So, yeah. I'm not the greatest teacher in the world, but there are some things that just can't be held in for long. Things like this have been covered a thousand times, but it seems like there's always someone out there who just can't get it through their thick skulls. I would like to warn you before you read on: I don't believe in sugar-coating anything, so I'm going to be very blunt and straight-forward (don't be surprised if you see a bit of sarcasm and/or satire). Please don't take anything I say personally, for this is not meant for anyone in particular. However, if you have anything you would like to add, please feel free to do so. 1. Nazi Bait! Yes, we're starting off with the most obvious, most well-known reason of all. The dreaded grammar mistakes... Far too many times I have seen people randomly jump in roleplays, and let a cat walk across their keyboard or trust their speech-defied younger brother/sister get a hold of their computer. Even though the writing expectations are set to "INTERMEDIATE" and it states in the rules plain as day: "PLEASE USE PROPER GRAMMAR, SPELLING, PUNCUATION, CAPITALIZATION" and so on and so forth... I'm not saying your writing has to be perfect. A few errors here and there are a common mistake that can be fixed and ignored. Also, if you have troubles with spelling and/or using words correctly, don't be afraid to flip through a thesaurus or use Google to search the definition (I just had to use Google to make sure I spelled "thesaurus" correctly. Like I said, no one's perfect). 2. F*ck off, Mary Sue! Again, another well known trait for terrible writing/roleplaying. I've seen arguments like this a billion times, but let's face it: There's no stopping Mary Sue... the bitch is immortal. The only thing I as an experienced rolplayer and writer can do is warn all the novices, before this freak of nature is set loose once again. When a lot of people here "Mary Sue", they immediately think "Over-powered badass that just won't die". I assure you, this is not always the case. When someone out of nowhere posts multiple paragraphs, going on about all these things they did. Such as randomly healing a dying charachter's injuries, decapitating all fifty of the evil stone giants, running off only to return twenty in-game minutes later with the magic weapon/armor/item everyone that should have taken a three-month long quest to get to (Seriously, what the hell did you do? Take an elevator? How the hell did you get past the zombies and booby traps?). Do the world a favor, and avoid posts like this at all costs. They are unattractive, rude, confusing to other players, and just downright annoying as fuck. 3. Lonely Creepers and Random Pop-ups Yes, there will always be that one guy or girl who just so happens to bump into you during an rp. This is completely overused and very unrealistic. The reason I say this is: You were in an ancient temple, where no one has set foot in over thirty thousand years. Where in God's name did this guy/girl just pop out from? Was she trapped? Was she treasure hunting? Why in the hell is she so insistant on assisting you? If you ask me, unless I'm in a town or village (or any place such a meeting would happen), I'd be pretty damn skeptical if this had been a real-life situation. Likewise, there will always be some guy/girl that jumps in, yet shows absolutely no interest in interacting with other characters. Don't get me wrong, there are some that have a good idea of what's going on and how they plan on introducing themselves, but other times are not as great. Seriously, if you want to join in the RP, figure out a way to meet and interact with the other PCs. Otherwise, you might as well not even be there, because all you're doing is wasting your time and ours by posting meaningless paragraphs on how much of a creeper you are by observing us... *shiver* 4. Know-it-alls You're stranded on a desolate island in the middle of the Pacific. Your clothes are torn and close to falling off your body. You have a three-to-five-inch cut across your chest that's bleeding badly, draining you of your strength to even stand up. All of a sudden, a guy/girl who is with you pulls out a first-aid kit, gathers a few plants and herbs, patches you up, crushes up a few said herbs and makes a painkiller, and now you finally have the strength to journey to the village that he/she said just so happens to be hidden in the jungle, right? Yeah, I'm sorry, but unless your assistant has either A: Been on that island before, B: Is a one of the inhabitants of that village, or C: He/She knows something you don't know... and you might just have to kill and/or escape her in order to ensure your own survival. All in all, that's not even close to everything that I had originally planned to write down, but I have run out of time. Please feel free to post whatever feedback you have. Good day!