temporarily closed due to >3 months inactivity
The Green Dragon Inn - temporarily closed due to >3 months inactivity
1 - available April 5, 2007 - TAKEN - by the Green Dragon Inn
1 - available July, 2007 - TAKEN by the Lonely Road Inn
1 - available January, 2008
Innkeeper's Request Roster
- Nevez; The Green Dragon Inn - Opened for business
- elerrina_narloth - The Lonely Road Inn
The building restriction on "Inns" in the Prancing Pony forum has been lifted. The Guidelines and Rules for this forum have been updated to reflect this change.
This thread will first serve as a place for questions and answers about the Updated Guidelines for "Inn" type threads in this forum.
This thread will also serve as the place where all Inn "business" may be posted, Eg: the staff will post notice of available permits, posters may make requests to start a new Inn, or request their Inn be locked, etc.
Daefaroth wrote:Thank you for your excellent application and business plan.
The Innkeeper's Roster has been updated with your information.
Best Wishes on your grand opening.
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