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Thinking about this some more, the answer is simple.This site is not set up for co-authored stories. I don't know any that are. Without a great deal of coding (unavailable), it will never be. We set it up this way, as the vast majority of people, will write their own stories / poems. Writing is a personal thing, I'd not even envisaged people would wish to co-write short erotic stories when I started it (not that it's a bad thing).Co-authored stories need to be allocated to one person's account here, that's the long and the short of it. Credit will be given to the "other" author (s) by way of a link (the current wording needs changing).That's all we can do given the setup and resources available, and I think it's fair enough. Quite fair, and it is more than most sites offer.
The wording on the submission page needs to be changed if it's only meant for co-written stories. Right now it says, "Enter one or more username's of authors who helped or contributed to this story," so I didn't realize that giving credit to people who helped me and contributed to a piece by critiquing it would result in them receiving a byline equal to mine. http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/all-bleeped-up.aspx Steffanie and Gypsy made some great suggestions, but I wrote it.Maybe putting contributors in the title bar could be optional? I really do like the idea of being able to "officially" credit people who have helped with a story, but it isn't right to list them as equal co-authors when that isn't the contribution they made.
OMG I HATE it, I'm never submitting anything of mine again. As for me, I like the thumbs-up much more than the check mark. Thanks.
I'm sure the people in charge are quite happy to listen to suggestions, but I'm sure there's a better way to do it than by people stating that they "hate" what's been put up, that's not supporting the site, that's unnecessarily harsh. I've edited my comment to acknowledge that "hate" is, indeed, too strong a term. I never meant to hurt the poor little check mark's feelings so badly!
I hate the check mark. I would much prefer a thumbs-up or as I said on Stories Space, where I'm a moderator: I'd go for something simple, like a blue star: http://upload.storiesspace.com/1558659194-bluestar.jpg To me, the check mark evokes a ballot, which would imply that a vote has been taken — but recommendations are made by individual moderators without being put to a vote.A star feels more like when we were kids and the teacher would sometimes bestow a star on the paper of someone who'd done an assignment particularly well. It just seems a more fitting symbol to me. C'mon, are you trying to tell us you really can't come up with a simple star that doesn't look militaristic? That's just silly.Edit: I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said I "hate" the check mark. I don't like it in its current use as an icon for the Recommended works for the reason outlined above, but I have nothing against check marks in general, nor do I intend any disparagement against the designer.
I got confused and pressed the "continue reading" link before I realized we were only supposed to time how long it took to read what was in the post, not the entire story. Luckily, I stopped the timer because I didn't know how long it would take the rest of the story to load.And after that long prelude, the answer is... 2:37 It was my first time reading the story, and I wasn't skimming, but neither was I lingering over it.
If I saw that in a story, I would strip that formatting. Please don't do that. But in rare cases, it works quite well to italicize one character's POV. http://www.lushstories.com/stories/masturbation/he-said-she-said-the-massage.aspx
Scooter and I are organizing a band to play 'Nearer My God To Thee' in case Gav wants to bury the sucker at sea. BTW, we could use a good kazoo player. This is one of those things I will regret admitting, but...ahem, I am an excellent kazoo player.
If your "options" are wordy enough to pass the minimum character count, you can try to set them up to be in the "You may also like" links by putting them all in the same category and using unique tags throughout the series. Also be sure to use variations of the same title for each part of the story.It's not guaranteed, but it might work.
...part of this is having a really solid mod team at present ... Umm, should my feelings be hurt?
Sam was startled — and annoyed — by the blaring of a car horn while he sat parked along with a thousand other drivers on Interstate 5. What exactly did this genius expect to accomplish by honking here when the logjam was well out of sight, probably several miles ahead? He shook his head. Not a local, that’s for sure , he thought. Washingtonians, especially those who lived so close...
Added 23 Aug 2010 | Category Humor
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Alone, empty. Apart, void. Separately, fragmented. Individually, nothing. Not thinking, not feeling, not caring, just...existing. Existing, yes, but in the basest sense — not truly being. Together, we are no longer empty, void, fragmented. We are replete. We are meaningful. We are whole. Together, we are everything. Together, we are....
Added 29 Nov 2011 | Category Love Poems
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Because of you, in so many ways — I am stronger... I am better. No longer am I weak and tethered; Your acquaintance released my fetter. ~ Your quick wit makes me laugh; ...I am happier. Your unfailing support bolsters me; ...I am more confident. Your gentle advice nudges me; ...I am more productive. Your unerring perception enlightens me; ...I am healthier. Your...
Added 01 May 2012 | Category Love Poems
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