Recently, I have been hearing some talk about "Elliquiy's literary standards are declining."
When Elliquiy was first founded, there certainly was some thought given to the literary standards we would hold people to here. The most common at the time were post length minimums, usually five lines, a hundred words, or something to the effect.
The issue we had with that is twofold. First, writing partners sometimes prefer shorter interactions, in part because they want to have more opportunities to react to events, and writing a novella each post comes close - for them - to having the other person control their character, due to the lack of a reply. Second, literary climaxes, like certain others, are more powerful for their pithiness. Additional detail is not always a good thing, there is occasionally something to be said for allowing a viewer to capture the entirety of a moment.
And savor it.
Another option was to require a clear and crisp command of the English language. Ignoring, for a moment, non-native speakers and dyslexia, Elliquiy is first and foremost about role playing. That writing is the medium it is carried over is secondary to that point.
My goal for Elliquiy is to perfect the software's ability to 1) Allow members to find new and exciting writing partners, and 2) Allow them to participate in those stories as cleanly and efficiently as possible. That goal is a long way off, but the components of that - including assisting with spelling and grammar - are just that. Components. I will agree that thorough writing, good grammar, and good spelling are fine tools. However...
Elliquiy is assisted by its literary talent. It does not define it.
I generally find that the most important aspect of a roleplaying community - or even any writing community - is that it should be a haven for creativity. You should be exposed to ideas unlike yours. Opinions unlike yours. Thoughts, words, art. Even if, occasionally, you do not like it, forcing everyone to adhere to a certain set of standards limits that. Limits the scope of ideas we see, whether it was intentional on the part of the speaker or not.
Something I learned before I set up Elliquiy was that most people are more creative than they give themselves credit for. It is a part of human ingenuity, quite literally a genetic feature that a very significant portion of the population possesses. As with learning, relations with the opposite (or same) sex, and so much in life, the greatest barrier to self achievement is realizing that you are capable, and admit it of yourself.
Elliquiy is a shrine dedicated - in part - to tearing down those barriers we set for ourselves. About sex, about creativity, about our own capabilities in general.
People learn. "I feel that Elliquiy's literary standards are declining when it comes to accepting new memberships."
Except in the worst cases, we tend to look kindly on that - and often have - because the result of a less experienced writer joining Elliquiy takes one of four paths.
They become intimidated, and leave.
They take time to learn, growing in ability as writers.
They find their own way, harming none, but still adding to the community socially.
They sit back, lurk, and read.
In no case have I seen a poor writer 'damage' Elliquiy for their lack of skill. I do not consider the above situations - save the first - to be a bad thing.
I like the openness here. I like the acceptance. Despite its size, it is the single element that I am most proud of here.
Elliquiy is a role playing community. It is a place where you can find like-minded friends, no matter your race, creed, or experience. It is a celebration of the creative spirit.
To quote Thomas Jefferson, he who lights his candle at mine receives light without darkening me.
Elliquiy is a place for lighting candles.