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Posting Multiple Poems w/o Replying (Is this Fair to Others)

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Michael
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0 posted 09-26-1999 07:39 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

It has come to my observation in the short week I have shared moderator duties on the open forum with Nan and Balladeer, a problem that has existed in my own Dark forum for quite some time. Many members will drop by and submit poems without replying to anyone else's poems. This, in itself, presents no problem to me. Certainly we cannot always find the time to read and reply. Many of us hold down jobs and/or are parents which hinders the amount of time we have to write, much less read and respond to others.

The problem I am seeing is when a member posts six or seven posts all at once, then disappears into the sunset, not to return again until the following day when he/she promptly posts six or seven replies to their own original posts, then disappears again. One might expect this from first timers, but I am seeing this much more than I can appreciate with regular members as well. My point is this, if one has the time to write six or seven poems and posts them so generously all at once, in the same time bumping seven other poems from page one down to page two, and seven from page two to page three, etc. but cannot find time to respond to even one, I don't see how this can be deemed fair to the other poets.

I think we all know how response chances drop once a poem slips from page one. I think we all can agree we like receiving responses on our own poetry and certainly many of us want to hear some honest critique on our work. This is an interactive poetry board which to me means one thing, interact. Personally, for every poem I submit, I respond to at least five others. There certainly is no lack of talent or good poetry or even young poets seeking suggestion on this board. I know we can all find something to say. For every five I respond to, I would like to respond to many, many more. Even so, when those six or seven pop up all at the same time from one member, I am reluctant to even read, much less reply to them.

And so I am writing this, most likely in vain, because I know if one can't take the time to read appreciate all the wonderful poetry being submitted on the other forums, they most certainly will not care enough to be hanging out in the Alley. Still, if perchance you are here, all I ask is this; write five poems tonight instead of seven and respond to five others...In the long run, submitting less will allow others to read more of your work anyway and responding to others will only grant you more replies on you own work. Heck, I wouldn't even read seven Balladeer poems in one night.

Alicat, thanks for hearing my complaint.

Michael




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Nan
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1 posted 09-26-1999 09:46 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Putting constraints upon the number of postings per day isn't preferable, so let's look at this point from the author's viewpoint.

If you post several poems all at once, you're simply going to run out of material faster - If you post one or two a day, then you'll have more to post later - The pressure to continue writing won't hit so soon.... Ya know?

Michael is absolutely right about avoiding those multiple posts by the same person, too. If you open one and don't care for it, you won't read the rest - guaranteed!!

So - temper your posts, my friends - Believe it or not, the response will be better...
Christopher
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2 posted 09-26-1999 04:17 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

BINGO!
Well stated sir!
(seven Balladeer posts...don't know if I could handle that either!)
Poet deVine
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3 posted 09-26-1999 05:27 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Not one to sit idly by, yesterday I noticed that passing shadows posted 6 poems in the space of 27 minutes. I sent her an e-mail and advised her that she would be read more if she posted one or two a day..that at least 2/3 of the poems would drop without being read. I check the forum this morning and - sure enough! about 4 of them had dropped to page 2 & 3 without being read. This morning I got a gracious reply from the poet and she agreed to be more careful! (I for one will reply to a couple of hers today as a thank you.)

I think it was Christopher who suggested that an e-mail be sent to all newly registered members with the rules of the forum - one of them being multiple postings. I spoke to Ron about it and the software does have the capability to send out an automatic message - it may have to be 'tweaked' (his word) to accommodate what we need.

Now! What rules should be sent to new members? A list of forums and the rule for each? Posting hints (no multiples)..reply hints...(? more ?)

Another brainstorm of mine was to suggest a buddy system..each newbie would be selected by a member as a 'buddy', contact would be made and hints/suggestions, etc could be given then. (if we go with the e-mail system, that would show Ron just how many bad e-mail addresses there are - at that point, I would recommend a lock be put on that poet until a new e-mail is given).

