the system of the old uka including the comments in the notifications we used to get is very helpful and keeps you connected with the site and the members and above all writing itself
i am not sure that editing our comments is a good idea anymore. if we want to clarify or correct something we can return and add a new comment and who doesn't want more comments
traffic is gone in comments section because of these two facts: the comments are not included in the notification emails and people can edit comments and therefore they do not add new ones to clarify, continue with the discussion they started if it is necessary or amusing, or correct something.
insulting comments is something that does not interest me but this should be entirely on the site's moderators.
there is a poetry challenge by me and after I finish the prose section I would like another member to post a new challenge, I mean it can be done now. I would like to write poetry for poetry challenges, it helps me.
I plead not ordinary
I'm so demoralised by lack of comments and interaction it will be a while before I post again.
I feel (rightly or wrongly) that if people post their work, to welcome comments, they should be prepared to show some willing and not be so selfish and self absorbed. indeed, it should be part of the terms and conditions in some way, or at least recognised as good manners. We need structure and less pussy-footing (again my personal opinion)
There I've said it. Does not seem to matter anyway.
I fully understand and am mindful of all the discussions in the past about not wanting to hold a metaphorical gun to anybody's snowflake head...I know this is a tall order and we shy away from over-bearing, dictotarial control freaks 😉 but there can be a middle way if the spirit is willing. There are several long standing members on here who have the experience to work out a strategy. I respect them and feel they could manage it.
I have to say, Archie made a lot of sense...even if he went too far on occasion in his putting the point across. He offered crit that was both helpful and also professional.
His crit and also Mitch and Sunks are sadly missed by me for one.
Personalities aside....he got scunnered over certain things and so am I.
I think the poetry challenges are an excellent idea. Unfortunately I cannot write to demand, so to speak.
My poems come or they don't. 🙁
I have entered into them in the past but had to trawl my archives to find ones that were fitting. I could still do that but given the total apathy all around I feel, why bother?
I've tried to be supportive on all versions of the site but I feel maybe time to take a break. Good luck to it though.
I feel someone's got to take the rudder and be firmer with those who never contribute to the enrichment or advancement of others but that's my personal opinion.
I can sense however, that some long time members may feel the same.
New members do not seem to have much idea what is expected of them and quite frankly, the way things are going...may put their toe in the water..then bugger off to more fertile pastures...
Who could blame them?
The old saying
"give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves" springs to mind. 🙁
Things have changed and it's still not a good time for any sort of evaluation (at least for me on this specific subject of change), because it seems that things will continue to change course until they permanently shift and then things will be separated into two major groups: the things in a new environment and the things in an old one that could not be upgraded. Right now the two, main, future group of things are unable to interact with each other no matter how hard they try (at least for me generally speaking). As soon as they both decide/realize it is futile and they go their separate ways, things for all things are going to get better, or at least get the attention they deserve... or at last no attention at all.
I plead not ordinary
that's something I wrote as an opening paragraph and it has to do with "let's wait"... I checked the forums but couldn't find such a forum section.
Alison we will try. You know perhaps I'm one of the oldest members of UKA my first username was silentmemories. I added many comments dear, was too focused on adding/receiving comments nibs and have as many reads as possible the first two or three years (till 2005-6). Back then Ukauthors was one of the liveliest writers sites. I miss my friends Bektron and Littleditty but things change. In different ways and on different levels. Patience!
I plead not ordinary
@storm: Don't be demoralized, luv, some of us, me in particular, are struggling to get back into the swing of things here at UKA. I'm trying to discipline myself to write regardless of whether I feel inspired or not. As for those who don't reciprocate, the well of comments and feedback will eventually dry up for them. I like to call it poetic justice. You're not alone in your frustration at the lack of interaction. Whenever you express your disappointment, I, for one, am with you.
PS - I was nude when I wrote this. Hope that doesn't put you off.
Instead of trying to undo the biting of the old apple/I bite a new one instead/And with a toothless grin/Become a Dionysian among Christians.
Bless you Wolf Brother, 🙂
That means a lot. Even though you scared the beejeesus out of me to start with, I saw your heart of love and justice. I also resonated with your 'no bullshit' way of expression.
( a wolf thing) 😉
I also know you have many personal challenges to deal with as have I.
When I rally against those who are 'takers' I am not saying I do not recognise skill...I am saying that parasitic attachments (giving nothing to the host) will either be overcome or the host will succumb.
It is nature, we both understand that fact.
When battling energy, it becomes a decision to either act or take a back seat. We need to put ourselves first in the interim.
As to your being naked? I have to confess I did not have my lenses in.
Can you re-send?
Sadly I hardly ever read prose because I do not feel I can give helpful crit. I can say whether I enjoyed it or not...
So from the professional slant I have nothing to add but maybe we should leave our comfort zones to say in simple terms whether something moved us or not?
I wish only the very best for this much loved site.
Update. I have written to Trevor.
He wanted me to paste a long extract of his email but I do not want to have anything more to do with this business. 🙁
It's all a storm in a tea cup but I am pretty upset because I had nothing to do with Trevor being banned. Our exchange was pretty benign, certainly nothing worse than any other disagreements in the past between other members.
I went the extra mile for him posting in the forum about his predicament. I felt it was a real shame and wanted to help. I felt offended that his subsequent posts were inferring it was due to me that he got banned.
Just to be sure that is out in the open. Out of respect for everybody and the site as a whole, I shall now bow out of this discussion.
I have no intention of being a scape goat.
As the saying goes "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" 😉
Oh, and for the record, I do feel that the person who banned Trevor should come out and explain it was not my fault he got banned. 🙁