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Submission Blues

Author: wordslinger
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A rant.

Submission Blues

Alright, this is a rant. Okay, lets start. Alright, if you haven't noticed, most of this site is comprised of teens. Most of these teens have written atleast one angst poem. Now see, there is an unbalance. These teens, or whoever, they post their poems, or whatever they write, and then they think in their little heads that no one else is on this site and basically this site is a showroom for their work and that they don't have to comment on other's work because the spotlights on them. Don't think I'm talking to any direct poem, but I notice many people don't even have a 100 percent comment reciprocation. There are not enough people who comment more than they get to make up for the people who get more comments than they give. This is a message from someone who knows: It's frustrating to submit my stuff and have no one comment on it cuz its longer than the short 12 line poem that will get your ratio up fast and your guilt low quick and then I turn around and go and do 3 times as much, just hoping if I do my part someone else will too.

Thanks to those who actually contribute more than they take.

To those who think they are writing-gods...well...if you are that doesn't mean no one else is.

Didn't mean to talk this long. Just getting it off my chest.

Submitted on 2005-01-28 17:14:10     Terms of Service / Copyright Rules
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  AH, boy do I agree! At first coming to this site I was intimidated by those who were such excellent writers, submitting constantly with good work, even though their commenting was pretty low. These here had to be the beasts of all beasts as they surely must see the need to write down their every thought on a daily basis and show it to the world.

So I stopped submitting for awhile and went about reading works and shot my ratio right up without even realizing it. Its not a hard thing to do really, just sit down for a week and promise not to submit until you're up to a certain point. Keep your poetry in a notebook and look it over a couple times before you submit. Then submit it at a later date. Just my opinion though.

Ok, at this point I'm just rambling, but I feel a lot of what you said up there and agree wtih you and the previous commenters. Just wanted to get that across.

| Posted on 2005-01-30 00:00:00 | by Superman | [ Reply to This ]
  ridiculas exuses why people do not have 100% comment ratio's (which is pathetically easy to attain)

1) I'm too busy...

I bet, didn't seem to stop you from submitting yet another one of your own masterpieces to the site.

2) Some of us have a life to maintain...

Actually all of us do, doesn't seem to stop you from submitting your own work to the site.

3) I am no good at critiqueing...

Don't be an as.shole. A crit on this site can be as simple as what you thought of the poem. Just type what you thought. Thats pretty easy, so I refuse to believe your excuse and am more inclined to believe your just too caught up in yourself to consider other peoples work for more than a couple seconds. (this goes for all you excuse givers)

Personally I am sick to death of people who cannot even maintain the bare minimum give/take ratio. Matter of fact I think I'll just stop commenting on anyone who has less than 100%. I think you shouldn't be aloud to submit if your not maintaining a 100% ratio.

It is not a game. It's about giving back as much as your taking.
| Posted on 2005-01-29 00:00:00 | by Mister Fizzle | [ Reply to This ]
  Okay: don't have 100%. don't think this is just a showroom. do think this is a workshop. not one of the teenagers you speak of. don't comment solely to get my ratio up. That said, it is frustrating to get no comments, but people have lives that they need to attend to sometimes, and it's freaking HARD to keep your commenting even with your comments. Try as we (speaking for the general public you refer to) may, it always seems to sliiiiiide back down. And sometimes, you just can't find a poem good enough to comment on! You rifle through like 20, 30 poems, and it's all drivel... now, that doesn't happen often, but it does happen... and you're just like, 'well, $hit...' and give up for the night. Regardless, I know where you're coming from, minus the stellar ratio... *grins* later. *md*
| Posted on 2005-01-29 00:00:00 | by MerryDeath | [ Reply to This ]
  I agree. I have a high ratio. I'm proud of it. I like to keep it up. I don't mind not getting comments, I just want to post my stuff for people to read. If I get 100 views I feel better than if I'd have 1 comment. I think that reading others pieces is one of the best things to do to improve your own writing. So if someone just wants to read my writing, go for it. I hope it helps them write. I'll admit though I haven't been able to comment as much these past few weeks because of lack of time and energy really. Oh well, humans aren't perfect. I agree with you about this though and it's good to let your emotions out! :)
| Posted on 2005-01-28 00:00:00 | by borderlinetears | [ Reply to This ]
  I've just started and this is my second Comment, and I've submitted one poem. Sometimes you DO have to get your anger out but please dont focus on one particular thing, like the "angry teens". Try talking about other people too. Sorry for commenting just because I'm an "Angry teen", which I'm not.
I'm hoping you can understand that people sometimes dont have enough time to sit here and write long comments(like mine for example) than put up just one simple poem, it's still wrong to get and not give but you have to be more understanding.
| Posted on 2005-01-28 00:00:00 | by Apocalyptica | [ Reply to This ]
  Maybe if you commented a little more nicely it would help. I mean, honestly, if you just tell everybody how bad they are, it isn't going to encourage them to comment on your stuff.
| Posted on 2005-01-28 00:00:00 | by secret moon | [ Reply to This ]
  lol. yeah i can see how people think that. i dont have a recip rate that's 100%. so i guess i'm a lazy larphing bumb. but the thing is it's not about those numbers. they're just a guideline. i believe as long as you do your best to stay honest and comment with some meaning then it's cool. i dont care about the % so i wont comment when i cant offer anything to a piece. but i'm sure this is just my excuse. lol. lol.
good write, really. makes me feel dirty and guilty, i like that lol.
| Posted on 2005-01-28 00:00:00 | by Skillessbasterd | [ Reply to This ]
  well, i understand that it must be frustrating. and i am trying to work on my comments. i am not one of the "angry teens". it's hard for me to comment though because i'm not very good at critiqing, and i feel bad if i don't like something. i feel like everything someone writes is a bit of themselves and i don't like to find fault with that. i know that people want constructive critisism and that is why i am trying. i've been a bit of a chameleon all of my life, always agreeing with everyine and not taking sides and i know that it is not a great quality and that it pisses people off. my reciprocation is now about 90% and lookin' up. so i will not be in your category any more.
| Posted on 2005-01-28 00:00:00 | by xena z rokax | [ Reply to This ]

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