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I would definitely agree that there are great advantages to Play by Post beyond just the scheduling benefits and ability to play games like Dungeons & Dragons just a bit every day. Strong writing is very much one of them. It provides an opportunity to think for a moment about what you want to say and also look up NPC names, etc. That you don't always have at the table. I've seen some writing far better than my own on these forums thus far and really enjoy it. I'll take the queue from those folks and keep working on my own, although sometimes I do fear that I write too much. I suppose being concise is still part of being a good writer, so I shall work on that as well!
Rather off topic, but...
I don't fully agree that playing at the table has to be described negatively to sing the praises of play by post, however. I play in several different live games monthly and don't feel like it is robotic and only describing "I attack the enemy". There is a lot of in character acting going on at the tables, using voices, tone, facial expressions and many other methods to express the in character interactions and feelings that are going on. There is also a lot of description from the Dungeon Master but also the players to describe their movements and other actions. Additionally there is a great deal of humor, something that may be easier for some in person with people they know well than in writing. This is, of course, just my opinion based on extremely positive experiences at the table. I imagine if I lost my two current groups it could be hard to find a new role-playing group that fits me so well.
Overall I very much enjoy both in person and Play-by-Post play, but feel there are pros and cons to each, for my individual preferences at least. Another thought I just had about what I enjoy about Play By Post is that the people here come from more varied experiences in real life and with their gaming history and that can add a lot of flavor and different viewpoints to the game.