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Good morning, peeps! I am happy to announce DM now has a new group facebook page. Tere and I just set it up yesterday so it is still a work it progess, but if you are on fb please join us:

[sign in to see URL]#!/groups/219850654807026/

If you've ever wanted to put faces with the words you've been reading, now's your chance to do so. emoticon

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In September the board turns four years old. For the first time I am worried about the board's livelihood. Simply put it is lacking in engagement. Those who post their poems do so and then leave. So much here to engage in. I do not understand. I have no intention of closing down the board. But the motherboard, Runboard, has a policy of taking down sites that go dormant. That is a concern.

I know I have not contributed much lately. I feel bad about that. I've been preoccupied. My brain not exactly on fire. Preoccupation with cancer, the surgeries and the chemo, has left me with little energy left over for seven months. Now cancer free. But the body recovering from about the most brutally invasive surgery I can imagine. It will still be awhile before I can fully participate. But look around. As one member puts it the board reads like a library. So much here to engage in.

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Hey Tere,

I did some research into Runboard's removal policy for inactive boards that should put your mind to rest on that score:

To free up more resources on the system, we're doing another inactive board cleanup like we did in the past. Currently, we are only flagging boards for deletion, and will start the actual deletions a bit later.

A board will be flagged if, in the last 6 months, it:

* had zero posts,
* had less than 100 views from registered users, AND
* had less than 100 views from unregistered users.

If a board has even one post in the last six months OR enough views in the last six months, it won't be flagged.

Boards with any premium credits are exempt, meaning they will not be deleted.

Board owners: If you receive a notification that your board has been flagged for deletion, simply follow the directions to clear the flag, then make a post at that board to keep the flag away.

Other admins, mods, and regular members: If you see that a board has been flagged, and you don't have the ability to de-flag it, try to contact that board's owner using the email feature. If all else fails, and you really want to save a board, give me a link to it and I can save it.

This inactive board cleanup should clear up a lot of resources, making Runboard run more quickly and smoothly.


[sign in to see URL]#post269411

It doesn't look like DM is in danger of being deleted by Runboard at this time. That said, more activity would be wonderful! I'm hoping that with the onset of fall here in the northern hemisphere board participation will pick up. To that end, I was wondering if members would like to have a board "party" sometime this fall? We could pick a weekend that works for everyone and then ask members to invite potential new members to the board at that time. We could also ask folks to contact old members who haven't been around for a while and invite them to stop by then as well. My hope is that if we got a group of people, old and new, to come around at the same time, it might create a synergistic participation effect. What do you all think of the idea? Yes, no, maybe?

Keep taking good care of yourself, Tere!

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Thanks for the info, Kat. Runboard's protocol does seem generous, inclined on the side of allowance. A good thing. Here is what I don't get. Yesterday, Saturday, the board was viewed 704 times. Today, with 5 hours left on the clock, 547 page views have been metered. Somebody is reading.

I like your weekend board party idea. What about the last weekend in Sep? Still. The board needs engagement from her members.

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I like the idea, Kat, end of September is fine with me,

Chris
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Hi guys,

I've been thinking that maybe we should call it a board open house rather than a party? The end of September works for me too.
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I wanted to give everyone an update on Tere. He has been absent from the board because he moved and needed to have his internet service transferred to his new address. Unfortunately, due to Isaac's aftermath, this transfer was delayed. He had hoped to be online earlier this week, but he got bumped again. The latest transfer date has been set for tomorrow, so with luck, Tere will be back online this weekend. emoticon
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Thanks, Kat.
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Finally. Nothing like moving uptown 3 days after a hurricane swings through. Half moved in, second half moves in in a week's time. But systems up and running enough to be back on line. Seems I got a whole lot of catching up to do. Good to be back to the board.

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Good to have you back, Tere! Congratulations on the move,

Chris
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Tere is in the midst of the second half of the move mentioned above, so he will be away from the board for a few more days. I'm looking forward to the day when, all settled in, our fearless leader returns. emoticon
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Hi Gary,

Although your post was not addressed to me, I will say that I, too, have noticed the decline in particpation on all the poetry boards with which I am familiar.

"I'm going back to sitting on the back porch and writing poetry."

Sounds like a plan. Good luck and happy writing. emoticon
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FYI: Chris and I are both having computer-related problems that prevent us from checking into the board as frequently as we usually do. We are still around, however, and hope to return to normal soon. In the meantime, have fun and carry on!
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Hi Gary,

Yes, Tere is okay. He is in the midst of a major move and is still trying to regain his strength after the surgery and chemo. I hope to see him back on the board any day now.
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Hi all,

As you may be aware, I removed pastel from the membership list per his request. I didn't do that last year when he first asked because I didn't know how. Yesterday I went over to the Runboard support forum and researched the topic. Removing someone from the membership list is different from banning them; he has not been banned.

