Member Rara Avis
what is it with people lately? *I'm* the bad guy, no one else. Ya have to fight me for the title, capice?
You can pull out anything you like MM. I don't think anyone is questioning what you see. My question is a) how can you judge their motivation? b) why do you care? c) why do you care?
I see what you've posted above, don't get me wrong, but i think you're approaching this from the wrong perspective.
pip is a large entity, one that's been around a while now (just realized i've already been here three years!). we've had people complain about everything from people posting too much, not posting enough, not being wordy enough in their replies (my bad), wanting to be too verbose, popularity contests, etc. all these fall under the same category in my op, because that's the "nature of the beast" (as mentioned above). when you have so many people in one spot, it's all but impossible to regulate them to be even-steven... uhm, and we wouldn't want to; it's this same attitude that allows for a diversity which in turn allows this place to be comfortable without being stuffy, open without being off-the-wall. of course not everyone's going to be happy all the time. there will be problems with so many people in the same room - virtual cabin fever, eh?
open is definitely the most popular forum, because it is one of the places where you can feel sure that your work will receive a lot of attention. also, i think some of it has to do with the fact that people see some poets in open receiving large amounts of replies. what many don't take into consideration is that these are the people who are out there dusting things off, talking with those who are posting, etc. in line with this are those who you're complaining about... but notice that most of those don't have a whole lot of replies... something to do with quantity vs. quality? don't know, but i do know that those who are out there, responding to others' works, showing themselves to the other members, making friends, etc., are the ones who rarely make it down to the proverbial bottom of the page with only a few replies.
a final note to you - you mention above about the good poetry vs. bad poetry staying up on top. i have to say (while ducking any tomatoes thrown my way) that most of the poems that get the most replies, in my not-humble-at-all opinion: they aren't anywhere near as good as some of the ones who only receive a smaller amount of replies (which is a nice way of saying i think they suck). i also have to say in defense of those i'm saying aren't that great - it's all subjective. i'm only an authority in my mind, and same goes for you. remember, some out there might not think your poetry's all that great either.
hush - ramble away, i always like "listening" to ya.