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Posted on October 20, 2014 - 19:27 (UTC)
DreadedEntity
Be careful when using hints to visualize the effects of commands using the Debug Console. Hint can accept an undefined variable and neither the error nor the hint is shown, the command simply fails. Also notice how the hint command should be Template:Inline code: for "_i" from 0 to 50 do { hint _i; }; tested in A3 1.32.127785

In a script, an "undefined variable" error will be shown as expected.
Posted on October 21, 2014 - 23:07 (UTC)
DreadedEntity
Contrary to previous games, Arma 3 will happily display hints that far exceed screen space.
However, as hints get longer, FPS suffers tremendously.
tested in Debug Console, A3 1.32.127785 with the following: hint str ((nearestObjects [player, ["BUILDING"], 100]) - [player]); [] spawn { sleep 5; systemChat str diag_fps; }; sleep 10; hint str ((nearestObjects [player, ["BUILDING"], 1000]) - [player]); [] spawn { sleep 5; systemChat str diag_fps; }; Results were: 59.7015 and 5.17297, respectively. Drawing a hint even longer than this, such as nearestObjects with a radius of 10,000 or 100,000 reduces your FPS so much Arma 3 appears to crash, though it doesn't.

Unrelated: Hints will stay on screen for 30 seconds, then fade away over the course of 5 seconds. Tested with: A3 1.32.127785
Posted on February 17, 2015 - 23:14 (UTC)
DreadedEntity
An open dialog will pause the 30-second hint fade timer. (A3 1.38.128937)
Posted on March 25, 2017 - 20:47 (UTC)
Feint
The hint sound is audible only when you have the music volume turned up above 0 in the audio settings. Otherwise, it seems to act the same as hintSilent.

This is important because if you are running a hint that fires at 30 fps or more, the hint will slow down machines that have the music volume turned up but won't slow down machines that have the music volume turned off.

Best practice is to use hint for an alert to the player and use hintSilent for a makeshift display of data to the player that is updated fairly often.

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