Well, I understood what you mean mrwupy, and in a way I agree, but not completely though.
The first reason why I asked for a 'Writer' status was because I was highly interested in posting a poem in a thread, in response to the subject of
the thread. I have since then posted a few things, here and there, but to be honest, just a few being "collaborative".
There is a weird thing (I think) in a written text being "collaborated", unless it is taken as a game, or if the "collaboration" is not really
linked to the first one except by its subject. I don't see well in what aspect someone can continue a story started by another person. This is only
my opinion. When I start to write something, I intend to end and finish it. If I don't, it remains mine, and no other will have the opportunity to
write a "next episode" for me.
So, I don't see what is bad here. There are people who are 'Writer' and they earn it because they go with the forum, it is a condition anyway, they
post on threads that can be "collaborated": poestry, "chapters not linked" threads (like the
'Today I' thread
, which was specifically designed like that), or similar concepts.
Also, there are people who earn the title by being actually writing something, something that can not necessarily be continued by others but that has
its value as a written text though. It may not be things that "deny ignorance" or go into any kind of conspiracy, but allowing the free expression
of everyone, fictionous or not, and promoting (would it be only by the rewards of some ATS points) the ones who can really write something
interesting, I think, is a good action for the overall level of the posters here in ATS.
I was personally proud to be granted that title (and to be honest, I didn't think it was going to be that easy...
), and I don't see well why
there is something to be argued here.
Maybe, in your argument, there is something: there could be 2 different forums for the 'Writers': one that would be only about collaborative
threads, where there is a link between posts, like 'The word game' or the 'Today I', and another one which would hold the things that one writes
not to be continued by others... Personal things, own stories/essays, whatever...
Maybe it's the "collaborative" word that bothers you a bit?