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Sadly unused Character Profiles.....

Discussion in 'UHall' started by startle, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. startle

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    Back in the day, almost everyone used their Character Profile to say something... Whether it was advertising Guild recruitment or selling items or just bs'ing about stuff - almost everyone had something written in their Character Profile... Now, almost no one I come across has anything there...

    Wondering why it has fallen out of favor as a means of communication?

    [​IMG]
     
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  2. cazador

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    No use anymore sadly
     
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  3. cdavbar

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    I miss reading peoples profiles too. It was fun to read stories, poems, advertisements for guilds and goods etc. Global chat killed the profile :(. I still see some here and there but not like they used to be.


    This is my main char profile on GL. It is a tribute to my daughter who passed away two years ago. She loved watching the game and even though she was only 4, she loved having a char of her own to "click" with, made her a happy girl to do it. She thought the animals and stuff were magical and especially loved the unicorns.
     
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  4. syndael

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    I still use mine for RP/ story points but I am a old uo freak... :confused:
     
  5. startle

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    I think that many players either don't know about the Character Profile or have simply forgotten over the years... I think it's time we started using it again....;)
     
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    Maybe they are tweeting their profiles?
     
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    mmmmmmmmm I use mine all the time and infact it came into great help on Hokuto. I posted in there that I was sorry I didnt understnd the japanese or other foriegn language that was being used as I speak english. I met many of the players by that. They say how nice of me to let them know i am english speaking.. they said many who visit are thought of as being rude when they do not answer questions.
     
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    I often see things like "Selling buying / selling rares, see profile". They are a little but under used.
     
  9. Orgional Farimir

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    2 words: General Chat.
     
  10. Crysta

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    I've never once used mine, even "back in the day" as it were. Never felt the need to bother.
     
  11. MalagAste

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    I used to use mine all the time but when I switched to the EC it kept erasing itself every time there was a patch or something so finally I just gave it up. Oddly enough some of my characters still have their profiles and some don't. No rhyme nor reason to it that I can tell. But my main Malag can't seem to keep one... his vanishes and often wouldn't save so I finally quit trying to put it back.
     
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    Heh I miss them too. I mainly miss the terrible ones. Like 90% of people who had a "back story" in their profile it started with their family being killed by orcs, and if they ever had a personal description half the time it was describing drizzt or gandalf and almost universally with a "strange glow" in their eyes. :p
     
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  13. kelmo

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    I think some people cleared their profiles a few years ago because they were concerned that their accounts might be banned if they had a URL for their guild website or any other website listed in their profile. It wasn't (and maybe still isn't) very clear what the consequences were if the referenced website had any kind of advertising on it that helped to pay for the website or somehow generated revenue for someone. To this day, I think there's still some concern you can get in trouble for referring people in-game with a URL to sites like Stratics or UOGuide because they use advertising to help keep the site running. The gold-selling sites may be able to deal with having accounts banned continuously. However, people with old, established accounts with built-up characters aren't necessarily going to want to put them at risk by putting a URL in their profile or even saying a URL in-game to a site that could be helpful to someone else if it means they could end up losing their account over it.
     
  15. startle

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    I found myself looking thru 4 accounts worth of chars, all old, and came across this profile on a char from an account that was given to me years ago by an old friend... The poem called "A Knights Poem" is not hers, but this sort of "story telling" in Character Profiles used to be so common when UO was "newer".... Seeing things like this in profiles is part of what makes our UO world such a special place for many of us...

    [​IMG]
     
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    I used to love hanging around Brit Bank on Europa on a Saturday night just reading folks' profiles when I got too drunk to do anything more productive. I still habitually check folks' profiles, usually disappointed, same when I fling a snowball at them, it is April though so that could be it.

    I have a list of spellbooks I'm selling on my main character's profile on Atlantic and a threat on my character on Siege hehe.

    You'll be pleased to know I'm still getting too drunk to do anything productive :).
     
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  17. startle

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    We all find joy where ever we can.... But - it was your extended sig that caught my attention... Hmmm, where have I heard that... Ahh, yes, now I remember... One of the, obviously my opinion, greatest songs of all time... So, in your honor, I made this Char Profile:

    [​IMG]

    And fools they are who proclaim nothing good ever came from altered states....
     
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  18. Leather Lucy

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    Hehe, now I simply *have* to put it on, thank you for providing entertainment in my house for the next half hour or so. You have fine taste my dear, that song's in my top two ;). Whatever I raise to my lips tonight be it beverage or otherwise, the toast shall be to you.

    Cheers :)
     
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    I have profiles in all of my main characters; Some from when I first started in 2001, others more recent as they've been created... but the comment about the EC is correct, there's a problem with the way it handles profiles, as well as books and most in game text. As a result, I had to trim two of my original profiles just to stop them overflowing and disappearing, losing a lot of the flavour sadly.

    I think the mindset of roleplay gamers has changed over the years too; it used to be you wrote your own stories, and thus UO being a sandbox was designed around that idea. Most MMOs after though went the "present a story to you that you play through" model, for some good and some not so good reasons, and now like so much in life, gamers see themselves as passive receivers of, rather than writers of, gaming content. Plus those of us here a decade ago are now a decade older, bills to pay, tiring jobs to work, children to feed, we don't have as much energy to buck the trends we now see perhaps.

    It's a shame... but then I ask myself when was the last time I tried to read someone else's profile myself... and I can't really blame others for not writing one then.
     
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    Every character across the 5 accounts my wife and I share (well, 4 now, we deactivated one) has something in their profile.
     
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    For some reason, the stuff I write in there disappears completely from time to time. So I simply don't put the effort in to type it again and check every time to see if it got wiped again. So now it is empty. :(
     
  22. MalagAste

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    Exactly
     
  23. startle

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    I suspect that this might be the first time the dev's have heard of this behavior with profiles on the EC... Hopefully one of them will see this thread and take it upon him/her self to investigate and correct it... I hope so anyway, as this is a great way to share any lengthy message ingame...
     
  24. startle

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    PM me with your #1...

    Same here, and it'll be both.... :cool:
     
  25. startle

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    Hey Mal.. try creating the profile in the CC and see if it still disappears in the EC...
     
  26. Basara

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    And I thought I was odd for having a Valentine Cupid that sings Tom Lehrer's "Masochism Tango".....
     
  27. startle

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    Basara, you are... :eek:
     
  28. Voodoo Bad Mojo

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    i always liked to use them myself.
    though i tended to lean towards humor in mine.

    [​IMG]

    huh, 15+ years and i just realized there are spelling mistakes in there that have been there for.... 15+ years. too late to change it now!
     
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  29. startle

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    Keep an eye out for Poo and his forthcoming copyright suit.... Plastic toys and soft cheeses... ack....
     
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    o_O

    Johnny English 2003
     
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  31. GalenKnighthawke

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    We neither under-estimate the number of people who still use Profiles now, nor over-estimate the number of people who used them back in the day.

    Both then and now I find people who use profiles to convey hostility toward people who read profiles. That to me is much worse than an unused profile.

    My 3 characters all have Profiles that say something for RP purpose; what you might know about the character, even if it's just what the character looks like.

    -Galen's player
     
  32. The Zog historian

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    Sometimes a profile can be quite illuminating. I had to save this one from quite some time back.

    noobprofile.jpg
     
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    I've always used the profile as notepad, if someone ever read mine, always get senseless text or numbers :lol: