Regina, Saskatchewan; Canada
Even though I find some "flaws" in the forum I like to post most, Critical Analysis, I am not going to give up and move away to another site; I like the warmth and the accomodatingness at Passions.
The only flaws I see right now are:
The CA forum is too loose.
I think it needs to nurture a more workshop-like enviroment, but in such away that keeps the temperature at warmth and friendliness too, like the Poetry Workshop.
But none of that may happen if we don't have very many people. There are not enough partakers; but this is understandable. I don't think most people find critiquing easy. I certainly don't. Even though I think I know how a critique ought to be, I am unable to deliver anything as well as I wish I may. So it disturbs me when one of my critiques/comments is the only one to a person's poem.
I think we need to encourage people to note that everything counts of a critical effort here, even if it is not perfect and especially when it goes along with the contribution of others at the same time. There is no need to be a professional in CA; but there is a need to show that one gave a critical approach and effort.
I've been really glad to see more people from other forums showing up and helping out of late. If we could get more of that, keep Rob and Sid, and get Claire and Christoper back that would do the forum best I think. But also other moderators in CA need to be more present and active, so all the moderating weight isn't cast mostly just on one person. I surely may be wrong, but it seems like it would be a bit difficult. Many new members go directly to CA and deserve a greeting, a critique, and often some extra guidance about posting and critiqing in CA, but one moderator may sometimes not adress everyone; everyone still deserves to be acknowledged. More moderators could indeed help, ensure everyone who comes to CA gets to be greeted, gets her poems critiqued at least once, and gets any extra guidence/help/answers he may need from a moderator/member.
If something toward that could happen, I think it would be perfect
Just some thoughts.
[This message has been edited by Essorant (11-19-2003 11:54 PM).]