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Shiver

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Apr 26, 2019
Hey all, just wanted to share some unsolicited advice. This has been a common problem among those seeking critique on their RTs, and I see it all the time.

Thread title. You need a hook in your thread title. Tell potential readers what's enclosed.

"My Request Thread" or "Some ideas (new!)" or "Insert witty title here" just don't give anyone a reason to click. People are searching through those forums and need to be guided to your thread over all the others. As we all know, the bumping policy means you've only got a few hours before your thread is pushed back into the nether zone, so your thread title has to ensnare the right person into reading.

Hope that's helpful for some :)
 

Staine

Peur du petit sadique
Welcoming Committee
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Jan 8, 2020
I'd say it depends on the kind of thread. For a 'master' thread with a lot of information, pairings and plots a fun title that doesn't have anything specific or a hook in it is fine I feel, if you're looking for a specific plot or pairing though then being direct helps. Say what you want in the title in as few words as possible then the people looking for that know to open your thread.
 

The Goodman

High-key bibliophile trash panda
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Agreed. It depends on the content. Although in both cases, I think a personalized touch helps. "Insert witty title here" is actually a good example of a thread with very general listed ideas but still showing a bit of charm and personality. For mine, I went with a fun allusion to my name as being a description of the over the top content and it works very well for me.

Personally, I don't actually ever look at titles unless it warns against something I want, like a title that says "FxF"(I only play male main characters) or boasts a kink that I dislike, like "Non-con". Otherwise, vague title or not, I'll click on it.
 

Staine

Peur du petit sadique
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If I were to do a nice big request thread it would probably have my name in the title too. I'm thinking 'Prepare to get Stained' or 'A Staine on your soul' or something stupid. I think my name gives me a lot of options for something cheesy. Crass too, but I tend to avoid that.
 
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Shiver

Shiver

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Even for a comprehensive post with lots of varied ideas, I strongly suggest that people note high-level preferences and style. I don't think anyone is so general and preference-neutral that they can't do that. If they were, they'd have no need for a request thread; they could simply answer any thread. Like a universal blood donor. ;)

"Billybob's big request thread" gives no reason to click. "Billybob's thread (romance plots, long or short term)" does.
 

Staine

Peur du petit sadique
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Aye, but sometimes the name itself can be the hook! I maintain an unhealthy delusion that everybody loves my name and just seeing it on a request thread is enough to bring in droves of potential roleplayers eager to take a peek. I also don't really put up request threads very often and when I have it has been for a mostly singular craving and I have been specific in the title so take that with a grain of salt. I don't yet have a master thread.
 

The Goodman

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Even for a comprehensive post with lots of varied ideas, I strongly suggest that people note high-level preferences and style. I don't think anyone is so general and preference-neutral that they can't do that. If they were, they'd have no need for a request thread; they could simply answer any thread. Like a universal blood donor. ;)

"Billybob's big request thread" gives no reason to click. "Billybob's thread (romance plots, long or short term)" does. (unwarranted passive aggressive jab)
I've never had an issue getting bites. So, I guess it matters what the content is, for most other people. I don't want to sit here and guess what type of writer would need to depend on a clickbait title or the type of person who won't click on a thread simply because they don't already know what'll be inside before they open it.
 
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Solo

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I don’t think I’ve ever really paid attention to a title beyond skimming it to see if they’re looking for anything specific that I can’t do. “Username’s request thread” I’ll click on if I’m looking. “Usernames request thread for rape RPs” I won’t, because I don’t do that. I don’t think there’s a one size fits all for pretty much anything about RTs; everyone has different preferences.
 
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Shiver

Shiver

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I've never had an issue getting bites. So, I guess it matters what the content is, for most other people. I don't want to sit here and guess what type of writer would need to depend on a clickbait title or the type of person who won't click on a thread simply because they don't already know what'll be inside before they open it.
It's not a matter of "I won't open a thread simply because I don't know what's inside it." That's a little glib. The point is that given the high volume of threads, it's quite likely that lots of people skim titles for what they're seeking, rather than read through every thread.

I'm glad you have a good response rate, but I suspect lots of people could draw more attention to their threads by making it as visible as possible to those with shared interests.
 
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ToWriterAndWander

Planetoid
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Jun 8, 2020
My thread contains a multitude of kinks and ideas. The length of a title to encompass that would probably break the forum. So it needs to be short and concise without leaning towards one kink over another (IMHO).
 

