GUIDE #3: this is a guide on how to make new members feel included
Joining a roleplay and not being welcomed is really difficult and posting starters that aren’t replied to, as a newcomer, can be really embarrassing, and ultimately, it doesn’t make anyone want to keep up with the roleplay. However, being immediately accepted in to a roleplay is really great. As an admin, you’re definitely going to want people to feel included from the moment they begin roleplay, so these are a couple of ways to make the transition smoother for everyone.
1. Do NOT make posts every hour on the main about including everyone, for two reasons. First of all, it makes the roleplay extremely unappealing to outsiders. I mean no one wants to join a roleplay that already has inclusion problems. It also makes the new member feel alienated, and, also, it only temporarily fixes the problem.
2. Although I’ve never seen this next method in a roleplay, I think it would really work well. After you’ve accepted (but before accounts have been sent in) assign one person (who logs in frequently) to kind of give an introduction to one new member. First, make sure they have the time to do it, though! It’ll serve two purposes: the new member will have someone to talk to, automatically, and it’ll also help the newcomer get acquainted with the drama, relationships, and more. If you want to make sure that this little meeting actually occurs, you could tell them to para or something!
3. An admin should also always be super involved in plotting. A lack of drama really weakens a roleplay. Setting a plot up between an old and new member is also a really great idea! The more people involved, the better!
4. I wouldn’t really recommend an event, especially on the first night. Events are a time when people tend to talk with their friends, mainly. I’m sure there are certain instances where an event would really help newcomers feel included, but I haven’t seen it done well yet!
5. Being in constant communication with new members is always a good idea. Messaging an admin about not feeling included is kind of embarrassing, so it’s not likely to happen very often. You also shouldn’t be afraid, as an admin, to call certain people out for cliquing up. Even though it’s in every single set of rules, ever, cliquing up is a really annoying thing that’s difficult to avoid.
6. Another obvious thing that an admin can do is have their character interact with the new member. Obviously, most people do this. There are, however, a few admins who decide that they should only talk to more popular face claims. As an admin, you should look out for the roleplay as a whole, not just your character.
It’s a pretty short list right now, but I’ll add more when I see more, cool, and creative ideas! Let me know if you have any other methods!