Is it a nonsense question?
Maybe, I guess it depends on why you want to write a duet, if the reason was simply based upon wanting to write with talented poet then the question shows that the Senior Only rule is nonsense in that respect.
There are other reasons, as you and others have pointed out. Perhaps you want to write with someone you know, even slightly, does the Senior Member rule ensure this? Do you know, even slightly, all the senior members? If the answer is no then you have to admit that you could end up writing a duet with someone you don’t know, you could say – That might be true I don’t know them but they write good poetry – but that just brings you back to the question regarding talent and senior membership.
Another reason may be that Senior Membership can somehow guarantee that those who join in are going to stick around; that the number of posts is a reflection of how long a member has been a member. Unfortunately Senior Member status based on the number of posts is woefully ineffective in that regard. There are Senior Members who disappear at the drop of a hat for months on end and Members who’ve been here everyday for the last 12 months, there’s even the possibility, if your submit finger is particularly active, of racking up 500 posts in a matter of days. The title Senior Member isn’t a particularly good way of assessing membership longevity when looked at in that way, is it?
I also happened to have noticed a couple of other things: You have been a member since 2002, and have had very few original posts on your way to not being a Senior Member. Also, you have never replied to any of my original posts, and have only slammed any of the replies that I have made to a discussion without regards to what it is I have said. I would respectfully ask that if you are not going to treat me with the respect that I have always attempted to give everyone on this site, even those with whom I disagree (except for one extreme exception a while ago) then you should not reply to anything I post on here.
It would be nice if you could choose who replied to what you post here, nice but potential very monotonous and even perhaps slightly boring. People have an annoying habit of holding views that are contrary to my own and persist in posting them at every opportunity but I quite enjoy that. Ron, Brad, Stephanos, JP and a whole bunch of other people do it all the time, I don’t call it slamming I call it communicating, it may get tense but it’s always tempered with respect.
Your assertion that I’ve slammed you without regard to what you have said is wrong on two counts, I don’t slam I simply state my opinion, and I state my opinion based upon what you say not regardless of it. If you post things that I hold an opinion on then you have to accept that I may reply to them, the best I can do is suggest that if you don’t like my opinion ignore it or tell me why I’m wrong.
The fact that I could just go submit crazy and fulfil the selection criteria sort of underlines my point. You say you are rewarding people who have been here a long time but the 500 barrier patently doesn’t ensure that, in fact as I pointed out above you could just end up excluding the people you’re trying to reward.
Perhaps it’s participation you’re more interested but doesn’t that just exclude those that have less time or a different way of participating? Could you be excluding someone who has been here for years and reads but seldom replies in favour of someone who’s been here hours and doesn’t read a thing but replies to everything?
I'm just amazed at how much discussion seems to generate from something... anything really.
I agree, a great thinker once said something like “I consider a good discussion to be its own form of poetry”, I can’t for the life of me remember who it was but I definitely agree.