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Postby technoangelvii » Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:36 pm

I would never allow a two liner. Period. Lol!
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Postby Melicious.Prose » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:02 pm

There's a nice little saying that the role-players I'm used to use: Quality over quantity.

Whether it's 200 words or five thousand, if the writing isn't worth reading, then it isn't quality. You can write two paragraphs of absolute bliss or you can write ten of shit. It depends on the post, the poster, the role-playing style, etc.
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Postby Arbiter » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:22 pm

Odd I feel almost the exact same way. There was this thread a while ago I posted in where I mentioned such.

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http://rpgforumsonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7854

The sexiest man in the world wrote:When it comes to things like post length I am an advocate of balance and logic.

I think the length of a post should be dictated by it's content, the content should not be dictated by a desired length.

I very often find myself making short posts, posts I feel aren't up to my own standards. So I will sit back and think what is it I should have in there in addition to what already is.

Sometimes I see things I need to add, but truthfully alot of times a post doesn't need to be long. I have heard some say 'add the characters thoughts' or 'describe their surroundings'.

Again I think if you do this just for the sake of filling up a post then that is what you get...filler. If my character is picking up a cup of coffee, or punching someone. He might just be thinking 'I pick up coffee now...me like coffee', or 'arghhh punching!'. Because sometimes what your doing is all your thinking about.

And sometimes people don't even think of what they're doing while they're doing it. (look at your watch then wonder what time it is afterward anybody?)

As for describing things alot well...I mean I hate Anne Rice novels, alot. So I need say no more on needless description.

Now I'm not saying I like one liners...I don't. And I'm not saying I'm perfect, just close. Nor am I even really disagreeing or agreeing with anyone entirely (which begs the question why am I even posting this). But I find posts should not be about length at all, they should be about content. Because lengthy in my opinion isn't positive (or negative)...it just is.
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Postby Melicious.Prose » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:26 pm

Looks like I just summed up your post in three words.

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Postby Arbiter » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:29 pm

Yeah but all that proves is that I'm way better at being long winded than you are.








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Postby Melicious.Prose » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:31 pm

Pretty good, actually.
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Postby Glory » Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:54 pm

I personaly believe that in some spots where you need to talk to or answer a person. and then wait for there reply you cant exactly type 4 paraghraphs on it...you know...but then agian its stupid for a post to just say.


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Postby LolaVeronickka » Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:06 am

Hehe... sometimes I think the RP posts I make are too long... but compared to the huge posts I used to make at my old community (like nearly two years ago), I think I've cut down.

My posts have dialogue much of the time, but also a lot of description.... :\ But I get what Shan 'Quinn said before about some books having 'periods of two much detail'... :) As classic as it is, LOTR immediately comes to mind, with its chapters and chapters of 'Begotten' histories.

Also agree with Shan'Quinn that even a two word comment can have some sensory details in the supporting narrative. :\ Actual 'detail' levels and lengths are kind of set officially or unoffically by the RPers involved in a given thread. Though some thread-owners, and players, are much more lax in their expectations than others.

Anyway... glad we're adressing this. Essentially my feeling is the whole... 'quality over quantity' thing... in number of (RP/IC) posts, vs. number of lines. Though it's true that sufficent details and descriptions generally translate to more lines.
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Postby Wurmboy » Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:15 pm

I think as long as the detail and important information is covered, it should not matter how long the posts are. I would rather read two sentances of well writen words that paint the picture then five paragraphs that are drawn out and boring. As long as the best work is put into every post, length should not be a big deal.
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Postby Dygan Siguara » Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:52 pm

Whenever I make an RP, I check up on people's post history, and read a couple of samples for myself. Three things annoy me:

- Ultra-short posts
- Ultra-undescriptive posts
- Posts that are like chewing on grit. This could mean that the style is just plain disgusting, or that they haven't checked their post for little mistakes, like forgetting the 'd' off 'and'.
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Postby deadlyspider » Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:34 pm

My 4 pence


A poster can often be exstremly descriptive and end up killing a story through plain boredom of hearing someone say how they stood or how they looked. I am sorry, but In some Rps, the use of huge amounts of text cause me to skip line after line, picking out the actual "Actions" of the charecter. This is because eventually you will just grow old and tired of reading uber long posts that could have been written in maybe one paragraph.
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Postby Rin Mortis » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:25 pm

Either way, can be be over descriptive and under descriptive. This world is made up of balances, and when those balances are reached it makes things easier....Same here.

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Postby Vindico » Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:56 am

As a noobish person, I'll state my own opinion.

