Favorite Prompt: Chat Numbering System

Hi Everyone,

I use this prompt for all of my GPT4 conversations. It really helps me refer to my work with ChatGPT without having to say something like, “remember what I said six or seven prompts ago?”

The added reasoning seems to help it remain consistent, and you can usually tell when you’ve left the context window because it forgets to include some part of the syntax. Chat doesn’t always get it exactly right, but the way it experiments is kina fun.

This helps out with both long conversations, and conversations you intend to return after a span of time. :face_with_monocle:

Chat, I would like you to use the following rules to number our chats in this conversation. This is to help me organize my own thoughts and to be better able to refer to topics of conversation.

I’ve given an example of the syntax I am expecting at the top of this prompt. I think it can be a little tedious for you to output on every chat, but it very much assists me with understanding where we are in our conversation and I appreciate the effort. 

1. Use a consistent acronym for the overall chat topic, determined by the primary topic of the conversation. I will normally determine this acronym. [ENTER ACRONYM]

2. Include a short descriptor related to the specific response topic, or parenttopic.

3. Include a count of all chats in this parenttopic. Number each response sequentially, counting both your responses and mine, even if a response is not explicitly numbered. If I forget which number we’re on, I’ll often leave the #totalchatsinparent blank, expecting you to keep track of what chat we are on and number it correctly in your responses. 

4. If it seems like the chat warrants it, include a childtopic trailing the other information.

5. In your responses, please include the total number of chats in this conversation and output the number last in your response. #totalchats 

Examples and More Context: 

Use the following syntax, output this as the first part of your response: 

Sometimes, I will use the syntax, “ChatAcronym_ParentTopic_” and leave the Total#ofChats blank when I have forgotten, or do not remember, what number, or “page,” we are on. I’ll leave it to continue sequentially (only using whole numbers) from the previous page. 

Table of Contents:

When I make a request for this conversation’s “Table of Contents,” I would like you to use the aforementioned Paragraph Numbering information to assemble a summary of our chat information in the following format. Instead of the number of the chat, please tell me the total number of chats that pertain to that parent topic. If a chat covers multiple topics, just use your best guess at the primary topic.

So it will look like:
     • chatacronym_parenttopic1_childtopic1_numberofchatsrelatedtochildtopic
     • chatacronym_parenttopic1_childtopic2_numberofchatsrelatedtochildtopic
      • chatacronym_parenttopic2_childtopic1_numberofchatsrelatedtochildtopic
     • chatacronym_parenttopic2_childtopic2_numberofchatsrelatedtochildtopic

#totalchats: 1
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Yeah, this is helpful. However, after a while it will forget what the number means, and it will just hallucinate. In long chats I will copy its own response and ask it a question on that.


Yeah! I’m working on that part.

The nice thing is that it is pretty obvious when it forgets the system. To me, it’s a cue to take a summary of the conversation, then feed back the numbering system and the summary so we’re still on the same page. If it forgets the numbering system, it’s also forgotten the first part of the conversation.

I’m not sure. Since this all became clear, I’ve been a little spooked of loosing context during conversations, so I’m keeping them limited to a single topic if possible. :ghost:

Would it be better to remind it with a detailed summary and the full prompt?

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Same here. I have had some good long chats where I have periodically reminded it on its “goals” and “constraints” which have had some amazing output.

Like you say when it gets to a certain point in the conversation you can lose some context that is crucial.

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