Forum posts made by nicola

Topic Tolerating Intolerance
Posted 17 Aug 2017 04:24



Well, you can bet your last condom it ain't gonna happen here or any other site where the antics of the OP of this thread are tolerated.

He's just about the most bigoted, intolerant, jerk I have ever encountered on any site, much less this one. But he's allowed to act like a spoiled middle school student who just this year hit puberty and discovered profanity, because the target of his bigotry is anyone whom he IMAGINES might be white, male, a believer in any deity, a gun owner, didn't vote for Bernie Sanders, or any combination of one or more of those listed characteristics. Don't bother complaining about his behavior, at best you might be told that anything he does on Think Tank is OK because he invented this Forum section (I kid you not. A moderator told me that in just so many words). At worst you will be told to act like an adult and grow a pair of whatever body part you choose. Doubt any of this? Just peruse the last few months of his posts on any topic. Just pick any topic at random.

An then to top it all off, the most intolerant SOB on this site starts a thread on tolerating intolerance. I believe that's called chutzpah.



Let's see how long it takes them to take down this post. Read it

You really need to get your facts straight.

2 of our former Forum Moderators, LadyX and MrNudiePants, and I, realised back in July 2010, there was a need for a forum dedicated to weightier topics, and more intellectual issues. Some of our membership wanted something more than forum games and pub type chat (good for their purpose!), so we set "The Think Tank" up.

I even remember seeing Blur's album cover, "The Think Tank" on my playlist, and thought, yes, that's perfect.

https://www.lushstories.com/forum/yaf_postst12067_The-Think-Tank-Forum-Added.aspx

If anyone has a problem with another member, please BLOCK them. I've asked Gav to see if he can make this block more foolproof, so quoted text of someone you've blocked, isn't shown.

Thank you.

Topic Moderator of the Month, for July
Posted 16 Aug 2017 12:26

After a brief hiatus from the site, this Story Moderator has returned at her best, firing on all 12 cylinders (V8 SS?).

She's the only Moderator to process over 100 stories in July (please don't do so many!), and has been a great boost to have back in the team.

Winning the M.O.T.M. Award more times than anyone else, a heartfelt thanks goes out to Sweet_as_Candy.

Congratulations Candy Girl!

https://upload.lushstories.com/142101455-cg.jpg

Topic Get abused by a drunk mod.
Posted 08 Aug 2017 07:53

There's not much you can say to a guy who represents himself by a wanking disney duck.

(Perhaps I should stay out of this thread kekekegay)

Topic 2017 Emmy Awards
Posted 07 Aug 2017 14:35

Aside from Christian Bale in "The Machinist", its the biggest actual natural physical transformation I've ever seen in a movie or TV show.

House of Cards is probably one of the most overrated shows on TV (After Homeland.)



"The Machinist" was a phenomenal piece of acting. It reminded me a little of De Niro in "Raging Bull", where he gained 70 lbs for the role.

I watched the first episode of "House of Cards" and it didn't grab me. And I'm a Kevin Spacey fan (massive tip of the hat to him helping save London's "The Old Vic"). I must revisit it at some stage, as people still rave about it. Perhaps I'm a little over politics right now anyway, which is swaying my judgement.

I looked through the list of nominees. I really rate Charlie Brooker's writing and insight. His "Black Mirror" series was superb. A frighteningly stark interpretation of where our society and social media in particular, are heading.

Nominee list: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/2017-emmy-nominees-list-nominations-1202494465/

Topic New Feature Time - get hot, dirty, nasty chat-ups!
Posted 07 Aug 2017 11:49

I'm spent. Damn that girl can get anyone she wants hot and bothered.

thatshot

Topic How do these work?
Posted 07 Aug 2017 02:43

Gav knows the magic sauce. It's something to do with views / average votes, I'm not exactly actually sure! Embarassed

Topic Gallery Pictures - Link to this Image
Posted 07 Aug 2017 02:42

I have the same issue. It works in Firefox, but not IE.

Gav disabled right clicking on a lot of the site, to help prevent interweb thieves from stealing people's stories / images. It is probably linked to that in some way.

Topic Giving up coffee for a month
Posted 01 Aug 2017 04:48

https://upload.lushstories.com/1276601344-coffee.jpeg

Topic Announcing the Winners of our "Pure Filth" Story Competition
Posted 31 Jul 2017 01:11

The brief was to come up with stories which were downright filthy, and you certainly didn't disappoint.

