Well yeah. That's kind of what I mean.
It does not mean games cannot have some sense of coordination. Some threads are spontaneous, look at post/troper info directly above you. But some are more organized, having multiple steps, and having a person (usually the OP or the round winner) calling the shots for the round. But it doesn't make it an RP.
IMO, R Ps
should require original characters
(even if you use, say your avatars, you have to officially make them your OCs
), have signups
(either fixed or anytime join) and accompanying discussion threads
. There should generally be a sense of actual membership
and a little bit of commitment
, along with plot progression
, so that the thread is built up by those that signed up. Forum games by contrast are free-for-all, not expecting those.
I don't agree with moving threads just because there's "roleplaying" and some involvement. There's too many. If you get liberal enough, you might end up moving a page's worth of threads. And I don't think the posters in RP section will be happy when their formalized section gets clogged with those casual half-RP threads.
If need be, people can make identical threads, but one clearly designated as RP and following the RP structure, and the other completely open and requiring no formal coordination.
edited 19th Jun '11 4:22:59 PM by abstractematics