Okay, since i'm still getting the hang of this forum setup, forgive my terrible formatting for this reply.
I feel like this change is both far too simplistic and a bit too much. Yes, we don't need our 10k RPs that stretch as far as the horizon, and this gives a chance for the RPs that don't get all the fame and attention to actually grow and exist for more than five minutes.
However, this promise to revamp the RP format with so little detail given seems like a bad choice to make. Most RPs that do any good do, for the most part, use that kind of illustration before they begin. But I feel like that's not enough to bring things to a reasonable level, and while going full BZP-Era RP judging system for new RPs which we get once in a blue moon is a horrible idea, there does need to be something extra.
Okay. I actually agree with this, however this topic is less to detail exactly what is happening and more to warn you all that it will be occurring, as well as get your thoughts on what could change. Believe me there is way more thought put into this than first appears from reading this topic, and these systems will be changed as necessary. If something's not working or is unnecessary, it can and will be changed.
Now I'm not saying that my RP brought on this drastic change, it could easily be a coincidence of events beyond my scope of vision. But regardless, the main type of RP we get, no matter the context, is 'don't kill other players okay go berserk'. If you really intend to change the RP format, that's the number one thing that should occur- any and all RPs must follow a basic, simple set of rules and must state so. They can add more if they want, but these fundamental ones should always remain.
You are a little ahead of yourself because that's the plan : P
As for the amount of time an RP can take, it should be determined by the activity in an RP. If it's almost none or an insane amount, it should be either controlled or cut off. With RP topics still capable of restarting where they leave off, that doesn't bother me much at all what happens.
You are again, ahead of yourself as that is the plan. There will be rules implemented to close dead RPGs, and these rules will absolutely be tied to the activity of the RP. I'm not leaving an RPG that gets one post a week open for three months.
And yes. I am basing a lot of this around BZPs rules, which were implemented during a period where their forums looked quite a bit like ours. Are we going quite as far? No, not at all. Will we be stealing the odd idea and cleaning things up? Absolutely.
Most of you have nothing to worry about. There will be no judging, no "only 3 RPs at a time." However, if you start a game and no one plays it? Then it will be closed.
The majority of the detail about these changes will be disclosed once we have a final decision on the timelines we're going to start testing with, at which point the forums will get individual "catch-all" rulesets that add onto the main board forums. I know it's going to be odd to start out, but bear with us and things will make sense : )
As far as your question about the lit forum, the current concept is to simply enforce a simple tagging system to make navigation a little simpler, as well as enforcing "Multi-part Stories go in a single topic" rules. We're still working out how exactly to go about this, because I'm not interested in forcing people to put a million tags on their stories. Again, these systems, being overhauls, are subject to change if something's not working. It's entirely possible that the best version of the lit board is the one we have right now.