LonePaladin
 member, 833 posts
 Creator of HeroForge
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 17:27
Why is the 'o' in 'RPoL' lowercase?
Just as the title says. I know, I've been using it that way for years, but I can't help but wonder why.
Cygnia
 member, 290 posts
 Amoral Paladin
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 17:32
Why is the 'o' in 'RPoL' lowercase?
Rule of Cool? ;)
Dream Sequence
 member, 43 posts
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 17:39
Why is the 'o' in 'RPoL' lowercase?
I'd guess, people are just used to an O in an initialism standing for "of" and therefor being lowercased as part of a title.  LoTR, etc.
bigbadron
 moderator, 15757 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 17:42
Why is the 'o' in 'RPoL' lowercase?
Why is the "R" in "Toys 'R' Us" usually reversed?  It's just a style thing.
crimsonspecters
 member, 175 posts
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 17:46
Why is the 'o' in 'RPoL' lowercase?
From a Wikipedia article on acronyms:

“While abbreviations typically exclude the initials of short function words (such as "and", "or", "of", or "to"), this is not always the case. (A similar set of words is sometimes left as lowercase in headers and publication titles.) Sometimes function words are included to make a pronounceable acronym, such as CORE (Congress of Racial Equality). Sometimes the letters representing these words are written in lower case, such as in the cases of "TfL" ("Transport for London") and LotR (Lord of the Rings); this usually occurs when the acronym represents a multi-word proper noun.

I would assume that “on” from online is left as a lowercase due to the above.
bigbadron
 moderator, 15758 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 17:51
Why is the 'o' in 'RPoL' lowercase?
Actually, no.  As I said, it's just a style thing.  Somebody typed it that way about 17 or 18 years ago (maybe longer), and it caught on.

This message was last edited by the user at 17:52, Sun 07 July.

Yaaraer
 member, 151 posts
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 17:59
Why is the 'o' in 'RPoL' lowercase?
My two cents is...it is cool and I like it without trying to dig deep into it. *shrugs*
ladysharlyne
 subscriber, 2479 posts
 you have to risk the
 dark to see the light
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 19:06
Why is the 'o' in 'RPoL' lowercase?
It is its own iconic trademark in a sense and I type it RPol whenever I use it anywhere.  Guess like LotR, etc.  and BBR is right it goes back years.  Ya know if someone started talking to me about roleplay online I think of it as a subject not a site. Say to me RPoL and because I have haunted these halls for years I know exactly right off what they mean.  Just a cool name...  for a Great site!