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My Final Word on Multiple Posting And Poetry With Very Few Responses!!

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Temptress
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0 posted 01-16-2000 01:59 AM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress


As I make my way around Passions I am increasingly tired of seeing multiple posting. It will go on unless there are more strict standards to posting and replying. That is what I believe and will stand by it until proven otherwise. I realize that no one wants to govern Passions in such a way, but the numbers are getting too large not to have some sort of firmer order. Also I look around and see poems with an already large number of replies bumped to the top, burying postings with a lesser number. Threads long replied to are being brought back up like sunken monsters to walk all over weaker ones. There must be something to be done about this. I realize that apparently the postings with the large number are attractive because if it has that many replies then people think it MUST be great; but it is altogether unfair. I also realize that the lesser replied to postings may not be good reading for some, but if we don't like one couldn't we offer advice instead of ingoring it completely? Isn't that part of what we are here to do? This will probably be my loss, but I will post no more poetry here until this situation improves or someone offers a little more than an apology for the happenings here. I don't often raise my voice here, but am doing so now because I can no longer sit back quietly. I have done so, and those times are finished. THIS ISSUE MUST BE ADDRESSED, and if the normal answers aren't working then it is time to contemplate new ones.

To make this ultimately clear in case of misunderstanding, I am not stating that I am leaving Passions or that I wish to be removed. I am simply stating that I will not post POETRY here until I feel it is going to be beneficial. If this post gets me removed (and I have faith that it shouldn't) then I would respectfully require something of whoever would remove me.

That is all I have to say for now, and I hope that all of my thoughts are clear. Good Day


 Don't gain my affections and cover my eyes. In blindness I will only swing harder.
Dark Angel
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1 posted 01-16-2000 03:24 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

I understand what you mean here Temptress, I am sure I have missed so many wonderful and brilliant poems, sometimes it's hard keeping up with it all.That makes it hard if you don't have much time online to sit there and read each and every poem, which I'd love to do. If only they'd stay up there long enough.   It would be nice if a solution was found!!

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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2 posted 01-16-2000 04:34 AM       View Profile for Astraea   Email Astraea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Astraea

That is a very true observation; I noticed a lot: poetry going on with somwhere along the lines of zero responses.  I've passed over wonderful poetry, then go back and re-read because it's this certain poet, but still don't reply to it because it would bring up an old poem back up again.  It's also very disturbing, especially when suddenly that certain writer beings to think we all hate them personally and get discouraged.

I'm sure most of us go around reading what we can, but there are so many posts!  I go away for quite a time, come back, check on this and...low and behold!  There are so many poems to read and yet the ones with so little replies are on the bottom!  Mostly I notice that it's the more popular poets [whose works I shall never stop admiring for their talent] getting a lot of immediate attention and then dwindling down slowly toward that ones you remember posting or titles that arouse curiosity.

This is a problem [which I probably didn't help with] and, I agree with Temptress, that it has to be noticed a little more except with silence.

~Astraea

 "Sometimes stars can only be seen in darkness."

"Sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things."

Nan
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3 posted 01-16-2000 08:15 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This issue has been addressed a multitude of times. There are active threads on it even now in other forums.  

This site is in some ways restricted to the capacities (vast though they may be) of the software that houses it.  We are, however, very fortunate to have quite an erudite programmer (and reprogrammer) at our helm.  Ron works diligently behind the scenes to keep the forums running smoothly, and his efforts invariably bring propitious results. He is working on this issue... Perhaps we could give him a break, remembering that this place isn't his job.  It's his Passion...
Alicat
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4 posted 01-16-2000 09:48 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

I understand your point completely.  This is one reason why I haven't posted much.  The other is that not much has been going in my brain for writing.  But when something does, and I write it out and post it...voila...it disappears.

So...the few times I have posted recently have, of course, been in the Pub...as most of the poets here prefer Open.

I know Ron is and has been swamped with all sorts of projects, so let's give him some breathing room and time to work those out before tackling this one.  But still, there is no legitimate, nor ethical, way to keep readers from reading and replying to large reply posts.


Just some early morning ramblings.

