You spent months getting your roleplay just right. It had to be absolutely perfect before you would even think about opening it. You asked for opinions, took days to create the most beautiful graphics possible, wrote and rewrote the plot and character biographies, and took time to advertise and gather interest for your game.
But then, just before your grand opening, you receive this anonymous message:
Or maybe this one:
Or, even worse - this one:
Cue the rage.
But what are you supposed to do when this happens? How do you fix the situation without ruining your roleplay’s reputation? The following guide attempts to offer a step-by-step solution to this issue, in the hopes that administrators will learn to handle it in a way that will cause the least drama possible.
No two situations are exactly alike, but I’ve done my best to make my advice universal. If you’d like specific advice, shoot me a message; I can look privately at your roleplay and the other roleplay and explain the best way for you to go about dealing with the issue without causing drama. Otherwise, I can’t guarantee that all of this advice will work for you…
Things that count as copying/stealing a plot:
Things that don’t necessarily mean they have copied your plot:
TAKE HEED! If you listen to only one thing from this guide, hear this:
Do not, and I mean do NOT go around telling the whole roleplay community that you’ve been copied, except as a last resort. People will simply start flooding the other roleplay, and maybe even YOUR roleplay, with hate, and you’ll get nothing but bad publicity.
I totally understand wanting to get the word out if the other admin starts freaking out and accusing YOU of stealing or something else that’s obviously not true. If that is the case, and the other admin has been nothing but horrible to you, they’ve handled it badly and they truly don’t deserve to run a roleplay. In that case, even though it may cause some drama, I believe the community really needs to know to avoid them. Go ahead and write up a post. But don’t do it without:
- First asking someone else, like me or someone you trust, to make a second judgement on whether writing a post like this is the right thing to do. Remember step #2 up there? Don’t cause drama if you don’t have to!
- Making sure that you aren’t angry when you write it (as I said earlier, give yourself some time to cool down so you don’t sound like an idiot).
- Making it clear in the post that you don’t want any hate messages sent to their roleplay.
- Making it clear in the post that you are only posting about it because you don’t want people to get caught up in the drama, and you hope people will avoid them.
- Using concrete evidence through the form of the screenshots I told you to take. Yes, if you want to link to some of their posts, that’s fine, but have screenshots of everything as back up in case they delete things. Take screenshots of every answer you get back from them as soon as they start to get hostile. People will begin to accuse YOU if you have no evidence.
- BEING CAREFUL. Proofread it a million times. Submit it to someone like me who will check it over and make sure it doesn’t sound too condemning. If you do things in the wrong way, you’ll ruin things for your own roleplay as well, and start a whole lot of drama that this community never has and never will need. asdgfhgjkl be careful, please.
I hope this helped, but once again, I really encourage you to come talk to me if this happens to you so that we can discuss a solution privately. I would love nothing more than to help you resolve the issue with as little drama as possible, so that you don’t even need to write up one of those posts. If nothing else, I can at least help you to make sure the wordings of your messages or posts are as polite as possible, and maybe that will help. Anything I can do to help you eliminate the drama, I want to do. This community needs no more of that.
Be really careful, lovely.