I had a rather uncomfortable experience yesterday, I let someone down.
The issue is the new user experience and the title taken from a comment by Yordie Sands on Botgirl’s post, a second posting on the issue mentioned above.
It started a couple of days ago with Nightflower (aka Nightfire…:))) posting a blog on NWN about making new users belong by joining them to a group or clan like other games do.
Botgirl made a video showing her ‘new user’ experience….here..
My experience happened last night at my IBM build where I was sitting playing Hostess With The Mostest as the visitors popped in, spurred mainly by Wizzy cracking the Destination Guide forms and getting me listed.
So, someone said, “where is the quest?”
Me: which quest is that then?
Other: The Quest.
By now the mythical nature of this convo got me to check out their profile, leaving my other IM’s flashing. It was a fresh, very fresh noob.
Me: Ah, you have just arrived?
Noob: Yes, how do I get back to where I started?
Me: What was it called?
Noob: It was a big building with lots of windows.
Pause … as I am actually stumped for what to say, brain in overdrive (it is probably over a year since I ‘mentored’ a totally fresh noob.
Noob: Never mind I have to go, thanks for talking to me.. [noob poofs]
Now, it is due to the Kindness of Strangers that I and many others are here…. and here I let someone down, quite simply because I was totally unprepared and didn’t think on my feet fast enough.
Yesterday is a good example of how good people are generally, both Gianna Borgnine and Indigo Mertel taking the time to teach the slow girl at the back of the room (and benefitting the other 150 people in class) for no other reason than the desire to help people understand. So it has always been, and always will be, I think.
Anyway, now that the Mentors have gone, and you and I can be called upon at any time to fill that role, I was wondering what is the first thing I would say to a Noob. Bearing in mind they may not have mastered Chat even, should I give a Notecard?
I decided that the first thing I should have done was to offer friendship and then teach them to take a landmark (Could I do that, not having used Viewer 2.0?), so that even if they got lost they could speak to someone and find their way back to somewhere they had been.
But I figured that, maybe we could get a few ideas together….
What do you/would you do?
..and how can we get the Mentors back?
Can anyone get a Linden’s ear?
Are all lines of communication with the Lindens now cut in their new One-Way transparency drive?