As of late, yet another roleplaying issue has been brought to my attention. I’m sure many of you have seen the picture floating around tumblr stating something along these lines:
“‘Take your time’ doesn’t mean you can ignore me and answer all your other threads.”
That’s a paraphrase of what the picture actually said, but I’m sure you get the point. But this little phrase is not okay. And I’m going to tell you why…
Let me begin this by saying I totally understand. You’re sitting there, scrolling down your dash, minding you own business when… bam. There they are. Your favorite blog. They start to reply to threads, and you get excited, but you keep waiting and waiting and… hey, did they reply to that one twice? And… they’re getting offline now? But what about you? What happened?! I get it, okay? We all experience it.
Roleplayers are not here to cater to you. As much as we want you to be happy with how we reply and as much as we would love to reply to everyone equally, it just doesn’t work that way.
Why? Because we’re not machines. We’re human beings. We have inspiration for certain threads, and not for others. We have time for shorter threads and not for longer ones. Maybe we’re in the mood for humor and not drama, or violence and not romance. Maybe we just don’t want to do that thread for reasons we don’t even understand.
The point is, you shouldn’t feel bad if I’m not replying to your thread but I am to others. Also, if you do get frustrated, keep it to yourself. That may sound harsh, but that’s just how it is. You telling me I’m being unfair or ignoring you isn’t going to make me reply any faster—in fact, it’s going to make me a little angry with you.
This is how roleplaying is. Like the real world, it’s not always fair. Why? Because it is done by humans. Flawed and imperfect creatures. You have to learn to deal with that. If you don’t like it, you’re always welcome to drop the thread.
Important Note: This does not mean if I haven’t replied, you can’t nudge, poke, or otherwise remind me. It’s very possible I have lost our thread, and in that case, your reminder will be very helpful. But if I have already told you I have it in my drafts, then you need to be patient.