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JUST AN OBSERVATION


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As of today I will be following the rating scales and their definitions more strenuously.

I will accept a 4 star review quite openly and never question or gribble about receiving one.

A good review with 4 stars is a good review. It does not mean it is a bad write.

We continually hold the bench mark at 5 or more no matter what, just to keep the peace ..It's now the accepted minimum.

The thing is, what is seen in one person's eyes as just a 'good' poem or story can be seen in anothers as 'excellent' or 'exceptional' ...and that my friends is interpretation.

If one does a maths exam and gets every question right well naturally that cannot be disputed by individual opinion it's excellent bordering on exceptional.

It's not a matter of being ruthless or purely reciprocating, it's purely how a write affects the individual.
The old "what's one person's trash is another's treasure" is an appropriate cliche to what i am saying.

Style of write by many of our wonlderful wordsmiths is now so predictable I am sure many can recognize those styles without an author's signature.

The dash for cash attitude will never change with many but with over 800 members and some 400 active, it's obvious that many, if not promoted to dollar status will never be read other than the two complimentary certificates reviews.

You can deny it all day but the place is becoming a clique club for the popular and unpopular.

If one is not seen to fan as many of those 800 as possible and then go on the law of averages their work will be seen by these if promoted heavily their works could be lost in the 'backwoods' forever.

I am greatly in favour for that reason in increasing the complimentary certificates to at least 4.

Hey, this is just my point of view many will argue, why change something not broken but I sincerely believe it is a change for the better.

When you 'surf' the fanstory membership you would be surprised just how many wonderful wordsmiths whose work for various reasons is unpromoted are out there.

It is sad to see so many poets, purely to get page 1 and 2 exposure, actually buying member cent pumps with 'real' cash to promote their work to these pages and status.

This is NOT a gripe, just an observation and suggestion, after spending nearly seven years coming here and STILL finding many wonderful wordsmiths hidden in the FanStory backwoods.

I had not realized, If one goes to the trouble to explore these 'backwoods' one would be pleasantly surprised.

Personally I just don't have the time to spend 12hours reviewing but I love the wonderful friends I have met on this site and are conversely disappointed and saddened to see many leave or become inactive, disallusioned by the 'system' currently in place.

respectfully dip



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I love this song!....now let me work out the cryptic relevance of it here. lol


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Good luck with that Dip. It might have something to do with you and me using the exact same Queen's English where I spell neighbour as neighbour and you spell neighbour as neighbour.


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Why dont you just let it go Gloria. I have never known anyone to hold a grudge for so long for mistakenly referring to you as an American and not a Canadian.

As for me saying ?Americans have bastardised the Queens english" if you found that inane comment offensive enough to mute someone for 2 years well it?s your issue not mine.

You are a very intelligent woman and I do enjoy your comments on the forum but as for your writing of poetry i have really no idea as muting me blocks my access to read or view it.

Respectfully dip


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thank you Eve





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I have no problem with the 3, 4 or 5 rating, and I expect a review to bring to my attentions any errors, in spag, that I may have made, I've found most reviewers do that.

This whole reviewing star system isn't important to me at all...In my opinion writing poetry is sharing one's ideas, thoughts, and way of life...Some will enjoy how a particular writer uses their words, and some will not.

Some prefer the traditional forms, and again some will not..so be it...Not every writer can be a good reviewer, often 2 people may rate a 4, while another will give a 5, and I have seen a writer give a 6 for that very same piece...I appreciate when my work is read, and I value the encouragement that's often a part of that review.

If I read a poem, and find no spag errors, enjoy the poem, its theme, I see no reason for Not giving a 5 rating, and quite frankly I believe some poetry has shown ,at least to me, an excellence that I find pleasing...Tom has listed how the star rating should be used, and it's up to each person to rate as they see fit...That's what I have done for as long as I have been here...There is no right and wrong, it's a matter of taste in my opinion.

Outside of this site what I write may not even be considered worthy of being called a poem, but there's writers of all kinds here, some "professional" and some that write for their own personal enjoyment...I happen to be one of those poetry writers, and yet I'm certainly open to corrections in spag.

In all my years here, I've never been ranked very high, I don't win contest, but I do enjoy expressing myself in the way that pleases me. The question of the 5 star rating, which has been discussed here quite often, isn't something that bothers me at all.

If there's no problem with a piece, and I can appreciate what the writer is saying, or their message, I will continue to rate 5 stars...I see no reason why that shouldn't be the case.
If others feel differently that's up to them.

I've been writing poetry since the 6th grade, and through my college years, some of my work may not meet the standard some would appreciate, and I have no problem with that at all...I write for myself, and if I could ever become even close to the way my favorite poet (EE Cummings) wrote I'd be pleased...I'm not looking for all the accolades that others receive, I simply enjoy the art of writing poetry.

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This is a subject that has been discussed over and over again...and the same kind of comments are made...I've had the most success using encouragement, when I was in the classroom, that's how most teachers reach their students...I've also had reviews that criticized my work simply because I enjoy spiritual poetry writing, and of course its obvious their intent was to be unpleasant...I've also seen reviews that weren't exactly pleasant...and actually seemed to be discouraging.

I've learned a great deal from the writers here, so many that have left the site, or sadly have passed away...Alvin T was one of them, Brooke was another, so was Jean Lutz (sp?)...and it wasn't the stars that I appreciated it was the substance of their reviews.

Yet, every "I" had to be dotted, and every "T" crossed.

I'm not concerned so much about the number stars, it's the comments that are important to me.

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