Just some thoughts from a new member...
I am very shy, but filled out the questionnaire thoroughly as I wanted to make an impression, however, in the SB and the Doormat thread I was... pretty durn quiet (I made a handful of short posts in the doormat and talked in the shoutbox when there seemed to be like 4 or less people in it). As a new person to a large community that knew very little about me and which I knew very little about (beyond what non-members can see anyways, such as how accepting people are of quirks and kinks), I really felt like everything I was saying in those places might reflect upon me in regards to my application; I didn't want it to reflect poorly.
Anything posted directly into my thread I was comfortable with responding to, and in retrospect now that I know the atmosphere of E, I really shouldn't have been concerned. The atmosphere is wonderfully accepting and supportive of -people- for who they are so long as they are respectful.
Now, I'm a very self-conscious person. Had my post gotten the questions it did, and then gone into a sort of pending state with no activity for a 'long' (relative term, really) period of time I would have likely given up (unless/until I received the email verification, I might have come back) and just assumed something was seen in those texts I had put out there that characterized me as something the people on E disapproved of. That primarily because I -didn't- feel very comfortable in the doormat or shoutbox at the time due to insecurity, not because I lack patience.
I applied on March 11th and was approved on March 14th.
Now, on a side note, I think the questions and writing prompts are a wonderful idea and do lend themselves to a person's advantage. However, some of the questions asked really don't lend to the opportunity to express yourself as a role player. Answering a writing prompt does not necessarily indicate a person's style / likes in roleplaying. After all, one of my entry examples was 'characterize insanity
'. To characterize anything is to identify the most telling signs / indications about it. I suppose I could have written a role playing example including an insane character, and had I done so my response
would have been quite different, but it wasn't what I was thinking at the time.
O/O's in my short-lived experience are a much better place to showcase oneself. The application and introduction process is more about the person than the role player in my mind - if that makes sense.
-And... I just noticed (thankfully before I asked where to find it) the link to ' Vote on the next topic of my blog'. *Blushes* Right in front of me all this time. >.< Keep em coming, Dingo. *Smiles*