From time to time, humans have occasion to respond to forum posts in a strategic way. The United States Air Force has published a procedure for such activity. This flowchart has since been translated into a shader for demonstration purposes.
The translation process was a matter of deriving the node types from the source image, filling in the text for each node, and then attaching the links between nodes in the node editor. Total setup time was 15 minutes. Once created, a shader link may be shared on social media, in email, or in blog posts and comments, to invite use.
As an usage example, suppose an agitator has defaced the landing pages and comments sections in an organization’s social media setup with their own content. It may be worthwhile to have procedures planned to deescalate the situation with minimal resources expended. Unprepared humans “on the ground” in such a scenario may become agitated by the agitator’s behaviour and rhetoric, and resulting public displays of anxiety or aggression may create long-term organizational issues.
Shaders may be modified after publication. Peopleshader.com includes facilities to download datasets of past shader activity. After the procedures have been applied on a number of occasions, one may find it useful to gather statistics from the sessions of that particular shader and extract probabilities and timings of each node and branch activation, which may provide useful insights during the adjustment or creation of new procedures.