Alicat, the Persnikitty

 As I sit here dimly thinking
Watching modem lights a-blinking
Churning out poetic hash.
Lord, in all Your piety,
Help me keep my sanity:
Please don't let the modem crash! --Alicat

Marilyn
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5 posted 01-16-2000 12:40 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

You bring up two seperate issues here. One is multiple postings and the other is the lack of replies. I will address each seperately.

Multiple postings: There are two issues in this name. The first being authors posting the same poem in multiple forums. This is the problem that is being addressed by Ron in the software. The second is one poet posting several poems at one time. I am not sure of the softwares capablities in this area. Is it possible to limit the number of posts by a specific author?

All we can do as moderators of this board is express our wishes to the members. Whether or not they comply is another matter. They tend to learn, in time, that their poems receive more replies when they are posted individually. It is something we all had to learn and we need to be patient.

Replies: This issue is subject to personal preference and time constraints. We all are human and we have favorite poets. We wish to read and reply to their works. I do not believe we have a right nor an obligation to restrict a members personal preference. We can suggest and we can ask but we can not make people reply to others work. I am lacking in my replies to poems in open because I am kept busy in teen. I read every post in that forum but do not reply to all of them. I wish I had the time to do so. I read open when I can and generally read url's sent to me and my favorite authors. I try to respond to at least 2 or 3 others while I am there and always try to catch the first posts.

We are all human and fall short of perfection. All we can do is try to do the best we can.

That is my two cents worth. I hope you see my points.
Michael
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6 posted 01-16-2000 01:57 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Temptress,
  
   I agree very much with what Marilyn said.  One thing I would add though is most poems you see with large numbers of replies come from and to people who are willing to interact with other people.
  
   This forum now has over 2000 listed members, naturally people who frequent it will develop friendships with people who have replied to their works and that they have taken the time to reply back too.  I know I look for certain names when I come on to the forums to read first and reply to.  That doesn't mean I don't read most everything that comes in here, (believe me I do and that is time consuming in itself), but replying is a courtesy - and usually a two way one.   If someone's made an effort to compliment me, I most assuredly will read their postings to try and return a favorable statement unto them.
  
   As for most  non-moderating members, most do not have time to read every post and end up looking for those who have brought some manner of joy to their lives, not only through poetry, but correspondance.  This I can say purely as witness through all my readings.  I've said before and I always will - this is an interactive poetry forum, which means one thing, (to me anyway), interact.
  
   Even the most talented aurthor would probably see much of his work slip by a board of this size if all he/she did was post or reply to his own work 75% of the time and never make his presence known to others by any other means of correspondance.
  
   I, as a friend, naturally hope you will reconsider your position on not posting your work here.  You know I have always found it enjoyable.  Still, I've known you for a long time and I mean no disrespect to you in saying this but I have not seen you interact as freely on this forum as I have two others, (either past or present),thereby question the nature of this post.  
  
   It was clear something was bothering you the other day although you were not straight forward with it.  Then today, you say you will no longer post here unless it's going to be beneficial.  Well, personally that doesn't seem like fair tactic to me, and I am sorry you feel that way.  But nonetheless, I also will state a person's "presence" in the forum means as much, if not more then their poetry.  If that presense has not been made, where is it going to be missed?  I can't help but think of Pepper right now who very seldom post a poem, but is known and cherished by SO many, simply because of her presence.  When she does post, believe me the replies fly in, that speaks for itself I think.
  
   Just points to ponder.  You are a great author and I hope I have not offended you in stating my opinion of the situation you brought up, as I hold your friendship in high regard, also.


Michael
  



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Dusk Treader
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7 posted 01-16-2000 03:47 PM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

I hear you well and I also agree with you, Temptress.  In my own haunt, the Prose forum, which is a very slow forum, but also show's these problems well.  The greatest percentage of posts has 1-3 replies, but then you'll see one of the more famous authors with up to 8+ replies.  It's so unfair, I've watched many brilliantly written pieces sink slowly to the depths with out garnering anymore replies, while a more famous author drops in and gathers 3 to 4 times the normal posts for the Prose forum in a day while other works don't earn it during the posts life.  

This isn't so bad in itself, the thing that I really hate seeing is people that come into the forum to reply only to the post by that one famous poster.  Not to anyone else.  With so many posts lacking replies, just a couple moments could give a newbie the support they need so that they'll help keep the forum alive.  

