i’ll email this to them if it gets enough likes.
i understand that this piece is a bit harsh, and that it may get taken down. i’m doing my best, and i’d love your support.
1. MORE BADGES. i’ve earned all 20. there’s not a lot people who have been here for over six months can hope to achieve. we need more badges, harder ones that will encourage people to publish good work and support others.
2. TAGGING SYSTEM. i’ve had three pieces taken down and it’s frankly ridiculous. none of the people who commented on the work were offended or disturbed. i know we can’t operate without zero censorship, but this is a problem easily solved: the ability to tag works that might contain certain themes, so that readers are alerted before they decide to read.
3. BETTER COMPETITIONS. i’ve entered three of their competitions and every single time i have been incredibly disappointed.
problem number one: they’re way too short. i have no time to contemplate what i want to write, or do proper revisions, because i’m constantly stressed into getting the draft in time for expert review and then for the deadline. as someone who likes to peer review competition entries, i am always discouraged from offering feedback because i’m afraid that the review won’t arrive in time for the writer to make any serious revision.
problem number two: they give no recognition to 99% of their entries. sure, you’re golden if you placed first or second. but they don’t give mention to the top ten or the top five or literally anything except the two very best entries. i have no clue of knowing if i was even close.
4. A BETTER SYSTEM FOR RECOGNITION OF GOOD WORK. i think that’s what their instagram is supposed to be for, but recently their instagram has been getting worse—it involves a lot less writing and a lot more random peer review quotes that have no resonance whatsoever.
a while ago, they had a user from their staff who went around and commented on a bunch of really expert work. i think that was a good system, but i stopped receiving those types of comments around august; i think they stopped using that method of recognition.
the michael lydon blog posts are all very well, but they only work for prompts. he doesn’t mention any kind of free writing piece. i think that this is something that seriously needs to be updated.