WABD – An Interesting Experience

What Writers May Want


Speed – waiting is annoying to get to writers, posting, or trash. One button: with a “do you want to continue” message is faster than filtering through to document statistics before the writer can begin: place stat gathering at end of the process so that writer/reader is not delayed for each poem (and lightening quick would be helpful).

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I’ve visited other sites and went back to pp.org. Go to POSTPOEMS.ORG and join, see the speed and easy of accessibility to multiple items (split out into aggregates that poets use most frequently). Add an undo and redo button to ribbon for posting, also add multiple font package. Allow writer to decide single spacing as opening option without capitalization at beginning of each line. Side bar access lists are tacked onto every posting as does top ribbon with options to jump to other places like archives, latest posts – and they do not take up much space. The current side bar is five inches wide and distracting.

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You changed publish to Pub to Schedule – why? Publish is the button and next to it should be the option to save as draft.

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Do writers use a lot of exponential notations and strike overs, single, double, and treble spacing option could replace those?

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More Information on Poet’s List of Work: Number of hits – poets can quick monitor what is working as art instantly if this stat follows all the screens that list the poem. Anywhere the poet’s name is an access button to their list of work — but faster is the need of readers/writers.

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I don’t get one day only on challenges. A week or a month would garner more responses as many poets have lives and visit infrequently.

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An anthology is a great idea! But writers are not the best editors. Proctors or experienced publishers or editors would keep at bay popularity selections. I hope there is an editorial process at the end of the selections. I know time is a factor.

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EXIT (go to default page of writer’s work) & LOG OUT buttons are not on the side panel of post pages – another time issue.

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The screen listing submissions is not facile or fast. One click and you are there is what is needed. Cut costs elsewhere – fast is mandated.

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Most of the posts are poems and Poetry should be a default button, writer can change it if they are doing fiction or other.

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An extensive font package with script would be nice.

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Option to change size of type would be fabulous. (space considerations, I know, but it is more fun) – I may not have been able to find those buttons, if there, great, if not plz consider giving authors that freedom to be creative. (limit on photo size would be nice too – another time factor).

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Default set for all work as no comment/no critique – would help retain new writers. Attack is not critique, nor is patronizing commentary. Assumptions are that if new, must be novice – you probably lose a lot of professional writers by allowing critique/comments as the default instead of giving the writer the option. Growth comes in time and with exposure and study, not an onslaught of insults.

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See Postpoems.org’s other color option set up – navigating is easier – delayed, but worth the wait. I could not figure out how to use WABD’s other colors. Eventually, perhaps, but one button click and show the color is better. Writers want to write – edit with brush stoke ease, and then move on to writing more or reading other writers.

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Cost and programmer expertise may be limiting factors – understood. Funding: (I worked 6 years in marketing) If I had option to donate in on behalf of a relative or someone who died, just got married, had first baby et al, I’d be more convinced to contribute – Acknowledgments, sweet and simple: Donation made for my sister, for my husband, for my favorite teacher, for my new nephew (no names – liability issue).

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The list of donors is spot on!

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Professional courtesy might be emphasized on the homepage. Other site competition is steep. After first post I left, but sweetwater convinced me of the nature of the beast. I learned to hit no critique/comment. I am an editor and teacher of poetics – the comments were unkind. Warnings from proctors and leaders may be something to consider to retain writers on the site. New poets are fragile and their ego may not be as strong as long time WABD veterans.  I’m just sayin’.

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allets/march 16, 2017/1022a

 

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