Wish List for Cyboria
Note regarding the Cyboria program:
I have not been able to get the Cyboria program to run for a while now,
and their Website was also down.
Last time I tried both was on October 20th, 2002, so as far as I know,
this program has ceased to exist. In time, I suppose that if this
remains the case for long enough, I will remove my Cyboria pages so visitors
will not get confused, or get their hopes up about a program that sounded
too good to be true.
regarding this wish list: Most of these
I've posted in the Cyborian forum, but I can't expect them to keep them
there, so I've put them all up here.
mode: Assent Outcast has some
good ideas, many of which are used in other chat programs, but nicely detailed
by him. :-) Lifeforms' idea of an AFK indicator over the av's
head is also a good one, but it could be expanded upon. Either Z's
to show that they've been inactive, or a 'Do not disturb' sign.
and how they may be used in Cyboria:
avatars: Avatars that a person can make and use for themselves
(or if the files are stored on the Web, can link to one that the owner
gives them permission to use, and may have to use a password to do so,
to limit the number of people who can use it), and can use in any world
(maybe the world owner(s) can select whether or not personalized avatars
can be used or not in their worlds if they don't want them to be, or either
have that privilege restricted to a list of those who are allowed to).
Restricting this to cits also means that if a cit goes too far, and uses
an avatar that's far too... 'risqué', the world owner will know
who it was, and either take away the privilege of using a personalized
av in their world, or if they think it necessary, report extremely offensive
abuses to the galaxy or metaverse owner(s), or, if an agency is set up
to deal with such kind of violations of whatever kind of guidelines we'll
have, to them.
List: Not sure if it's possbible to use multiple object paths,
but it would be cool. Bigger selection, for one thing. Maybe
they would be listed like bookmarks on your Netscape Web browser, where
you have folders for each object path, and the names of the avs are listed
in each? Perhaps avs for the whole Cyborian metaverse to use, then
those in the galaxy, the ones for the world, as well as any other object
path the world owner(s) select. Also, if there's a lot of avs, I'm
hoping that there'd be a way to make a 'more' button or something so we're
not limited to only 100 or so avs per world. Besides, I hate having
to cut out avs that I want to keep but have to because the av list won't
fit on even an 800x600 screen.
Combining both: Imagine using the above av list, but also having the option to use a personal av that you've either saved like a bookmark, or, by clicking on a button or a selection in a drop-down menu (may as well have it under "Avatars") that says something like "Use an av off the Web", a box pops up and you can just paste in a url to that av's file and then in the box below it, enter a password (if required to use the av) then hit Enter to use it. May be good to also have a way to save that avatar to a favorites list.
Okay, that pretty much covers
Building / Object editing / manipulation: Dragging and dropping an object where you want it with the mouse, or just right clicking on it with the mouse, and using the keyboard to move it where you want (like with the direction arrows, page up, page down keys and all that), possibly using an 'edit texture' key that then displays a list (made either by you or the world owner showing what (s)he will allow) or thumbnails of textures you can use either on the OP or from the Web, another to display its behavior such as orbiting a point in space which you can select by clicking on it with the mouse, assigning it a gravity field which can interact with other objects that you allow it to (someone may want to make an asteroid belt later for a space scene where they all crunch into each other randomly, or maybe even an entire solar system with worlds to visit and explore. I'd get a kick out of seeing something really huge like Larry Niven's Ringworld in Cyboria! Or they may want to have the object follow anyone who ventures into the area or 'cell', which could return to its default location after the person left, but not sure why they would want to, yet, unless it's to simulate floating space mines sensitive to movement or heat or something similar), light, noise, url or e-mail activator, then maybe a way to re-size an object using certain keys.
an option to use an object property box which may be easier for first time
builders who haven't learned all the shortcuts, or someone who wants to
look over the object's properties at a glance.
Conference chat: 'Channels' or group chats either textual, audio, or video, where you can start a 'room' or 'channel' that people have to be invited to get into.
This way, if someone wishes
to collaborate on a world building design with more than one person at
a time, they could do so, without clogging up the main chat, and having
to repeat what was said in one whispered conversation to one or more other
individuals who are involved in the discussion. If someone is becoming
obnoxious, perhaps a majority vote of the other users in the chat can eject
them from it.
Contact list: Dion's idea is a good one about the contact list being in categories, but I would like it to also be a selective view so you can choose to either see everyone you have on your contact list, or only those who are on at the moment.
Assent Outcast's '3 columns' idea, it seems fine, but I'd like to be able
to put it into 'simple' view where it only shows who's on, and another
view where it also shows their names and what their status is, to save
screen space. Maybe a button over the cits / contact / friends list
to select views.
