[ANSTHRLD] baronial service awards

Kimberly Langhans sarapenrose at yahoo.com
Wed May 9 16:15:27 PDT 2007

I'm a little curious myself as to whether anyone finds the Y/N flags useful. I rather suspect they are in the OP because, well, they've always been there. At one point, the OP may have been the most reliable source for this information, so it made sense to include it.
  However, we've now reached a place where there are easily accessible, more accurate, more complete sources for name and device registration information elsewhere (online LoARs, the HST, the O&A).
  I'd be happy to maintain the Y/N widgets in the OP, in spite of the maintenance hassle, if I thought they were serving a unique purpose. I'm not sure that's the case, though. It seems like an unnecessary repetition of effort, especially considering all the other excellent online sources we have.
  In the future, if we could link the OP with the HST or some other source, that would be pretty nifty, but in the meantime, does it make more sense to remove them? If we're worried about non-heralds being able to find the information, it would be easy enough to add some educational text to the Zodiacus page and a link to the O&A. Why not make people aware of the O&A? It's cool!

Alasdair MacEogan <alasdair at bmhanson.net> wrote:
  Alden Drake wrote:
> It doesn't keep the information. It just includes a Y/N indicator for
> whether or not people have their name and/or device registered. I've
> never found that information particularly useful. If I want to know if
> someone has a name/device registered, I check the online O&A.

I have wondered for a while at the utility of these flags in the OP. I certainly don't use them. The question, to me, is whether it provides enough value in its current form. If not then is there a reason to remove them from the database so that there is no longer a maintenance problem.

How many other kingdoms keep this info with their OP? I spot checked a few and I only found one that did. (Atlantia i believe). That is not sto say there are not more, as I said i only looked at about 5.

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