Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(3/31/2005 8:51:00 AM)
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There is no evidence that visitors bypass poems with low scores. At best, there may be some personal anecdotes. In that regard, I was a visitor before I became a member, and scores of any kind did not affect whether I read a poem or how I regarded it.Replies for this message:
(3/31/2005 6:14:00 PM)
I agree with you, Janice, but it's not based on any evidence. My humch is that most people use the site to read the poetry of established poets. That's how I first discovered it. And I still use it th ... more
Janice M Pickett
(3/31/2005 1:59:00 PM)
Thats interesting. I guess it's a variable thing with no real way to find out. I do feel most visitors come here for a purpose. Maybe a school project or special occassion. They are looking for speci ... more
- Poetry Hound (3/31/2005 6:14:00 PM) Post reply
(3/31/2005 7:00:00 AM)
Yes, I agree with you. I hadn't considered the potential detrimental effects of maliciousness. However, personally speaking, I don't think that any thinking person would bypass a poem rated 1/10. I agree that visitors may but members might be a little more holistic in their approach (I hope!) Having said that, visitors outnumber members by a huge margin so I think what you say has a lot of validity. The only positive upshot is that if one aspires to be a professional writer, it does one no harm to 'harden the arteries' against the malicious critic. Then again, many poets (myself included) are amateurs who prefer their arteries as they are. I don't know the answer. Perhaps a 1-3 scale and a thumb to denote '10'. A '1' would not then be so harsh. Comments are far more valuable.
Perhaps if everyone was restricted to only giving one low score in 7 days (ie. below 5/10) ... a lot of the spite would be rooted out. This could easily be implemented. I guess then, people would save their stinking marks for the most objectionable material...bigotry etc. I don't actually disagree with a single word you've said.
Best regards, Mark.