Tom Marvolo Riddle (iamnottomriddle) wrote in secret_ooc,
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Hi, I'm Pretending to Be the UN

I'm under the assumption everything is okay (or going to be okay . . . I hope?) after the last post here?

I don't believe anyone was trying to be dictatorial. The guidelines Erin gave were merely meant as guidelines. Maybe her presentation seemed a little offensive, but we know she likes to make "official" posts like that, and, well, it had to get out somehow. She is our Hermione/McGonagall, after all. I respect that she took the initiative to make the post, even if the results weren't so nice-- and I'm sorry that any feelings were hurt.

As for the protocol for RP posting, I came up with the format, which is based off that of other RP communities I've seen. So, please, blame ME if there's a problem with the format, instead of each other. Maybe it's deeper than that, but, if it's about protocol, it is really all my fault.

There are only three actual guidelines, which have been around since Day One, listed on the infopage.



THE GUIDELINES

1) Post diary entries in YOUR CHARACTER'S journal. These should be in FIRST-PERSON narrative form. Today was terrible. I sat next to Bob in class. I can't believe he smells so bad. Anything you do not want the other characters to read should be placed behind an lj-cut, labelled </i>Private</i>. If you want to send an owl, place it behind an lj-cut, labelled Owl to Bob (or whoever it is you are sending it to).

These are responded to with FIRST-PERSON comments. Obviously, comments can not be made to private posts, but return owls can be "mailed" via comments.

2) Post action entries in the Secret Chamber community. These should be in THIRD-PERSON narrative form. Bob walked into the room. He knew everyone thought he smelled bad, but he didn't care. They do not need stars around them or anything, but if you like stars, go ahead and use them. Speaking or thinking in fragments is perfectly fine; after all, we all think and speak like that at one time or another.

These are responded to with THIRD-PERSON comments. They show actions and dialogue. Action is simply WRITTEN, thoughts are ITALICIZED, and dialogue is in QUOTES. There is no need for stars, but, once again, if you like them, go ahead and use them. OOC posts within action posts, however, are best displayed between double parentheses or a smaller font-- or both.

3) Post out-of-character (OOC) posts in the the Secret OOC community. I don't care how the heck you post these . . . or comment to them, for that matter . . . though I WOULD prefer that we all be civil . . . but that's just because conflict makes me hyperventilate . ..


. . . and, no, I'm not being detailed because I think you're all morons. I'm being detailed because in 4th grade we had to do this retarded project describing in exact detail how to make a peanut butter sandwich, and, well, it's just become habit.

NO ONE IS EVER ALLOWED TO DICTATE A WRITING "STYLE," OBVIOUSLY. We are all writers here. I know just about all of us do some type of fictional writing on our own. We've all got egos about that, and we've all got our own distinct way of writing. There really is no way to dictate a "style," either . . . at least without being an utter Nazi . . . or my first grade teacher . . . but let's just be encouraging of how each other write.

It's not out of order to write compliment posts, either, such as in the OOC community, if you think someone's done a particularly good job. For instance, Minerva and Moody's posts have fantastic, and Rigel and Blair's last conversation made me feel glowy. If no one's embarrassed, I like to do that sort of thing . . . it makes the environment more positive . . . or something.



The thing is, most of you are doing this already. There are a couple instances of using netspeak *sits* "Oh, Bob, you smell bad!" *smacks Bob* but it REALLY doesn't matter if that continues to go on. We need people too badly, and you have a favorite form, we really can't stop you, because we love you too much to lose you over something as dumb as that.

Also, remember, these are just GUIDELINES!!! I am like the United Nations-- the non-Security Council part-- you see . . . I can give you recommendations of ways to do stuff, but I cannot enforce it worth a rat's ass. I love you all too much to kick you out.

As Christina said, it's about having fun; we can't let protocol get in the way of that. *Is Hufflepuff-y* LET'S ALL BE FRIENDS, GUYS!!! OUR CHARACTERS BITCH AT EACH OTHER ENOUGH!!! ^_^
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Hello Sweeden. All your base are belong to us.


Look, I never wanted to start a war, and it sort of turned out that way. I'm in the basement with both parties, and believe me, I can feel the vibes of it all. I just didn't like the way that the post came off, but what happened here is in the past.

