Member Rara Avis
I ask that you clarify your use of the word competition. People are in competition only if they wish to be. If someone wants their poems to remain at the top of the first page and garner lots of responses, then yea, they're going to be in competition with everyone else who has similar desires. If someone is here to truly share and help others, it won't matter how many responses they get - and there's no competition. Realistically, I suspect most of us fall somewhere between those two extremes. We sincerely hope our work will receive the attention we think it deserves, but also recognize that with several hundred new poems a day not all of them can be on page one.
I also am hurt by your sarcasm about freezing postings. I never said that ANYONE should stop posting. No, you certainly didn't. Nor was the sarcasm directed at you, Jennifer. In truth, I never really expected to ever reply to this topic (having made my thoughts clear numerous times in the past six months), but was absolutely appalled to read Elizabeth's response. That a fine poet and courteous individual like she would even consider limiting her posts and resorting to email was alarming. The sarcasm was meant to indicate I would consider such a solution far worse than the problem.
Apologies that I cannot or do not produce mass amounts of poetry daily. I think Michael answered this satisfactorily, but let me add just a bit. If you look over to the left, under my name, you'll see what many around here would consider a fairly low number of posts. And I've been here a while, too! Not coincidentally, on those rare occasions when I post a poem, most of the responses I get are from people I've interacted with behind the scenes, since I get so little opportunity to respond to the work of others in the forums. Shoot, I suspect a lot of the newer members don't know me from Adam, and I'm not at all surprised when they don't comment on one of my posts. I'm just another name to them, and even my good poetry (I think I have one or two) is just a drop in a moderately large ocean of equally good poetry.
Someone please do tell me what is the thought on posting a thank you after all the responses received on ones poetry. Michael inferred it, but I'll say it bluntly: Responding to responses is both courteous and more than valid. We've used the word "interactive" in this thread a lot. To my mind, that means a dialog as opposed to a monologue. We don't get up on a stage and wait for applause, like an entertainer (that's more like the main site, I think). If we're on stage here at all it's only for a few brief moments, then we return to our seats in the audience and let someone else take center stage. Those that pat us on the back as we return to our seats deserve a smile and a thank you, just as that fellow you pass as he heads toward the stage you just vacated deserves a nod of encouragement. Give and take. Back and forth. A dialog.