Topic An Alternative to Double Brackets?
I have recently returned to Warcraft and thought it would be nice to try my hand at Roleplaying. The vast majority of the folks and folkettes here seem affable, polite and helpful, and I would love to be a part of your prestigious community.
To prepare myself, I have been looking for threads relating to etiquette, understandable, as I don't wish to look like the bumbling oaf at the office party.
My question relates to the use of brackets. I understand it is courteous to not break character, and that the use of double-brackets seems to be frowned upon.
What is the polite alternative to brackets when in large social groups where a collection of whispers to each individual would get jolly inconvenient to manage whilst simultaneously roleplaying?
A most humble thanks for reading my post, and I await your reply with earnest. It would help a chap out when he finally tries on his roleplaying spurs.
If you're RPing with a lot of other people and you -need- to get something across OOCly like you have to go afk for a bit or something, you probably do have to use double brackets, since as you say, whispering them all would be inconvienient. If you're doing guild RP, then you could use /g if that's an OOC channel, or make a custom OOC channel for the event if it's a large one. Otherwise though, brackets makes sense.
The issue most people have with brackets is that they're overused. A lot of people use them to talk to only one person, when whispering makes a lot more sense. Or they'll use it to just chat about random stuff, when again, use whispers.
Brackets should only be used where there isn't a convienient alternative.
A few alternatives include:
* Using /general instead. On the suggestion of others, I have tried using a small macro which states in /general
/1 To those with whom I am roleplaying, a small emergency has arisen, and I will be back soon.
This is a convenient one-button response to emergencies which is polite to those with whom I am playing [instead of simply walking away], polite to others in /general [it points out the intended audience], polite to other passers-by [the /emote gives a hint in character to "explain" my away from keyboard - alter to something appropriate to character, my troll suddenly looks drunk, my goblin starts working mathematics, etc], and polite to anyone far away and whispering [the /afk gives the "away from keybboard" response to those whispering me].
And no need to use ((ooc)). So far [these past few years] they have turned out to be correct, it works quite well.
There are plenty of other suggestions in the old sticky:
OOC in say and the dreaded (( )) by Adnaw
-- Our own bad habits, and why we're in charge of them rather than anyone else taking the blame.
Thank you for the swift reply!
Alas, I am guildless and would not know how to even begin preparing an event as such, but hopefully this shall change with due course.
I couldn't tell the main problem was their overuse, as the comments I have read seemed to dismiss the concept of brackets out of hand.
Thank you for putting me at ease sir. I shall take it to heart. Have a lovely day.