Forum Guidelines - ALL USERS MUST READ BEFORE POSTING!!
Thank you for coming to the Words forum!
We would like to welcome all of you to the Words forum, and thank you in advance for taking the time to read the guidelines, which are intended to make your visits here stress-free and more enjoyable.
If you are new to Bluelight, we suggest you read the Greenlighters Guide. And all members should make themselves familiar with the Bluelight User Agreement.
Here in the Words forum, we have a few guidelines which will need to be followed at all times. We all want this to be a peaceful, inspiring and supportive place. So please read the guidelines carefully, and if you have any comments or questions, you can reach one of the moderators by clicking on the moderator's name and then leaving a Private Message for that moderator. The moderators' names are listed on the right hand side of your screen at the bottom of the main forum page.
Here are the guidelines:
1. FOCUS OF THE WORDS FORUM
As of September 2006, the focus of the Words forum has been broadened, in order to incorporate more discussion of words-related topics. This means that threads regarding writing, writers, books, writing events, the publishing industry, and virtually anything related to words will be openly encouraged. So if you’re an aspiring writer, feel free to start a discussion about writing techniques, resources for writers, or publishing opportunities. Or if you’re an avid reader of Sci-Fi, feel free to start a thread about your favourite Sci-Fi novels. If you have a question about grammar or English usage, start a thread about it... or anything else you’d like to talk about that relates to words! Note that we will continue to support writers posting their own work as we always have done in this forum.
2. GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
Words is partly made up of people's personal poetry, and personal written work. It is also made up of work done by others that people choose to share. So if you post something you did not write (e.g. if you copied it out of a book, magazine, song lyric, forwarded e-mail, etc.) give credit to whoever wrote it, or at the very least acknowledge where you got it from. Please do not take credit for other people's work!
3. POSITIVE CRITICISM ONLY
The moderators would like to keep the atmosphere in this forum as POSITIVE as possible. We don’t want to discourage anyone from posting, and we understand that some matters are very personal and may be difficult for people to post. Therefore, please only reply when you can do so in a POSITIVE manner. If you don’t like a piece of writing, then move on. Negative comments will be modified or deleted as the moderators see fit. Our guiding principle is to keep drama to a minimum.
4. CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM
If you have a piece of work that you WOULD LIKE to have critiqued, and you are open to ALL FORMS of constructive criticism, then we encourage you to put “PLEASE CRITIQUE” either in your title or at the top of your post. We will do our best to offer you suggestions.
5. DON’T BEG YOUR AUDIENCE
Do not ask people to read your work (such as putting “read me!” or “read and reply!”, etc, in the title of your thread). If people want to read your work, they will! Often people read a thread but don't reply because they don't really know what to say, or they just don’t want to reply. It’s their call, so please don't badger people into reading your stuff! If you don’t always get replies, this doesn’t mean no one is reading your work. At the end of the day, what you get out of the forum depends on how much you put into it. If you take the time to respond to other people’s work, they’re much more likely to respond to yours! “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
6. HOW OFTEN CAN I POST?
In order to accommodate the many writers in our forum, please limit yourself to 3 threads on the front page which have been created by you to showcase your own work. No one wants to open the forum and see one person’s name dominating the front page, so please share the spotlight with others, and be patient! Wait until one or more of your threads disappear from the front page before posting more. If you violate this guideline, your excess threads will be moved to the Deleted Messages forum and you will be sent a Private Message asking you to repost them once you are below 3. We understand that from time to time, old threads get bumped up and it may put you over that limit, and we WILL take this into consideration. And the rule only applies to threads started by you, so if you post in a thread called "Post a haiku", where the point of the thread is for different people to post haikus, then this isn't counted towards the limit. Threads which don't showcase your own work aren’t counted towards this limit (e.g. if you start a thread about your favourite author, in order to discuss their books).
7. POSTING SONG LYRICS
We have created a central place for people to post song lyrics. It is a continuing thread called “Lyrics That Appeal to you Today!” Please post all your song lyrics here, so that we have more room for original works to be posted in new threads.
8. POSTING A PIECE OF WRITING ABOUT ANOTHER BLUELIGHTER
Please take care if you decide to do this, and remember that your definition of “harmless” or “lighthearted” may differ from someone else’s. If you intend something as a joke, it’s best to make this clear, especially if what you write could be taken “the wrong way”. Or better still, don’t post it at all if you’re in doubt. Personal attacks of any kind will not be tolerated, no matter how “veiled” or subtle they are, and no matter what form they take (poetry included!). If we suspect this is going on, we reserve the right to delete posts and take action as we see fit. And professing your undying love for another Bluelighter might seem like a good idea at the time, but how will you feel about it in the morning?
9. REPORTING POSTS
This is ONLY to be used to report posts that are in violation of the user agreement– i.e. spam, advertising messages, and problematic posts (harassment, fighting, racism, dealing/soliciting), or for any serious breach of the guidelines listed above.
If you need to report a post, please use the following steps:
* Go to the thread that contains the post.
* Find the post in question, and click on the "Report" button for that post. This should be located at the bottom left of the post.
* You will be required to state your reason for reporting the post. Please make this as clear as possible.
All reports will be given serious consideration. Consistent repeat offenders will be dealt with in a timely and serious manner. Please note that abuse of the report function will not be tolerated.
If you’re seriously concerned about an issue that affects the Words forum, but doesn’t necessarily relate to a specific post, then the quickest way of getting our attention is to send a Private Message.
10. THE WORDS ARCHIVE
If you are looking for a past thread that is older then 01-12-2008 you can look HERE! This is our archive forum. If there is anything you wish to post a reply to that has been moved to the archives, please feel free to send a Private Message to one of the moderators. They will be able to move it back to the Words forum and bump it up for you.
We have zero tolerance for any rules that are broken out of malice or ill intent in this forum. So behave, or we will use the means to get medieval! No bullshit, period! NO exceptions.
Please feel free to contact us if you have a serious concern about a member of this forum. We treat all of you with care and concern in this forum and take heart if there might be a concern. If you feel the need to talk to either one of us, we will respond to all Private Messages as soon as possible. Note that Greenlighters (members with less than 50 posts) cannot send Private Messages.
We are all here because we enjoy being here. This is a volunteer job that we have chosen to do. We do it for the love of the poetry, lyrics and prose written here, and we thank you for sharing each and every one of your contributions with everyone who ventures to this forum.
We hope you enjoy your time here as much as we enjoy reading, replying and sharing with you all in return.
We have nothing but appreciation for all of you.