Noticing this problem had before caused me to reply to every post in said forum, and this I did for about a month, until I was bogged under by school.  I think I'll get to work on my crusade again, Thanks for giving me the spirit again to restart my crusade against the injustice of too few replies.

(Woo.. feels good to have that off my chest.)


 In flames I shall not be consumed, but reborn. -- Abrahm Simons


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8 posted 01-16-2000 04:32 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I have posted a reply a couple of times to one particular writer in prose because I consider her a friend of mine from Open. That is where I first met her and got to know her from interacting with each other's poems. I don't care for prose (no offense to anyone who does) it's just not my cup of tea, but I will read and reply if a friend of mine writes a piece and I see nothing wrong with this and I don't feel that I owe anyone a reply -period. I reply because I want to. If this seems unfair - well life is that, isn't it? This seems to be such a minor piece of unfairness to me, compared to the more pressing concerns of life....like death, illness, racism, homlessness, poverty, heartbreak of all kinds...a writer's ego to me seems not very important to me. If you see posts that get burried too quickly for your liking what is to stop any  of you, whom this bothers, from bringing it back up? I think that would be much easier than complaining about it? I have brought poems back up in Open just because I liked them and felt that they got burried too quickly....and guess what? More people read them and responded!! Try it! You might like the results that it gets! And then there wouldn't be a problem, would there?  

Just my 2 cents!!

 Denise

And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
Whatever his fortunes or birth.~~~Alice Cary, ~Nobility~

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9 posted 01-17-2000 03:48 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

Denise, you spoke my mind ..  

Ron, have you ever thought of ordering threads according to the originating post ?
Temptress
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10 posted 01-17-2000 03:55 AM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Everyone. I just want you all to know that I am following these replies. I had my reply to all of the thoughts typed person by person, and in a blundering idiotic mistake, I didn't fill in all the proper fields(not sure which one I missed). In other words, I lost what took around 30 minutes to think carefully on and type in response. Alas...the text dissappears when you fail to fill it all in, and I lost it all.   PLEASE do not be annoyed, but since it is almost 3am here it is far to late for me to type it all again. I will get to replying as soon as possible.

 Don't gain my affections and cover my eyes. In blindness I will only swing harder.
Elizabeth Santos
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11 posted 01-17-2000 09:06 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I, for one will cut back on my postings, which have averaged 1 a day, and will post only those I feel worthwhile. I have already started to answer responses by e-mail to those poems which have slipped to page two so as not to bring them back again. If my poem comes to the front, I'll often try to quickly answer the responses. I don't know what else to do to help the situation.
I am not a fast reader and can no longer keep up with the readings, and I only read one of multiple postings if that.
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12 posted 01-17-2000 11:54 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Elizabeth, I personally don't feel that you need to restrict your postings. Everything that I have read of yours has been 'worthy', so to speak, of posting and sharing with the rest of us. I don't see anything wrong with posting 2-4 per 24 hour period as long as they are spaced out and not right one on top of the other which I have never seen you do. Also, I don't see anything wrong with answering your replys publicly in the forum either. I think a public thank you is appropriate to a public compliment. None of the poems stays on top that long anyway and I see no harm in bringing them back up. As I have already stated, if someone feels a poem or piece of prose is burried too quickly, there is nothing stopping anyone from booting it back up. I think there is plenty of room here for everyone's work and don't see any problems. It is very easy to bring something back up thus doing away with any  perceived injustices...

I feel it would be a great loss if you were to restrict your postings. They add much to the atmosphere of Open and I look forward with anticipation to anything with your name next to it!  You also may want to consider posting additional pieces in one of the other forums, as well. I would love to see you post some of your work in The Corner Pub and Spiritual, if you would like!

Please, please, please, don't restrict your postings!!! That would make me very blue  

Love ya,
Denise

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Elizabeth Santos
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13 posted 01-17-2000 12:27 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Perhaps I will come over to the Pub for a hearty brew. Thanks, Denise
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14 posted 01-17-2000 12:37 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

You are quite welcome, there, my dear!!  

