Member Rara Avis
I recently received a very distressing letter from David Doherty, who runs Poem Online. It seems we're not the only forum on the web that occasionally receives surfers who show a complete lack of respect for the community they are visiting. I was appalled to discover we were the cause of David's concern.
> someone from your site came to my site talking trash...
> I hope it isn't indicative of everyone at your website...
> here is the letter below...
This place really sucks, does anyone even read other peoples poetry? No one replies to it if they do. If you want to go to a place where you actualy read other peoples poetry and other people read yours and give you replies go here and sign up, only takes a min. http://netpoets.com/index.htm Go there then go to forums, then click on "go to the Passionate forums" then click on "members" it will be on the top of the screen, underneith the banner.
> I really feel sorry for someone that has to down other people to make
> himself look good... sounds like you need to get that guy some professional
> I always promote other poetry sites at my site with no need for trashing
> anyone and as far as popularity I get over 2,000 unique visitors per day,
> which isn't too shabby
This is only part of my response to David (hey, you guys know I have a serious problem with brevity), but I think it's the important part.
David, I sincerely apologize. No, this is *not* indicative of everyone at Passions, and it's certainly not in keeping with our philosophy of Respect & Tolerance. Our goal is to encourage people to write, and through writing to find understanding. At our site, at your site, at ANY site on the Internet. Apparently, we still have Members who don't understand either our goals or our philosophy. I'm very sorry you and your members were subjected to such a blatant display of disrespect.
David Doherty is one of the thousands - nay, tens of thousands - of poetry lovers who put in a lot of time and hard work to build something of value on the Internet. And most of them get very little in return for their contributions, save for the occasional pat on the back and a nebulous sense of fulfillment. I was absolutely horrified to discover our good name being used to detract in any way from what David has achieved.
It's very early in the morning, I've had too little coffee, and maybe I'm just a bit cranky today. But I'll tell you, my friends, incidents like this make me really question our purpose here. I told David our goal at Passions was, ultimately, better understanding. I told him our philosophy was Respect & Tolerance. Am I just fooling myself? Is Passions little more than a dumping ground for narcissism, with no greater goal than one-upmanship? Can only like-minded, boringly homogenous people gather in harmony? Are Respect & Tolerance just impossible concepts, perhaps contrary to the very nature of humanity?
Am I just fooling myself?