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Giving Congress a Purpose

Day 2,184, 09:50 Published in USA USA by Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
So what's the deal with Congress?

Honestly? Not much.


Congressmen headed to Charlie Palmer for lunch

With the limitations the admins have chosen to place on the game; the changes to the modules slowly whittling down the options given players, and the focus on stripping away meta play in favor of keeping people down a set path, Congress has much less to do than it did when I first joined several years ago.

Once upon a time we had truly visionary people working in and with Congress, because the game was a sandbox. It allowed diligent people like One Eye to flourish, and for new players to have an impact by bringing fresh eyes to mechanics that allowed manipulation by collectives of players. Group play was required if you wanted to have an impact. Now all that is required is a PayPal account and a willingness to fund Alexis' need for a broad variety of wigs and pet sandworms he can ride around the office.

With that in mind, I'd like to propose a change to the way Congress operates in what is left of our meta-game.

I want individual Congressmen to be the first point of contact for new players.



An excited new player at the Capitol

Most of us are disillusioned with the game. Dio knows I am, and so should you after reading my opening to this article. That being said, with the limited role Congress has in actually doing anything lately, why not put them to work? New people can understand that a Congressman is elected, and the title alone provides the (often wrong) impression that this person knows something about something. Harness that belief and engage them.

So, Party Presidents, this goes out to you:

Stop running dumbasses.

I don't want to hear that you don't. Every party does, period.

Set the minimum age for people you'll run at 3 months, anyone younger than that can do party work or help out with the Department of the Interior. There is just about exactly enough to keep someone busy for about a month when they join up these days, so let them go through the motions just like we used to have to do.

Make sure the people you're running understand the mechanics of the game. There aren't that many any more, and they aren't complicated. If they can't master them, they shouldn't be in Congress. Don't use it as a testing ground, because they should be helping other people once they're in Congress, not learning the basics themselves.

Require forum and/or IRC activity of all candidates. I used 'or' because I understand some people don't have the time to devote to being on IRC much, but not reading the forum once a day (and posting occasionally) just means you aren't even trying to keep up, let alone contribute. Sure, things can be slow, but activity begets activity. Any good MU or Party leader can tell you that. Oh, and I mean the national forums, not your party forum. The game is larger than your party or MU, and if you're going to be involved in national issues, you need to be on the national stage.

Don't run people for another term if they suck. With very few exceptions, nobody has earned a lifetime spot in Congress. Those who have typically have access to the discussions anyway, and that's the really important bit anyway. Even those few exceptions won't care if they lose their access, because they know the ropes enough to know what's coming. So unless their name is Cromstar or rainy sunday or another person of that caliber, they aren't entitled to crap.

I've done basically everything there is to do in this game, and this is the best advice I can give if you really want to 'save' whatever it is people talk about saving.

This is about as long as an article not published by the God-Emperor or his chosen prophets should be, so I'll close here.

As always, if needed, I remain

Yours,


~Pfeiffer

 

Comments

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 09:51

First reserved for Dio Brando.

Mr Woldy
Mr Woldy Day 2,184, 09:53

Preach, this applies to many eCountries

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 2,184, 10:01

agreed.

Wild Owl
Wild Owl Day 2,184, 10:02

Voted

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Bonus Pater Familias
Bonus Pater Familias Day 2,184, 10:05

I disagree on the first one "Set the minimum age for people you'll run at 3 months" I got into congress in exactly 1 month and without sounding like an asshole, I'd say I did an alright job at that.

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 10:07

I'm speaking specifically to the USA. In a country of 50-70 active players, like Denmark, obviously the rules would be a bit different.

RaccoonGoon
RaccoonGoon Day 2,184, 10:12

That may be true, but a month is generally not enough time for people to get a good grasp of game mechanics, how things work, and not only how things work but why we set the policies that we do. I'm not going to hold it against you or anyone else who got in Congress at a fairly "young" age, but it all honestly, I doubt anybody loses much by spending some time to learn the game, do some work, and prove their mettle within their party and the community first.

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 10:28

Disclaimer: before I 'came out' as a relapsed quitter, I got into Congress in like 10 days or something in 2009. Speaker 8 weeks later. Baller.

RaccoonGoon
RaccoonGoon Day 2,184, 10:05

Voted and agreed.

Wes Lewis Day 2,184, 10:05

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dmjohnston
dmjohnston Day 2,184, 10:09

It's hard to hate Pfeiffer when he says shit that makes sense.

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 10:10

So always, essentially.

