Anarch Allegiere wrote:I'm not so convinced that is true either. You've a very one-dimensional view on that, I know at least a few RP communities where the paragraph RPers acknowledge that posts don't have to be long to be interesting and who have no fear of interweaving long and short posts.
As I have argued before, in my experience the people who have a real passion for storywriting and role play, and get a lot of enjoyment out of it, might be the ones who acknowledge this the most.
Good RP-ers, including good para-RP-ers are smart, typically. They are smart enough to know you don't always need a whole lot of text. They will typically avoid great amounts of para-fluff. They will get that long emotes aren't always ideal in every situation. And they will post the way they feel like posting. That is probably true for some of the good RP-ers posting here (some have said so).
The thing is, we aren't all that smart. Many people do as others do. Doesn't mean they are stupid. It just means they are people. People are very prone to peer-pressure. For the one RP-er described above, there are at least two that are not stupid, but still likely to RP in a way that they feel is expected of them. When someone apologizes for not posting a post as long as the others before them (their post still being a paragraph as I see it), then it is clear they are trying to match length. I have seen that done, more than once. I bet you have, too. It shows 'peer-pressure' at work. And I have talked to some of those players. They complained to me about 'having' to type all these long posts, about not always having inspiration but still pushing themselves to do it. Maybe they misunderstood what was required of them, sure, but that is also how peer-pressure works.
As for posts getting longer: I can't claim to have gone out and gathered 'data' and performed statistical analysis on it.
It is all anecdotal observation. But I have been paying attention to para-RP-ing for a good while. That, I am sure, you will believe.
A short while ago, I went back to a sim that has been around for a long time. It was fun for me, once. The right length of posing, for me. Then I was gone for a while, came back maybe half a year later. It had turned into full-para. (This was a long time ago, already). So, I came back, now. To see if it was still like that. Only to discover that, not only was it still full para, the para-posts had gotten considerably longer, now.
I can't really prove it, scientifically, but I bet that IF someone were to do the research, you could show that, when a sim, a group of players, a community, starts on the path of (long form) para-RP, they usually progress to longer and longer posts, over time.
I could be wrong. Maybe this talk of para-fluff, etc. helps to make some players aware that more text for the sake of more text isn't the way to go. Maybe, some of the stuff you and others say carries over to the people that feel they HAVE to type lots of text in order to be fun to RP with, to be respected as RP-ers, etc.
I hope I am wrong. It would be nice, for me (and, in my opinion, all) if long-form para-RPers decided to curb their enthusiasm for word-spillage a little and that, as a result of a natural evolution among para-RP-ers, the focus went off quantity and more towards quality.