 Denise

And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
Whatever his fortunes or birth.~~~Alice Cary, ~Nobility~

Ron
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15 posted 01-17-2000 12:48 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

quote:
I look around and see poems with an already large number of replies bumped to the top, burying postings with a lesser number. Threads long replied to are being brought back up like sunken monsters to walk all over weaker ones.


Let me see if I've got this right: Temptress complains poetry is being buried too quickly, so Elizabeth essentially stops posting and replying, relying on email instead. Is something wrong with this picture, guys, or is it just me? We could accomplish even more, perhaps, by turning off the ability to post - then the poems would be frozen for all time.

I can remember when I first moved from Southern California to rural Michigan about two years ago. It felt like I had walked from inside a very crowded elevator into the middle of an open field. No more traffic jams. Rarely did I have to stand in line. People would actually take the time to talk to you. I even learned the names of everyone at my local restaurant. I had gone from being one individual fighting for a place in a mass of millions, to being a person in a small community. And for several months, I really enjoyed the change.

Then one night, about two in the morning, I got hungry. Except there are few enough restaurants and stores in this area, and none open so late. And that made me start noticing other things I missed. Like the computer stores. And while I had finally found a good bookstore, I had to drive 45 miles to get to it. That was about how far I used to drive, to Wiltshire in LA, to go to the theatre. Now it would have to be Detroit or Chicago, a few hundred miles in either direction. Museums? Galleries? Those quaint little shops that comprise every California beach community? At best they were hundreds of miles away, waiting in the nearest big city. At worst they were a part of the megalopolis found only on one of our Coasts.

I still think there are too many people in Southern California. But I've since come to realize that all the other things that make big-city life so wonderful can no longer exist when you take away the concentration of population. The all-night restaurants, seven-story malls, and all the cultural events exist because there's a whole lot of people to support them. And seemingly like everything else in life, there are costs associated with all those good things. Traffic jams, standing in line, neighbors who remain strangers for years. Advantages and disadvantages.

Open Poetry is Southern California. Lots and lots of people, with growth that just seems to never slow. Your poetry will receive a lot of attention in OP, but it'll also see a lot of competition. Advantages and disadvantages. I don't think you can ever have one without the other. I opened the Corner Pub, on the other hand, because I thought we needed a touch of rural Michigan. Post in there and your poem will remain on the first page for hours, even days. You'll get fewer replies, of course, because there's fewer people. Advantages and disadvantages.

Temptress, instead of discouraging people from posting, maybe we would all be better served by encouraging them to post more. The only real problem I see is that too many people seem to think of that first page of OP as some kind of Mecca, as the end-all and be-all of the forums. If your poem falls off that first page it is defined as buried? Because it takes a few more clicks to get to? Give me a break! If you want your poetry to be visible, do it by encouraging everyone to make those extra few clicks. Not by lessening the competition.

Others complain because they can no longer read every poem that is posted, let alone respond to each one. So? When I walk into the bookstore it's not because I expect or even hope to walk out with every book on the shelf. My greatest single regret in life is that I'll never live long enough to read every book I'd like to read. But that certainly doesn't mean I expect the New York publishers to slow down to my pace. On the contrary, I welcome the plethora of choices I have. And in the end, that's exactly what it comes down to - choices.

Michael is absolutely right about why many of the Members here make the choices they do. They can't read everything. So they first and inevitably read the works of those they call friend. I know there are a handful of people who spend a lot of time in the forums. But the proverbial average forum visitor reads less poetry per visit than does the average visitor to the main site. That rather suggests most people don't come here just to read poetry, but rather come to interact with other poets. (Further, it suggests a lot of people stop in just long enough to see if they have any responses, then immediately leave.) Maybe if your poem is being knocked off that Mecca called the first page by one of those "popular" Members, it's because that Member became popular as much by offering their support as by being good poets. Maybe, if someone isn't happy with the response their work is receiving, they should try to understand why. And, remember - those "popular" Members are facing the same competition as everyone else.

There are never going to be any simple answers to a complaint that seems only slightly less regular than the phases of the moon. Yes, we could make more rules, make the boards more difficult to use, make the forums less popular - but at what cost?

