Discussion in 'Roleplay Talk' started by Vigil*Ante, Jul 13, 2012.
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I never follow a certain order. If I'm on a roll posting back and forth even in just one thread, the others sometimes just take a backseat. Not trying to be a jerk, or anything, but if someone's really 'putting out' for me, I'm gonna lavish that thread with my full attention.
It doesn't really bother me, though, if my threads get skipped over in lieu of someone else's. If I notice them posting in other threads (and not mine) for like.. an entire month (it's happened), I'll usually just PM and ask them if they're bored with it, and if so, I'll just write a closing post to it to give the story closure.
I've had a few people over the years, literally rip my head off for daring to post in anyone else's threads before theirs. *chuckle* That sucks. I can't see me doing that to anyone else. Reason being is, if I am already having the slightest bit of a struggle replying to their threads.. that kind of thing just totally kills off whatever spark there ever was.
Depends. I have a couple partners who I know will reply super quickly - their replies get moved to the top of the pile no matter what else is waiting for me.
Likewise, if I'm involved in a thread that is super important for my character's plot/development, that one usually gets special consideration simply because I'm really excited about it and have a million ideas in my head.
Aside from those two factors I go in order of who replied to me first. I honestly don't care if other people do it in a different order, because I don't have time to keep track of the order their replies came in, and I don't always go in chronological order either, so why should I hold them to that standard if it doesn't apply to me? As long as they get me a reply eventually, I'm happy.
I don't really have one set system. A lot of it depends on where I am and what tech I'm using.
If I'm at work, I'll reply to things in the order I receive the email notification of replies because I write all replies in Word and then mass post them so I don't get flagged for too much internet activity on non-work sites by the monitors. (I can justify gMail being open all day for work purposes.)
If I'm on my phone, I'll tend to only reply to one character's threads because swapping logins on the phone is a PITA.
If I'm at home on my computer, I'll tend to reply to people who are online and actively tagging me back first, mostly because we have a very small group in widely variant timezones. We all know each others' schedules by heart. So, I know if they're not visibly online, it's because they're at work or asleep and unlikely to be expecting a tag. If I'm caught up and waiting on people for the next tags, then I'll tag threads with people not actively online.
I'm not usually fussed about being skipped in someone else's reply order unless it's been an unusual length of time for the group, or it's holding up other plots/characters/scenes.
My answer is simple. I reply based on the muse I have going and interest in a thread first. Why? because I like to.
For the most part, IDC if people wait to do me last, but it can get kinda annoying if I see said person/character on site, and they don't do anything for a week. (Though, I've come to realize that is called post hoarding, where they take ALL of their posts, save them to word, reply to them all slowly and go on a posting spree) I, for one, am not a real big fan of that kind of RP. I like being active and playing, not waiting a week for ONE reply. (I guess that makes me more the rapid fire type poster? IDK)
Nope. I reply depending on when I have time and when I get that time I choose the muse that types the fastest. If I type fast enough i can get 1-5 posts done but if I start with the slowest posting character first then I get nothing done and everyone has to wait longer.
I reply based on order. Whatever thread I started or joined first gets a reply first. The only time this will change is if a rp partner abandons a thread. Then I simply forget it and move on. Even when I struggle with muse, I put something up so m partner doesnt consider me a deserter.
I typically reply in chronological order, but if my 'muse' is refusing to co-operate, then I'll skip to the next tag and get back to the previous one, later. =D
I've always done it in chronological order. A, B, C, D; A, B, C, D. The order would only be broken in circumstances where a character has left the scene, durh, or if they're in some other way not available to take action.
I like posting order personally, but pretty much it's just so I can keep everything straight. No moral or ethical debate about the finer points of RPing, I just prefer not to look like a dumbass.
But that doesn't mean the posting order can't change if it it needs to or even if somebody just wants it to. I don't even need much of a reason, I just would like to know so I don't cockblock someone's muse. D':
I reply in order.
The software my games use have bookmarks that list threads in the order in which they've been replied, with the oldest at the bottom. So I just start at the bottom and work my way up!
There are just a few instances where this changes:
1.) If someone asks for a rapidfire session/IM RP, then I go out of order and post to other threads in between replies.
2.) If I'm at work or something and on my Nook, then, because writing on a Nook is a pain in the butt, I reply to threads that I can drop a one-liner in (like threads where characters are having a conversation and such).
I reply to whoever responded first most of the time or where it makes sense for me to post next (a.k.a. me being over-excited and posting at any chance I can get).
