OKNexus is an idea that myself and a few others have been rolling around. One of the original ideas behind PDA was that it was an in character system, a social media type device. Unfortunately, changes on the game's backend don't allow it to work anymore. It was too demanding on the system and caused crashes. Now, it would simply not send any of the information regularly enough to be useful.
OKNexus takes its inspiration from the website OKCupid. OKCupid, for those who have never used it, uses personality questions to place you on scales to allow matching. It's While we won't be matchmaking, these types of setups can tell a lot about a character with a small data footprint. The plan is to implement a Myers-Briggs test your character would take.
In addition to personality, we can make use of the actual character creation info to create a physical profile using descriptors tied to your species. (For instance the big bottom choice for Granok ladies may say: Junk in the Trunk) It will be up to use in the community to document all the options and create descriptors.
Aside from this slimmer description system (All of which will be optional), we will be implementing custom name and title fields. The last feature will be tied here to WSRP. There will be a special forum and format for a character sheet thread. By following the specific format, we can add a link to your character sheet that will be easy to transmit over the very tiny communications tubes.
Now the questions you all have, how will this not get throttled to hell when encountering people. Well, the plan is to have a versioning system and only check it once per day when you encounter someone. This setup may change a bit but should stop consistent polling. Yes, it will limit your ability to change your in game attributes (Name and titles) constantly, but will allow for a simple profiling addon.
This is not a simple project. I have posted this thread as a way to crowdsource some work. This will also serve as a place for people to learn about addon development. I will post code snippets and explanations to help you all become familiar with Lua and the game's API.
Gathering info for the personality test and descriptions for the physical attributes (eye & hair colors, body types, etc.) For example, some granok eye colors may be Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Sapphire, and Onyx.
I like the idea. A lot. I'm just curious as to the intended purpose of this add-on, especially with LFRP perhaps doing a similar thing (finding like-minded people)? Or is it just for "proof of concept" sorta thing?
Either way, I'm very curious to see how this all shakes down.
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I love the idea of this as an IC thing too!
I think this sounds great in general.
Regarding the physical aspect, and I'm just pondering here, is it necessary to list a description based on the character settings? If it picks it from the character settings, then people can just look at my character to see that her eyes are "blue", rather than having to read it in a description?
That being said, if it's treated as a potentially IC thing, hey, it definitely can add some flavor! And I'm not against it at all, I'm just unsure if I feel it necessarily adds anything that you can't just look at the character to see. But of course, that doesn't mean it can't be valuable!
The idea for the physical description system is for when browsing at a later time. You can't make a 3D model of the character without them being in range. This could then, in theory, be fed into a system to fake a profile picture later