While I definitely think that the Cooldown rule could be a good addition if done properly, I have a little concern about it right now. Maybe I misunderstood it, but it seems like the rule would have the same impact if they dropped midRP that it would if they dropped while it was still in the application stage of things, due to the way that it was worded.
I feel like the rule should be specified that it either doesn't count or is less harsh if they drop during the application phase, before the IC goes up.
I know that can still put a wrench in the works of an RP if the owner is planning events that revolve more around the characters than a plot, so I would probably lean towards the second in those cases, but... Just something to think about.
Yeah, I really believe that there should be a different penalty, if at all, for someone that signs up on an interest check, then ends up bowing out before the characters are finalized for the initial start of the RP.
I've done this before, I show interest in an interest check, then wind up having to leave it later because my brain refuses to give me the characters for said interesting RP. But, to my credit, I've always done this before the IC is up or starting characters are selected.
I was debating whether or not to include a clause that allowed you to stay absent so long as you notified the OOC. I decided against it because of me, actually. I’m always active in OOC, yet im very often guilty of abandoning a roleplay, and I don’t want a loophole that my lazy self can use.
Welp, there is actually something that can be done about that. I've seen cases where someone's very active in sections like the Misc, but are giving no effort to the RP they're in. If you can show that someone clearly has the time to post, but aren't doing, they could be penalized. And when I say that, I mean someone's claiming to be out-of-state and away from their computer as their reason for not posting in the RP, but they are posting in Misc and are on for almost the same amount of time as normal.
And before anyone says that this can be done on a cell phone, not everyone has an unlimited data plan.