I am hoping to be able to do reviews of members work and in exchange get some feedback on my work in progress. How do I do this?
I think most of the people on here are not from the US. Agent Pete started this site and I think it's mostly popular with those writers who have looked him up in the UK to submit to and then found this site, so a good portion are UK.Of course it's not down to me to suggest how the site is run, but I can give you my impression of what it looks like to a non-US outsider.
Hmm. There's certainly a strong and welcome US presence in Litopia, but I wouldn't have called it a US group -- not sure if that was your impression? And having been a member for a while, I would say it's anything but cliquey -- obviously some in-jokes develop over time, as will happen with any community, but I have never seen anybody being intentionally excluded on this or any other basis. If you think you are missing out on something, just say so -- you'll find many Litopians willing to explain / help. As for 'strange ways of doing things' - I suspect there's method in our madness, but everything is relative, I suppose.Thanks to Carol for this. I think you neatly illustrate my point about 'criticise'. Criticism, like argument, is a way of stimulating discussion or learning about something. Of course it's not down to me to suggest how the site is run, but I can give you my impression of what it looks like to a non-US outsider. On the one hand you seem to be something of a clique with some strange ways of doing things, but on the other hand you seem very open to new members and have responded fully and generously to my first dip into the pool that is Litopia. I will certainly follow your advice and see how I get on.
What? You have some sort of secret inner circle? Why? This just seems silly to me.
Just gave you one - but I'll happily remove it and replace it with a pint of beer if you preferWhat's a panda?
We're not really sure. It's one of the new like buttons that have recently appeared, but as it appears to give a negative rating I've changed it into a wise owl instead
Are the pandas a DOOM motif? Better get the low down in black and white. (scuttles away, ashamed of cheesy puns but with no intention of desisting)
Interesting points. Take the ants in my back yard. They raid my kitchen but they always carry the spoil back to their colony except when they find a drop of honey or jam. So far as "critique" as a verb goes, you'll have to put it down to language change. I used to fret about "impact" losing its preposition and becoming a verb. Phrases such as: "It impacts the whole community" still send shivers across my lexicographical sensitivity. But there you are. It's happening.OK, but I have a few more negatives to get out of the way. Writing is about words and I care about how they are used.
Firstly I hate the use of the word 'Critique' as a verb. We already have the right word - criticise. Secondly if Litopia is a 'colony' where or what is it colonising? A colony is a group of people who have established a new home for themselves on someone else's territory. Is this what you are about, or are you an online community?