In retrospect, I could have handled the situation better. The kinds of "critiques" pastel was making will not be tolerated on DM, but I wish I hadn't written "Capiche?" I was channelling my stepdad there for a moment, but I doubt the half-teasing yet serious way he used to say it came through in my post.

I remember making a negative comment, as well as several positive ones, about the poem pastel referred to. I honestly didn't believe my crit, however misguided it might have been, was intentionally agenda-driven. We all have prejudices and preferences, however, when it comes to reading and writing poetry, and those attitudes can and do influence our critiques. A discussion on the topic of agenda motivated critiques might be fruitful to have, but writing agenda-driven critiques as a way to counterbalance agenda-driven critiques you feel you received in the past is not the way to go.
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Okay. Two items. Seems I'm not out of the medical woods due to complications caused by the surgery. One complication involves herniated abdominal muscles that will require more surgery sooner rather than later. But I'm still around and checking in as time and strength permit. As for the board, the reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. For extra credit who said that first? Kidding aside, I along with Kat and Chris remain committed to a viable place for poetry, prose, and the exchange of ideas.

Item 2. To be clear and succinct the person who calls himself pastel has on more than one occasion used Delectable Mnts as a venue in which to "get back" for perceived slights to his poetry posted elsewhere. It is a good thing Kat dealt with this latest venting and not me. To be even clearer we have documentation of pastel's on-board behavior. I'm not at all sorry we didn't cancel his membership however many months ago when he asked us to. He was given ample opportunity to engage in a less abrasive, more positive manner.

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Tere,

It is wonderful to see you posting. Very sorry to hear about post-surgery complications and I hope they are quickly resolved.

Meantime take it easy, you hear?

Chris
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Hi Tere,

It's so good to see you posting! I'm sad to learn you are still struggling with ongoing medical problems. My continued thoughts and prayers are with you for a full recovery as soon as possible.

P.S. For extra credit: Mark Twain?
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Hello board buddies,

I made a small change to the order of the forums on the board today. I moved Right Words & Library down to the fourth section on the front page, placing it right above The Spoken Word. The logic is this: now all the forums for original member writings and original translations are grouped together in the second and third sections, without interruption. I hope this change is agreeable to everyone. It's one I've been wanting to make for a while.
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Good move, Kat. Makes sense to me. Clean too.

Tere
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Hi everyone,

Chris and I have decided to create a new forum, the Novel Spectrum, where members can post novels, short story cycles and novellas. Hope you particpate, partake and enjoy.

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Hi all,

In an attempt to streamline the board, Chris and I have made a few changes. We have tweaked a few of the forum names and eliminated the last two forums. The Honey Bucket, which thankfully had no posts in it, is no more. Also, The Art of Conversation (& TOS) has been deleted, and the information provided in that forum has been moved and made into a closed, sticky topic, here, in Salon Chat.
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Good going, Chris and Kat. It is time for both to go away. My recollection is that I created the fora in a kind of reactionary frame of mind, freshly smarting from bad, less than transparent board management practices from the bad old days. Fora served their purpose. Of course, that is what the Supreme Court decided about the 4th article of the Voting Rights Act too. No barb meant.

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Tere, I saved the blurb from The Honey Bucket: A Depository, so the forum can be quickly and easily recreated should the need arise. In the almost five years the board has been in existence, I only recall the forum being used once or twice, and then only for a very short time as the posts placed there were deemed TOS breakers and ultimately removed from the board.
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Kat and Chris. Curious here. I no longer have access to board stats. What's the daily view count for the last little while? Thanks.

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Hey Tere,

Copying and pasting the stats page here. It's a little jumbled but hopefully you can figure out how to read it:

