Well, some of my more conversational replies might be limited to less if I have someone's e mail.
But my style, even in writing, is conversational, and I think I have made some attempt to tone that down. But if someone offers me advice or reading material I find agreeable, I will still feel compelled to politely thank them or otherwise comment.
And Deputy Mods? I think I'd have to shrug off the place altogether.
I'm not sure what you guys want, and you called my uncertainty sensitivity. I toned it down when I found my generally friendly tone to be deemed unseemly and distracting, but I don't know how to be anyone else.
So, here I am, just being me, Karen of no ell, and if I post something there, then my critiques get critique, and if I don't post my stuff there first, then I'm obviously not "serious" about improving my poetry.
Is there any way to make you guys happy? That's not a rhetorical question either.
I find myself confounded by what it is you actually want, short of Pete throwing up his hands and saying "Here, Moonbeam. Here, Essorant. The forum is YOURS."
How long do you think folks would stick around if you pounce on every comment, every smilie, and anything said in the spirit of fun?
Or have I misunderstood you yet again?
I mean, c'mon, I went in there and pitched a few balls, and I'm beginning to suspect the bat is being swung at ME.
I've gone in there before too, previous to this recent commotion and found my work ignored, my critque seemed to be not received very well and so I just shrugged and went back to open.
And now that I am here, I'm finding templates being shoved under my nose, and it seems my entire personality is under the scope too.
If you want people to utilize the forum, you should make it user friendly. I'm not saying go back to "how wonderful" and applause applause applause, but as of right now?
The general consensus of the informal survey I have taken is that no one wants any part of it--and it isn't because of me, or the quality of posts, it is because of the rigid formality and the convenience of application of rules. (Um, there was some fun exchange between Ess and another member, but that's acceptable, whereas if two newer members tried that, I'm quite certain we'd be smacked with a metaphorical discipline ruler.
And now, if I am reading correctly, you want Deputy Moderators as well.
Gee, I wonder who might be nominated for THAT?
Or was that snide and sarcastic, and is such banter only allowed amongst yourselves?
sighing here because I AM in earnest--you seem to want more participation in CA--but can't seem to digest that the problem lies in the stifling atmosphere.
I think that part of the problem there is that some members have already self-appointed themselves as moderators, teachers, or instructors, and any disagreement is met with derisive sarcasm.
I set my sarcasm aside to type this, and I ask you, quite sincerely, if you don't think I might have a small point that the very things you criticize about the forum, you belie by the examples of your own behavior.
I find myself coming to the conclusion that I am in a no win situation.
Every opinion, every post, every letter of every word I type will be feeding time at the zoo.
And I am truly dismayed, because for a while there, I had some hope.