Fonts: Cyboria's chat text is much better than AW's allowing you to select which font you want to use and the size! Now you're able to tell capital i's from lower case L's with no problem with most fonts. To those who may be curious, I prefer Veranda. It does the aforementioned job in addition to being easy to read at even small size. :-)
As for uses for additional colors, maybe use dark blue for those with citnumbers under 200 or 300? This won't give away citnumbers to people who don't have a need to know, but it'll let others know that these are people who were among the first (after the green letter crowd) to support Cyboria with their hard-earned cash. :-)
is a Cyborian police force / helpers / (what have you) organization formed
later, maybe what they say can be given the next font size higher or use
bold to alert others that they have some authority (which many of us hope
won't go to their heads, and they use it only when they have to, being
a guiding hand as opposed to acting like Nazi stormtroopers) within the
stuff section. Looking ahead to the future:
editing / manipulation via VR goggles: Like in the book 'Snow
Crash' and gloves which you use to reach out to an object, move it to where
you want it, open up a texture library with small thumbnails which you
can click on to see bigger versions, or hold your finger on a button to
keep increasing the view size until you let up, and grab a texture, place
it on an object to put on a part of the object, then use a button to completely
cover it, or drag the object with your fingers to the exact size you want
to cover and be able to rotate, shrink or enlarge the texture to your whim,
in addition to the other object manipulation stuff discussed elsewhere.
mode: Switching viewing mode to see inside objects with just
a framework visible so you know where it is, but you can see the interior
without having to go in and look around.
Finder / Activity Viewer: A map of the world which shows each
individual in the world so you can see where everyone is gathering.
Maybe limit this to world owners so it won't infringe on anyone's privacy,
or perhaps make it so that a person can go into 'stealth mode' and not
appear on the map so no one can follow them around. This way, those
who want to be sociable can do so, and those who wish to be alone to build
or because they want to contemplate their navel or whatnot may do so in
peace. More involved: Movement showing up as 'vapor trails' like
those left behind by jets in the sky. Selections to make them last
longer or shorter duration. Another map view showing the past movements
of people for a 24 hour period in the world by their trails shown in colors
which represent how long they stayed in those spots, and also (perhaps
restricted to world owners) dots displayed in each area also using colors
to show how much object manipulation / building they did, and by clicking
on each dot, you get details on what specifically they did in that area
at that time. Those in 'stealth mode' wouldn't have trails, but the
dots would show up only to the world owners, which (hopefully) won't intrude
on someone if they'd rather be alone without asking first.
Games (already used in other 3D chats): Trivia, paintball, chess, checkers, and scavenger hunts.
Games (not used elsewhere that I know of): Race cars (not only those that can bump up against each other like in the more popular commercial video games, but maybe later, a demolition derby, and road warrior type of races, where people have machine guns and rocket launchers on their cars. Hee hee hee), bumper cars, roller coasters, capture the flag, World War 1 and up aerial dogfights (from biplanes up to helicopters and jet fighters), armor combats with tanks, or perhaps a combination war game where an individual can either be a ground trooper with weapons they pick up along the way either placed there randomly or dropped by earlier users who were either killed (a tombstone or body with a date and time tag as well as how and who did it) or quit at that point (the weapon may slowly re-charge if it's a laser weapon or gains rounds of ammo if it's a projectile weapon, depending upon how long it wasn't in use), or a tank user which may not be able to hide very well, but has far more firepower than a ground trooper and it would take more 'hits' to destroy a tank than any other type of combatant, or an aerial fighter (in one of the aforementioned flying machines), which, while having more mobility and being able to attack all other users (if they're not able to hide), isn't able to take many hits, and they should always be in motion unless they're a helicopter or they have VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) capabilities which would enable them to hover. Sound in a combat game: When the system gets more advanced, the aircraft would be heard from a long distance off, and the armor vehicles a few blocks away when moving, but only one when stationary. Ground troops may or may not make noise when walking, depending upon how good they are. ;-)
Combat games could be played based upon certain wars and time periods, and the users may switch from ground trooper to tank user or to pilot at certain times but not whenever they choose or the game would become very chaotic. Maybe only switch at a base.
RPGs like White Wolf's 'Werewolf'
or 'Vampire' would also be cool. If bots are used, it would be nice
if they kept a record on a sign (or signs) of the score of each cit playing,
and high scores for the month and overall best score ever.
list: Can either not let the other cit know that they're on
a mute / ignore list, or the cit can select to have it display a generic
message when they try to telegram or whisper to them like "I have you on
my ignore list, either because I don't wish to be disturbed, or because
you have upset me. You likely know which one, so details aren't needed
here.", or an individualized one per each cit they wish to ignore, but
this may get a bit involved, so it may not be a good idea.
