((When you follow someone, before you start interacting READ THEIR ABOUT/OOC/HEADCANON/ETC. PAGES.
THIS IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO. EVEN BEFORE FOLLOWING, ACTUALLY.
And if you don’t have any of those pages, get on that. If you have specific ways of roleplaying, there are things that are different about your characterisation and things people should/shouldn’t notice or know DOUBLE BOLD HIGHLIGHT THAT STUFF. Pages giving a summary of things your character has gone through are also good. Keeping stuff updates is also important, as letting people know about updates/reminding them to go back and read if things have changed.
Also, when you’re interacting with people, please please please please put a little thought into what /you/ as the Mod know and what your /character/ knows about the people you’re interacting with. And if you’re not sure, just shoot the mod an ask and be all ‘would it be feasible for my character to be able to see/smell/hear/taste/otherwise sense this information about your character?’
I see this a lot with demonic characters especially. Everyone just /suddenly/ is able to tell they’re ~evil~ and calls them out on it. I am sorry but that makes no sense. Unless their character is visibly demonic looking, tells yours, or does something specifically demony, or your character is an angel/imbued with the specific ability to sense demons, etc., your character shouldn’t be able to tell anything like that about them, and even then it’s human nature (sure, different if your character isn’t human, but even then, unless they’re deities or genii locorum they shouldn’t have that sort of instant knowledge because that’s just bad roleplaying) to laugh it off or come up with a more plausible explanation.
Also please note this is in regard to panfandom/multiverse blogs like myself. If your character is from a world/story where there are demons everywhere and they are paranoid enough to check every single person they talk to, you still need to discuss this before having them reveal it. But this really goes for anyone who’s character has a secret/ something odd about them to reveal.
Using an example with Avery here: Avery has been around Fae, vampires, and other supernaturals since he was a child. He has experience (which is noted on his page and makes sense for his character aspects and occupation and history) knowing how to tell these creatures and people apart from the normal crowd. When meeting someone new, he will do things like see if they have oddly coloured eyes, check their skin temperature, look for fangs/bite marks, etc. He also listens to how people speak and what they say. If they have an antiquated vocabulary, that sends up flags. If they make jokes about their age, not drinking wine, things about the moon, or whathaveyou, he will make educated guesses, and ask about that. Of course, even I’m guilty of fudging stuff occasionally. It’s all good. We make mistakes and we learn. But then again, lots of people don’t read the fact that my other character Mote is a big 7 foot tall mothman and not a tiny moth. I’m not upset, it’s just that it’s mentioned a fair number of times on his page, and sometimes I wonder how people miss that, but anyhoo. Allons-y.
If your character is keeping a big secret about that sort of thing, they should be careful about what they say, how they speak, what they wear, etc. If they’re serious about blending into the crowd, then they should. Again, if you’re playing canon characters, and they’re guilty of falling into this trap, having them attempt to better their blending skills or once someone rumbles them going “well, I guess I was being rather obvious” is okay.
If you do make it obvious that your character is different through what they say/do/wear/how they look, don’t get upset if characters figure things out (within reason). Willing suspension of disbelief only goes so far.
Also, if you’re a third party watching two people roleplay, it is my general advice that you never send anons being all ‘so and so is a _______’ or ruining their reveals. Also on that note if you receive anons, just… please think before you publish them? If other characters are mentioned/involved, just send a note to the other person going ‘hey I got this anon revealing this information, should we use this as a convenient plot device, or continue rping it out?’
Please don’t use convenient plot devices like anons every time. It gets boring (even if it’s your blog to run how you like. This is constructive criticism which is mentioned further down). Your character just seems stale and irritating because they have a font of knowledge they shouldn’t have and only makes sense on the internet. It just makes for lazy and dissatisfying roleplay.
If people are doing things that you don’t like when interacting with your character, for the love of mac’n’cheese, please /SPEAK UP/. People are collectively dumb and we don’t notice a lot of things we do that upset others. And if you get told something like that, acknowledge it. Discuss it. Change it if it’s something you can change. Otherwise you’re going to be out of partners really quickly.
Someone sends you hate anons, don’t even read that trash. You click that delete button /immediately/. Don’t even publish that stuff. It all just ends up in white knighting and the person who sent it instantly wins. That said, if you ask for criticism and someone sends it, don’t act like you’re being attacked, unless they are attacking you directly. Separate those IC and OOC feels. If you’re taking things as personal attacks then you are too emotionally invested in your character and need to take a step back right now.
If you are old enough to be roleplaying properly on this site you should be old enough to recognise people throwing crap around like unintelligent monkeys and people giving you constructive criticism which you should be able to take. You don’t have to agree with it or change things, but you should at least listen and be aware that this is a thing you should consider.
- INFORMATION PAGES. READ THEM MOTHERFUCKER.
- IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY, EVEN FOR A CANON CHARACTER, GET THE FUCK ON THAT SHIT.
- MAKE SURE TO NOTE ANY DIFFERENCES/SPECIAL THINGS FOR ROLEPLAYING WITH YOU/IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER
- USE THAT BIG BEAUTIFUL BRAIN OF YOURS WHEN WRITING REPLIES, GURL*FREN
- COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR FELLOW MODS YOU DON’T HAVE A CABLE TO THEIR BRAIN TO SEE ALL THEIR PLANS AND IF YOU DO DAT’S CREEPY BRO
- IF YOUR CHARACTER IS A CRAZY PARANOID FREAK WHO CHECKS EVERYONE OUT TO SEE IF THEY’RE WEIRD/NOT HUMAN, BE CONSISTENT
- IF YOUR CHARACTER HIDES THE FACT THEY’RE WEIRD/NOT HUMAN, THEY BETTER BE GOOD AT HIDING THAT FACT (within reason) IF PEOPLE AREN’T SUPPOSED TO KNOW. ALSO DISCUSS CONSEQUENCES FOR CHARACTERS WHO FIND OUT/ CONSEQUENCES FOR YOUR CHARACTER’S SECRET BEING BLOWN.
- USE/SEND ANONS WISELY, PEOPLE
- DON’T BE LAZY ALL THE TIME WITH IMPORTANT SHIT PEOPLE GET BORED WITH THAT SO FAST
- DON’T PUT TOO MUCH OF YOUR OWN FEELINGS INTO THE CHARACTER YOU WILL ONLY GET HURT AND STUNT YOUR CHARACTER’S POTENTIAL
- CON CRIT IS GOOD YOU SHOULD USE IT AND GIVE IT. ANON HATE IS DUMB DON’T BOTHER WITH THAT SHIT EVEN IF YOU PLAY THE WORLD’S SHITTIEST SUE IF SOMEONE CAN’T APPROACH YOU POLITELY AND LOGICALLY AND SAY WHAT’S WHAT IT’S NOT WORTH EVEN READING.