What is the point of rules?Thread Started December 26 at 6:11PM
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Only use to thank a reviewer or to request a clarification. Never attack a review or a reviewer. Do not defend your work.
I always get get attacked. People always defend if you do not give them at least a five, no matter what they write.
Most contest rules are ignored.
Members post poems as scripts and prose, and NO ONE says anything. Tom doesn't even care anymore.
Members are trading five and six star ratings like trading cars.
"I'll give you fives and six with empty praise, no matter what you post if you give me fives and sixes no matter what garbage I Post."
That is what is happening. And if you review them and note the complete lack of plot, character development, ANY SENSE of REALITY, and give a four then you're muted.
Anyone wonder how certain members and promoting to the front page everyday to the tune $1.10 member dollars, now at the end of the year?
They are paying real money.
'Hello, the trophies are NOT made of SILVER. You are spending ten times more than they are worth. Actually, they aren't worth anything."
I would call it pride,but it's not.
We have let FanStory become a Vanity site, just like the reviewers of the site on Google says.
And Tom knows it and approves.
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Reply on June 25, 2017 06:29 PM
I've read all of these posts with interest and would like to say that I love writing, am not that good but passionate. I also enjoy reviewing, although I tend to say what I like about a piece rather than put it down, knowing that somebody's heart has gone into it and I am of limited experience to judge too harshly.
However, I do point out SPAG and typos and if somebody has slipped over the syllable count etc.
Today I had a reply from a member who I had pointed had gone over the syllable count for a 5-7-5. The person came back stating that the contest committee knew what they were doing and hadn't warned or disqualified the piece and they had been using this word ( which has 2 syllables instead of the one allowed ) for years and it's never been questioned.
It is the first time I have had a work I have reviewed defended and I replied that what I wrote was purely an observation and to have a good day.
It was a strange sensation, I must admit and I wasn't sure how to handle it really.
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Reply on June 25, 2017 07:37 PM
I cannot defend this person, but I will say this...there are people here from all over the world, and the use of the english written word can be different, syllable counts can be different...I have seen people use "every" as 2 syllables, and yet it is 3 in the dictionary I use.
Also we are told not to become argumentative, and sometimes that's the best thing to do...I've learned during my time here that not all writers are good reviewers...and as for me, I don't even try reviewing prose, especially since I write poetry so much of the time.
Just enjoy yourself, and don't get discouraged in any way...we all have been through similar situations and here we are!
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Reply on June 25, 2017 08:11 PM
Sorry you got a rude reply. the pot in question should have realized you were trying to help. One of these days, the writer is likely to have to rewrite an entry or be disqualified. However, some words have different syllable counts depending on where you look, i.e., one dictionary as opposed to another, or one website as opposed to another. The word in question may be one of those words. The words poem, fire, and diamond come to mind, but there are others.
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Reply on June 26, 2017 12:36 PM
I believe FS should post the site it uses for verifying syllable counts
as part of its contest rules on pages where the contests are listed. Then,
everyone would know what to use for their entries--even if what they believe
is different from FS.
Reply on June 27, 2017 11:35 AM
Syllables can be tricky even by definition... : D
I remember trying to figure out the syllable count for 'didn't' once... (because contractions and ugh, syllables)
and was given the definition:
"For those speaking standard or business English, didn't is two syllables. For those under the influence of an intoxicant, or who choose to blend the two syllables, it will sound like dint. That's a one-syllable pronunciation."
Which I thought was the funniest thing at the time, because how would I know if a writer was under the influence of an intoxicant or not??
So, being the type of reviewer who wants to take account of all possibilities, I got good and drunk and read the poem again, and everything looked fine!
Always glad for google in those odd word cases.
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Reply on June 27, 2017 01:10 PM
If postings are to be disqualified because of questionable syllable counts, I think it only fair, especially if the contest depends on the syllable count, that one specific dictionary or syllable count site be used...if not, then the count of any poem should be acceptable if the writer notes that they have gotten that information from a dictionary used in their own country...any other way is just not fair...
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Reply on June 27, 2017 02:43 PM
I prefer to rely on sensible cows instead of silly bulls...
Reply on June 27, 2017 06:38 PM
I understand it, nobody gets disqualified without being told there is a problem and given a chance to fix it. I suppose the committee could be considering several sources in its deliberations, so I see no reason to worry about this.
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