Member Rara Avis
Mumbai, India : now in Belgium
WHOA... I seem to be quite a bit of a latecomer here...
Can we consider this situation... I do not have a computer at my apartment. One may ask why not? Well, simply because I am away from home (In India) working on 3 monthly contract basis (in Belgium) which luckily has been extending since the last two years. and the cost of buying a computer would be equal to the custom duties I'd have to pay to get it to my official residence in India, and that is just one of the reasons. I work 5 days a week and am bound to my computer at work for 10 o 12 hours and I need the weekends to play catchup with relaxing, food, social activities, local friends, sport ... so basically I surf from my place of work, typically before and after working hours... believe me, that makes it a long day.
Then consider this, I post a poem on a friday, and maybe get a couple of replies, and then it gets plunged because there are many users during peak hours. Please remember the world times also, I am in belgium, so I am about 7 hours away from most of you who post from USA etc... so when I shut my PC down usually earlier than on other weekdays, it is just the best part of the day starting elsewhere. Well, I come back on Monday and check my work back. It is not in the library, since the library is not updated that frequently. It is not in today's topics either. So I search back in the forums and glance through each of those lovely blue pages. This gives me a great view of all posts gone by, and a chance to read, but that is what I might have done even otherwise. But, since I surf from work, I cannot abuse my work privileges and surf all the time, that's against my work ethics. So even before I got to my poem, I am out of time, so I simply rush to my previous post, sometimes neglecting other posts, and respond for I feel the urge to thank each one of you for reading and commenting; and I always try to combine my replies in one post. Sometimes, some writers leave behind a wonderful poem as a response, others simply say what they feel etc. So while thanking I think, maybe more should read this work, since this has affected atleast one reader, and since I understand the "plunge" effect, I assume most people have not read that particular one. But my response doesn't send the thread back to the top. I dislike calling this a *BUMP*. I have had this situation in the earlier way of working, quite often that readers who manage to read the poem 'on the second run', comment, "how did I miss this one?" etc.
Does that not create a doubt of maybe the sending back the thread to the top should be re-introduced?
A poet/writer craves for some attention. But, mostly he/she craves to gain the knowledge that someone else was moved by his/her write in a certain way and for precisely that reason, it is essential that the "attention span", as some might wish to call this, is more.
When I had more time at my disposal, i.e. when my room-mate had a computer in the apartment that I shared, at weekends, I used to be reaching out to posts with very few replies 0, 1 or 2 in that order and try to encourage the writer to write more and not give up, and that has worked in many cases. All constructive critiques and remarks were of course sent by e-mails, as some members here would be ready to acknowledge.
But, since life is not the same at all times, the time that we have to do what we like most is also not the same quotient. Well, that is philosophy and not part of this discussion, and I have already spoken a lot.
I still read about 20 to 50 poems a day and try to respond to about 15 to 40 of them depending on how I feel about the poem and when I type my "thank you" response is not with respects to how many I might still reply. But, there is a tendency with me (as is with all) to post a poem (If I have one) when I leave the site and check back the next day, when these days, I find that post laying in the pages far away read by a few members who happened to be there at the same time, while others couldn't reach the post, who might get a chance the next day if the old feature were restored.
Whatever, I am rambling away too much, wasting much of all of your precious time. And it is getting to a 14 hour work day today… so all I will say is that I prefer the "back to the top" way of working for the open forums, and no aliases, please unless it is because of particular reasons other than to be read or to cheat the system, for that will soon be spotted and …
Of course, Ron has the final choice and I appreciate his wonderful way of dealing with issues in a concrete manner taking all opinions on an equal basis.
Thanks for reading what I ramble,
I hope to catch up with this thread later,