Anyway..my two cents from the peanut gallery!
Artur Hawkwing
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4 posted 09-26-1999 06:22 PM       View Profile for Artur Hawkwing   Email Artur Hawkwing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artur Hawkwing

Michael, thank you... I will put in my two cents, although brief... I like PDV's idea of a buddy system, plus I agree with what Nan is saying. Right now it shames me to admit that I cannot organize what I want to say during daylight.....mental block.... for some strange reason, so I will put to rest what I have to say for now.

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Sunshine
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5 posted 09-26-1999 09:15 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Everyone's points are well taken. I just returned home, and instead of my usual first visit to OF, I thought I would do instead what I've been reading a lot about lately, visiting the other forums first. Heaven knows, every forum here certainly gives one food for thought, and fodder for even more poetic messages!

Michael, I hope you know that sometimes, and especially when I have brain freeze and nothing is forthcoming, I do go in and reply, and at the very least, let people know I've been there to read, unless [and this is hard to admit] I did not understand the poem, or I found it to be objectionable to my tastes. When I've like the majority of the piece, but parts have confused me, or don't lend themselves to the flow of the piece, I remark and ask for clarity. Sometimes that comes, sometimes it doesn't.

Just wanted to let you know that I'm trying to be a good poet, by reading first, responding, and then posting! Sunshine.
Iloveit
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6 posted 09-29-1999 04:08 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

well you are right about one thing, I barely have time to TRY keep up with adult, open and critical, hadn't been HERE at all till heard about it from RG...

these forums are much more extensive than meets the eye, and some help navigating around for new comers would help a lot I think, count me in if you need help with the buddy system....lol, like I know my way around so well, but am willing to help
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7 posted 09-29-1999 04:56 PM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Since I do not write a lot of poetry myself I content myself with posting replies instead, although a couple of responses to mine, good or bad, would be appreciated upon occasion...if for no other reason than I wouldn't feel like the last kid picked to play Red Rover. I do agree that writing replies to replies for one's own posting is unfair but if the numbers accumulate then they are more apt to be read. I myself would prefer to read on merit, not on numbers.
Regarding the email system...I think that a lock is appropriate for all those bad email addresses. After a new, viable email address is supplied then by all means post. And replies should be given especially to newbies as they are just getting their feet wet and need something to hang onto so I will begin to reply more often to those and still try to keep up with those that I read as matter of course. I hope that helps.

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8 posted 09-29-1999 08:46 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Echoes of Michael.

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Justbleu
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9 posted 09-30-1999 12:42 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

This is something that Nan let me know the first day I posted poetry on here!! I am glad she let me know!! I strongly agree with much of the above!!

Bridgette
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10 posted 09-30-1999 04:18 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

I am a pure "replier" (not to be mixed up with replicant), the main reason being that I think in French and I don't feel that my English is good enough to write poetry ... so I'm only bumping poems up ... is that ok with forum rules ?

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Nan
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11 posted 09-30-1999 07:39 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

We're here posting so that our work is read... Having you here giving us feedback is what it's all about. We love you, JTF...
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12 posted 09-30-1999 09:09 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

Thank you Ma'am ...
hoot_owl_rn
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13 posted 10-15-1999 05:00 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I may be guilty of posting more than one poem in a day, possible two, usually no more...but in turn, I read every poem posted and reply to aprox. 75% of all postings so I don't believe that to be unfair
I couldn't agree with you more Michael
And heck, I must be bored tonight read all the poetry postings and since this and Q&A are the oly other things open, here I am
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14 posted 10-15-1999 07:10 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

I don't reply as much as I should to some of the great poetry I find here. And, when I do, sometimes that "smart ass" side of me comes out. I think I can see how some may feel ignored or hurt with few replies and that's a shame...But then again...HAVE YALL SEEN SOME OF THE REPLIES I GET FROM BALLADEER!!!?? LOL
Michael
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15 posted 10-15-1999 10:33 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Hoot Owl & Toe, both of you know better than to think this was directed toward either one of you...now go reply in the open forum instead of here, guessed were all a bit bored, huh? Thanks for the replies, both of you.

