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Expanded Tensions

Devan Gelic
Thu, 12 May 2016 17:17:10 GMT

I just answered a post in Getting Started, regarding Tensions and their basic usage, making sure to mention a possible graph down the line. It got me thinking. adding a number 0-100%, or even 200%, or if I recall, even a negative number of percentage can be used, is a great Manual way of keeping track of progressive and regressive Tensions. How could an Semi-Automatic way possibly work? And the only way I could think of is, to use Three states to denote the tension. The three being; "+" for Positive (Add to the tension), "-" for Negative (Subtract from the tension), and "=" Plateau/Status Quo (Keep the same Tension level from previous event in the timeline). But I suspect the "=" would be perfect if we were mapping the entire Timeline's Tension, but if we were mapping between, selected/highlighted Events, it would need a bit of a tweaking. This way, by adding these 3 state symbols, the user doesn't have to be bogged down by or constrained to numbers, when created the Timeline. When entering data into, say an actual timeline of history, for a period of say a war, ie Worl d War 1. After all facts have been entered, with Tensions being marked as +, - or =, the timeline creator can sit back and view the tension progression and regressions, and get a sense that particular war, with less of a numbered view, but more of an overall, actual view? I'm not sure how to say that properly atm. "+, -, =" could also just be tracked as "greater than before", "less than before", or "same as before", in other words, ">, <, =". But either way, these are just ideas for down the road, even if it's way down the road when you get around to graph out tension lines.