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PostSubject: Lore Specialists   Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:02 pm

Topic to discuss:
Should these forums have people who study a certain topic of Tamriel Lore intensely that they can become experts at the topic of their specialty. If ever there are questions on the lore or a discussion is brought up, they can be expert witnesses.
Yes, most people can just search the information up online but having a person who read and almost memorized everything in his/her field can make connections between two pieces of information that otherwise woud've been overlooked. These people can also try to hypothesize on theories and possible explanations for the gaps of history and information that plague many of the official Tamriel Lore sites today.
Topics that can be studied are anything from Race, Provinces, History, Theology, Battles, Questlines etc.
To have someone authorized though, the admins would need to find a universal system to test and grade the members who may qualify as an expert. Perhaps a timed test on the chatbox? The topics being studied must also be regulated. Things that are deemed not as an important topic or with not enough information have to be dismissed. I also don't believe we can make someone an expert of a field that is comprised of too much information because that would be too much for one person and the quality of the experts knowledge deteriorates with the quantity.

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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:17 pm

First I'd like to say that I completely misunderstood you when you brought this up earlier. I thought that you just wanted us to have contests and such where admins asked people questions.

This idea you've brought up now definitely interests me though. It seems really impractical to actually test people for it though. I think that if we simply ask our members to learn a bit more and become experts, plenty of them will rise to the challenge regardless of whether we test them and make them "official" or not. We could just have people declare a subject that they already know a lot about and are especially interested in, and then that person can try to learn even more about the subject until they can answer practically any question.

This way we don't have to test people, we don't have to exclude anyone who hasn't become expert yet from discussion/debate, and we still end up with lots of very knowledgeable people hanging around the forum.

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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:21 pm

That is a much more open approach which I agree is better in a discussion/thought sharing environment. I'm just used to formalities and I guess earning stuff so that's why I thought of it like that. No tests, but perhaps we could have little tournaments of knowledge? Like a jeopardy game on the chatbox!
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:42 pm

I like your idea. In high school I was on the academic team, and we were successful because everyone had their own unofficial specializations. While the forum isn't a competition, I think that this kind of focus could increase the overall knowledge of our community and make for some interesting discussions.

As for tournaments... we can figure that out if enough people show up who are willing to participate.

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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:49 pm

Ditto on your last remark.
I have recently been studying my butt off on Tamrielic Lore before the release of Skyrim. That's of course how I found myself here. I'll be active here and there and would love to get into some real good lore discussions. I bet the theology of the Dawn Era can occupy us for quite a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:21 am

If this idea is implemented, I will be the first to volunteer myself to hash out any difficulties or run through any tests you devise. My knowledge on the lore is not all-consuming, but I do know quite a bit about the various flora and fauna, as well as being well-versed in Dunmer culture.

My vote is to yes.
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:41 am

Algerin, you're welcome to dive right in! Your specialization could be as large or as small a topic as you like. For example, "Dunmer culture" is pretty broad, but if you think you can handle it then we'd love to have an expert in that area.

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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:38 pm

Dunmer culture is very broad! Perhaps, if I can recommend, starting with a single era or a faction and work your way up. Start by being an expert in a smaller topic and then grow from there. I will keep reading lore and will find something that I just will throw myself into and learn all about it. Having an expert in that realm would be great though!
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:55 pm

We may be able to set up a group of Scholars of the Lore, and give you some badges as well as possibly a section of your own. It all depends on how many are willing to participate.

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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:02 pm

I am willing to participate to my fullest extent! I would very much enjoy the conversations on lore, history, theology, biology and anything TES.
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:16 pm

I agree Dunmer culture is pretty large. I know most about their burial traditions and the ancestor worship part of their lives. What area would that be called? Once I'm sure I know everything in that area, I could branch out from there.
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:22 pm

That would be the society and culture of the Dunmer. You are like an anthropologist for the Dunmer. A good branch to work on. If you do not know what to do next, then correlate common cultural practices and society norms with how politics and law in their culture is influenced by the traditions, and in reverse, how the traditions have been affected and maybe changed or not by interactions with the empire, other races and the evolution of their own theology (Tribunal) over the years.

I can help if you wish. Study that up, start a thread talking about it and I'll share my two cents and ideas. Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:40 pm

^ I'll get right on that=D
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:04 pm

I'd like to put my hand up for looking into Nord Lore. Mainly because I'd like to know more about the Nords.
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:19 pm

I'm going to put together a badge for the Tamreilic Scholars Guild, I'll post some pieces and see what you all think. I'm thinking it could be rewarded to members that contribute extensively to the Elder Scrolls Lore section. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:36 pm

Sounds good Jurgen. May I use some of my Mudcrab, Dreugh and Cliff Racer research and paste it into that section?
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:08 pm

You can use any research, lore, etc you want to add. The more the better. The only thing that we don't want to see is a post where you just give a few lines and then link to uesp/ImpLib... That's not sufficient enough to be in the section.

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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:27 am

Of couese, Algerin and I will get all sorts of lore written down for everyone.
You should have the admins moderate the Lore guild. Should be like a bard or pilgrim class!
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:33 am

Oooooh. I could help with the Dunmer culture. Though I wouldn't mind also looking into Bosmer culture.. Strange little things.

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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:36 am

I can help in biology, anatomy, philosophy, chemistry, history and theology. I have a range of basic knowledge to high knowledge in these categories.
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PostSubject: Re: Lore Specialists   Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:38 pm

I could try to help in History.
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