Advantages and disadvantages…
RainbowGirl
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16 posted 01-17-2000 01:09 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Heck...after two days away I'm confronted with so many posts I don't know where to start...I usually have my options to show 1 day of posts but just altered it to go back so I can see the last two days but I find that when I read one, I like to read the replies as well and that all takes time...I also try to vary where I start from, sometimes at the back, sometimes from the 'Today' posts sometimes I'll just go back to a random set of days but I never worry if I bring up and old one cause if I like it, I'll answer it and I don't get time to read them all like I used to...I don't even get chance to answer my mail in total either, often it's a compromise between, chat, mail and poems and answering posts like this...

Did I just waffle?..*g*

HUGS

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Elizabeth Santos
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17 posted 01-17-2000 01:13 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I'm all for living in the city and spending  weekends in the country, or vise versa, I just hadn't thought of it, my cursor clicks on #5 out of habit.
Liz
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18 posted 01-17-2000 02:12 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Temptress, I know this may sound personal and it's not but I don't know how to phrase it any other way. We have spoken several times on ICQ and I consider you a friend and a nice person. I do, however, find it curious that you would be the one bringing this subject up with such strong emotion. You have not been a very participating force here as you have, as MIchael also stated, on other poetry sites you frequent. 160 posts in seven months should not, I would think, give you cause to vent such strong feeling on this subject with proper authority. If you truly feel that more poems need more replies, or advice or help, I would ask then what is stopping you from doing so? Barely over a dozen replies to other poems per month does not, I feel, give you the proper credentials to lodge a complaint. If you would like to see changes, please lead by example, not by threatening to withdraw from something you have made little effort to participate in.
    I said it was hard to make this sound non-personal, even though it is, but I see a hornet's nest here being stirred up here causing solid participants like Elizabeth to talk about cutting back on posts....and it's being done by someone who               seldom comes around and barely participates

and, after all, this is the Alley.....
Michael
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19 posted 01-17-2000 02:17 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Just a note for Elizabeth.

There is absolutely no reason to curb your posting or your replies.  When I first came to these forums, I would not reply at all on my own posts for fear I was being vain.  That left a lot of people who praised or commented on my posts feeling like I was "vain".  

I was told by more than one person I should acknowledge people who comment on my work.  There is nothing to feel guilty for in saying thank you or corresponding to others within your own threads.  The only thing I would have to say there, (and this is not directed at you, Liz), is I wouldn't reply immediately to each and every reply you've recieved  but wait to thank a number of  repliers at the same time.

Michael
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Thanks Ron, Denise, Balladeer and Michael.
I'm getting the feeling Pandora's trying to open the wrong box, and Denise, I will stop by the pub for that hearty brew one of these days.
Liz
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21 posted 01-17-2000 05:10 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Let me say that I don't interact as much, haven't interacted as much, and don't have as many posted poetry here because I was discouraged by posting burial FROM EARLIER ON. Is it wrong now that I chose to be here anyway and try to make the best of it. I simply said that I was tired of being quiet about it.  Do my number of posts dictate that I don't enjoy this forum? I think not. I enjoy it here, and ones posting number should not used as a judging tool for everyone else about the levl of persons caring or enjoyment here.   Also, I don't think it is fair to compare my interaction in other forums. The poems I post there have mostly been the ones I post here also. There has also been a considerable amount of time where I posted here and not the other forums. Apologies that I cannot or do not produce mass amounts of poetry daily. I did not know my views would be counted as non valid because of my lack of a high number of poetry.  The time I do have on here I do try to participate where I can.

RON: I ask that you clarify your use of the word competition. I surely have misunderstood you. I take it as meaning we are in competition here more because of the larger number of people here, and not here to help one another as fairly as we can. I also am hurt by your sarcasm about freezing postings. I never said that ANYONE should stop posting. If my detection of sarcasm was incorrect then I am wrong.
***Note for everyone else on that: I have not and would not ask anyone to stop posting or even limit their posting to once a day.  I just think there must be ground somewhere between reinforcement and allowance on multiple posting and such.  

As for bringing back buried post myself, I ask how to do that on the ones that have dissappered off the pages before I have had the chance to see them.