I -try- to post in order, but I'm generally an impatient person and when one person in a thread is taking longer than the norm, I'll usually post in it to keep it alive.
With my site being small, we generally have the ability to do it in groups and pairs or whatever and we follow an order that makes it easy for us.
i shamelessly post out of order all the time. i figure i never make people wait that long for posts anyway, so it doesn't make a difference. plus i have so many threads that i get multiple replies a day and don't even know which ones were replied to first (read: i can't be bothered to track the time and date people replied). people who get high strung about that kind of thing aren't the type of people i wanna write with anyway. unless it's been an obscenely long time since the last reply, just let people reply to what they want to reply to in the order they prefer.
I just follow whatever I feel like posting first. I mean, if I'm involved in several threads at once (which usually happen :D ), I'll go with whatever the inspiration is calling for. When the 'muses' are equally loud, then I go for whatever pops up first
Slightly old thread but relevant to what's on my mind tonight.
I try to always reply in the order that I receive replies, though if I've promised someone a new thread but someone posts for me before I start said thread, the new thread comes before the new post because I dunno, that makes sense to me. I'm extremely uncomfortable deviating from this order, but it does cause problems when I really want to reply to #2 but I have to get #1 out of the way first, or whatever...which is actually the case right now. I have 5 posts to write, and I'm excited about all of them except the first one, which should be just a wrapping-things-up type of post, not demanding at all but not really exciting. Because I'm less excited about it than the others, I feel this incredible pressure to get it out of the way and move on to the fun stuff, but I can't just get it out of the way, for some reason, and as I result I've been staring at my computer for a week and haven't written a thing for anyone, which only adds to the pressure because now I'm making people wait longer than usual.
I tend to obsess about other people's posting orders, too, mainly so I can space out my anticipation appropriately. However, if someone skips me in favor of another thread, I have a brief mental collapse and then mope around until I finally get my reply. This is why I am so uncomfortable going out of order, because I don't want to slight anyone (not that I necessarily, on the receiving end, view it as a slight , but, you know).
From past experience with both posting in order and not following a set order, I think I prefer the posting in order. When I first started out, I'd always go with the not posting in order thing. And that in itself got confusing and annoying to do. If only two out of four people are online at the same time, of course those two are going to keep going back and forward if they have the 'muse' for it. The other two will come online and have to read through a few responses back and forward before they can think of responding. It's not fair to the people who aren't on nearly as much as everyone else it.
The chronological thing has come in handy. Usually I go with a week to post before you'e skipped. Now if it's an important thread, it might be four or five days or you get skipped. It's not about whether or not you have the muse or whether you're better than someone else. The order you join the thread is the order you reply in. And a week gives some an ample amount of time to try to get a reply up. If you can't do it within that week, then in the interest of the thread, the next person in the queue will go and you can jump back in on the next go around. Now if you wanted to talk to it out with the people you're in a thread with, you could choose to let the next person go and then you jump back in after that person, or however you wanted to do it. As long as there's an order of who replies next, I'm not really bothered.
As far as how I feel if I follow the chronological order and get skipped? Eh, it happens. I don't let it bother me because A. It's one less reply I have to do immediately, B. It doesn't make me inadequate to everyone else in the thread. C. I can just jump back in on the next go around. Now it would be different if I was just dropped from the thread for not responding instead of skipped. If they dropped me out of the thread entirely, I'd be upset. But being skipped isn't a big deal to me. It happens.
I don't think I have a consistent system. Sometimes I tackle my posts in order, beginning with the first thread/character I owe. Other times I know I'll be faster to post for a certain character/situation and so I'll get that out of the way, then head on to the more challenging posts I need to take my time on. So, I think I'm one of those players who is changeable with ordering my replies.
As a somebody who plays several characters in the same games, when I wind up with 2 or more on the same thread, I try to time my replies so that I don't stall others. (e.g. If one of my characters interacts with another of my characters I post their interaction pretty quick so other characters can get in right after).
I usually post pretty quick and often, so I try to not leave anybody hanging for long.
Okay, I admit it. I'm that RP'er who gets overly excited and replies out of reply order.
Honest to God I try to keep the order but it's the same reason I could never skip double dutch; my whole body seems to rebel against any kind of rigid pattern and go out of sequence. I ALWAYS screw up posting order and end up apologizing and feeling like a total moron. Because I can mess up post order multiple times, in the same thread! : /
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