Re: RARA-AVIS: On posting fiction here...

William Denton (
Sun, 19 Jul 1998 21:52:55 -0400 (EDT) On Sun, 19 Jul 1998, Words from the Monastery wrote:

: That was true ... five years ago, but today it's extremely rare to
: find anyone who pays by the minute and does not have unlimited
: access ...

You must live in North America. Most Europeans still pay by the
minute. I don't know what it's like in Africa, Asia or South America.
All continents but Africa (and Antarctica) are represented on this
list, and we mustn't complicate things for them.

Also, if simple deletion was enough, nobody would mind spam. Anyone
who gets lots of spam knows how annoying it is, and what the true
costs are.

Anyways, enough of this. I'll count you as not minding fiction. I've
got another reason to be opposed to it: it'll either inhibit true
reactions, or cause flames. When we talk about someone else's work,
we're free to speak our minds. There are some published writers on
the list, and people comment on their works, but we're polite and the
writers have probably had far worse. They're pros. Unpublished
writers can be quite touchy, and if subscribers are expected to give
comments on the stories - and there's no reason why they should, when
agents and editors make a living at that - then if they give harsh
criticism, the whole thing is bound to turn into a flame fest. To
stop this from happening, some people might just give friendly pats on
the head instead of real comments. The whole exercise would be


William Denton | Toronto, Canada | | Caveat lector.
            "Let's keep the party polite."

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