Glass Bead Game Nodes

A Node is a Bead in our game, a connecting point, a page on our wiki. This, which you read right now, is a node.

Each individual node can be a factual thing, it can be a song, an image, a poem or lyrics or a story, a work from Holders [1] or SCP [2] or TV Tropes [3] or Everything2 [4] or Wikipedia [5]... or it can be the node-maker's own original story composition, diary entry or journal article, lecture. It can be a YouTube [6] video with personal content included. It can be a work from deviantArt [7] or Verbatim Poetry [8], or a post or thread from reddit [9] or tumblr [10] or any other social network which is not password protected (private Facebook pages, for example, would not qualify as admissible content, since not everybody in the site can necessarily view them). As for story compositions, the notion is that chronology is relative, place is relative. As an example, one node may have a narrative of a character named Alexander, and Alex is in a distant galaxy, a long time ago. This may link to another node, where Alexander is in the future, in a western-style homestead on a terraformed desert planet. This may link to yet another, where Alexei is a prince in 15th centry Europe. In this way, the writer may create 'Lives', past lives, not-yet-been lives, never-been, never-will-be, as ways to explore their own Self, or elements of their now-life, or a purely fictional character's life from existing or original media, etc. Furthermore, since all wiki nodes have a reply thread section, anybody can reply to and comment on any given node, turning the initial narrative into an extensive collaborative story or roleplay, if they wish it.

Linking, Sources, and Connections
Nodes are connected to other nodes by Pipe Links. A pipe link is a hyperlink (visible as underlined blue text) which connects to another node in the Vicus Lusorum. The highlighted words of a pipe link may not be the same as the name of the place where the link directs. As a result, pipe links can be treated as a second layer of artistry and poetry in a given node. The linked words within a node's body text are always Pipe Links. This sentence is an example of a pipe link, and the page it links to also provides several excellent examples of pipe links. Pay attention to how the pipe links are followed by the bracketed footnote numbers for the sources they cite, and how those sources are included in the Sources footnote at the bottom of the node.

Nodes connect to the rest of the Internet by Hard Links. A hard link is a hyperlink which directs outside the Vicus Lusorum to another site. The Sources at the bottom of a node are always Hard Links. Hard links only belong at the bottom of a node, in the Sources and Connections, and they are cited in the body text using bracketed footnote numbers like this, [1, 2, 3, ...] .

The terms 'node,' 'pipe link,' and 'hard link' are derived from Everything2 [4].

Discussion Threads
Threads are discussions which are conducted below a node, on the same page where the node itself is posted. This is where you can talk about the node, suggest changes and additions to be made to it, comment on it, critique it, and ask questions about it. Do not edit the node itself just to have a conversation on that node, but instead use its threads for this purpose.


Quoting and Full Text Nodes
Sometimes, a node requires that we use a quote written by another author. If we are including the quote in a node which contains our own original non-quoted text, then we express the quote in italics and quotation marks, with the source cited in Sources, and with the name of the author given either immediately before or after the quoted text, as follows.

"This is an example of an appropriate use of quote formatting." - Asherah, 2013.

On other occasions, the material by another author may be excellent as a node unto itself, and we may desire to quote the full text of it. This is acceptable for short works, but not for entire books. When we use an entire piece of an author's material, we must always provide full credit for the author, the time in which they wrote it, and the place where the original work is originally hosted online. At no time is this content ever to be included in such a way that we make money off it, and at no time is it to be included if the author themselves expressly forbid it in their work. The following link will demonstrate an acceptable example of how we give credit: In bolded 14 point font or larger, we state "Composed [year] by [author]" and include after that any other relevant information, such as where this work is found, if in a larger book. This entire citation is to be a direct link to the original location of the work. If the work's full text is not available online, then the link directs to a website where it can be purchased originally (not resold!), such as Amazon.com .
Here is the example: The Egg, by Andy Weir, 2010.

These full text nodes of reposted content are ONLY acceptable if they link directly two or from a node of chiefly original content, through pipe links, or if they link to other nodes through Connection type hard links and pipe links.

At all times be respectful to the original artists and writers in how you use their creations, and never, ever post anything without its original source. This applies no matter the medium or genre of the work of art, whether written, sound clip, image, or video.

Journal and Lives Nodes, a.k.a. Narratives
Any original story, whether fictional or a true event from your own life, even just a documentation of the course of your day, is acceptable as a node, so long as it connects to other nodes and does not develop into a Walled Garden (a cluster of nodes isolated from the rest of the Vicus Lusorum by their failure to link diversely). Nodes called 'Lives' refer to a specific type of narrative node in which the author is using the story to explore and contemplate aspects of their own (or somebody else's) lives and to delve into things which are personally significant to them. As a result, these Lives are especially precious to their authors, and ought to be accorded a measure of respect, even if you personally do not find their content enjoyable: it is a part of how that person is engaging in self-discovery.


Role-Playing Games in Nodes and Threads
Any narrative node can be the beginning of a role-playing game (RPG), and that game can be conducted either in the thread(s) below that node, or as other nodes which connect to it. RPG nodes which connect to one another do NOT have to follow linear continuity; they do not even have to occur in the same story universe. They simply have to demonstrate some clear connection to one another, some shared feature or common quality between them. Vicus Lusorum does not have any overarching canon to dictate what the laws are in the story universes here, and every story genre is acceptable, with the sole exception of explicit content which would violate the Vicus Lusorum terms of service. Please always remember Vicus Lusorum etiquette when beginning these games. If another participant does not wish to share a game with you, you cannot force them to share it, but there is no rule against creating your own original nodes which connect to the nodes of their game. If another participant does not wish to participate in a game you have begun, they cannot be forced to play along, but there is no rule against you starting an RPG thread on any narrative node you wish to play on (although it is considered good etiquette to ask the author of a node first, if mind that you start a game there).


Sources:
[1] The Holders Series
[2] SCP Wiki
[3] TV Tropes
[4] Everything2
[5] Wikipedia
[6] YouTube
[7] deviantArt
[8] Verbatim Poetry
[9] reddit
[10] tumblr

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