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I was just sitting here reading all the terrific prose on the site and then admonished myself for something to which I was glaringly negligent. \'What?\'... you all say with bated breath - OK, not bated but perhaps mildly interested. I haven\'t been rating the pieces here and for what ever you think of that system I believe it is a good tool. For our new members, there is a box at the top right of the screen, in all postings, that allows you to rate what you read. Now, I know it is subjective, but it allows those of us who are not comfortable providing lengthy comments, because we don\'t feel we are adequate or not qualified to do that (not true - any comment is always appreciated) or just not comfortable in writing about other peoples work. (That\'s cool too!) Providing a rating lets the writer know that you are out there reading their effort. We writers don\'t get many strokes and no one wants to criticize - so where else do we get honest feedback for this lonely work we do? The answer is here at Litdotorg. So if you don\'t feel comfortable (yet) commenting rate the work you read.

Here is the thing with the application - you can\'t write a comment and then go up and rate in the same action. You will lose your comment. If you are commenting post it first - then go back to that thread and go to the rating box and post your number. I promise I will do better as well.
Bless you all, each and every one!

Why is doing what you love the hardest thing to do? Is it because failing what you thought defined you would be too devastating a thing from which to recover? If so, we stay where mere accident has left us.

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The following comments are for "To all -'Ratings'"
by jonpenny

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Yikes! Where did the slashes and typos come from? Okay, I'm a dolt. But please consider the intent of the announcement and not dismiss it for the hurried and poor typing and grammar.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: September 22, 2009 )

RE jonpenny & ratings
Take note that your spurious slashes all precede apostrophes. It's not your fault. Sometimes from pasting to posting oddities creep in. I too have seen volunteer slashes appear in my postings. My paragraph indentations often disappear. It must be a quirk of between MS Word (or whatever you're using) and's software.

Don't sweat it (but I DESPISE seeing errors I did not make turn up in my posted work), but it happens. I try to post error-free material, but sometimes these post-post glitches happen. I noticed it more with MS Word 2K than with the 2007 version.

Experienced members will realize you're not slash-happy or illiterate.

Welcome aboard!
Steve aka drsoos

Oops! Re your article:
I prefer comments to numerical ratings. Comments inform me as to what worked and what didn't. Numbers don't. Low ratings are particularly discouraging lacking explanation.

To summarize: If you're going to rate something numerically, explain it with a comment.

Excellent subject! I rate it a 9.9, but here, not there.

Steve (aka drsoos)

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: October 17, 2009 )

2 droos
I'm glad to be aboard, Thanks my friend. I agree with you and it would be ideal if everyone did both - although I sometimes forget as well. Anyway - 'Somethings are right - some things are wrong - but most things do what they're supposed to.'
(From a poem I used to tell my kids.)
Bless you.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: October 18, 2009 )

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