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(Once again I attract attention by making animal noises... This seems to be a trend.)
I started this thread mainly to ask how people figure out the new roleplays from the older ones-- OOC threads and interest-pitches are usually totally different, like the interest-pitch is dead but the OOC thread is mobbed, or vice-versa. How do you work out which roleplays are really new? Which ones have already started? HALP
Easy solution, look for the IC thread. Also if its moved to the OOC stage these days there's a good bet its running already.
Nice to meet you, Gat. I'm curious... Is your name an homage to the baddest m*********er to ever join the 3rd Street Saints?
I'm still curious about why some of the interest threads are so empty if the roleplays have already started. I keep looking at newer, quiet roleplays only to discover their OOC threads are hoppin'.
Interest Threads are mainly just to gather interest. Views are more important than replies--the more people you get to see it, the more will know it exists, the larger the potential audience you can attract.
OOC threads are better metrics to judge activity and age because they will usually be continued to be used. Especially since you can view the age of a post simply by looking in the upper left corner of the post itself--so you can tell how new or old an RP is by the date of the first post, and if it's still active by the date of the last post.
The interest checks are empty precisely because the rp has started.
It kinda goes like this:
1. Person has an idea for rp, but doesn't know whether others would be interested in it. So, they post an Interest Check thread in the appropriate section to see if their idea gathers interest.
2. Once enough people show interest in the idea, Person creates the OOC thread. This is for CSes (although sometimes people post them in the Interest Check as well), for more detailed information regarding the rp and, once the IC is up, for discussion. At this point the Interest Check is generally not used anymore; after all, you got players already!
3. Person creates the IC thread for people to post in. IC and OOC threads are both used.
So, if you want to see which rps are new and possibly joinable, I suggest checking how far their IC thread is. You can also check out the OOC thread to see if people are posting there, and to get information on how far along they are. You can usually see if the rp is allows new players there as well. If not, just ask!
Hope this helped. The whole Interest Check thing was new for me too when I joined, so I kinda had the same problem you did for a while.
Thanks a bunch for the explanations, guys! I was like, @_@.
Secondary question: do people prefer advanced, free, or casual roleplay?
It depends how you write. If you RP with one liners and you don't care for spelling and love not being limited or flooded by rules, free is where you belong. Casual is a paragraph or more and decent spelling, in addition to some rules and limitations, and finally there is advanced which focuses strictly on quality over quantity, and they tend to have two or more paragraphs per post and hold quite a few rules and limitations in comparison to casual and free.
If you need further information just look at some threads, read a bit on how they RP and see if you think you can keep up with that format type for every post. There is also a sticky note that will give you even MORE information.
Over all though, it's not about what section has more activity, it's about whether or not you fit under that category.
I could probably wander through all three, and more than likely will, depending on my mood. I will admit: the advanced rps are intimidating. I looked at a couple of them and went "DAYUUUUM". :)