The Top 3 which grabbed the most attention of our panel of judges are:

1st Place ($150): Lost Enough , by browncoffee
2nd Place ($100): Second Saturday , by RavenStar
3rd Place ($50): Baby Blue , by MadMartigan

Rounding out the Top 10, are these excellent entries:

Cougar Clickbait , by oceanrunner
The Knockout Bid , by VirgoGo
Peeling Away The Layers , by MollyDoll
More Than What Melissa Wanted. , by DarkSide
Double Vision , by gilrenard
My Master's Command , by TonyaL
Cold Shock , by latecomer91364

A big thank you to everyone who took part. It was a difficult one to judge (thank you judges!).

A new competition will be announced shortly.

Nicola

Topic I'm looking forward to the filth comp results x
Posted 30 Jul 2017 13:12

Tomorrow, all will be revealed (as loosely scheduled) 3601

Topic Rest in Peace: Chester Bennington
Posted 26 Jul 2017 10:30

Terrible shame.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/F_v1SLIt01Q

Topic Awesome Award 7/22/17: BethanyFrasier
Posted 24 Jul 2017 12:41

Great choice, and a wonderful summary of what Bethany brings to the site.

Congratulations Bethany!

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Topic third party hosting
Posted 21 Jul 2017 12:26

how does one change account settings to see third party hostings / pictures say from photo bucket?


We don't block any on our side. There are no settings that I am aware of, which would interfere with those at all.

So if the link is correct and photobucket aren't blocking our domain, then the hotlinks should show just fine.

Can you give me a specific instance?

Topic Help needed! How to hang a silk artwork?
Posted 20 Jul 2017 13:47

I'm not sure if I can make head nor tail of her reply, but maybe you can!

"First thoughts are I would never attempt to frame anything in silk myself but take it to a professional framer. My only experience I have of this is friends who do batik which is worked on silk – and I have a vague memory of it being mounted on card? bodged up stuff like this would look simply awful. Go to a proper framer and ask them !! there are people who specialise in silk stuff, because of the batik thing, who also frame embroideries ...

What is silk canvas anyway ?? Why can’t he simply hang it like it's already on canvas?

A piece of cotton canvas should cost nowhere near $50.

Sorry, you know I’m not technical, but it really is worth doing things properly, professionally, or they just look dreadful .. . !! don't spoil the ship for a happ’orth of tar . .. "

I guess what she's saying is, it's best to pay the money, to get it done professionally / properly, or you'll just end up with something which you're not going to be happy with in the long run.

If you are thinking of getting a few, consider buying a roll of canvas and experiment. You can get 6 yds x 62" rolls for $26.30 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EJSJKFK

Good luck!

That image is so you btw! I like it.

Topic Help needed! How to hang a silk artwork?
Posted 20 Jul 2017 08:58

I'll ask my mother. She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts, and has been involved in the art world, for many decades. She's sure to know / know someone who does icon_smile

I'll endeavour to get an answer to you, within a few days, depending on when I can get hold of her!

I think you will need a mount board of some sort, otherwise it will end up sagging.

A person on these forums was recommending hardboard as it's a very cheap alternative to a proper cotton canvas (I would imagine that would add quite some weight though the size you are talking about):

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=330273

Topic Is Writing Erotica Worth It?
Posted 19 Jul 2017 08:52

Worth it for a bit of fun / titillation, as a writing exercise and to enjoy the feedback and social interaction, sure.

For financial gain? To be perfectly frank, 99% of people will never make a dime from their erotica writing - not here, or anywhere else.

We shelved our ebook publishing section, because even after publishing 30+ erotic ebooks, our revenue didn't even reach $50 most months - even with the site's backing and all the traffic it gets.

The trouble is, every man and his dog, thinks writing erotica is easy, and Amazon is awash with hundreds of thousands of (primarily dross) titles. Unless you are an incredibly gifted marketer, you are going to struggle getting your name out there.

If you're looking to make money from your writing, I'd suggest you'd be better off getting qualified, then going into copywriting, journalism or editing.

You do of course hear of the odd success story, but most of the people I know who've made any kind of decent money from writing erotica, started churning out ebooks 5-10 years ago, when it was all rather novel.

What are you looking to achieve? A side income? Career in writing?

Topic Competitor voting in competitions
Posted 18 Jul 2017 23:20

Great analogy latecomer, spot on.

Topic Competitor voting in competitions
Posted 18 Jul 2017 14:01

What ultimately matters is content, originality, and if you asked me, successfully different stylistic flairs than the standard fair. Though style is probably the most subjective of the lot when it comes to judging.

This.

Plus the basics of punctuation and grammar, being as accurate as possible.

The average scores are merely there, to serve as a very rough guide of where the cut-off point is for me. They are usually fairly representative, when it comes to stories at the lower end of the scale.