Traffic stats
Date Not logged in Logged in, non premium Logged in, premium Total pageviews Posted messages
Nov 27, 2013 30 0 35 65 1
Nov 26, 2013 91 0 73 164 1
Nov 25, 2013 107 5 88 200 3
Nov 24, 2013 117 1 10 128 0
Nov 23, 2013 108 1 90 199 2
Nov 22, 2013 123 3 37 163 2
Nov 21, 2013 91 7 11 109 0
Nov 20, 2013 106 33 10 149 1
Nov 19, 2013 100 21 14 135 2
Nov 18, 2013 143 15 21 179 1
Nov 17, 2013 132 29 68 229 4
Nov 16, 2013 117 70 48 235 10
Nov 15, 2013 89 26 70 185 0
Nov 14, 2013 122 72 26 220 4
Nov 13, 2013 153 88 24 265 5
Nov 12, 2013 80 47 49 176 5
Nov 11, 2013 135 54 144 333 11
Nov 10, 2013 103 3 25 131 2
Nov 09, 2013 99 2 46 147 2
Nov 08, 2013 90 36 78 204 7
Nov 07, 2013 121 53 93 267 9
Nov 06, 2013 112 49 50 211 8
Nov 05, 2013 56 24 30 110 3
Nov 04, 2013 108 8 33 149 2
Nov 03, 2013 95 52 64 211 3
Nov 02, 2013 146 56 53 255 4
Nov 01, 2013 113 55 0 168 3
Oct 31, 2013 101 56 54 211 3
Oct 30, 2013 103 9 194 306 9
Oct 29, 2013 115 26 90 231 8
Oct 28, 2013 166 9 47 222 3
Oct 27, 2013 125 13 38 176 4
Oct 26, 2013 125 10 6 141 1
Oct 25, 2013 87 74 6 167 6
Oct 24, 2013 78 7 8 93 0
Oct 23, 2013 123 9 6 138 1
Oct 22, 2013 119 3 5 127 0
Oct 21, 2013 124 9 6 139 0
Oct 20, 2013 92 6 61 159 6
Oct 19, 2013 70 3 2 75 0
Oct 18, 2013 99 19 12 130 2
Oct 17, 2013 94 38 10 142 3
Oct 16, 2013 150 18 24 192 2
Oct 15, 2013 127 59 46 232 3
Oct 14, 2013 157 26 10 193 4
Oct 13, 2013 75 4 1 80 0
Oct 12, 2013 124 7 1 132 0
Oct 11, 2013 88 17 3 108 0
Oct 10, 2013 183 27 9 219 4
Oct 09, 2013 86 28 39 153 1
Oct 08, 2013 93 24 27 144 2
Oct 07, 2013 84 23 45 152 2
Oct 06, 2013 128 12 113 253 4
Oct 05, 2013 121 6 120 247 13
Oct 04, 2013 59 16 36 111 3
Oct 03, 2013 42 11 13 66 1
Oct 02, 2013 123 4 48 175 3
Oct 01, 2013 91 14 29 134 0
Sep 30, 2013 212 49 32 293 3
Sep 29, 2013 304 11 26 341 1
Sep 28, 2013 349 21 35 405 1
Sep 27, 2013 267 7 131 405 9
Sep 26, 2013 144 13 70 227 3
Sep 25, 2013 78 38 94 210 9
Sep 24, 2013 173 38 47 258 7
Sep 23, 2013 91 9 59 159 3
Sep 22, 2013 85 54 5 144 3
Sep 21, 2013 148 24 61 233 9
Sep 20, 2013 97 101 30 228 7
Sep 19, 2013 112 97 151 360 15
Sep 18, 2013 131 29 82 242 4
Sep 17, 2013 74 64 134 272 10
Sep 16, 2013 138 47 113 298 11
Sep 15, 2013 78 55 44 177 6
Sep 14, 2013 214 5 83 302 3
Sep 13, 2013 240 26 43 309 4
Sep 12, 2013 216 38 19 273 2
Sep 11, 2013 205 40 12 257 1
Sep 10, 2013 208 51 8 267 2
Sep 09, 2013 128 24 17 169 2
Sep 08, 2013 109 8 33 150 4
Sep 07, 2013 115 10 44 169 5
Sep 06, 2013 146 45 14 205 5
Sep 05, 2013 340 45 19 404 0
Sep 04, 2013 263 24 25 312 2
Sep 03, 2013 283 85 29 397 4
Sep 02, 2013 135 113 119 367 13
Sep 01, 2013 174 42 25 241 4
Aug 31, 2013 220 20 22 262 1
Aug 30, 2013 214 36 16 266 5
Last 7 days daily average 95.3 2.4 49.1 146.9 1.3
Last 7 days total 667 17 344 1028 9
Last 30 days daily average 106.9 30.0 54.3 191.2 3.8
Last 30 days total 3206 901 1628 5735 115
Last 90 days daily average 132.6 29.6 44.9 207.1 3.8
Last 90 days total 11930 2666 4041 18637 341
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Hi all,

In preparation for our new IBPC nominating process, I have compiled a list of all the poems DM has nominated to date. Chris and I will update the list each month to keep it current, and you can refer it when you make your noms.

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Thanks for the stats, Kat. (For fun say that out loud.) So we're doing all right in spite of the relatively slack commerce. Kind of points to something brought to my attention by a former member, that the board is almost a kind of library or archive of words worth reading. So it seems to me, at least. Don't know about you or others but that makes me feel good about our little place.

Thanks again.

Tere
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