Eratosphere Forums Guidelines
following are guidelines (not rules) which, we
hope, will help make everyone's experience at
Eratosphere a pleasant one:
only post metrical/formal poetry on the Metrical
Poetry forum and free verse on the Non-Metrical
However, we do not wish to have lengthy
discussions as to what should go where
-- we leave the decision of metrical/formal
poems versus free verse mostly to the poster.
and informational posts should go in the General
forum, not the poetry or prose forums.
as a member is required for posting in all our
forums. Registered members may edit their own
posts. (Note: once a thread is
created only a moderator may delete it.
If you've double posted or posted to the wrong
forum, contact a moderator. You
may choose to receive an email notification
when someone replies to a thread you've
created. The option must be checked at
time of posting and can't be changed for that
thread. You may define a profile
signature and opt to have it appended
automatically to your posts or not.
(Cute and clever signatures soon get old.)
is considered bad form to post more than one
poem at a time -- critiquing takes time and
effort, and you will want to allow critics
time to respond to your poem as well as those
of others. Each new thread pushes
an older thread off the front page.
PLEASE NOTE: the number of new poems
posted weekly per member, all the poetry
forums combined, should be no more than one,
and we recommend that you wait until
useful commentary has died down on your last
poem before posting another one. Post
revisions in the original thread, if
that thread is still on the board, so as not
to take up a new line. The suggested
method is to edit your original post and cut
and paste the revision above it, labeling both
revision and original version for comparison.
And to make sure the revision is noticed,
don't forget to add a reply at the bottom of
the thread to push it back up.
you want others to comment on your work, it
makes common sense to reciprocate with comment
on posts other than your own. We recommend you
critique several other poems for each one of
your own you post.
confine your remarks to the poem or article
under discussion and refrain from directing
offensive personal (ad hominem) remarks
at the poet or critic. Disagreement and
discussion of points raised in critique is
fine, but abusive or threatening language
toward other members is cause for deletion of
such remarks and possible loss of membership.
Engaging in actions which disrupt the functioning of
any forum and/ or any moderator (including making posts which, though not necessarily ad hominem, frequently trigger contentious discussion threads) may result in the suspension of membership or a permanent ban.
do not recommend posting published
poems/articles in the poetry/prose forums.
Post them there only if you genuinely seek
critique. If you need to make a brag post,
feel free to do so at the General Talk or
the Accomplished Member forums.
We also have three forums for in-depth
dissection of master works and techniques of
prosody--The Discerning Eye, Musing on
Mastery, and our question-and-answer
forum, Ask the Poet Lariat, where
distinguished visiting poets answer members'
that besides using the "Show topics
from last x days" pull-down menu as
needed to select which topics get displayed,
you may also set this choice permanently.
Click on the preferences link for this
may be more topics or discussions than are
listed on the first page of a forum or thread.
In such cases, all the available pages will be
listed near the bottom of the screen (just
above the "Hop to" pull-down
may temporarily suspend anyone’s posting
privileges at any time for violation of
Eratosphere’s guidelines. She will then
inform Alex of this so that he may
review the situation, and get the input of
moderators and other parties with an interest
in, or affected by the incident. Based on a careful review of all the opinions and
viewpoints received, he will make the final
determination as to whether the suspension should be
reversed or made permanent.
staff will not announce suspensions and banishments publicly partly to
salvage some dignity for the ejected member,
and partly to mitigate any disruption of
Eratosphere’s focus and that of the
predominant members with no interest in the
matter -- members who would rather be
writing or critiquing in spite of the worst
rule-breaking antics of the banished member.
Although public discussion of banishment is
discouraged, especially the runaway kind,
the staff welcomes all private communication
by PM or email on the matter from members.
member with suspended posting privileges
remains on Eratosphere’s roster and can
still browse the forums, and even send and
receive private messages. However, he or she
cannot start a new post or respond to an existing
one. For a banned member, all membership
records are expunged, and access to any password-restricted features
are permanently disabled.
- Be sure to familiarize yourself with the
Able Muse / Eratosphere rules, policies and
all registered users did agree to prior to their
fun reading, posting, & responding!
The Eratosphere Staff