Staine

Peur du petit sadique
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Honestly, the best tip to getting more responses is to just have the right plots and pairings and kinks. The title, unless it's massively unappealing, isn't likely to affect it all that much imo and can actually have as much of a detrimental affect as a positive one if you overthink it. Advertising one thing specifically in the title of a master thread like 'come get your noncon here' may make people not interested in that skip the whole thread over when there could be a multitude of ideas in there that would be perfect for them whereas just a fun name or 'Come write with me, lots o plots inside'. The only basis I have for this is my own intuition and the way I think so do not take it as written in stone but in the grand scheme of things, a simple title is unlikely to lose you many peeks and those that don't click it are probably looking for something very specific, getting the correct prefixes and bumping at the correct time of day probably has higher impact overall. Once inside, if the thread is neat and readable and you don't come across like a cunt then the people who like your stuff will see it.

Tiny writing, too many obnoxious rules that sound passive aggressive in nature and huge unbroken walls of text/very little text is what would put me off and that is subjective I am sure. Some people like the tiny writing.
 

The Goodman

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Yeah, a focused RT title can be unintentionally limiting and accidentally turn folks away, especially if you've got more than one type of idea. It's why I said above, if titles matter to me at all, it's either if they specify something I don't want, I won't click, or if they have a personalized touch, like a funny saying or something, it can be attention grabbing. Even if it's vague, cheeky stuff like, "Don't Open This Thread!!" can make me smile and feel intrigued, especially if the first lines continue the joke a little, i.e. "Very disobedient and rebellious, aren't you? ;) I like that."
 
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jennica enslaved

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Mar 31, 2017
I do like some hint of where a person's focus might lie, even a general one. I might briefly open some threads just because they're somewhat amusing or curious. In that case, it's a question of what various people find amusing exactly, and how many of those one really has time and energy to read. Just for example, there are probably quite a few "romance" or "one-shot" tags if you don't get much more specific.

Basically, when there's no particular point in common to look for, I'm likely to assume there's a lower chance of matching from the start and really zip through skimming fast. I don't expect the Wanted to necessarily have plot outlines or do all of the planning already before meeting someone. Mine certainly doesn't. I do want an "inviting" one to lead me to feel there's a reasonable chance of a good match, though.
 

DaL

Super-Earth
Sadly, it seems like there isn't much that can be done if you're requesting for something very specifc. It already limits your potential audience and those that are into it tend to gravitate to wherever there might be a potential hit for them anyways. At least, that's been my experience so far. The tricky part I found was trying to come up with something that would hook people in that normally wouldn't be looking for something you're offering. But sadly, I have not much of an idea how exactly you're suppose to do that.
 

di moon

Star
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Jan 20, 2019
I'll look at a fairly generic titled request thread if there's a tag that says MxF or MxM, etc...I dislike clicking on something with a neat sounding title that doesn't tell you a lot, only to find out they are only looking for MxM or MxNB since I don't usually play those genders. If it had been in the title or on the tag then I wouldn't have bothered clicking.
 

TheDollmaker

Off the stand, tailored or bespoke...
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Jul 2, 2020
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If, as I do, you tend to focus on ideas with USPs, you have to repeat that USP (Unique Selling Point) - and save yourself a slot for 'I just wanna do X' - for me, that post has been much harder to write than idea for X, idea for Y - and in some cases, say ponyplay with a hoped for pair of ponies and mistress as USP - you can't expect a response from that, really. But it's there, you keep your top 2-4 ideas there, and then you try and make friends with people with similiar tastes by approaching them (which I haaaaaaaaaaaaate, even after 20 years) and building your community in the community, so one day someone in it goes 'hey, your pony idea - I've found player of a female who's willing to give it a shot'.

Also, despite being super-new, I have discovered the power of specific titles - make sure the _essence_ of the story is in the title, if you can. Sadly, I am awful with names and titles.
 

WaveVelour

Star
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Jun 26, 2016
Yeah, having a simple yet catchy title would surely give your rt more views. If your ideas are interesting as well, it’ll attract more PMs. But I don’t think having a high response rate is always a good thing. Especially nowadays, whenever I bump my thread, I can guarantee pretty much half of the requests I get would consist of unclear one line messages or links to others’ request threads =) In my opinion, sometimes it’s better to distinguish your audience rather than going for more messages.
 
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