I've noticed that Iwaku's members have become more and more diverse since I have returned. It's neither a good or bad thing to me, and I'm glad to see so much activity on this site. I've noticed a LOT of changes, so when I first came back, I was quite surprised and unsure of how to take it all in. Though, after looking through many RPs and watching many different RPers, I have noticed something rather interesting to me, so, if you'll allow me to take a portion of your time by explaining this curious event and then answer a small inquiry, I would be most pleased. What I've come across is not something incredibly profound, but it is curious. Its common for RPs to have a certain theme that runs through everyone's posts, whether it is something that is explained, or unspoken. People change their styles of posts slightly, to fit in with every RP. This is quite normal, and it occurs with almost everyone. It's a basic tool to make the RP run smoothly, from post to post- even though it might not be recognized by its participants. Now the basics are pretty simple. You change some portions of your style to fit the genre of the RP that you're in, such as Modern or Scifi, or Jump-In. Other changes can come from the style of the GM, or what the GM asks of the participants of the RP, such as a preferred amount of paragraphs or a simple request that everyone puts a summary at the end of their posts. If the GM uses a particular form to his or her posts, the participants are likely to follow- such as, for instance, if the GM is breaking out the big words and trying to make their wording a little more extravagant- there is a bigger chance that the other participants might follow in suit. The opposite is true as well. If the GM posts short replies that are curt, without much description, and perhaps a few spelling or grammatical mistakes, it is more likely that the participants will also post messages that are short, curt, lacking description and making a few mistakes here and there. Most people would like to think that they are either categorized as "Literate" or "Illiterate", which is a common trend on some other RPs, where it might be labeled a certain way, to warn people that the GM is looking for a certain type of knowledge of grammar and experience and respect for other RPers; But it's not that simple on this site anymore. Iwaku's never been a site to have to worry about segregating the various members into different levels of "literacy", though it might be useful to notice the change in your styles in accordance to each RP you're in. Talk to your GM of what they want from their RPs- perhaps they have a goal or a requirement for the RP that they didn't put down in the OOC, or something that they'd prefer. Talk with the other participants of the RP, not just for ideas, but to figure out what they're comfortable with. Now, here is my question, after all that text, I'm sure all of you are feeling like this post is never going to end, and perhaps its boring- that wouldn't offend me- If you go into an RP and do pick up on some of these styles, perhaps that the GM might be a little more descriptive than you, or uses background colors, or pictures (or other ways to make their posts stand out), are you more inclined to follow their lead and do as they do, or do you try to keep with your own style, if it differs?