Up / Down: I know at least one thing
you can use the ability to look at all kinds of angles (even upside down)
on! Ever see the movie Labyrinth with David Bowie? Near the
end of the movie, they enter an area of the castle that's similar to one
of Escher's drawings where there are stairways and platforms with people
walking on them seemingly at different angles to the normal direction of
up and down. Wouldn't it be cool to create something like that in
Cyboria, and we could have a huge 3D maze like that? You could be
walking up a stairway, look up, and see someone on another stairway looking
down at you and looking like they're upside down and you would appear the
same to them. ;-) Oh yeah, now that would be a cool
place to have a paintball war! Hee hee hee
I like Y2KBuG's idea on 5-9-2002 in the forums (in the closed Macros thread)
on right clicking to show a list of FAQ answers. Very nice indeed.
May be better than programs like Quikword, and it would be nice if you
can sort it alphabetically (which you can't in most other programs) and
edit each of them to update the information as the program changes.
profile that others can see: Perhaps a short form that has
things (none required so you can choose your level of privacy by either
giving out a lot of info or none at all, and perhaps selecting if everyone
can see it, or just certain citnumbers) like a thumbnail of your picture
(or one you want to represent you), that someone can click on to see a
bigger one, what city, state, province, country you're in, your Web page
url, a short list of other sites you like, languages you speak (always
a good thing to tell others), personal interests, occupation, favorite
expression / quote, what you like to read / favorite authors / books /
movies / actresses / actors / songs / musical artists / color, your gender,
a small area (3,000 characters or maybe a bit more limit) to put in comments,
and in addition, being able to create more fields, perhaps limited to 30
altogether to allow people to be expressive if they want to, but not to
overwhelm those who are just looking for a brief intro to who you are since
introductions aren't usually done in a chat program. What you rarely
see in a chat program: "Hey, (insert your name here) I'd like you
to meet (insert person you're being introduced to here). (s)he's
been a friend of mine for some time now, and we both have an interest in
(whatever), and I thought you might have something in common because like
you, they like (I won't elaborate) too!" ;-)
(giving it its own little section because there's a lot I want to cover
on this subject):
Perhaps at log on, showing
what privacy options are in effect for you so you would know.
Also, I like Lara's idea on
5-22-2002 in the Cyboria forum's AFK mode thread, that when logging on,
it not have it blurted out to the entire world. Besides, later on,
when there are more users coming and going, this could cause a lot of flooding
in the main screen.
in use by other programs: Join, whisper, add to contact /
friends list request before each can be done. 'Invisible mode' so
that you don't show up as being on to anyone that has you on their contact
Visibility: Citnumber not visible to other users or on objects
visible to other users, or even by viewing a contact list file, but can
be seen by the world, galaxy and metaverse owners. Also, the citnumber
would be displayed in a telegram if you send one to someone or whispered
to them, which would mean that there would be fewer instances of people
harassing others through either, knowing their citnumbers were known and
could be reported to whoever you'd report harassment to. For those
who harass in a world, the world owner would be able to see the citnumbers
of those in their world so they can maintain order if it proves necessary
to keep a frequent troublemaker out of their world.
your Identity to your Friends: Being able to confirm that
you are indeed who you say you are, but not to everyone in the metaverse
who is curious: Select who (by right clicking on you, your chat text,
or your name in their contacts / friends list) can see your citnumber and
anyone else you don't include on your 'allow' list can't. This way,
your friends know who you are, but those who wish to harass you (by finding
out your new name if you change it to get away from them) don't for sure.
Also select who can see you on and what world and galaxy you're in.
identifying: In 'the other place' which a lot of us have used,
IP addresses are only visible to those with eject rights in a world.
Perhaps if the IP addresses of guests were visible to everyone, it would
cut down on verbal attacks which, if they haven't happened yet in the program
are sure to happen sooner or later. However, since this has a potential
to be used by those who would like to launch an attack on someone's computer,
perhaps only showing their ISP and / or city, state and country where they're
connecting from (if this can be done without creating too much of a strain
on the server) would be a better idea, and those wishing to know can find
out the info by right clicking on their avs or on their text in the chat
Sleeping when inactive for too long: Lifeforms' idea of someone going into 'sleeping' mode like they have in other chat programs if you don't do anything for a certain amount of time is a good one, but I'd like to recommend that like the proposed AFK mode, it gives an automatic response to a person that either telegrams or whispers to them saying that you're in 'sleep' mode because you were inactive and maybe even tells how long you were so far. I'd also like to suggest that the automatic sleeper through inactivity thing can't be turned off, so that people won't be trying to talk to them in person expecting a reply not knowing that they're asleep. Just for kicks, a 'sleeping' av would also be nice, like someone laying down on the ground with Z's in the air above them. ;-) ZzZzZzZz
what I usually do in AW: Putting a little sign over my head saying
"AFK = Away From Keyboard, sleeping, visiting REMville, catching some Z's"
(There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch Think Robert A. Heinlein
originally said it, but I'm not sure): In regards to the debate
about whether or not people should be allowed to continue to use the program
as guests, or the program should only be used by those who have paid for
the use, I would prefer that guests would always be allowed in, not only
because many won't buy a program unless they use it first to see what it's
like, but also because there are many who simply can't afford a citizenship.