I can't speak for historyblitz, because I know she was quite a bit offended. I'm not sure whether or not Erin deserves the heat for that one, but what she said was rather insulting.

So. Hufflepuff or no, I guess we have to see where everyone stands on this one. I haven't been the most active, I'll admit--I'm a little infrequent. But I still had a hand in all of this and I want to see it succeede. I agree that there should be some rules, but we need to have fun. Like you said.

Now I'm repeating you. ;_;

Yeah.
I guess, also, my feelings weren't hurt, though I admit that I/we probably hurt hers. I understand that the word needed to get out somehow, but as it seemed suspiciously close on my friend's page to an exemplary entry of what she was talking about, I felt that something needed to be said. If she's the Hermione, I don't know what that makes me, but I like to feel as though everyone is happy and comfortable. And it seemed almost like a slam on other people's writing styles, and far too reminiscent of another post that she made on her personal journal that ruffled a few feathers.

I get the need for guidelines. I guess I just felt that it lacked some tact.
I'm sorry?

I mean, I really am...I didn't think it would be all...um...I dont know. But yeah. MY bad...
It's okay, Tiffany. It's not about your posting . . . it's about the way she posted the post about how people post . . .

Wow, what a confusing sentence . . .

Basically, we'd LIKE you to follow these rules, but, if you don't want to, by all means, don't, and we really won't do anything, I promise (except maybe harrass you in jest . . . but I do that about everything anyway . . . like HOW YOU'RE MAKING JESSIE BE ALL ALONE ON SATURDAY!!! Lol . . . )
WELL....See, I just kinda see it that:

1) We were alone, and had no idea what needed to happen or whatever
2) We needed the actions in it
3) I don't really think it's that big of a deal. I mean, really, come on. I did this because I thought I could expand more on my charater, not because I like role playing. I did this because Amy asked me. I don't need the whole 'you are doing it wrong, get out you ugly whore' thing going on (Not that you guys are saying whore, its just how I talk). So...I can quit. Not saying I will, because I find this fun, which is the whole point of it, correct? So....yeah. I just didnt like the ' you're doing it wrong' in a bad way. If it was put nicely? Sure. But not the meaness. I can go to school and get mean crap done, so I don't need it here.

Not meaning to offend anyone, just putting out my view. And if you don't agree with it, thats great.

And...Amy was right, we should be nice (I can't beleive I just said that...jeez...Amy, it's all your fault). So..Good job people who have been posting! YAY! lol
Tiffany, that was not really called for. Particularly under these circumstances.

Not meaning to offend anyone, just putting out my view. And if you don't agree with it, thats great.

Oh, that's not the LEAST bit offensive . . . I certainly don't hear any sarcasm THERE . . .

Also,
1) I explained the rules to you. They are also on the userpage. Yeah, you don't have to use them, but that doesn't mean you didn't KNOW them. That's not an excuse.
2) You can make a separate action post.
3) This is true; it is not a really big deal, unless we MAKE a big deal out of it. We also are not telling you "get out, whore," whore-with or whore-without. We were just stating the quote-unquote "rules" since no one seemed to be paying attention.

I really don't even see what was so MEAN about the post. Can't we all just give Erin a break already?
I did give Erin a break. It's over and done with I thought.


I was irritated, I said I was sorry, it's all been worked out.
I thought it was done, too. That's why it wasn't cool Tiffany came in this late to do that.

Anyway.

*Makes peace*

IT'S OVER. LET'S MOVE ON AND RP!!!

Lol . . .
Ev'rybody's talking about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, that-ism
Isn’t it the most
ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Ev'rybody's talking about
Ministers, Sinisters, Banisters and canisters,
Bishops and Fishops and Rabbis and Pop eyes,
And bye bye, bye byes.
ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Let me tell you now
Ev'rybody's talking about
Revolution, Evolution, Mastication, Flagelolation, Regulations.
Integrations, Meditations, United Nations, Congratulations
ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Oh Let’s stick to it
Ev'rybody's talking about
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary, Tommy smothers, Bob Dylan,
Tommy Cooper, Derek Tayor, Norman Mailer, Alan Ginsberg, Hare Krishna,
Hare Krishna
ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
ALL WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!


Yeah!
We're not asking you to quit!

We need all the help that we can get. T_T