Forum posts made by overmykneenow

Topic Editing Caution
Posted 17 Apr 2014 02:57

Without resorting to an angry response, consider what you said earlier about the op volunteering to be a mod. You see, to be a moderator means you have shown through your work the ability to write a memorable story with style as well as technical accuracy. You are also correct in pointing out that editing several stories a day hones ones skill. In erotica, reading that many stories also puts you in greater touch with what works.

So, considering that the moderating core is made up of experienced writers who have further honed their skills and have a great feel for what the site is trying to put forward, does it not make sense that their work reach that goal on a regular basis? There are others who do, of course, but if they show such talent and good judgment when dealing with others, they will soon be approached to be, you guessed it, a moderator.

I didn't volunteer at first. I was asked to join and I almost refused. I'm glad I accepted though. Having the chance to work so closely to other moderators and to read the work of so many members has dramatically improved my writing.

Something to think about when idly throwing out the idea that some kind of favoritism is in play.

Sorry to have to correct you, but there have been people who were made verifiers without writing a single story. Rare, but it happens.

That said, what you say, I'd imagine is largely true but I'd ask you to consider this: has the increased interest in your stories come about from an improvement in your skills or because you're now an integral part of a strong network of Lush super-users?

Whether favouritism exists or not, it can be hard to stop people forming their opinion that favouritism does exist. I remember a few months ago there was a few days without any RRs being given out. Being a nosey numbers geek I went back through the list and noticed that only two stories been given RR from the most recent 150 or so - both had been written by mods, in fact the only ones written by mods. Actually, one of them was by you! Both of them were fully deserving of the RR but my point is were none of the others? I'll admit I didn't read all the others but it strikes me that even the most casual of observers might have thought something was awry with that particular situation.

Now as i've said the situation has improved, I've noticed more authors I've never heard of getting RRs but I stand by what I said before in saying that the system is imperfect and until we all turn into emotionless robots it probably always will be.

Topic Editing Caution
Posted 17 Apr 2014 01:53

Which it never has been.

I don't know if you were deliberately trying to insult the site and its moderating team, but you've managed it in a single sentence.

It may seem like a throwaway, thoughtless statement, but you imply favouritism and therefore unfairness. That has never been the case.

The majority of authors for this site interact in only one way: writing stories. They don't come on the forums, they don't chat, they don't network, they just write stories. They don't even comment on other stories. Authors who do take the time to get involved see much better take up on their stories. If you want more comments, add more friends - that's how it works. It also works that if you want your stories to have even more impact, have friends who are more influential. This isn't a problem of Lush, it's just life. If it wasn't the case why bother building networks in the first place?

If there isn't a single grain of truth in it, why take exception? While the system may be fair and just in the way that YOU implement it can you guarantee that has always been the case for everyone else? The statement was neither throwaway nor thoughtless but comes from a LOT of observation.

I find it interesting you chose to decry this and not the OP's allegation of institutional sexism.

Topic Editing Caution
Posted 17 Apr 2014 00:37

The thing even got one of those recommended read doodads (which none of my stories have ever gotten - but I've developed a sneaking suspicion that being a person-of-penis and completely vagina-less is not the way to be at Lush.)

Have you ever offered your services as a story verifier? Don't wait to be asked, volunteer. That said, they may be inclined not to add you after that little outburst.

The system of RRs is imperfect but has improved a lot since it was introduced and has moved on from simply being a form of promotion for mods and their author friends.

There are advantages and disadvantages associated with your sex on this site but in all the time I've been here I've not seen it in the critical appreciation of good stories. There's always been an imbalance amongst verifiers but I think that's more down to men being too busy getting their jollies to do anything useful.

One final point I'd make - how often do you see editors getting a credit in fiction?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 16 Apr 2014 21:46

I knew that! Agreed, there are some excellent ones...

Yeah right - this is just you pitching for a comp you're going to win ;)

You know all the other "poets" on this site are, quite frankly, hopeless

Topic Why misrepresent...
Posted 16 Apr 2014 10:10

Sure, as long as your webcam isn't broken.

It's not broken, that's just how I look

Topic Girls i ask this to you!
Posted 16 Apr 2014 06:43

Looking at your friends list most of the girls you're adding look under 23. Maybe that's where you're going wrong.

Topic Why misrepresent...
Posted 15 Apr 2014 23:54

Yes. Maybe you just haven't attracted them. dontknow

Should I send her an FR?

Topic Why misrepresent...
Posted 15 Apr 2014 04:56

People are here for their own reasons, not anyone else's

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 15 Apr 2014 03:37

Can we change the order of the listing that pops up when you click on a tag go from newest to oldest instead of the way it is now. I was looking for a recent story that had a certain tag and something from 2009 popped first. Please?

