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Murdergurl

will turn your insides into your outsides
These examples with no other reference to a particular complaint (of which I've seen many examples of this complaint) could be either group or 1x1.
Just on my own and talking to friends I've seen or heard of many 1x1 and groups that are vague. "Hey, I want a RP. IDK. Maybe MLP or some Fallout type thing. We can make it original if you want. Wanna talk note me." Heck, I saw one where the only hint it was a group was someone complaining in the comments to a friend only two people were interested and he needed at least four.
yeah... that's not an RT... thats more of a conversation that might eventually BECOME an RT, but is still n the fetal stages. lol

And of course things that look like recycled ideas, several of the same fandom and plot types have no rules over the number of players someone may want and can fall under either. And a post looking like it's typed in a auto-correct that puked happens all over the internet, not just RP searches. (Mine tried to turn writing into right. And it doesn't know if autocorrect is one or two words)
I'll never understand this. I have typed one-handed while eating and talking to a toddler, and my posts don't sound like a random word jumble. I'm thinking maybe this has to do with the variety of devices that people use to type nowadays. My hubby types stories on his tablet, and I've proofread them before he posts and find all kinds of weird words in place of what he meant to type. But if he uses my laptop, its fine. So it's just the device he uses. BUT HE KNOWS THIS, and its why I proofread for him. Why other people don't read over their stuff before they post is beyond me. and even AFTER they post it. We have an edit option... jeezus!

Romance is usually a 1x1 and the bane of us 1x1 who get people thinking they are about to hook up characters no matter how you word your search. I had someone yeet out just as the RP started thinking it was a hook up even thought I put PLATONIC right in the title. I have seen groups that specify whether hook ups are allowed or not. And I've seen some group searches looking for harems and love octagon plots before. They usually have some detailed plot ideas though.
Yeah, back when I still did 1x1s, this was very frustrating for me. I've NEVER had an interest in romantic RPs. In groups, it is rare to see them. But in 1x1s they are really popular.
 

nerdy tangents

New Member
Throw them out of the window. You'll feel much happier when you forget about those. ^33^ If you're not writing one-liners it's already fine. Sometimes even one-liners are fine.
I mean I ask for one to two paragraphs, but that’s cuz I average three paragraphs. And if you reply to three paragraphs with less than one, then there was definately a failure to communicate at some level.
 

Murdergurl

will turn your insides into your outsides
^ "paragraphs" are kindof subjective, tho. Like, some people are fine with a paragraph consisting of just three of four sentences (which is technically feasible). But other peeps, will have a paragraph of 6, 7, 8 + sentences... so there is a considerable difference of narrative if you are making three or four paragraphs of either comparative length. nerdy tangents nerdy tangents

Depending on who you ask, they might be thinking you are asking for 8 lines, or 20 lines for a response. imo, better to ask for a word count average than a paragraph average when concerning length.
 
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nerdy tangents

New Member
^ "paragraphs" are kindof subjective, tho. Like, some people are fine with a paragraph consisting of just three of four sentences (which is technically feasible). But other peeps, will have a paragraph of 6, 7, 8 + sentences... so there is a considerable difference of narrative if you are making three or four paragraphs of either comparative length. nerdy tangents nerdy tangents

Depending on who you ask, they might be thinking you are asking for 8 lines, or 20 lines for a response. imo, better to ask for a word count average than a paragraph average when concerning length.
So what I do is writing samples. Since I’m not gonna waste my time counting up words or paragraphs in the roleplay itself I just give out a writing sample. If you feel like you can comfortable respond to that than we’re good.

In my experience detailed writers in general don’t bother with actual word count or paragraph counts in the roleplay itself. It’s usually people who have less detailed writing styles that get caught up in hitting an arbitrary word limit.

The kind of people that would mirror my post aren’t counting words or paragraphs. They’re just like “Oh she wants me to be detailed, easy peasy.”
 

Murdergurl

will turn your insides into your outsides
So what I do is writing samples. Since I’m not gonna waste my time counting up words or paragraphs in the roleplay itself I just give out a writing sample. If you feel like you can comfortable respond to that than we’re good.

In my experience detailed writers in general don’t bother with actual word count or paragraph counts in the roleplay itself. It’s usually people who have less detailed writing styles that get caught up in hitting an arbitrary word limit.

The kind of people that would mirror my post aren’t counting words or paragraphs. They’re just like “Oh she wants me to be detailed, easy peasy.”
Same. I have a few on hand that I reference when appropriate.
 

