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0 posted 02-18-2001 02:34 PM       View Profile for Jazzmole   Email Jazzmole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jazzmole

I am new to Passions and these are mere observations only, do with them what you like:
I've noticed that while the poetry forum #12 is deluged with posts (at a head-spinning rate), the other forums seem to be desolate. I would suggest a more fitting catagorization with, say, rhyming poetry with its own room; free verse with its own, etc. Not only would that allow posts to stay a bit longer that more may see and respond, it would allow the reader to better find his/her style in which to choose from. For instance, those who may not particularly like rhyme, wouldn't have to wade through entries of rhyme, etc.
Another thing I have noticed is the so-called Workshop and Critique rooms are a bit lacking. I have not seen much activity by the mods of the rooms and little or no "critiquing" of posts within them. I mean, it's all about getting better right? As a result, I've been hesitant to give critiques in them because I don't know how they would be accepted (ie line critique).
All in all, I like Passions. There is a plethora of good poets and kind people. These two things only, I have found could be improved.
Thank you,
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1 posted 02-18-2001 06:42 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Hello, Jazzmole

It's nice to have you among us - and to hear your observations...

Interestingly enough, we've discussed opening "specialized" forums such as you suggest... While we've categorized poetry by theme, we haven't specified formats in any forums other than the Workshop.

The gist of our community has always been to share a variety of styles. Even with our thematic forums available, most of our poets invariably opt to post in the Open Poetry Forum with the majority of our members.

Also - the role of our moderators here at Passions is just that - to moderate - We don't want to dominate... not even in the Critical Analysis and/or Workshop forums. We feel that our members will benefit more from giving and receiving critiques from each other. So, while you'll see SOME feedback from us, the crux of all critique will emanate from the membership at large... You'll also see, as you comment upon others' work, whether they invite compeer critique.

This is a very cursory synopsis of the evolution of the principles behind Passions - I, personally, am very pleased to see input from our newest members... I'm looking forward to reading your work - Welcome - and thanks for sharing your feelings...


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2 posted 03-03-2001 09:22 AM       View Profile for Romy   Email Romy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Romy

Nan posts a new exercise in the poetry workshop once a month with very detailed instructions on the particular format. I like this because it gives me plenty of time to work on my poem and to read the others posted there. I have learned alot by reading the examples of others and ALWAYS there is a reply in the end from Nan!
I don't go in the critique forum often but I have learned that it helps to reply often to other poets who are also hoping for a critique on their work. I have had a couple of very helpful critiques from Brad!

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3 posted 03-08-2001 01:28 PM       View Profile for Moon Dust   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Moon Dust

Is there gonna be a haiku + senryu catagory if so I'd really like to be moderater for something like that.

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