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reply to post by jiggerj
If I put something up now, it's just for fun. I'm here for the chat, not for stars and flags.
Originally posted by AshleyD
reply to post by AutOmatIc
So you make a post criticizing a poem written by a grieving father over the loss of his child but you get butt hurt you're foed?
No sympathy or support from me. Hey, I'm just 'being honest.'
If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
Your idea of what's good might not be somebody else's and vise versa on what is considered bad.
I know "someone" that uses it as their real friends list !!!!
Meh. The first one stings a bit. The next two or three hundred are much easier.
It's funny how much we as a culture adore mediocrity. It's as if we somehow find excellence threatening. That's also the case at every job I've ever worked at, every school I've ever gone to.... Mediocrity is comforting; excellence is not. I was even severely warned, at one job I had, because I was making everyone else look bad. I was too scared to point out that it was everyone else that was making everyone else look bad. I had no choice but to curb myself. No one (above me) ever noticed--or at least never said anything. If they'd been awarding stars, I probably would have had a pocketful. Anyway: Made a foe! Good work!
I've always thought of a foe as a compliment. Those who foe you on a whim due to being annoyed, clearly don't know the purpose of it. Think of them seeing you as a worthy adversary, then it's a good thing. CX.
I don't read and or care about people names or status in the community, I just read.
Enemies are just people that have something to learn... Don't take it to heart... embrace them as just another person on his/her journey
Yup, the competitions here are a popularity contest. Hey, it is what it is. If I put something up now, it's just for fun. I'm here for the chat, not for stars and flags.
I agree with you that the boards can be very much like a clique ,some simply don't understand the meaning of the "FOE" button. It is "respected foe".
But as a writer? One harsh comment will have me curled up in a ball. ATS is a stepping stone, a place for people to try out new venues, seek and explore different aspects of themselves and the world. As a long-time writer here, I try to encourage each and every person to write. Just the attempt at writing merits a Star and Flag, in my opinion, because people are trying. They are putting a real piece of themselves on display. If you're expecting erudite tomes of distinguished prose, you may be disappointed. People are writing for the first time, or for fun, or to test new ideas.
Yep. I wouldn't say the poem sucks, it wasn't bad. I'm not giving you any sympathy either, but I will give you my support!! Here is how I'm doing things. I read about 5-10 at a time. I give out one flag for poem I think meets the task set, and are well written and unique. I star the entries that I like in ANY way.
It IS a popularity contest, pure and simple. So what's the alternative? You want someone to actually work at judging all these poems? Who will you get? How will THEY be selected? Will you be calling bias if they don't praise your "superior" work? You're asking for the impossible.