Ace Cream

Frozen Pooppy
When a GM does something counterproductive to their own rules.

GM: I don't want teenager to be a magic master!
Also GM: *make a thousand years old magic master character that definitely looks like teenager*

GM: Only game starters are available to choose.
Also GM: My starter is meowth!

GM: No OP character please.
Also GM: godslayer go schwing schwing!
 

Crayons

Iconoclast
This isn't necessarily a hard nope but if the set-up of a group RP is that the GM is playing the "main character" and/or they are planning on using the RP as the basis for a novel.

The GM coming over like a drill sergeant from the word go with a "my way or the highway" approach.

The GM appears not to know their source material.

Bad spelling/grammar/writing that would be painful if you had to RP with it. (Not simple typos/misspellings etc.)
 

nerdy tangents

New Member
How do you figure?
Because three paragraphs should contain plenty of information for you to write one paragraph response. So the only way you are going to not make that cut off is because

1. you don’t want to, and thus probably didn’t read my requirements in the first place

2. I didn’t convey some of the information correctly and you need clarification
 

Sera

Level 1 Chaotic Smug Rogue
Because three paragraphs should contain plenty of information for you to write one paragraph response. So the only way you are going to not make that cut off is because

1. you don’t want to, and thus probably didn’t read my requirements in the first place

2. I didn’t convey some of the information correctly and you need clarification
3. Less than one paragraph is sufficient to convey the writer's intended meaning.
 

nerdy tangents

New Member
3. Less than one paragraph is sufficient to convey the writer's intended meaning.
Which is just one worded differently? I mean if I you want to do one-liners that’s fine.

But if I am giving you three paragraphs AND requesting a minimum of one paragraph response. I don’t see how asking for more than a sentence or two in reply is a huge imposition.

In the same way I’m sure if you requested a one-liner you would be angry if someone gave you three paragraphs instead.
 

Sera

Level 1 Chaotic Smug Rogue
Which is just one worded differently? I mean if I you want to do one-liners that’s fine.
It isn't the same as 1.
But if I am giving you three paragraphs AND requesting a minimum of one paragraph response. I don’t see how asking for more than a sentence or two in reply is a huge imposition.

In the same way I’m sure if you requested a one-liner you would be angry if someone gave you three paragraphs instead.
No, I wouldn't be angry, because I don't request post lengths. They don't actually have any effect on post quality, nor on how easy it is to respond to a post; and I don't rely on other people to provide me with stuff to respond to in the first place.
 

nerdy tangents

New Member
It isn't the same as 1.

No, I wouldn't be angry, because I don't request post lengths. They don't actually have any effect on post quality, nor on how easy it is to respond to a post; and I don't rely on other people to provide me with stuff to respond to in the first place.
No offense that seems like you might be missing the point of collaboration.

If you aren’t responding to your partner than why have one in the first place?

My point is this, post requirements are about finding compatible partners.

The people I roleplay with can easily meet the one paragraph post requirement (heck most end up writing around three paragraphs themselves).

That’s because their writing style is compatible with more detail oriented writing (which is what I do myself).

People who like minimalistic writing are unlikely to write with me anyway. I have legitimately never had someone who only wrote one-liners request a roleplay with me.

Even when I didn’t specifically put a one paragraph minimum. They just aren’t interested in my ideas. I mostly put the requirement so folks don’t think I need mirroring to be honest.
 

Sera

Level 1 Chaotic Smug Rogue
No offense that seems like you might be missing the point of collaboration.

If you aren’t responding to your partner than why have one in the first place?

My point is this, post requirements are about finding compatible partners.

The people I roleplay with can easily meet the one paragraph post requirement (heck most end up writing around three paragraphs themselves).

That’s because their writing style is compatible with more detail oriented writing (which is what I do myself).

People who like minimalistic writing are unlikely to write with me anyway. I have legitimately never had someone who only wrote one-liners request a roleplay with me.

Even when I didn’t specifically put a one paragraph minimum. They just aren’t interested in my ideas. I mostly put the requirement so folks don’t think I need mirroring to be honest.
I respond to what other people post. I don't rely on them to provide me with stuff to respond to.
 

heartstringss

i'll never get to heaven 'cause i don't know how
▪︎ usage of bbcode that is not at all mobile-friendly (especially where the user also does not make any effort to include a code-free version of their search... this just strikes me as incredibly non-inclusive and usually speaks to those people having some kind of bias against non-coders)

▪︎ (over)inflated egos

▪︎ people above high school age who still play high school-age characters for some reason... especially those who still play them in romantic plots and pairings...

