I know I sure don't spend a lot of time at the site, though I still come and read on a regular basis. And no, I usually don't reply to more than a few poems when I do. But then again, I also don't post very many... I mostly lurk and read . I have noticed that many poems pass without more than a couple of replies, and feel a little guilty about my own lack of activity on the board. But I know that *my* main problem is this: constructive criticism. "I liked it, good job" is what almost all of the replies amount to, it seems. I *try* to find something specific to compliment that I liked about the poem, and that's not always easy for me, so mostly I don't reply. The thing is, I may have something along the lines of criticism to offer, and don't, because I feel like I'm being arrogant or something when I do. I am NOT saying that when people offer criticism, they are being arrogant. My laboriously made point here is that perhaps the problem is that other people, like me, fear posting criticism, even constructive criticism, because they'll feel like they are "flaunting their own skill". Or maybe it's just me . And since the general atmosphere, at least on the teen poetry board, doesn't seem to involve much actual criticism, it's hard to get started. After all, who wants to be the only one who is really criticizing when everyone else is being complimentary? I have to admit: I'm not brave enough, especially when I have been here such a short time, and no one knows me. I know this doesn't present a solution, but maybe it helps get into the question of "why" a little better. At least I hope so.