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    Hello W/N - Rich Wilshere Here

    Hello writers.net; I wanted to introduce myself and let everyone know that Iíve been engaged by CrowdGather, the site owner, to step in as interim moderator. My goal is to serve this site by helping to increase traffic and membership, and to improve content. The key to this effort is that we work together to ensure anyone (at any level) who has a passion for writing feels welcome to contribute, learn and grow as a writer in our community.

    While Iím getting acquainted with the site, Iím open to new ideas about the site in general, and to hearing feedback from all of you about how to make improvements to the community.

    Looking forward to working with all of you, and helping to grow writers.net into a more prominent writing community.

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    Rich

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    Hello, Rich! Pleasure to meet you.

    Just want you to know that our beloved ex-mod, Victoria, was working on getting her good friend, Stephen King, over this way for a little fireside chat among the members. Am hoping she (ahem) mentioned it to you during her exit interview. I was pretty sure she said "good friend." Yes, I'm sortof certain. Could be wrong, but I don't think so. Huh. Might have to do a search on that one.

    ANYway - looking forward to interacting with you and seeing what you got!! Welcome!
    Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Bets View Post
    Hello, Rich! Pleasure to meet you.

    Just want you to know that our beloved ex-mod, Victoria, was working on getting her good friend, Stephen King, over this way for a little fireside chat among the members...
    Cindy, thanks for the warm welcome. I will definitely check with Victoria on the potential Stephen King visit. Look forward to working with you as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Wilshere View Post
    My goal is to serve this site by helping to increase traffic and membership, and to improve content... I’m open to new ideas about the site in general, and to hearing feedback from all of you about how to make improvements to the community.
    Howdy, Interim Moderator Rich!

    Not sure how you'd "increase traffic," but look at the numbers of the membership: 4,146 as we speak. No small potatoes that. Every day we notice a new name being welcomed, although chances are good we never see anything posted by said new member. It seems most of them come on board to just lurk.

    You said you were open to "new ideas about the site in general." How about finding a way for us to correct the boo-boos in the subject line of our new threads? That would be a big help, and save a lot of embarrassment.

    For instance, down in the pits -- in the Controversial Topics section -- you'll see a thread called "Nine Eleen." Now what the hell is that, you may wonder. Eleen sounds like a name for a sweet Irish lass, doesn't it? But that ain't what it was meant to be.

    Anyway, enjoy your stay...for however long you can last.

    *_*

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    Greetings, Rich -

    It sometimes seems that every moderator is an interim moderator. How long have you signed up for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leslee View Post
    Greetings, Rich -

    It sometimes seems that every moderator is an interim moderator. How long have you signed up for?
    Hi Leslee - I'm actually going to be here indefinitely. I work for the company, and anticipate being the mod for a long time.

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    Welcome, Rich. I think it would be fine if WN regained a position of being a premier writing advice and discussion site. There were times when professionals in the field were engaged in advice and discussion here--and there have been best-sellers spawned from advice given here. Being a premier writing advice and discussion site doesn't mean it has to be a "community," though, as far as I'm concerned.

    The Internet needs sites where those seeking advice on writing and publishing can come for discussion with those with experience and expertise in this. Folks won't agree on everything--it's a wide-open industry as far as what works and what doesn't and it's volatile, ever changing. But the silliness of personal backbiting and irrelevant yammering continuously threatens to pull it down to just another chat room on the Internet. In that vein, I could do without Smoko and the CT here at all and I think the answer to keeping personal backbiting, flaming, and irrelevant "see the picture of my pet hamster" chit chat to a minimum is just to erase it when it begins to overshadow the writing and publishing advice. Quickest to go, I think would be the Smoko and CT flame warring. Trolls don't blossom where their efforts to flame are just extinguished.

    Think, though, that a moderator has to be knowledgeable enough of writing and publishing to know what comments on writing/publishing questions are constructive even if highly critical and to preserve the real service a site like WN can give--giving honest, constructive, knowledgeable (which doesn't mean all giving the advice will agree) writing/publishing advice. And, unfortunately, in this business "don't give up your day job" or "invest more of your own effort into it and take my spoon out of your mouth" is quite frequently constructive advice and not taking anything but "it's all pure gold" well as advice also is going to frequently happen. The publishing world isn't a kindergarten. A seeking author isn't going to get handholding and stroking unless she/he can deliver the goods without pushing the easy button. There's no reason why an advice Web site should make him/her think otherwise.

    Just my opinion on the Web site. Over the years I've invested quite a bit into making it a cut above the rest in the level of advice (and advisers). But I've come and gone based on the level of "community" politics and silliness. You can do what the owners of the site want to do with it and I'll gauge my participation proportionately. I do think that the more active members the site can get ginned up, the less of a closed community talking gerbils and what folks had for dinner--thus just like any other chat room on the Internet--it will be.
    Last edited by Gary Kessler; 09-07-2011 at 05:31 PM.

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    So, does this mean my posts will actually get approved now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Nicholl View Post
    So, does this mean my posts will actually get approved now?
    Yes, and welcome to W/N

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Nicholl View Post
    So, does this mean my posts will actually get approved now?
    I can vouch for Nathan - let him off the probationary list, please?
    Cindy

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