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Brett Matthew West

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The Funny Money Game


While we all claim to want honest reviews on our writing, the unfortunate truth is most members will not take the time to provide it because of their need to chase Funny Money in order to promote their own postings. This tends to be especially true of any writing of length. So, they simply slap whatever will meet the space requirement on the posted writing in order to gain the Funny Money offered. Shame!


Coco Jane

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RE: The Funny Money Game

I don?t promote my work very much for a few reasons:

1. It costs a lot. I do review orhers? work, but some writers resent suggestions and either retaliate with a low-star rating or mute me. A few have even written rude replies. Unless I take time to record which writers appreciate my reviews, I have no way of knowing whether my comments will be well received. Even if I did keep track, many pieces are nameless because they are contest entries.

2. Many of the reviews I receive are just complimentary and don?t offer suggestions for improvement. So, why try to get more of them? Just to get ?Recognized" status? Getting?or basically buying through promotion?such status does not make one a better writer. My goal here is to improve and not to get ?status."

I review enough to earn funny money to enter member-sponsored contests and promote a little. Plus I enter the site-sponsored contests. Sometimes I read a work and don?t write a review because I have nothing helpful to say about it.

I agree with those who suggest eliminating the stars. That system creates a lot of animosity, and again the ?status" gained by stars really does not mean anything in the great scheme.




rama devi

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RE: The Funny Money Game
Mrs. Major, I think you are misunderstanding the intent when people mention they miss the old days--the times there were more serious writers. It is NOT a bashing on the social aspects at all. It is just that some people come looking for intensive critique and don't find that here, so some of them leave. That's why FS has fewer serious writers. But people like Nor, myself and others are still here...and I believe we all value the social aspect...the family feeling FS. Wishing things were the way they used to be does not mean we don't appreciate the values of people here for different reasons...we just miss what it used to be because that's what we signed up for. Please stop taking it personally as a negative attack against others.

It is NOT meant in even the slightest way to belittle anyone.

I believe you are reacting to the word SERIOUS by assuming anyone not serious is foolish or silly or less somehow. That is unfortunate, as that is not the intent. It's simply a distinguishing factor for why people are here and what they want out of the site. Perhaps we can use different words...like 'those who want intensive and honest critique and those who do not'.

I really thought this issue had already been resolved in previous threads and that we all understood each other. If I had known it was not understood, I would not have used the term again, as I do not wish to push anyone's buttons or make them feel inferior. In fact, I do try to go out of my way to review with encouraging words and never make anyone feel inferior. Of course, those with more experience might show more skill. That is natural. It does not make them 'better' (as in more special or talented) it just means they have worked at it longer.

There is no 'judgement' going on, as far as I am concerned.






mrgrunty

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RE: The Funny Money Game
Hi everyone,
i have been on FS a while and post sporadically when I catch my muse. From my earliest days here there has always been a percentage of members whose goal is to be high on the Rankings. I toyed with it myself for a short while but the politics and intricacies turned me off.
I've always been aware of the Funny Money=Reviews equation and it used to be the better writers with more funny money climbed the charts.
The current trend seems to be that those who can provide the most reward get automatic high reviews because they are ranked so highly...because they get high reviews... because of the funny money... And new members are taught by observation that you rate high if they are ranked high.
Unfortunately it also appears that many of these writers believe their hype which provides for some condescending reviews of others.
All in all, this site is somewhere to post your work. If you no longer chase rankings or care to spend money to do so, you can post your musings and hope someone enjoys them. hehe
My biggest wish is that when people read your work long after there is any reward, they could still leave a review or that maybe there was a way to check a box to show that they read it and enjoyed it. I always wonder who reads my work so long after publishing it and what brought them there in the first place.

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