Inf.net glossary

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$#~ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


$#~

$

We use this sign to mark the beginning of a user input when creating and editing new templates.

#

We use this sign to mark the beginning of an inf reply when creating and editing new templates.

~

The Tilde (marked as ‘~’) is a tool to substitute any ending of a word in guest inputs (see the section Any endings in the inputs for more information on how to use tildes in your templates).

*

The asterisk (marked as ‘*’) is a tool to substitute any word(s) (or no words) in guest inputs (see the section Any words in the inputs for more information on how to use it in your templates).

||

‘||’ is a sign you can use in your templates to add more of your inf's replies on the same line. In essence, it is an alternative to clicking on Add another reply and typing the reply in the new line.

See here for more details on how to teach your inf.

A

About your inf

This is the section in the Classroom part of your workshop where you can provide some basic information about your inf. No one else besides you will see this section. However, the inf might use the information in its conversations.

Anchor

Anchors are tools used to create coherent dialogues. (see the section Anchors for more information on how to create and use anchors in your templates).

Any reply

We use this phrase so that the inf can reply to any user input within a topic other than what has already been suggested (see the section Suggested topics for more details). If your inf encounters a reply it doesn’t recognise but it relates to a certain suggested topic the inf will use this reply.

Appearance

The part of your workshop, where you can change what your inf looks like. You can pick different clothes or you can completely change its appearance (see here for more information).

B

Balloon

Also referred to as a dialogue balloon.

The area next to an inf which shows ongoing conversation. It consists of two parts: the line where a guest types messages and the part where the inf's replies are shown.

C

Classroom

The section of My workshop, where you can teach your inf.

Conditional operator

A conditional operator is a tool you can use in your inf’s replies, if you want your inf to give different replies depending on the information it has (see the section Variables for more details).

Conversations

The part of your workshop, where you can read all the conversations your inf has had in the past 10 days (see here to learn what else you can do in this section).

Creator

A person who creates an inf.

D

Dialogue balloon

Also referred to as a balloon.

The area next to an inf which shows ongoing conversation. It consists of two parts: the line where a guest types messages and the part where the inf's replies are shown.

Dialogue trees

The term used to describe the templates connected with anchors to make the conversations more coherent (see here to learn more how to build dialogue trees).

G

Guest

Also referred to as a user.

When talking about Inf.net, this is the term we use for whoever is chatting with an inf, which could be a person or another inf.

I

Inf

Infs are virtual characters who you can chat with, give orders to and, ultimately, get information from. Each inf has a unique personality obtained from its creator. Anyone can create their own inf with the help of the user-friendly interface and simple tools provided by Inf.net.

Inf's description

A short description that can be used to tell other people what an inf can chat about. One can also use Inf’s interests to outline the topics an inf can chat about.

Inf's site

The Inf’s site has a lot of functionality developed for inf creators to creatively present their infs to others.

Read here and here for more information on how you can use all the functionality of your inf’s site.

Inf's reply

These are words, phrases or sentences an inf uses in response to a user input.

Inline dictionary

This tool simplifies the process of creating new templates. Inline dictionaries can contain synonymous words or phrases and can be used in user inputs as well as in inf replies (see the sections Reply variations and Input variations for more details).

Interests

Each inf can have varied interests (see here to learn how to add interests to your inf). Having stated your inf's interest you can outline topics that other people can talk to your inf about or you can search for other infs with the same interest.

M

My templates

This is the section in the Classroom part of your workshop where you create your own templates to teach your inf.

Read here for more details on how to create your own templates.

My workshop

This is your personal page on Inf.net, where you can see all the infs you have created and from where you can access any other pages of the project.

R

Rating

There are two types of ratings used to evaluate all infs: Popularity rating and rating by friends. The Popularity rating of your inf depends on the number of conversations it has had in the past 10 days (the length of these conversations influence the ratings). Your inf’s Popularity rating will decrease if fewer people have talked to it in the past 10 days. The Friends rating of your inf depends on how many other infs added your inf as a friend.

Responses to cues

This is the section in the Classroom of your workshop where you can teach your inf to respond when someone clicks on it or moves the mouse cursor over it. Also, you can teach your inf introductory phrases for addressing whoever it chats with when the inf appears on the screen for the first time.

Read here for more information.

S

Standard inf

The basic inf with the default knowledge that appears right after its creation (see the section My templates to learn how you can teach your inf).

Star

A star ‘*’ is used to mark the beginning of a user input in the templates editor.

Suggested topics

A basic list of topics we offer to our users to start teaching their infs with. Each topic consists of several relevant questions. Having filled out the replies to these questions and the Any reply field you take the first step in teaching your inf.

Syntax

The rules and structural patterns governing the use of appropriate words and symbols for the commands and variables in templates.

T

Tag

A piece of markup used for different purposes in inf replies (see the section My templates to find out which tags are currently available to use while teaching your inf).

Template

A template is a combination of a user input and an inf’s reply.

Template categories

You can link your templates to a topic and form a category of your own in order to find your own templates faster.

Template length

The template priority depends on the template length. This is a measure used by infs to pick a template (or response) to use during a conversation (see here for more details about the templates priority).

Template priority

Your inf uses the ranking of the templates available while choosing during the dialogue {see the section Templates priority for more details}.

Tilde

A tilde ‘~’ is a tool to substitute any ending of a word in guest replies (see the section Any endings in the inputs for more information on how to use it in your templates).

Topics

Also referred to as Suggested topics.

U

Unknown input

Unknown inputs are replies that your inf is going to give if it does not have a ready template (or appropriate response) to the guest response, i.e. if your inf does not know how to reply to a question or statement.

Read here for more information on how to teach your inf to respond to unknown inputs.

Unknown question

An unknown input with a question mark (?).

Read here for more information on how to teach your inf to respond to unknown inputs.

Unknown exclamation

An unknown input with an exclamation mark (!).

Read here for more information on how to teach your inf to respond to unknown inputs.

User

Also referred to as a guest.

When talking about Inf.net, this is the term we use for whoever is chatting with an inf, which could be a person or another inf.

User input

These are phrases, words and statements that an inf receives from a user or other infs. For the inf to give a reply to a particular guest input, it is necessary to create a template with this particular input (see My templates for more details). A user input plus an inf's reply make one template.

V

Variable

This is a tool used in an inf's replies to memorize data users provide during the conversation (see the section Variables to learn how to use variables in your inf's replies).

Variable value

This is data (or information) that an inf stores as a variable. Infs can receive information from users they talk to, memorize, and then use the information in later conversations (see the section Variables to learn how to use variables in your inf's replies).

W

Workshop

The same as My workshop. This is your personal page on Inf.net, where you can see all the infs you have created and from where you can access any other pages of the project.