▪︎ color-coded text and other odd formatting (used in excess)

▪︎ general lack of effort, not enough detail, dry language/non-engaging

▪︎ requiring writing samples from potential partners (requesting is fine, but requirement is just too much imo...)

▪︎ "I always mirror post length and will expect the same from you" no, gtfo
 
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Sera

Level 1 Chaotic Smug Rogue
▪︎ "I always mirror post length and will expect the same from you" no, gtfo
This is my favorite because it's literally impossible; it leads to a logical contradiction.
1. There can be no first post. They always mirror post length. When there are zero posts, the post length is either zero or undefined. Therefore, every post must contain no characters.
2. Ignoring 1, every post will have an identical number of characters. No two human beings converse this way.
 

lee.

New Member
I respond to what other people post. I don't rely on them to provide me with stuff to respond to.
How can you respond if there's nothing to respond to?

Partner A types three paragraphs detailing the setting, atmosphere and stuff about their own character. Then adds something for the two characters to do or react to or dialogue.

Partner B answers the line of dialogue and maybe describes some of how the character feels.

Parter A is left doing the leg work as they set things up and get nothing to bounce off of in response.

Generally both posts should have an equal amount of detail and opportunity cor the other person to react ot respond to or do something imo. If one person writes a lot and gets returned with less than a paragraph then that's two very different styles and it would be hard to balance that properly. Neither is right or wrong but together it feels unbalanced and uneven.
 

Sera

Level 1 Chaotic Smug Rogue
How can you respond if there's nothing yo respond to?

Partner A types three paragraphs detailing the setting, atmosphere and stuff about their own character. Then adds something for the two characters to do or react to or dialogue.

Partner B answers the line of dialogue and mauhe describes some of how the character feels.

Parter A is left doing the leg work as they set things up and get nothing to bounce off of in response
Depends on the context, and my character's goals and motivations. If someone is behaving like a statue, I'll act accordingly. There's a whole world to create and explore, after all.
 

Musician

🦚 Feathering Fables
Moderator
Please take the roleplay response discussion to a separate thread or dm. It is beginning to derail the original intent of this thread. Thank you!
 

lee.

New Member
Ah! Sorry! To try and help get back on topic; when there doesn't seem to be a plot in mind from the GM's end or they haven't explained it as I like to know what I'm getting into.

Weirdly face claims can be a thing for me. If it's not realistic or realistic drawn then I'm not interested.

And when everyone already seems to know each other as when you're a new player that's extremely intimidating.
 

Maxx

A Faded Ghost
Hm, I can't remember what I wrote last time in this thread (probably over a year ago), but I know it was all 1x1 stuff. And seeing people talk about group stuff reminded me of some things I hate in group search threads:

• Extremely long CS templates that must be followed: I can't always get through long CSes, they are a pain to write when I'm just not feeling it
• "Only RL/anime FCs": Probably something I said about before, but I like describing my characters when I can't find an image
• Required personality segment of a CS: Unless I'm writing with someone I've written with before, who knows how I write, I hate having to write out my character's personality, it shows just fine once I start writing them
• "No swearing": I swear a lot. I get people not liking swearing, but I swear all the ⚕⚕⚕⚕ing time. So I won't join one that doesn't want me to
• Unreadable threads: Self explanatory. If it's unreadable due to grammar or formatting, I can't even read it

On the flipside of this, I've had things that have made me nope out of my own group search threads. It's related to something a lot of people have said about. Because my thoughts don't want to organize themselves, I'm gonna bulletpoint it.

• I am someone who has many half-ideas
• I try to post full things where I can, but it's not always possible
• Sometimes I'll come up with a world and concept, but no actual plot
• These are generally things where it's best for everyone to contribute to coming up with plot anyway
• I will post these half-ideas, and explicitly say in the thread that it requires everyone chipping in to help
• People will say "I'm interested!" and "Sign me up!"...



•...and then not help with coming up with an actual plot



• These threads get full of these people
• So I nope the hell out of my own search threads because of it
 
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To be honest, the only thing that makes me nope out of a search thread is the 18+ barrier, LOL.
I get ya adults with your shennanigans like 18+ people but I nope out of these threads due to age not matching.

Then, we have like: Have perfect grammar and spelling.
 

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