What is Template and What is not!
What is Template and What is not!
I am a Splinterlands content consumer. Meaning, I like all kinds of Splinterlands related content that is published at the Hive Blockchain. I am particularly fond of direct game related content, like battle, strategy, art and discussions about the improvements and economy of the game. Since I am a consumer and reader (among many others), I thought I like to summarize some of my view about 'template' type of writing.
For many of you, you may not know what template writing even means. So this post is about clearing that up. These are my personal thought process and how I personally like to consume Splinterlands related content. I will start with a simple question that was recently asked off me:
To be honest, I'm still confused about this part (template posting)
Here it comes: Please take a look at the two images below
Do you see the text from the two different posts? They are weekly battle challenge organized by Splinterland, which is a nice effort to encourage users to write gaming related content. However, do you see that this particular user has a 'word template' where he just alters certain words and generates the same content every weeks? Do you see? Let me help you:
Obsidian as the summoner that offers
+1 magic attack, I had
Mycelic Morphoid with a melee attack at the 1st position,
Regal Peryton with a magic attack & the "Flying" ability at the 2nd position,
Khmer Princess with a magic attack at the 3rd position,
Queen Mycelia with a magic attack & the "Protect" ability at the 4th position,
Creeping Ooze with the "Slow" ability at the 5th position &
Djinn Biljka with a magic attack & the "Camouflage" ability at the last position.
Thaddius Brood as the summoner that offers
-1 magic attack and
-1 health, then I had
Cursed Windeku with
2 melee attacks & the "Thorns" ability at the 1st position,
Corrupted Pegasus with 2 melee attacks & "Flying & Reach" abilities at the 2nd position,
Death Elemental with a magic attack & the "Snipe" ability at the 3rd position,
Undead Badger with a melee attack & the "Sneak" ability at the 4th position &
Furious Chicken at the last position.
The user basically have a template that he have been using for ages with just finding and replacing monster names and their ability and write a whole post. Over and over again for weeks!!
As a consumer, do you like to consume this content?
Do you think this is adding any value to the game or blockchain?
Increasing word count: Size Matters?
The same user (also many other users) uses the pictures of monsters from Splinterlands image database like below. They add the same generic text next to it (again a template) just to increase word count. Because someone sometimes told them that size matters. I see no value in them either. Especially when used over and over again. Gamers already know their cards, you don't need to show them to us over and over again.
Is there any Splinterlands content that is new and Unique?
Yes there are many. Do you see the dividers I am using on these post? They are by freezetag. I find them fresh and very visually soothing. Not to mention they are new and unique.
I find the strategy posts by ace Japanese Silver League player ueyuey refreshingly original and 100% useful. I have personally used those teams even in the champion leagues successfully.
I have found star-shroud's brawl reports new and highly valuable. He is a new user. Investing in cards. Owns cards, and writing new content.
I find kalkulus's mana calculation statistics highly useful. I wish he publishes more!
These are just some examples. No way this is a comprehensive list. The actual list will be pages long hopefully. We must support these new players and content creators. Distributing the hive rewards far and wide should be the key. Not to support reward pool abusers for personal gain is also the key.