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He puts a rainbow in your heart.



suthern
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16 posted 10-15-1999 10:58 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

After checking the number of posts I've made, I've decided that's why Ron hasn't left a trail of bread crumbs for me to follow... I talk too much! LOL

I'm not a prolific poet... still there are times when I post more than one in a day. I read lots of poems... and I know that I welcome comments to mine... but I'm not going to say anything if I don't like a poem... I simply move on... after enough "move on"s I may find myself skipping that person's work. And there are time constraints... If I can read 10 poems and comment on 1 or 2, I'll do that instead of reading and commenting on 4 poems.

As for responses to my own poems, I do appreciate those folks who've taken the time to read and comment... but I don't think a separate "thank you" is necessary for each and every comment!

Now... where's the rest of the poems??? LOL. This addict is suffering withdrawal symptoms!

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Trevor
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17 posted 10-15-1999 09:17 PM       View Profile for Trevor   Email Trevor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trevor

I may be new here and probably shouldn't comment but I think an execution of some sort would straighten out this whole mess. What do you say, I know a couple of crooked nose gents who have a few cement bags and a map to a remote lake in their car just itching to be used. Personally I like the idea of ignoring the work of those who ignore everyone else's work. The ol' goose and gander thing-a-ma-bobber. Then if asked why no one reads their work explain to them politely why this is so. I believe that going through the experience of not having comments on their work would inspire them to be more generous with their opinions and suggestions....speaking of opinions, that was just mine, take care everyone,
Trevor

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18 posted 10-15-1999 09:59 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig


Trevor

Your comment seems to imply that anyone who replies infrequently or not at all is unwelcome here. Is there a rule about replying that Iíve missed somehow?
If there is I may have outstayed my welcome, being one of those that doesnít reply too frequently.
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19 posted 10-15-1999 10:25 PM       View Profile for Systematic Decay   Email Systematic Decay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Systematic Decay

Craig, I think Trevor's remark was aimed at people who post multiple poems and never reply to others. However, I don't think ignoring them is the way.

I believe that if anyone notices a particular poet doing this, we should skip the ignoring them part, and explain that they should reply too in the first place. I, as a newcomer, was guilty of multiple posting and not replying, and when I wasn't getting replies, I simply posted MORE, adding PLEASE REPLY's onto them. Ignoring will simply make the problem worse. People will feel ignored and hated, and simply leave the forum, and I don't know about anyone esle, but i see this as a bad thing. So maybe if we notice a new member engaging in this behavior, we could e-mail them. Thanks everyone for listening to me ramble.

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Trevor
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20 posted 10-16-1999 01:14 AM       View Profile for Trevor   Email Trevor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trevor

CRAIG:
Are your comments supposed to make me say something like, "Oh no, I didn't mean that you got me all wrong, I'm so sorry. I'm such a fool." Maybe you're not welcome, maybe you are, what do you think? What do I know? In my opinion you have outstayed your welcome, away with you foul creature of no comments J/k, I'm only horsing around, please don't take offense, I'm just a little bored tonight. Actually Systematic Decay was right. I wasn't trying to imply that those who post very few comments should be ignored but rather ignore those who post many poems and give nothing to others yet expect a lot in return. I don't know how much poems to comments you post but if you do post A LOT of poems and seldom reply then I say shame on you....but I have a feeling you don't. We all post for the same reason, to share and recieve comments, either to improve our work or feel better about ourselves. And anyone who only posts their work (and a lot of it) expecting comments, is a very selfish person. It amazes me that there is even this discussion going on, that such a thing as sharing and courtesy has to be taught to teens and adults alike. Don't get me wrong there are times when everyone posts more poems then comments or vice versa but there should at least be some balance so the moderators don't have to pick up so much slack.....I feel sorry for them. Anyways I'm done my little rant. Take care. BTW I think Systematic Decay is right about just asking them to comment.

