Sorry everyone but I feel like I have to answer this. I have actually not given much thought to your motives. I didn't know you RPd to cope with stuff until you alluded to it before. (It hadn't occurred to me before that anyone would do that. Fic is different.) I do not play characters for coping reasons, because I (personally, for me) feel that would be unfair to everyone else unless I asked them if that was OK. I also have issues with paranoia, and I have had the experience of being triggered in the rave. But I do have the ability to tell everyone here apart from their characters 99.99999999% of the time. First of all: even those of you that I don't know play many different characters with very different personalities. Logically, you couldn't possibly have the same personality as both Juice and Genie. I don't know you at all outside the Rave, but I can make an educated guess that you're probably not much like either of them. Most people who RP play many, many different characters and it's easy to tell the difference between them, even if I know nothing at all about them. It's a little harder when someone is playing only multiple versions of the same character and the only character they play that's not a version of that character is a self-insert, and won't respond to me OOC. How am I supposed to figure that out? I freely admit that I do not know where the IC/OOC borders were with FL. I didn't have enough data to make an educated guess and he wouldn't give me any. For the record, I don't think anyone told anyone to come here and start a dog pile, but I also think that pretty much everyone who's been on the internet more than a week knows that if they vent about someone hard enough, their friends will jump in. I'm also really clear on the difference between myself, Valiska, Lissa and the Fords. They all do, say, think and believe things I do not. There was one time when I completely freaked out because someone said something to Ford that was very similar to what his childhood bullies said about him and that threw me into the mental state I was in when I got bullied as a kid, but because it wasn't a complete flashback with visuals and sounds and everything, it took me a while to figure it out. But it's not like I do that constantly. I just don't have the ability to look at a screen and see that something is happening in the presence of my character, maybe even during a conversation that my character was having, and decide that my character did not notice that, and make it stick. I would like to stop talking about this now; it's been upsetting other people. I wish I'd never made that post the other day. I wish I'd realised that I should not have answered the thing you said with an explanation of why I didn't think it was simply "conflict avoidance". I should have just said that I was talking about something a little more extensive than "conflict avoidance" instead of outlining (very badly, and in a way that confused @Lord Starscream for which I am heartily sorry) all of the reasons WHY I don't think it was just conflict avoidance.