Mazzy Cat
Mazzy Cat Day 2,184, 10:11

I'll actually... advise my cab and PP hopefuls to think about SOME of these points...

The Valeyard
The Valeyard Day 2,184, 10:28

Solid advise

Finway Divi Filius
Finway Divi Filius Day 2,184, 10:43

"Don't run people for another term if they suck."

What about Monica??

rainy sunday
rainy sunday Day 2,184, 10:47

writing is a bit dry.
not uncommon.

advice is solid.
in case any one wonders why they kept Pfeiffer around this long and tolerating this cheese grater.

DIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIODIO

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 10:57

My writing is generally dry. One pass and that's that. Mental vomit.

rainy sunday
rainy sunday Day 2,184, 11:00

and it shows. Thanks for penning what we've known since the dawn of committees.

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 11:03

No point in being nuanced when nobody is doing the obvious crap, right?

Just for you, I'll put serious time into an article...eventually. Probably. I'm a decent writer when there's something worth talking about.

rainy sunday
rainy sunday Day 2,184, 11:07

\o/ YAY \o/

I SO EXCITED!

Do one on Foreign Affairs. ~tia

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 11:08

Ugh. Then I'll have to like, talk to people to see what's happened recently.

rainy sunday
rainy sunday Day 2,184, 11:09

do it fgt

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 11:14

You are not the boss of me.

LordRahl2
LordRahl2 Day 2,186, 05:36

Yes she is.

Aramec
Aramec Day 2,184, 11:52

Agreed and already doing something about it.

Mr.Tosi
Mr.Tosi Day 2,184, 12:06

Voted

Horice G Fossil
Horice G Fossil Day 2,184, 12:18

Boblo > Dio !

Horice

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 12:21

That is a false statement, you filthy heathen.

Zhvejk Again
Zhvejk Again Day 2,184, 12:18

V + S

The Mike
The Mike Day 2,184, 12:36

Working in that direction, actually (:

3l3vation
3l3vation Day 2,184, 12:42

fck with work tax i need to work 4 my food but 7+ usd!!!!!!
This is a real problem

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 12:43

That is the game we've been given, multiple avenues exist for you to request and be given free food and/or weapons.

3l3vation
3l3vation Day 2,184, 12:45

this is what i mean http://prntscr.com/23q8m7

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 12:49

I pay a solid chunk every day in work tax, but it's necessary in order to keep the gears of the military rolling. There aren't enough gold buyers to prop up EVERY MU that exists, and not everyone is willing to farm bot accounts in order to fill the gaps their MU has.

I strongly suggest you DON'T use work as manager though. You want to keep your XP down while you focus on strength training. You won't make any money by working your factories, and you'll just level up faster. Focus on strength.

3l3vation
3l3vation Day 2,184, 12:52

I do that everyday.Some day be4e i asked 6 gold 4 my TG no1 send me nothing.Sometime i fight 4 money

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 12:57

People are typically wary of sending very new people money out of the blue. Establish yourself in your MU and Party and those people will typically be willing to help you out.

creitzell
creitzell Day 2,184, 16:50

More very good advice from Pfeiffer.

Dr. Walter Bishop
Dr. Walter Bishop Day 2,184, 12:44

Pfeiffer, by your standards you don't belong in Congress.

Ronald Gipper Reagan
Ronald Gipper Reagan Day 2,184, 13:18

Woldy endorses Pfeiffer

nuff' said

R U I N A T I O N
R U I N A T I O N Day 2,184, 15:48

UTTER GARBAGE

TellUrGrlThx
TellUrGrlThx Day 2,184, 13:53

voted.

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 13:56

TellUrMomThx

TellUrGrlThx
TellUrGrlThx Day 2,184, 13:58

MOMMY!?

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,184, 14:16

Anan yanimda.

Bobby Canell
Bobby Canell Day 2,184, 14:32

v

Synesi
Synesi Day 2,184, 15:24

"Stop running dumbasses."

pls and thx

George Armstrong Custer
George Armstrong Custer Day 2,184, 15:28

rainy said:
"advice is solid.
in case any one wonders why they kept Pfeiffer around this long and tolerating this cheese grater."
this ^
and it's why I hate Pfeiffer so much.

as LAP PP I'll practically use this as a guideline.

Ronald Gipper Reagan
Ronald Gipper Reagan Day 2,184, 17:13

Will you vow never to nominate him for Congress?

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 2,184, 20:48

Mongo, Congress is only a room, it is the conversation that remains important.

 
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