|Guidelines for Hosting|
Post your puzzles and answers in bold.
This makes it much easier on players and helpers to keep track of everything. Text appears in bold if you put it in between <B> and </B>.
Include copied & pasted questions in your answer posts.
Saying "no to all" when answering several posts at once can bring players to a page with just that answer, which isn't very helpful if we don't know what's been asked. ;o)
Use colors (and any other font embellishments such as font faces or sizes) only when part of the puzzle (e.g. wuzzles, dialogue differentiation in smugglers). Italics are fine for limited asides.
Answer posts at least once every weekday.
If this isn't possible for you, ask for a co-TM to help you out. During weekend, time off is allowed. ;o) If you canít continue hosting for some reason, please donít put the puzzle up for grabs. Ask for someone to help you out and e-mail the solution. If you donít have the time for that, e-mail the puzzle and solution to Eeva and Chris Wise and one of them will take over.
Number your clues in multi-part puzzles.
It will avoid any confusion when a player makes a correct guess at the wrong clue. Making regular recaps in these puzzles will help both players and hosts to keep track of whatís been solved.
Clearly state when a puzzle has been solved and who has the next turn.
When players are left wondering about whether the puzzle is over or who's up next, it can lead to a dreaded lull. *gasp*
Keep track of your own puzzle(s)
and don't rely on your subs or Atanua's pings too heavily when you're hosting. If you forget about your puzzle, it's not a stretch to think that players might have forgotten, too.
If you aren't getting many/any guesses, do something about it! :o)
Try pinging players back, offering a hint, making a recap, rephrasing a clue, clarifying what you're looking for, etc.. Especially in more complicated puzzles, it is encouraged that hosts make regular recaps. Remember, you're the temporary host and we're counting on you. :o)
Remember that the suggested time limit for all P&Ss is 5 (week)days.
If your puzzle reaches the time limit, as the host, you should do what it takes (hint, nudge, cajole *g*, etc.) to wrap things up within a day or so.
If your puzzle nears the limit and there's not much activity (even after extra hints), please either post a new puzzle or arrange on your own to have someone else take the turn. Simply putting the turn up for grabs creates a vacuum. *booo vacuums!*
Know that you may have to forfeit your turn if your puzzle goes untended for 5 consecutive weekdays.
We'll try "pinging" you and then emailing a reminder, but for the sake of keeping things moving along, we might put the turn up for grabs. Don't see it as a punishment it's just a matter of keeping as many P&Ss active as possible.
Have fun! And encourage your fellow players to have fun, too! It might sound like something your mother would say, but... play nicely. ;o) We all have different styles and that's a huge part of the beauty of P&Ss but some things (basic courtesy, making all players feel welcome, giving people the benefit of the doubt, etc.) go beyond style and, I hope, help to define us as a community.