SYSTEMATIC DECAY:
You're probably right about skipping the ignoring part and go straight to the helpful hints. But I'm curious, do you think being ignored for a little while taught you a better leason then if you were just told to post comments without really knowing why? Perhaps not, perhaps so, I really don't know but I've always thought the best teacher is experience and any comments on that which one hasn't experienced can only be considered heresay, speculation, opinion or theory. That's why I mention the ignore part (for the experience of it) but I do think you're right about skipping the ignore part, it might be a little harsh. Some might not realize the secrets of getting a back scratched and leave feeling they've been shunned(sp?). Anyways thanks for mellowing my mean spirited ways a bit I just get a little frustrated and spiteful sometimes.
Take care,
Trevor

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21 posted 10-16-1999 07:37 AM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig

Trevor

In answer to your first question , yes I was expecting you to say youíd got it wrong! Although an apology and you admitting something Iíve admitted ( that I'm a fool ) for a long time wasnít expected.

As to being welcome, after my last reply, probably not but being the kind of person I am Iím still here anyway ( see above ).

What do you know? I have no idea, maybe you should answer that one yourself.

There are a lot of different people logging on this site, for a lot of different reasons and in a lot of different ways. Some just read, some read and reply and some just post poetry. I donít see any problem in people posting and not replying, there could be good reasons why they donít. Unless thereís a rule that sayís they canít I donít think anybody can start trying to change the way they enjoy using this site.


Systematic Decay

What happens if the people you talk to carry on posting and not replying? Do we then revert to Trevorís shunning method? Or perhaps we roll out the Electric chair for a good old execution! If you opt for the shunning method how do you know who to shun and who not to shun, should we hold secret meetings in dark corners and draw up lists?

Trevor & Systematic
I know Iím being a little facetious here and I apologize unreservedly.I do understand that on a perfect poetry site everyone would post and reply in at least equal measure. I'm just a little worried that some people, who may have reasons why they donít reply, could get trampled in the rush for perfection.


PS

Does this count as a reply?


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Yes, I admit your general rule. That every poet is a fool:
But I myself may serve to show it. That every fool is not a poet.


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22 posted 10-16-1999 08:12 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Perhaps I shouldn't but I'm going to say it anyway:

Thanks for the giggles...ooops

HUGS all

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Trevor
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23 posted 10-17-1999 11:48 PM       View Profile for Trevor   Email Trevor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trevor

CRAIG:
Anyone who can find time to write and post a dozen poems and not find time to critique at least a couple of poems has a serious definition problem with the word "selfish". I hope your not just trying to defend your own actions Please give me examples of why a person would be able to write and post a lot of poems but unable to comment on any, if they are reasonable explainations I swear I'll change my opinion, but you said there are lots of reasons why, so please indulge my ignorance and educate me to these reasons.
Let me ask you this, If you were living in a group, say a commune, and everyone worked the fields, milked the cows, did the laundry and the cooking, etc. except for two able bodied people who never contributed because they said they didn't know how to do those things or they were too busy, yet always found time to be the first at the dinner table and always had seconds, How would this make you feel? Do you think people like that need to be talked to and explained the concept of sharing?
As far as rushing to perfection, who's rushing, I don't remember anyone involved in a race of any kind, I'm not in a hurry.....but lets face it, mediocracy has been done to death, I'd like to read the perfect poem on the perfect poetry site, however I don't think anyone will achieve that if we don't help one another.
And the electric chair is a great idea...BRAVO

"PS

Does this count as a reply?"
The answer Craig is no.....replies have to make sense BTW are you still bitter (if you ever were ) about the freedom of speech thingy...it was you wasn't it? and I disagree with you about it, the core of America, along with any country with regards to society, is happiness and the strife for it.....that does however encompass freedom of speech and many other things as well.....if we were all happy do you think people would fight as hard as they do to be heard??? Just a thought....maybe I'm wrong, anyways thanks for making me think, take care and please respond with some examples of why people would be able to post a lot and not be able to comment,
Trevor

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24 posted 10-18-1999 12:20 AM       View Profile for Systematic Decay   Email Systematic Decay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Systematic Decay

TREVOR, my dear, it would go hand in hand that if you suggested that someone reply, that you would explain to them the reasons why...

And if a person ignored my request, there's nothing I could do about it. I'm not their parent. although it would lower my opinion of them, and I may admittedly be less likely to reply to a poem of theirs...

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"Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage."
-Billy Corgan-
 
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