Alright. I've seen people who are amazing at roleplaying. I've also seen people who should just kill their character right then and there and never roleplay again. I'm going to write out the top ten things that irk me when roleplaying. PLEASE, if you are going to roleplay with me, DON'T DO THESE!
Prepare for massive rant:
10. When people turn roleplays into a spam-fest. This could mean that the roleplay falls apart into stupidity, or when it just turns into an off-topic chat thread. If you make a roleplay or go into a roeplay, it is your responsibility to see that roleplay through to the end.
9. When roleplays go inactive. Roleplays go inactive a lot. If could be because the plots are dumb and no one is joining, or because no one is posting. But guys, here's the thing: if no one's posted, it's probably because IT IS YOUR TURN TO POST. So stop reading this and GO POST.
8. When there isn't enough information. Alright. I don't know how many times I've had people say "She smiled." First of all, what if you have two female characters? Which character would that be? Secondly, WTH am I supposed to put after that? If you get into one-sentence roleplaying, you'd better do something to make people to have to type more.
7. When people powerplay. Guys. Your character doesn't always have to be the very best. Apparently, I'm quite a popular choice for people who need more roleplay members. Why? Well, after giving it a lot of thought, I think it's not because I am literate and active, but because I actually let my characters get injured/die/somehow get hurt. It adds drama to the roleplay. And roleplayers love drama. So don't be that person who is the very best. That's annoying. Be a normal character, because I've seen nearly all "normal" roleplayers and characters rise to high ranks in roleplays.
6. When people try to roleplay canon characters and fail miserably. When you roleplay a character who already exists, go look up a Wiki page and READ IT. Know EXACTLY who you are roleplaying, what they've been through, what they should and shouldn't know, and what attitude they have. I've roleplayed with people completely out of character--villains who are kind, and heroes who are complete killers. So know who you're roleplaying before you roleplay.
5. When people try to make a storyline involving a canon storyline but it doesn't make sense at all. I've seen this work out fantastically in a few cases. However, most are terribly flawed. Why? Because the person in charge of the rolepay has no clue what they are doing. If you're going to try to do something along a canon timeline, then I suggest you do just that--make a canon timeline with all the events you want to happen in your roleplay. Such as, as a Gamemaker in a hunger Games roleplay, I plan out what happens in the arena following the events from the books the roleplay is based off of. I know when events are supposed to happen, and how to move around something if it doesn't work out. So know what you're roleplaying, and make sure everything is thought out beforehand. It's better to have a loose plot than none at all.
4. When people make their characters do things that are physically impossible or not canon. I don't necessarily mean powerplaying, though it kind of also falls into this category. But, a few examples of what I'm trying to get at: (1) In a Warriors roleplay, when they say their cat smiled. CATS. CAN'T. FREAKING. SMILE. Unless you are roleplaying the Chesshire Cat, YOUR CAT CAN'T SMILE. Want proof? Research it, or better yet, read the whole Warriors series. THEY NEVER SMILE ONCE. They might have amusement in their eyes, but that's not the same as smiling. Same as, (2) A four-legged character like a dog or cat picking things up in their paws. Sure, they can move things, but they can't grab them with one paw. And finally, (3) I've seen in Hunger Games roleplays people go on complete swearing ramapages at the other characters. May I kindly point out that only the H word it used in the three books, and only twice at that? There's no need to cuss, or say the Lord's name in vain (again, they never mention this in the Hunger Games) when roleplaying Hunger Games, because it's not canon that characters cuss (okay, I think in the movie it is, but we're using the first-hand material here).
3. When people go inactive. Especially without telling. YOU are responsible for YOUR character. If you know you won't be coming back, kill your character or give them away to another roleplayer. And don't sign up for a roleplay if you're worried about not being able to keep up. Also about inactivity, complaining people aren't interacting with your character or using that as an excuse. If you want people to interact, YOU have to be the one to say something to their character.
2. When people make complete Mary-Sue characters. Newsflash: Your character can't be perfect. Ever. You can't give them every skill and no weaknesses. You just can't. Otherwise, your character is boring.
1. When people take control over your character. This is probably the hardest skill for a roleplayer to master. How do I control only my character while getting the perfect reaction from the other character? Well, you need two things: Literacy and trust. You have to be able to put words into what you want--cues and thoughts so that the other person will know what you want their character to do. Aslo, trust that the other person will catch on. After rolepaying with them for awhile, you'll see how easily they pick up cues and be able to adjust accordingly.
Alright. Rant over. This has had me losing sleep for awhile. Heh heh. Heh.