I have had complaints in the past, by some authors, that their story had a perfect 5 score, and didn't even make the Top 10. Those people typically have lots of friends, but a cookie cutter story, is never going to win a competition here.

We've had Top 3 stories here in the past, which were ranked late twenties according to the average score alone. That's why I read as many as possible, and ask the judges to do the same, as the competition goes on.

I think we've flogged this one enough now MM!

Topic Competitor voting in competitions
Posted 18 Jul 2017 12:45

I don't think this warrants a sticky, or cluttering up our standard rules page with indepth notes on how winners are chosen.

And why would I want to publicize in great detail the process? I think I've said too much already. I get enough other sites ripping off my design, content, setup, methodology etc., as it is. You can imagine how frustrating that is.

This is linked to in every competition:

https://www.lushstories.com/competitions/standard-rules.aspx

8. Stories will be judged based on a number of factors. These include the average score received from surfers / members (stories need to have a minimum of 10 votes to qualify for the competition), but primarily, from the input of a selected panel of judges. The decisions on the winners are final, and no correspondence concerning any aspect of our choices will be entered into.

All you need to know, is I usually spend 3-4 days weeding out the spam / down votes, then reading as many entries as possible, writing notes and scoring, as I go. It becomes clear once you hit the 20 - 25 mark typically, that the quality of stories is diminishing, and that's when I stop.

The down voters are easy to spot. It's usually either an entrant or someone who just happens to be on one of the entrants' friend list.

Topic Competitor voting in competitions
Posted 18 Jul 2017 06:49

Hi latecomer91364.

To address your concerns, on top of what Liz has said already:

1) I remove all votes on stories from competitors. Some are indeed unsrupulous, which is why I do it. I mentally put a black mark against their name too.

2) I use weighted average purely as a guide. I will typically read the top 25-30 results. If I have time, I will read them all. The shortlist then goes to the panel of judges.

You are well within the Top 20 icon_smile

Topic Get In Here and Wish Nicola A Happy Birthday!!
Posted 16 Jul 2017 11:30

https://upload.lushstories.com/1124794562-coke_cat_freak.jpg

Erm, wrong Gif...

Opps, um, I got nervous.

Thank you all for your lovely birthday wishes.

I'm just back from a rather long birthday lunch (shut up, it's only 7:30pm).

Watching the Wimbledon final was rather a let down. It was almost like it was staged (opps, don't type that, remember the lawsuit back in 2009 #sponsoredbynike).

You're an incredible bunch of people, and I really appreciate your heartfelt forum and private messages.

Thank you!

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Topic Roving Billboard...Thread topic will change periodically.
Posted 14 Jul 2017 06:43

I'm not sure what this thread is about exactly (!), but you might all like to read this before replying:

https://www.lushstories.com/forum/yaf_postst56070_Peri.aspx

Topic Plagiarism
Posted 14 Jul 2017 03:15

For those interested in "Fair Use" Law, and in relation to other people's work and Fan Fiction particularly, here's some reading on these very complicated matters:

https://lawstreetmedia.com/issues/law-and-politics/should-fair-use-remain-a-defense-to-copyright-infringement-claims/

http://writersweekly.com/angela-desk/can-i-use-well-known-fictional-characters-places-or-real-products-people-in-my-fiction-by-angela-hoy-booklocker-com-writersweekly-com-abuzz-press-and-pubpreppers-com

http://www.betternovelproject.com/blog/real-people/

http://www.rightsofwriters.com/2011/04/copyright-in-fictional-characters-can-i.html

People argue (and hide behind) the U.S. " Fair Use " Law, but it's a very complicated legal subject. I would go as far to say, it's deliberately set up to be that way. Lawyers love to draw thing$ out.

The same goes for Fan Fiction .

I believe unless it's for Educational or Review purposes, if you don't have permission from the author, you can't (or shouldn't be able to) use their work, or create characters from theirs.

J.K. Rowling has successfully gone after authors of Harry Potter related erotic stories.

This is why we don't allow Fan Fiction here. The last thing we'd like, are big law firms trying to close us down.

Quite frankly I'm amazed other sites allow it, particularly in a sexual context.

Another link, particularly for those interested in writing Fan Fiction: https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/complete-guide-to-fanfiction/#copyright

Topic Peri
Posted 14 Jul 2017 02:50

Thanks for explaining the situation in detail Liz.

Sending out hundreds of PM's, and then spamming the forums with half a dozen or so exact same posts, was her ultimate downfall. I deleted her account earlier today.

Bad mouthing the site, for protecting the work of other writers, and then spreading misleading information about us, with only a few of the facts, is simply not on.

I kept this a private matter with said member (as we always do), out of respect for the contributions she'd made over the years. She was the one who ultimately embarrassed herself, openly.

