Thanks for your input, Maureen. I just need to claify a point. What I said was that sometimes I really donít want comments on a poem. I didnít say anything about not wanting the poem read so your argument about just printing out your own poems is off target and feels a lot like youíre putting words in my mouth I never said. Iím sure that wasnít your intent, just a simple misunderstanding.
You donít have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to get more comments, if thatís what youíre looking for. You could do what a poster in Open did and leave a gazillion meaningless copy and paste comments on other peopleís poems and youíll be sure to get a lot of the same in return.
Some people donít write for comments, they just want to have their work read. Those who are looking for comments soon learn you have to play the give to get game. Thatís not a game Iím interested in, I donít care for it much, and I donít have time for it. Knowing my poem has been read is often more than enough for me. Is there anything wrong with that? And I certainly donít want people to waste their time commenting or feel pressured to comment on one of mine if they really donít care for the poem.
When I see a new poster in Dark, I read their work. If thereís something in the poem that resonates with me, I leave a comment, if not, I move on. Isnít that what most people do not only in Dark but in other forums?
If youíre looking to dialog about a problem in your life, I feel the place to do that is in the discussion forums, not the poetry forums. Youíll get better advice (usually) and more responses by posting about your depression, your troubles at home, etc., in one of the discussion forums rather than by posting a poorly written, unproofed poem in Dark.
Those who really want to improve their writing, or post for serious critique, always have the option of posting their work in CA.
I think the real problem is that recently there have been a few posters doing the three a day max, which, as Grinch mentioned is allowed according Ronís rules. So letís call a spade a spade and deal with that before sending out harassing notices to people who refuse to leave fluff comments on poems they really canít identify with or in some cases, donít even like.