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If it is a board for creative writing and original translations, there is no need to have a high profile person to host the board. What you need is a traffic director/house keeper. The hosts are just overseeing the operation; they don’t have to be contributors. Of course, it would be icing on the cake if the hosts themselves also contribute, especially during a dry spell. Keep in mind we are talking about works written for display, and not works submitted for revision, so there is no critical need for a super-duper grammar or writing-style guru. Of course, friendly constructive feedback should be allowed, and in fact, encouraged.|
That brings up the point of what to, and what not to, accept. Unlike a newspaper or a magazine, an open forum does not usually reject a contributed article. Indeed, deleting any article deemed unworthy of reading would no doubt generate a howl of protests. Moderators would be accused of playing gods. But, on the other hand, accepting any articles, no matter how poor, would tarnish the image of the board. At Rainlane (http://yeti.rainlane.com) we actively encourage contributors to submit articles to the “Workshop board” if they are looking for massive revamping, and we remind our members that articles submitted to the “Featured Articles” board ([url=(http://www.rainlane.com/list.asp?boardid=26](http://www.rainlane.com/list.asp?boardid=26[/url]) be given only light does of suggestions.
We had incidents of losing competent writers when they accidentally “corrected” each other’s contributions, thinking those were submitted for revision. Since then, I have to constantly remind contributors to put down “feedback/revision request/welcome” if they don’t mind having their work put under the microscope.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite all of you to come and have a look at our Featured Articles board. It is not an exclusively original works board, but, as the name suggests, articles that are specially featured.