IronPanther, The Novelist

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Dr. Figar's Lessons on Job Employment

Travel to the edge of madness in an unreasonable educational class on job employment, as hosted by the mildly insane, usually unethical, and generally not-so-helpful Dr. Snarg Figarnargadarg. Learn at your own risk. Getting employed and making money is not guaranteed. No refunds given for time spent.

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CYS is a pretty relaxed place to visit, with a wide range of personalities, and that's something the community prides itself in. We're not an uncivilized bunch and do hold ourselves to a reasonable standard.

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Chaos Contest on 4/27/2017 4:47:30 PM

Remember the goal for most isn't necessarily to win (except for those who made that bet), but to write a solid story by the deadline. It's easy to get caught up in trying to make something as good as possible, to the point that you never complete it. 

It's better to publish something average and live up to your obligation, than to aim for perfection and complete nothing at all. Normally storygames have no deadline and it's fine to take the time you need to finish. But a contest you've entered has a set timetable, and giving up points to enter is a commitment saying you'll do it.

Points are arbitrary and don't mean anything in the grand scheme of life, but the ability to stand by your word and do what you say you'll do is a valuable skill both online and offline. That's why I encourage people to not back out after already entering.

I'm confident that most here can write a solid story that meets the minimum site requires, even over this last weekend from scratch. 3.5K words = a 4/8 story length and I've seen some really decent shorter CYOA stories here. 

[Forum] Age limit on new users on 4/2/2017 1:40:51 PM

I agree email activation would be a good step to add. Having an age limit on registration, I have more mixed feelings on. Most younger kids probably wouldn't contribute much, and are more prone to get their feelings hurt, but that doesn't mean all of them are not interested in sharing their writing and improving it. Though there's probably sites that are a little more kid-friendly, so even if we lost a few registrations, they'll still have other places to accomplish the same thing.

February Flash Fiction Contest Results on 3/8/2017 10:39:24 PM

Nice, congrats to both Romulus and Berka! 

This had an amazing turnout and it was great we got so many entries. As usual I had a fun time reading through everything. I enjoyed seeing all the different approaches people took within the tight word count.

EndMaster’s Edgelord Contest on 3/2/2017 4:50:11 PM

Honestly I had a tough time defining edgy. That's probably why mine had everything ranging from a "screamo community band" to poetry at the end, with a bunch of predictable nonsense along the way. It had some variation, but was too busy.

Roughly, I view edgy as breaking the norms of society, sometimes for the sake of it and without reason other than to appear "edgy" to others. It doesn't actually have to be violent or disturbing, but that's the most straightforward way to approach it.

EndMaster’s Edgelord Contest on 3/2/2017 2:16:53 PM

This contest was a creative idea, thanks for hosting it and taking the time to do the edgy mini-reviews for everybody. As anyone who's talked with me knows, I'm probably one of the least edgy people on the site. I do have a sense of humor at least. So of course I had to dive in and give it a try, because it looked like too much fun to sit out for.

I did actually read through all of the stories. Congrats to Breezy for failing the least on this one. Mizal's was probably my favorite of the bunch since I'm a sucker for sci-fi, aside from EndMaster's posts.

The Weekly Review - Edition 35 on 3/1/2017 1:34:58 AM

Even though I don't post much, I do read the newsletters and enjoy your short stories.

[SITE] Let me paste! on 2/28/2017 4:06:34 PM

If you're using a keyboard, then holding ctrl + v is an easy way to paste things. And ctrl + c for copying.

[Site] Lists on 2/28/2017 12:17:29 AM

This is a fair response. It wouldn't be too hard to keep something updated this way and it could still be a community collaborative effort for those interested.

[Site] Lists on 2/28/2017 12:09:52 AM

I believe reference articles would work, unless the ability to pin a post could be added. Then it'd just fill the same role as the article, but may be easier to reference for forum regulars. 

For the article route, we might want a central "hub" article to handle all of the base level traffic. You want to direct people to one spot so everyone can easily link to it, then have enough information from there to branch outward and make it easy to find content. It'd probably make sense to spread out the lists, depending how many links/threads/etc are involved, into a couple articles. You'd also want to use a similar naming format for all of them, so people randomly searching the Help & Info section can see it's all related.

[Site] Lists on 2/28/2017 12:00:11 AM

This is a good thought. If you have an assigned moderator handle it, then it wouldn't need to be added to an admin's plate. Although the article(s) likely wouldn't need to be updated too often once it's actually set up and a full collection of posts is gathered.