^^^^ Definitely this ^^^^

Topic Frustrated over Editors.
Posted 15 Apr 2014 03:24

"You're a cocksucker," Naomi said. Despite Rick's denials and protests, she stood her ground : "You're a cocksucker."

Topic Check a site for Heartbleed vulnerability.
Posted 12 Apr 2014 06:37

Just click and insert the website address. Type the whole string as www.(the site to check).com

Heartbleed check

You knew that Yahoo was not safe? it is now.

Do you trust that site? If your site is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug could this check just alert that fact to a potential attacker?

The best way to find out if your site is vulnerable is to ask the admin if it uses OpenSSL 1.01 or 1.02 beta - if it does, then it's vulnerable. Update your certificates and patch up OpenSSL. You should be fine after that.

Topic Are-all-moderators-professional-writers-What-do-you-expect-from-me
Posted 12 Apr 2014 06:05

Delete this thread please.

Oh yeah, this place doesn't work like that - especially when you start slagging off the only people who can do it for you.

Topic Threatened over scoring, commenting on a story?
Posted 12 Apr 2014 06:03

I wasn't aware that an individual user's name was associated with the score given. Personally, though, I just take joy in having my story read at all. Comments and scoring are a bonus.

It's not usually something you can pick up on but some people keep a close look on the scores on their stories and every time a person votes on a story it will show up on their timeline. So if they have a run of so-called perfect 5s and then get a 4, they know who gave it.

Lush has a number of people with exceptionally fragile egos

Topic Are-all-moderators-professional-writers-What-do-you-expect-from-me
Posted 11 Apr 2014 08:46

So, you don't want any help to improve your writing you just I want it accepted as it is. Your errors won't make your stories more "fun".

Yes, it sucks to be you but that's no reason to complain. There are plenty of other websites that will take your stories without batting an eyelid. The comments you'll get on them will be far more barbed and offensive than anything you'll get here.

Take it as free advice rather than as an insult.

Topic Sig Image Size
Posted 11 Apr 2014 01:01

Big sig images are returning - does this need to be bumped?

Topic Never tolerate the intolerant
Posted 11 Apr 2014 00:45

"Intolerate intolerance" may be a semantic contradiction, but so is "tolerate intolerance" ;)

No it's not

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 10 Apr 2014 15:52

Ah, sarcasm. Always so very useful. Thank you for your help.

Well it was either that or a dull diatribe about exclusivity and division. I think some playful sarcasm made the point equally well. It made Dani laugh anyway.

And just so we don't send the thread off topic…

Friend comments on stories visible at the top of comments

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 10 Apr 2014 06:11

Why stop there? Why not have votes on stories by Gold authors going from 3-7 instead of 1-5 - they're bound to be that much better than stories written by people from steerage. Or maybe have it so that Gold authors can limit comments to Gold members only and keep the riff-raff out.

Topic do you believe in God?
Posted 10 Apr 2014 02:24

All of that assumes you could even begin to understand it in the first place, now wouldn't?

I'll assume by "you" you actually mean "one"

Spirituality just replaces one load of hokum with another. The futility of trying to understand the incomprehensible doesn't mean we have carte blanche to come up with any old crazy theory in place whatever is true. "A wizard did it" would be as valid as any other answer.

There's nothing wrong with having faith in a philosophy, be it based around good and evil or chaos and order, if it's there to give individual fulfilment and harmony to society. We all live by some kind of philosophy in life, there just doesn't need to be a God for us to blame it all on.

Topic do you believe in God?
Posted 09 Apr 2014 09:01

Good and evil are human interpretations of one aspect of our dualistic universe. They are the extremes on the scale. Most of us live our lives somewhere in the gray area between. The one is necessary in order for the other to even exist. How do we know light if there was no dark? How would we know hot without cold?

I think the concepts of paradise and damnation, another dualistic relationship, are simply a construct created to goad people into walking the line. Created by whom and for what purpose gets into the finer nuances of human nature. There are many opinions and historical facts to back up any of a million different views on that. Ultimately, it doesn't really matter who did it for what purpose. The masses have been goaded.

I choose not to be part of that belief system.


Topic do you believe in God?
Posted 09 Apr 2014 07:53

Not that I disagree with Epicurus, however consider this. If the Christian, Jewish and Islamic beliefs are true, then the existence beyond the mortal coil is infinite and everlasting. That existence then, when compared to this briefest flicker of time in the mortal realm, is far more meaningful by an infinite order of magnitude.