While I'm here. Someone please do tell me what is the thought on posting a thank you after all the responses received on ones poetry. I have often thought to thank someone for replying to mine. Would it be better by e-mail to do so or by posting replies to replies beneath ones own poem?

Realistically I didn't expect to be agreed with on this issue totally.  I wanted thoughts and have gotten them so far. Although I believe everyone thinks I'm the enemy for posting this, I do appreciate the time everyone is taking. I understand that a few of you have tried not to make your responses personal, but this is all personal here because I consider you all my friends. I simply feel like I'm being counted out and counted as non valid because my name isn't splashed around here constantly, and believe it or not, that hurts deeply.  I have tried to remain nuetral about some issues by keeping my "mouth" shut, and apparently being nuetral is not the way to go.

Micheal:  As for my other very vague Alley posting, I guess I should apologize for not clarifying what I was thinking in it. It was done out of temper and haste; and I should not have posted it until I was ready to explain myself. It was over a more personal issue. Though I'd like to discuss it with someone and give my thoughts on it, I suppose I didn't wish to drag anyone's name out publicly here anymore.  


 Don't gain my affections and cover my eyes. In blindness I will only swing harder.
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22 posted 01-17-2000 05:38 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

just a few notes Jen in trying to answer your questions.  I'm sorry if this is brief, I have to run somewhere pretty quick.

"Do my number of posts dictate that I don't enjoy this forum?"  That's not what anyone here is trying to say Jen.  What we are trying to say is generally the people getting the large amount of replies on their poems are the ones who reply to others more often.

"As for bringing back buried post myself, I ask how to do that on the ones that have dissappered off the pages before I have had the chance to see them."  There is an   option in your preferances that will allow you to set the number of days previous for pages to be viewed.  Starts at 1 day - goes all the way through 1 year I believe.  Can also be done right from the forum without changing the default setting.

"Someone please do tell me what is the thought on posting a thank you after all the responses received on ones poetry"  Simply put, Courtesy.  I alluded to this briefly in my note to Liz just above as well as email replies vs. in your post replies.

"Realistically I didn't expect to be agreed with on this issue totally.  I wanted thoughts and have gotten them so far. Although I believe everyone thinks I'm the enemy for posting this"  The reason you might have been percieved as Hostile is the ALL CAPS TITLE appears to be yelling to many, as well as the "threat" of not posting here anymore comes off like a punishment - and specifically placed because of those who recieve large amounts of replies to their poems.  

"I simply feel like I'm being counted out and counted as non valid because my name isn't splashed around here constantly"  If you were thought of a non-valid, this post would have been largely ignored, which hardly was the case.

"Micheal:  As for my other very vague Alley posting, I guess I should apologize for not clarifying what I was thinking in it. It was done out of temper and haste; and I should not have posted it until I was ready to explain myself. It was over a more personal issue. Though I'd like to discuss it with someone and give my thoughts on it, I suppose I didn't wish to drag anyone's name out publicly here anymore"   Jen, I can surely apreciate not wanting to drag someone's name out into public.  As a friend and a moderator, I would encourage you to email me or one of the other moderators if there's an issue that needs attention, that is what we are here for.


Michael



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23 posted 01-17-2000 05:38 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Here is a clarification for safety. Above I didn't mean to say that "EVERYONE" was reacting in such a way that hurts. It isn't everyone of course, so I'm not accusing every person who has replied to this of being hurtful.  

Also, the description of my decision to pause posting on here as a "TACTIC" does not put forth the correct picture. I am not at war with anyone nor am I in competition with this post, therefore, I am not using a TACTIC.


 Don't gain my affections and cover my eyes. In blindness I will only swing harder.
Michael
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24 posted 01-17-2000 05:47 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

It is merely my opinion that the threat of not posting again is a tactical ploy for attention and at the same time a demand for "instant" resolve, just as in my opinion the title "MY FINAL WORD..." is tactic, also as well as the all caps "THIS ISSUE MUST BE ADDRESSED" within the original post itself.

Tactic: Any skillfull management for attaining a desired result.

In any case, reflecting on my usage of the word tactic seems to only draw minds away from the intent of your post.  I don't know why we are discussing it, truly.  I see not where this is gonna benefit your complaint at all.


Michael


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