Touchy subject, it seems. I've been a member of PIP for a little over a year..and through low times and high times in my life since then, I've been back and forth. My first poem was posted in Teen Poetry, and every poem since then, aside from the occasional few posted in Dark, was posted in Teen Poetry. I rarely, if ever, ventured into the other discussion forums.
As I said, I drifted between here and there. Usually the low times brought me back, because that was where my poetry really hits the strength and emotion that most of my friends seem to enjoy about them. The reason I'm returning now is because one of those low times has hit.
Teen Chat faltered. No doubt about that. However, it is true that drugs, suicide, self-harm, and the like are integral parts of our society. I've dealt with all three personally. My poems reflect what I feel. If I'm feeling suicidal...the poem will be about suicide. When that poem is posted, then pulled for its content, I stop posting any other poem with that sort of content. Unless something particularly uplifting happens, that usually means the number of poems I post in a given time drops to only one poem every few weeks, as opposed to 2-3 a day.
As for replies...I'll admit that maybe I didn't reply to poems as much as I should have. I replied to the few that truly touched me, or that I particularly found the style amusing. But I read countless poems, and enjoyed many of them. I truly think the replies part is a useless point.
It could possibly be said that the only thing that unified much of Teen Chat was when Teen Chat was pulled. I'm not quite sure who mentioned the facts about the discussions being in a closed forum, but I have to agree. Someone else noted, (Ron, I believe) that all a person had to do was sign up for a deputy mod term. Not everyone wants a moderator job, even a temporary one. If I'd ever been offered one, I'd likely have turned it down, simply because I'm not the type of person that likes that sort of responsibility. I think Ron also said there were about 25 deputy moderators from Teen in that discussion. Maybe this is more of a personal problem with those deputy mods, but I for one would like to know why the rest of us at Teen were not informed that such discussions were going on. I found it quite a shock to find my beloved Teen Chat, as chaotic as it was, to suddenly have vanished when I logged in one day.
Personally, I don't know where I stand at the moment. All I've got to say at this moment is that if Teen Chat is reinstated, don't name it Teen Chat if you don't want to attract chatters.
P.S. My apologies if this post was as incoherent to anyone as it is to me. Right now I'm just feeling pretty blah, and I have no idea what I just typed.