HEAVILY SIGHS AT THE ROLEPLAY COMMUNITY AT LARGE. This is one post, and the only post / stance that I’ll ever make in regards to how you should conduct yourself in the community as a respectable and decent individual, which I truly believe a majority of you are.
Roleplaying is not a competition. You’re certainly not going to win any awards in regards to roleplaying on this website so stop looking at every person who roleplays the same muse as you like they’re a threat because they aren’t. You have your own voice, your own style and your own interpretation and apart from instances of plagiarism, it’s actually impossible to have two people approach any given situation the same exact way.
There is no such thing as partner stealing. Let me just repeat that because I’m sure most of you didn’t hear me. There is no such thing as partner stealing. And I mean that with sincerity. Sometimes when you write with someone, other people who write with you will see them, go check out their blog, and follow them. Maybe they’ll even start writing with them, too, but this has nothing to do with you and it has nothing to do with them trying to ‘steal’ someone away from you. It’s called making friends, broadening your horizons, etc. Please stop being so obtuse.
Constructive criticism makes you an angel, anon hate makes you an asshole. I got a message awhile back where someone told me that the line between constructive criticism and anon hate was so fine that some roleplayers were becoming unable to tell the difference. While in some cases I’m inclined to agree with that ( with more fault being on the roleplayer misinterpreting what the anon was trying to say ) but generally speaking, this is very wrong. There is a line and it’s distinct. If you’re politely telling someone something with the intention being to help them improve their writing, that is constructive criticism. When you’re bashing someone for their portrayal, their grammar or their opinions using aggressive language with no other apparent motive than hurting their feelings? That’s anon hate, and it’s unacceptable in all circumstances. Even if you have had problems with the roleplayer behind the scenes. Just don’t do it. Unfollow, block them, blacklist their URL. Do whatever you have to do, but don’t send them hateful messages.