Hi there Kess. First off, allow me to congratulate you on voicing an opinion that many thought, but had not the time or courage to espouse. And, yes, this was the perfect place for such. You had and have some very valid concerns, some of which are a problem. Irregardless of votes an author garners, Ron has the final say-so for inclusion. Thank you again for airing out this topic, and for letting moderators and members know.
Portia, no worries. Even though I realize that different forums attract different people, it's well worth the risk to explore. Nobody's gonna bite your head off or bark down the walls if you stray into their 'territory'. Just go out there and enjoy, sample, see. All of us started as 'newbies'. And, well, personally, the influx of 'newbies' intent on getting published doesn't bother me a whit. What does is when someone posts several poems for submission within minutes of each other...guess it could be called too much of a good thing. However, this was a problem way before Voices was a forum, and will be after the forum is archived. Hmm....I can see I've strayed and rambled again....better end this one now. BTW, welcome to PiP, Portia.
Alicat, the ramblin rover