So, consider how a omnipotent being might view this existence and the evil that lies within. He (or it or she, take your pick) might easily see all of the evil and pain we experience as nothing more than a pin prick against the expanse of forever that awaits us. He might accept that pin prick just as a mother accepts a vaccination given to her precious child.

So, perhaps our lives here are nothing more than a test to see if our soul or spirit is worthy of being allowed to join him in his perfect and everlasting world. It would seem reasonable that even an omnipotent and omniscient being that chooses to value the free will of others might expose them to the face of evil just to see how they might react before giving them access to his own perfect world.

Our life here may simply be nothing more than a test or initiation. That would explain why we see evil allowed to roam free in our world.

So are hurricanes evil? Are earthquakes? All these are tests are they? Isn't that what Christian fundamentalists call the dinosaurs?

If this was the case why are we not tested on everything in case we somehow fail once we're inside the so-called perfect world or does the freewill we enjoyed on this world suddenly disappear. If this paradise was eternal then this time on earth wouldn't even be a pin prick, in fact, all time would cease to have any relevance, as would all experience. Eternal paradise would have no difference to eternal damnation.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 09 Apr 2014 01:08

The ability to mute individuals on Friends Activity - those addicted to posting on every word game forum mainly

Topic Never tolerate the intolerant
Posted 09 Apr 2014 00:18

I have no opposition to equal marriage, I'll be attending a couple of ceremonies in the next 18 months. I think there needs to be a move away though from the assumption that all those who oppose equal marriage are either religious dogmatists, homophobic or both. In a world of soundbite media, having nuanced opinions on a subject is virtually impossible. Leaving people like the OP to start foaming at the mouth and calling people "bigots" when someone seemingly talks out of turn.

Of the three life events - birth, deaths and marriage - marriage is the only one we invented and as with anything that's invented it can be changed to suit our needs. The trouble with any change is that, to some people, it redefines what has gone on before as well as what goes on after; they may see it as a dilution of what they already have. Whether they are right or wrong is a matter for reasoned debate and those looking to debate the issue should be able to do so without fear of losing their livelihood.

It could be argued that changing marriage in any way, opens the door for further change. If the basis of change is to extend the definition of marriage so that two consenting adults should have the right to marriage, regardless of their gender, then why can that not be extended further to three or more consenting adults?

Topic Never tolerate the intolerant
Posted 08 Apr 2014 05:03

I think it's astonishing that "intolerance of intolerance" is considered a negative for even 5 seconds.

It is a semantic paradox though.

Topic Permanent-links for co-written stories
Posted 08 Apr 2014 01:13

So how does it work if an account is deleted? Does the co-writer credit disappear or is it replaced by "Co-written with another"?

Topic Never tolerate the intolerant
Posted 08 Apr 2014 00:39

Eich did the right thing for the company. This shitstorm would have been an anchor around Mozilla and what they were trying to accomplish, so he removed himself from the situation.

Now what caused the shitstorm? Just look around. His personal beliefs bit him in the ass, regardless of what could have done as CEO. As I said before, it is nice that such anachronistic attitudes are not tolerated, but people take it too far sometimes. The culture of hypersensitivity is growing these days. Its a whole other can of worms to discuss it, though.

Ah, but without hypersensitivity the Think Tank would be the quietest corner of this Forum

Topic What in your opinion is the difference between a Daddy and a Master
Posted 08 Apr 2014 00:33

The difference lies in the personality of the sub. Those looking for "daddys" generally have some kind of unresolved Elektra Complex issue going on while those looking for a master tend to show traits of codependency - compliant, putting the needs of others first. The narcissistic tendencies of self-styled "masters" provide an opportunity to fulfil the desires of the codependent. The codependent needs to serve, the narcissist needs to feel exalted. In the most extreme cases this can prove self-destructive as they both symbiotically feed each others addictions.

Topic Black Boxes - Saved Chat has a line through it
Posted 03 Apr 2014 00:44

My guess would be that the strikethrough tag was somehow activated and not switched off

strikethrough, bold and italics can be activated in black boxes using -, * and _ respectively at either end of the word (without spaces) or phrase you wish to alter. Going on just your description it sounds like the "open strikethrough" command was given but the closing command wasn't. The same thing happens on the people search results page if someone uses bold on their profile, the whole of the rest of the page is set to bold.

Of course it could be something completely unrelated

Topic How do you get Grooveshark Playlist to play automatically?
Posted 02 Apr 2014 11:45

Autoplaying grooveshark is perhaps the most obnoxious thing you can add to your profile. It truly baffles me why anyone would do it

Do people have this purely to make visitors leave their profiles? I'd love a setting that would block grooveshark completely. You may have picked up, that I don't particularly like it

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 02 Apr 2014 11:43

Why not?

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