Renaming 'Objects'

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Renaming 'Objects'

#1 Post by MatGB » Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:31 pm

Over the last few cycles, the Objects window has changed from a rudimentary search screen into a very power empire management tool. The name "Objects" simply doesn't do it justice and makes its purpose harder for a new player to comprehend.

But, as it is a search screen for all of the (visible) game, renaming it "Empire Management" or similar sounds off. As would Search.

I am, frankly, at a loss for ideas so, anyone got a good one?

(also, if anyone fancies coding up a simple box tick toggle marked "show only your objects" that displays immediately you call it up it would be marvellous)
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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#2 Post by labgnome » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:21 pm

How about Galactic Index?
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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#3 Post by Bromstarzan » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:29 pm

I agree, as I pretty late (as a beginner) came to understand the many more "features" that this "Object search" offers.
I now think of it as a situation report, hence "SitRep" could perhaps work? Oh wait, there's already a SitRep window :lol:

other that comes to mind (although a bit like "object"): the
1) Archive,
2) Mainframe,
4) Repository,
5) Record,
6) Administration

Sure there are more suitable names, but it doesn't hurt to give suggestions to inspire some more :)
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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#4 Post by Krikkitone » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:22 am

labgnome wrote:How about Galactic Index?
Sounds good.

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#5 Post by dbenage-cx » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:42 pm

Maybe some tie in to the "Empire Intelligence Agency" to reflect the state of objects represented?

Could simply prepend some of Bromstarzans suggestions with EIA, repository is probably the best fit but not sure it is in wide enough use.

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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#6 Post by Bromstarzan » Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:21 pm

Galactic Index is quite interesting. From this I came to think of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) as a measure we often use here on Earth, so what would be more appropriate than GGP? (Gross Galactic Product) :)

I like the EIA suggestion too.
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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#7 Post by Geoff the Medio » Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:38 pm

Bromstarzan wrote:Galactic Index is quite interesting.
It does not, however, address the complaint / concern that motivated this thread.

I would also oppose a long / multi-word alternative. "Objects" is nice because it is short.

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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#8 Post by biza » Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:46 pm

Hm, now when galactopedia is just pedia (encyclopedia), maybe:

Galactopedia - place where you can find, compare and manage all known objects.

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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#9 Post by MatGB » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:40 am

A thought occurred to me and I'd be interested to know how well it could translate:
Gazetteer - Wikipedia

I'm fairly certain that I've seen the term in at least one SF book/series but I forget which (Foundation perhaps, maybe when either Trevize or one of the Darrells was travelling?), but I found out that NASA/IAU have one:
Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature
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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#10 Post by em3 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:35 pm

Geoff the Medio wrote:
Bromstarzan wrote:Galactic Index is quite interesting.
It does not, however, address the complaint / concern that motivated this thread.

I would also oppose a long / multi-word alternative. "Objects" is nice because it is short.
Maybe just "Index" then?
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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#11 Post by labgnome » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:08 pm

em3 wrote:
Geoff the Medio wrote:
Bromstarzan wrote:Galactic Index is quite interesting.
It does not, however, address the complaint / concern that motivated this thread.

I would also oppose a long / multi-word alternative. "Objects" is nice because it is short.
Maybe just "Index" then?
Index works for me, maybe "Galactic Index" for formal references in the 'pedia?
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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#12 Post by Geoff the Medio » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:33 pm

Not sure how "Index" is any clearer than "Objects"...

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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#13 Post by Dilvish » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:24 am

Even if we want to keep the button tooltip to a single word, that doesn't mean that the window title itself has to be a single word, just like the SitRep button opens up the Situation Report window. I think that titling the window as "Object Registry" or "Directory of Known Objects" or somesuch would help a fair bit to clarify its purpose.
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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#14 Post by dbenage-cx » Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:39 am

Gazetteer is kind of growing on me after visiting that NASA/IAU link.

When reading the pedia, any references to this window would be very confusing if it was labeled Index (pedia index or Index window?)

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Re: Renaming 'Objects'

#15 Post by Krikkitone » Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:07 pm

dbenage-cx wrote:Gazetteer is kind of growing on me after visiting that NASA/IAU link.

When reading the pedia, any references to this window would be very confusing if it was labeled Index (pedia index or Index window?)
Sounds like a newspaper...which is misleading

Its basically a Database....so call it "database" if we want to stick with one word.

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