Member Rara Avis
Those with poetry at the main site might like to know I just finished updating it with the comments our visitors post when they "vote" for a poem. Not everyone leaves a comment with their vote, of course, but many do. This particular batch includes 11,959 new comments.
I also wanted to let everyone know ahead of time that there's going to some updates to our forum software in the next few days.
We continue to struggle with new Registrations. Every time I open the doors to new Members, within a day or two our Moderator team is inundated with a little bit more than they can handle and a whole lot more than they should handle. After a lot of discussion about what can be done to improve the process and lighten the load, I almost have the software changes ready.
Many of the changes won't affect existing Members, and indeed, will be invisible unless you try to register a new username. New registrants will find themselves pretty much forced to read our rules, and will be warned they are Probationary Members until they have posted their first twenty poems. We hope this will let everyone know that we take our standards around here seriously and expect them to do the same.
One of the upcoming changes, however, will apply to everyone, not just new Members.
Our existing Guidelines say, "we have avoided making rules about how many poems should be posted by a single author within a given time span." Unfortunately, that's a rule we can no longer avoid making. For years, we have encouraged people to post no more than three a day, and certainly the vast majority of you have always complied. New Members, however, are almost notorious for over-posting during their first few days or weeks with us. They come to us with a lot of poetry already written and ready to share, and many of them tend to get a bit carried away. We understand. We even sympathize. Unfortunately, we just don't have the manpower right now to properly handle a large volume of new poetry every day. We need to space it out a bit, so our Moderator team CAN handle it.
The software changes I'll "soon" be uploading to the server will limit everyone to just three originating posts within any given calendar day (based on our EDT server clock). The limit will apply only to our "Main Forums," the Poetry and Prose section. Originating posts in Discussion forums won't be counted. Neither will posts in either the Sanctuary or Mature Content sections. When you start a new thread in an applicable forum, the new software will remind you what you've already posted for the day so there won't be any horrible surprises (assuming, of course, you read the screen). After you've posted your third poem or story for the day, you won't be able to post another one until after midnight EDT.
For some of our more prolific writers, I know this will be a small burden on you. When our new software system is finally finished, we'll revisit this limitation and see if we can come up with something more fair. For now, however, the small burden for you will reduce a much greater burden on our Moderating team and help insure that our high standards will continue to be met.