I don't believe in naming and shaming, putting heads on pikes, but this serves as a good lesson to people who think it's ok to steal other people's work.

It's even in our site terms and conditions, and quite frankly, shouldn't need to be said:

Story Submissions

You may not post, distribute, or reproduce in any way, any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information on lushstories.com without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner. You must be the author of all works you publish.

You acknowledge and agree that lushstories.com cannot and does not review all of the information that comprises the content, and shall be considered, to the greatest extent possible, to be solely a common carrier of the content. You understand and agree that lushstories.com is not responsible for any of the information that comprises the content.

Any opinions, advice, statements, or content made at or through this website and associated forums are the work product of third parties. Lushstories.com neither guarantees nor endorses the content, usefulness, truthfulness, accuracy or validity of such content, and the works contained are provided for entertainment purposes only.

Lushstories.com has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content, and reserves the right to remove any portion of the content at any time.

Topic WISHING STORMDOG A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND STUFF
Posted 13 Jul 2017 07:07

I hope you had a fun birthday Stormdog.

Apologies, I rarely check in this forum!

Hugs

Topic Moderator of the Month, for June
Posted 13 Jul 2017 06:18

We've had a mad busy few months, with story submissions coming in thick and fast.

One person who we've not seen on the Moderator of the Month Podium for quite some time, really stepped up to the plate in June, and chomped through close to 100 submissions help

A big thank you to Mollydoll, for her tireless efforts =d>

I'll be in touch shortly, about your $100 prize Molly Hugs

Nicola

Topic Plagiarism
Posted 13 Jul 2017 01:16

We take plagiarism very seriously here.

Of late, we've identified no less than 3 members, who have been caught either directly lifting, or rewriting the work of others.

This is theft of intellectual property. It is actually a crime .

Even using a few lines of a song in a poem for example, you are required by law to ask the permission of the owner.

One of the members who directly lifted dozens of stories, has been banned from the site, totally. The others have 12 month publishing bans for creating derivative works (but mostly the work of another).

Please take time to read our terms and conditions again, if you haven't: https://www.lushstories.com/terms.aspx and our disclaimer warning: https://www.lushstories.com/disclaimer.aspx#submissions

In particular:

Story Submissions

You may not post, distribute, or reproduce in any way, any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information on lushstories.com without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner. You must be the author of all works you publish.

You acknowledge and agree that lushstories.com cannot and does not review all of the information that comprises the content, and shall be considered, to the greatest extent possible, to be solely a common carrier of the content. You understand and agree that lushstories.com is not responsible for any of the information that comprises the content.

Any opinions, advice, statements, or content made at or through this website and associated forums are the work product of third parties. Lushstories.com neither guarantees nor endorses the content, usefulness, truthfulness, accuracy or validity of such content, and the works contained are provided for entertainment purposes only.

Lushstories.com has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content, and reserves the right to remove any portion of the content at any time.

Thank you for your attention.

Nicola

Topic Announcing our "Pure Filth" Story Competition - $150 1st Prize
Posted 11 Jul 2017 07:30

I just posted my piece, and the wordcount jumped up to 6,009 on publication, even though the count was an even 6K when I submitted it. Do I need to go in and excise 9 words? Gah!!!

Due to the irregular ways some programs count words, we allow some leeway. It's fine icon_smile

Topic Upcoming changes (which have already occurred for some of us)
Posted 05 Jul 2017 11:27

You had me at "tentacle porn".... the rest was a blur.

Topic Tech problem
Posted 30 Jun 2017 04:06

Excuse the long answer to the short question!

The mobile site is predominantly a read-only portal for the stories / poems, with the advertising revenue from it, paying for the hosting of the desktop site too. I've tested it, and have encountered the same thing as you in the past. It's probably a pop-under ad page you're seeing. The desktop site should load though too, regardless. I believe the current system was set up, to show only one pop-under, per user, per month. I'd have to ask the sponsor.

We have had plans to make it all one responsive site, for quite some time now (regardless of device / platform). But with all the site functionality we have here (like private messaging, one on one chat, chat rooms, voting, comments, videos, profiles, ebooks etc.. all requiring account management / login / backend database etc.), it's not a small undertaking. We will probably start with a stripped down version of the desktop site when it does happen, to allow ads to be turned off, story voting / comments, simple chat, and so forth. Gav is looking at all our options.

It would probably take a full-time programmer, 3-6 months, to do it properly. That is time our programmer doesn't have unfortunately, and it would be cost prohibitive to outsource it (not to mention we wouldn't want 3rd parties, having access to our source code).

So, for now, we're stuck with it the way it is, I'm afraid.