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.
[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 09-26-1999).]