Been running a fairly good RP for a bit now, and I'm seeing a common theme. Players see a good thing, a great idea, a successful and intriguing plot, and then they fill in a CS...
And they either never join, or post a few posts and then drop out.
It doesn't seem to matter how much I as a GM try to help them out, fill them in on what's going on so that they can more easily participate.
To me, a great RP requires several things. You need a good GM. You need a good story. And you need good participants who are willing to get involved and stay involved with the plot.
All too often, it seems there are too MANY RPs on this site. Too many options... if you have difficulty one, quit it and join another. That to me seems like a horrible idea... it just makes every RP suck because players are constantly quitting and joining others and filling in apps only to never post IC.
One of the worst things I've seen is when people don't join because they perceive the RP as being "too crowded." Others don't want to join something that has been going on for a bit, because they feel they have no place in the story. That to me seems like the worst thing to think... a RP cannot succeed unless it has a constant inflow of new characters to replace the inactives and quitters.
Perhaps I'm just trying to run a plot that's beyond the ability of most casual writers, or perhaps original ideas are just not popular. But I like to run a good story that someone can get involved in.
In some cases, I think the labeling might actually do more harm than good to some RPs. I like to run something that doesn't require paragraphs of description so that casual writers can participate (and also because excessive description bores me), but maintain a level of plot and universe complexity that most people would associate with advanced RPs. So my problem is... advanced writers don't want to join, because it's in the casual section. Casual writers don't really have the patience to keep up with the plot. And I myself don't like to make excessively lengthy posts describing the color of a flower.
There's also a possibility people perceive me as "new" because most of my experience running RPs comes from other sites. Until my post count builds up, I suppose people may always think of me (incorrectly) as a newb GM.
Are there any ideas how to fix this problem? Has anyone tried running an "advanced-level" plot with "casual-level" writing requirements? Has anyone actually been successful in doing so?