Hey guys. I wanted to ask your opinion on something. There have been a few challenges lately that were not really challenges, but rather exhibitions of one author's work. Personally, I don't mind anyone sharing their story in such a way, but I'm a little scared of this becoming a regular practice.
Thinking about it, there are countless places where one's works can be displayed for feedback. At the same time ThinkWrite is the only website I'm aware off (apart from the forum that emerged from it and that one's dead, I think) that is based on challenges like this. So if we start using its Q&A design for other (albeit related) purposes, I'm afraid its initial intention will be lost.
Meanwhile, I'm 100% for people (an especially existing TW users) asking for feedback from any of us. There is a way to do this, in my opinion, that doesn't go against the site's design. There are a few challenges that are open with general topics, like "short story" or "horror story" and posting as a response in them would have the same effect as posting a new challenge, since it would be moved to the top automatically for everyone to see.
Recently Steve ended up removing his story from TW altogether which I felt really bad about (but he did say it had nothing to do with my comment). Jamcal's post technically is a new challenge, although it's more of a "You all look at my story please and, yeah, you can write stuff too, I don't really care" and in my opinion should be treated equally.
Anyway, I want to know what you guys think because I think we should apply the same criteria for everyone. If it's okay with you then challenges like this stay. If it's not, then I'll ask Jamcal and anyone else in the future to move their story to an existing challenge.
I would once again like to repeat that I really do want these stories to stay, I'm only asking in what form do you think is best.
Jamcal, if / when you read this, please understand that this is not directed at you. I understand why you made the challenge and, like I said, I'm not entirely against it. Please don't rush to remove it and rest assured that your story is welcome here and you'll get your feedback, no matter what we conclude in this discussion. Also, feel free to state your opinion as well.
P.S. Initially I posted this as a new "challenge", but then I thought I should practice what I preach, so I found this old thread and copied it here. If any of you saw the challenge in the meantime, this is where it went.