So I was an AVID RPer about 5 years ago. Then I started college, which drained all time for energy since i took off more then i could chew, then in the space of a year, i dropped out of college, met a man, married said man, and moved out into the woods. between work, and MMORPGs, and marriage (which don't let anyone fool you, is a lot of work in and of itself) i kind of seperated a bit from my RPG and with it Staffing proclivities. I Just recently started RPing again, around 7 months or so, and this time I've got my husband in on the gig. He's a brand new baby bird RPer, but he's learning so quickly and I'm so proud of him. But my own innate sense of "OMG your doing it wrong!!!" has overwhelmed me, as it usually does on sites that I'm only a member on, and we decided that we wanted to start our own site. Fast foward to about two weeks ago, when we started working on our X-Men site in earnest. We are currently preparing to open this weekend, and I have questions to staff members who didn't trake the five year hiatus that I did. What is "hot" now? In RPing the past few months, I've seen that everyone is CRAZY addicted to dohtml. I have it on our site, primarily because I like the style that it lends my profiles, and the plot, and the timeline...and pretty much all of my site documentation is dohtml. But I've noticed that people like to post in the html as well. And I'll be honest with you, it irritates the crap out of me. Probably because I'm old school I can deal with it a couple of times, but after a while I'll shy away from any RPer that uses these as a rule. My question: Is this make or break for a site currently? Will I be able to say in my rules that HTML isn't allowed IC and not chase off a ton of members? PLOT: Do people generally still enjoy large overarching story-lines? Or are they mainly little individual plots that people play with one another's characters? For a while on the site that I was playing on, there were boardwide plots, but possibly because of admin's being busy, they never really got off the ground, and no one seemed to ask about them, they were content to go along with "Oh, I have a boyfriend, but that guy is hot too...and while we are at it so is that chick." I'm not against that, but I LOVE boardwide plots, and this being an X-Men site, My husband and I have a TON up our sleeve. Is this all going to be for naught? ...I forgot my other questions...I may come back with more later, but I think for now these are sufficient.