The door is closed, and there are faint hints of laughter emerging. Are they laughing at you? Perhaps, or perhaps they’re just finding this old episode of Friends awfully amusing.
If you are not part of the OOC blog, you're missing out on half of the conversation. New applicants, make sure to send in your email when applying.
For those of you that are in blog, surely you are aware of the letters. If you did not receive one, then you're probably wondering what is in them that is so important. Well, you'll never know exactly.
But essentially we are just encouraging some to up their activity in terms of actual role-playing as well as paragraphing a whole lot more. We are that literate directory, after all.
As for everybody else—OOC posts are a no go. If you are making OOC posts that are not "replies coming soon" and "I'll be back later, something important has come up" more than once a week...well. We might have to talk. Take it to your personal. Post it in the OOC blog. Tell it your friend or something. Don't try to pass it off as if it is in character (not that any of you do that, thankfully, but just in case).
And welcomes—most of you already realize this definitely. But take them as more than just, "Hey! Welcome to EQV. Bye!" Because that does nothing for anyone. Sending a short starter with a setting would be 10x more appreciated by all members, right? And if that's not your preferred route, messaging OOC is fine as well.
We won't be too hard on you guys. But once school is out and most members have free time, we will be more demanding.
Although we sincerely appreciate you asking, our answer will be no.
It is not a weird question at all, in fact, it’s the perfect question to ask. We understand why you would want to borrow our template for personal use, but we only allow our members to use the things developed for them while they are part of our directory.
For further detail on how we feel about borrowing our concepts, please see this post.
We rarely ever make updates like this because they are unprofessional, irrelevant, and unnecessary most of the time. But we have had more than enough as of late, so something must be said.
We believe there is nothing wrong with wanting to keep things such as concepts, ideas, templates, and the like exclusive to us. This goes beyond just intellectual property. This is something we created with the sole purpose of it being for the use of our family and its members. So whether it is a specific American Apparel style of advertisement, our interview-driven application, our Wikipedia about, our terms and regulations rules, our OhBoy! magazines, our Twitter and Instagram features as well as the respective templates, our circle logo and its stamp on our members’ profiles, the concept of meet and greets as welcomes for our idol members in the EQV “agency”, and even our casting calls that take after AA as well…you see the list goes on. This is all NOT ORIGINAL. We are all copies of copies. There is no such thing as original. We have no problem recognizing and accrediting those that deserve it. It is the right thing to do. And if we could personally ask these big, real-life corporations if we could use their concepts for our silly, little role-playing, we would.
However, lately a lot of stealing within the role-playing community has been happening. People are taking codes from themes. They are cropping out watermarks from gifs and edits. They are formatting krp follows posts after others with the pure intent of stealing their style. They are copying written abouts personal to a muse. And furthermore, the biggest crimes occur between directories. They steal welcome formats. They copy key words from other directories that have died down. They represent themselves as a mimicry of another directory. They even go as far as to copy rules straight out of another. And from us, people have stolen nearly all of the things we mentioned above in the previous paragraph. That is sad. That is unacceptable.
Most of the time when we see something is out of line in terms of “copying” or “stealing”, we will kindly approach the other individuals in hopes of clearing the misunderstanding and finding a common ground of respect. We would we be more understanding if said individuals asked politely at first. And if we decline your request, please respect that. If you are unsure of whether you are inspired by something or are simply copying something, just ask. Whether it is about us, another directory, or another role-player. Ask.
We hope that this will make sense to you. Stealing, borrowing, or appropriating concepts from another without asking is unacceptable. These things have a lot of thinking involved believe it or not. So out of respect to the “developers” and the family, please refrain from ever using any of the concepts this directory prides itself on. Even if it just tweaked in the slightest bit, do not use it out of respect to us. Thank you.