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LoveBug
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0 posted 01-31-2004 09:02 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

I made my first post here at Passion on Janurary 8th, 2000. I had read here longer than that, not feeling worthy to post anything. When I saw the atmosphere of kindness and honest critique, however, I couldn't resist posting my little poems. I was almost 15. Encouraged by being here, I wrote more and improved my craft. I also made very wonderful friends that I still keep in touch with, even though I'm a bit busier than I was as a freshman in high school. I spent the hardest years of my life here, and I truely believe the people here helped shape me into the person I am now, a decent person, just like them. I was still 15 when I became one of the moderators in the teen forum. I wasn't the best moderator, but I was honored to be asked to look after the members. To help them when they were confused and to explain the guidelines to them.

It is now 2004. Thanks to Passions, I was able to learn to do some complicated poetry. I'm a freshman in college now, and I'm no longer an active moderator. I don't get to come here very often. I rarely post, but I read more than some people may think. I think it's sad and sickening what is being done here now. There have been several episodes of different members causing some 'drama', but they were always isolated and delt with. We are a community of artists, passionate people with many different backgrounds and beliefs. Thats wonderful. I always thought of this place as sort of a utopia, where people who were so different could come together to share a common denominator and, in turn, learn about themselves and about the world and people around them. I used to wish that the whole would could be as we were..

What happened to that? People come in.. some people that I don't know personally.. people that I don't want to judge but I can't help but wonder why they're doing what they are doing. They are upset because they don't get enough attention, or they don't get the type of attention they want. They're upset that the moderators do so much, or that the moderators don't do anything.

Ron.. you are the most diplomatic and overall saintly man that I've ever encountered. Most of you will never know (I don't even think I really know) all the things that this man does so that we can have a place to come together to share our talents. The same goes for the administration, these members who write, post, take care of us, and have real lives on top of that. I've always admired them so. Even on the moderator level, and I'm sure on the administration level, there are diagreements. Every time you see a poem pulled or edited, there is always a lengthy discussion on the matter. The moderators are here to help.

If you feel hurt by somebody, thats fine. Email them, talk about why. I'm sure they didn't intend for you to be hurt.

I'm a music major. I go in to my lessons, or to just sing in front of other majors, and when I finish, they tell me things. Good things. Bad things. Always with the utmost respect. They do this because they think I have a talent that is worth refining.

Where did we lose that?

Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee

Balladeer
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1 posted 01-31-2004 09:23 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

We haven't lost it, love bug. It's just that bad apples always make more noise than good ones. They make up a microscopic percentage of the members but command a majority of attention. Ron, in his fairness, decides that anyone has the right to trash the mods or the rules of the site up to a point and so they do. The fault is probably ours. If no one paid attention to them they would probably stop but we join in and help give validity to the invalid....a tactic that I will not do any longer and, hopefully, if enough people feel that way they will find somewhere else to air their indignations...

I'll bet you have a wonderful voice
Titia Geertman
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2 posted 02-15-2004 08:14 AM       View Profile for Titia Geertman   Email Titia Geertman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Titia Geertman's Home Page   View IP for Titia Geertman

LoveBug, you're so right and worded exactly my feelings, as Balladeer did too.

It all comes down to power, it always does.

Most of the time the ones who are yelling the loudest, have a hard time controlling the power they have in a respectfull way. They want to take over, can't stand anybody else is calling the rules.
So much waist of energy over nothing. You're right Ball, by replying we give yellers what they actually want...attention. Negative attention is attention too as we all know well.
I admire greatly Ron's patience and diplomacy and if I could achieve only a tenth of that, I would be a happy Dutchie.

Titia


Like scattered leaves...my words will flow
 
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