Thank you, I'm glad to hear it was a nice read :)
Thanks Will for the opportunity to answer those lovely questions!
In the interest of letting sleeping dogs lie, I can't share the specifics, but it involved Summon Bigger Fish
I like the idea of every storygame that achieves a rating above a specified minimum level of quality gets a commendation; a four or a five could be that minimum level of quality. Of course, this would lower the value of the commendation, but not by a large amount and it would be a good motivator to write more storygames.
Aside from that, I like the description of CYS and the components necessary for it continue thriving and pumping out new literary works made by Stryker; members and their various and different backgrounds, personalities and skills that collaborate over improving on a common goal is the heart of any good community.
For even more tips, here's a list by William Safire: http://www.listsofnote.com/2012/01/fumblerules-of-grammar.html
I don't agree. Even without addressing the fact that this system will no-doubt be open to abuse, and also involve an arbitrary date-line, etc. there's no real benefit to it as it doesn't serve as any additional motivation. Are there any storygames that have been published in 2017 which deserve to be commended but aren't?
I agree that some sort of site guideline for commendations should be drafted and posted. Perhaps we can innersource this?
Yeah, that's actually rather complete. If you write it up in complete sentences that aren't phrased as a reference to the admins in the third person, and reply to this post with it, I'll add it to this article and reward with some points.
I was thinking the system would remove any potential bias by making it automatic and that commendations would be more decided by the community rather than the moderators, at least for storygames. But yes, the system can and would most likely be abused, and that invalidates my second point (which is purely an opinion). I also agree with your points on additional motivation, so I'm no longer for changing the system.
It's true that community-sourced commendations would be less biased, but at least at present, I think I'm okay with some admin introduced bias, especially considering that we are largely good at paying attention to community opinion. This way, guests and new users aren't playing a large part in the selection of our community branded works.
Yes! There will be a natural correlation, but they aren't the same things.
"A new featured called ‘SANCTIONS’ has been built. The essence of this feature is that forum posts, storygames, comments, and articles can be sanctioned by administrators. A sanctioned piece of writing is a piece of writing that an administrator has deemed to be an excellent contribution to the website. All featured comments and accepted articles from here on out are sanctioned by default. Storygames and forum posts are sanctioned manually by administrators. Only excellent contributions to the website will earn sanctions. Anything posted before 2017 is not eligible for sanctioning but admins may go and sanction some content from earlier this month. Please do not pester them with suggestions."
Even though I don't post much, I do read the newsletters and enjoy your short stories.
Yeah, I do.
Sometimes I do. Depends on my mood, really. Sometimes I just want to read people's thoughts and opinions and not a full-fledged story.