I like to read a nice couple paragraphs, but only if they are interesting. I do not want to read a post that's long because someone wanted to be long-winded or say "Lookit! I can make long posts! FEAR ME, N00BZ". If I joined an rp, it's because I want to rp. Not hear about all the details of a cup and or pen.

I think it can even depend on your character's personality. Are they the type to really notice small details? Or do they only see the big or basic picture? Are they brash and to the point, or are they eloquent? I'm not saying skip on details, heck no. You need to know your surroundings, but don't make it dull and boring for other people to read, or untrue to your character.

Another thing, is if they are familiar with the area or not. Say it's their house- they aren't going to really take great notice of what style the chair is, or what color the microwave is. But if someone new walked in then the newcomer might take notice of these things.

I do not want to read a bunch of one- or two-lining, nor a whole paragraph dedicated to grass, and another about shoes, and another to someone's fingernails. Quality over quantity. Not saying I'm great, not even close. This is just an opinion.

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Postby infinitum3d » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:13 am

IMHO, if the GM is OK with one line posts, who am I to argue with him/her.

I, on the other hand, prefer it when my players show some initiative and describe things well (keyword being: well).

Even something as simple as;

Miriam drops low into a crouch and pulls a dagger from her belt. Every muscle is taut with a mix of fear and exhilaration. Her heartbeat pounds in her ears and a bead of sweat appears, shiny, on her brow. She licks her lips tentatively and finds her mouth dry.

"I'm ready," she whispers to the shaking halfling at her side. "Open the door."

She can feel her palms grow moist in anticipation of the impending fray. Its been three long months since she's seen combat, since her steel has tasted blood, and though she has no desire to take a life, she desires to embrace death even less . . .


It may only be seven or eight sentences, but I think it says alot, since there is only one line of dialogue expressed.

And as it has been mentioned, there is such a thing as too much filler. I sometimes just skim the really long posts, which really isn't fair to the poster, but sometimes I'm like, "get to the point"

Again, just my opinion, and to each his own,
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Postby Requiem_Of_Scourge » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:01 am

I think that people should post as they should. Me personally I believe the GM has the direct say of what content goes into our character profiles and into our characters.

But very similar to the GM of a RP, there are GM of a board game. In this board game they don't tell you how to hold your dice or how throw them. This is can be related to how you write your post whether or not you're descriptive.
In this board game they don't tell you how to hold your pieces or how to jump them across the board. You can relate this to how much you should post.

With RPs its a collabrations. And sometimes you have to count a "one line" with the action of other members.

If Member X's character is talking to Member C's character or if Member A and Member B are working together.
Then Member A and B should be seen as together. In reality if Member A and B are working together then their post should be placed together. And there you go, not really a short post.

Sometimes in RPs you can't count each post as separate. Especially when RPs consist of heavy corporation.
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Postby Admiral_Ackbar » Sun May 23, 2010 12:56 am

Requiem_Of_Scourge wrote:With RPs its a collabrations. And sometimes you have to count a "one line" with the action of other members.

If Member X's character is talking to Member C's character or if Member A and Member B are working together.
Then Member A and B should be seen as together. In reality if Member A and B are working together then their post should be placed together. And there you go, not really a short post.

Sometimes in RPs you can't count each post as separate. Especially when RPs consist of heavy corporation.


I pretty much agree with this, and am, as a whole, against restrictions on post length. Life happens in short posts... Someone asks you a question, you answer it. An event happens quickly, and you are affected by it.

I think too often, people who are concerned with making longer posts end up making a series of events, and that makes the writing very unrealistic. Rarely do I ever have a conversation with someone, and I let them talk for three minutes straight, get up and pace the room, scratch their chin, and have an entire chain of thinking going on in their heads without replying at all. It's unrealistic to try and translate that to RPs.

And, as most people have said, too much description is bad. When was the last time you read a book that outlined every character's every thought for every situation? Real literature doesn't work that way, so why should RPs? Some things are implied, and if the poster leaves no feelings, emotions, or thoughts up to implication, then so much is taken away from the art of writing.

I also read a few posts on here where the writers pretty much said, "I don't like 2-3 line posts because I can't do anything with them.

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Something I just wrote up. But here you have a brief action that is described adequately enough, coupled with a loaded question. It's also a very short post, and is more likely to appear in a professional piece of literature than if I had spent more than 20 lines describing the same thing. Is it really impossible to take that small post, as the writer of Pat, and not be able to work with it?

As with anything, there is a time and place for every post length.

Just my opinion.

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