But, there should be some things that a guest can't do that a citizen can
to encourage those who can afford a cit to become one, but not to make
the guests feel like they are severely limited in what they can do which
may likely cause them to hate using the program and give up on it in frustration,
but just a bit limited in what they can do.
Telegrams with e-mail integration: Not only regular ones, so you can send a brief message to another citizen who's off-line, but also ones that not only leave you a message in your 'user's mailbox' but also sends it to the e-mail address you gave to Cyboria, or if you prefer, a second one where you receive e-mails from other users.
reason for wanting e-mail integration: Even though someone
may not log into Cyboria very often (possibly because they can only do
it at home), many people can check their e-mail at work or at a library
that has Web access. If possible, it would be nice if the e-mail
address of the recipient wasn't given to the sender, and people can choose
to add certain cits to their ignore list.
list: First off, credit goes to Dion with his idea to make
them 'nice and tidy' (in the AFK Mode thread). I would also recommend
being able to create separate lists with expandable folders (you know the
type, marked with a + symbol until you click on them to open them up),
and while Lifeforms suggested that teleports be named so that the world
name is first so they can be sorted by world name followed by the description,
I'll grant that it's a good one, and okay for a general or overall teleport
list, but I'd also like to be able to sort each teleport list alphabetically,
by when they were added or modified, or alphabetically by world name (unless
I get so many in my general list for a single world, I cut them out of
it, and make up a new list for that world).
Time zone to use in Cyboria: We should have a 'Cyborian time' clock. Maybe set to the eastern time zone, or perhaps central time zone if most of us are in the US and we want to use a 'middle ground' so some don't feel totally alienated if we find we're more than 2 hours off from everyone else in the program, like those on pacific time who would be forced to use eastern.
But even if we use something that's out in the middle of the ocean like in that other 3D chat program, deciding on a time to have an event would be easier if everyone could look at a clock and determine the time difference between 'Cyborian time' from their local time at a glance.
While we're on the subject,
how about a clocktower for our next world object that is set to 'Cyborian
in separate chat boxes: Should have both telegrams and whisper.
The telegrams being like short e-mails, but as for whispers, it'd be good
if they were in a separate box that's floating around separate from the
main Cyboria browser so you can contain your chat to it with your friend(s),
and it may also cut down on the accidents where you think you're typing
into a 'whisper to' box like in AW and you hit Enter before realizing that
you're not whispering, but had typed it in the main chat box.
list options: Maybe a cool looking teleport layout map like
they have in the Worlds program (yes,
I've tried many 3D chat programs), then maybe you can have a galaxy
map for selecting another world in that galaxy (large worlds could
be displayed as gas giants like Jupiter), then a metaverse map for
selecting a different galaxy or to click in the middle for the main world
of the Metaverse. These could be accessed by a menu where you select
things like "Transport: To another world in this galaxy" "Transport: To
the metaverse", or to keep it simple, "Galaxy map" and "Metaverse map".
info: A pop-up info window that the world / galaxy owner writes
up for info on each so that when people click on it, it displays a brief
description, fields that contain world rating, size of the world, whether
or not public building, guests, whispers, personalized avs, and bots are
allowed, a link to further information, who to contact about the world,
and all that stuff. Not sure if the world owners would want to display
current populations in the worlds, or if they'd have them display colors
showing their population size or some other method.
world lists: This may be another option, where you have a
textual world list, but you can sort it by ratings (or only show those
with a rating below R if you're going to have children using it), to show
only those that allow public building, occupided worlds, or maybe only
running: Suggestion for world options:
Select whether or not you want to allow guests in or not. Also a
list that's kept in the server host to either not allow certain citnumbers
or to allow only certain ones in. In addition, not allowing those
with a certain IP address or within a defined range where you can select
the first set or two of numbers, then put in *'s in the rest of them.
Think AW is going to try to implement this, but I hope that Cyboria does
a better job of it, like they've been doing with the chat text. :-)
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