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You seem to be intentionally splitting hairs over semantics. Yes, the Showcase section on the front page was labeled "New Pastas" (I've changed it now), but the intention of Writer's Showcase was never to exclude old stories, it just happens that most users showcase their stories soon after posting.
My story was new when I first put it in Showcase, but as you can see from reading the Showcase Rules, authors are allowed to bump their showcase threads, and there is nothing that states that showcased stories have to be recently uploaded.
Please refrain from making polls asking which character or creepypasta is better/scarier, etc. This is specifically against the Discussions Rules.
How are you looking to contribute? If it's providing feedback, then I suggest the writer's workshop where people post their works to be reviewed. If it's to support an author, consider reading their works, leaving comments, and nominate the story you think is best for PotM. If it's contributing to the site matter, you can edit stories when you spot issues. There are a lot of ways to contribute on the site, so which are you interested in? EmpyrealInvective (talk) 23:47, April 2, 2020 (UTC)
This wiki is no longer accepting trollpastas. Under our site rules, posting one results in a three day ban. I'm going to strongly suggest familiarizing yourself with those rules as another infraction will result in a temporary ban. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 00:21, April 3, 2020 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but no (at least not right now). We have to consider that you've just come back after a long period of inactivity and aren't as familiar with site functions (as demonstrated above). In order for someone to carry on the writer's lounge, we need to be certain that they'll go through with it, conduct the interview properly as to ensure an informative experience, shown insight into reviewing/reading into stories to ensure that their tips and advice is properly elucidated on, and is active enough in the community to be familiar with the author's works.
Currently, you haven't really demonstrated those criteria and haven't really built up enough trust in the site to be charged with interviewing someone. As we tend to only interview a person once, we need to ensure that it will be carried out with the respect and focus they deserve. With some luck, we will one day continue the Writer's Lounge, but until then, we want to make sure it's done properly. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 23:30, April 3, 2020 (UTC)
- In addition, while your enthusiasm is appreciated, I would ask that you please refrain from messaging every admin when you have a question that isn't answered immediately. We all read each other's talk pages so if you post on one admin's talk page, chances are the others will see it, it just sometimes takes time for us to respond.
Re: Author Categories
I'll bring it up with the other admins to review to make sure they fit the criteria (checking to make sure the stories are all their's and that they're complete standalones (i.e. not chapters), but it may take a bit to message the author and carry out the category creation as stuff's hectic on my end and will be that way for the next two+ weeks. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 23:06, April 6, 2020 (UTC)
You have edited an already existing story—adding or deleting more lines, modifying the plot of the story or changing the story altogether, possibly without the permission of the author.
This may be considered as vandalism. First offense is a warning. Repeated offenses will earn you a lengthy ban.
Re: Incorrect Edits
I would suggest bringing it up with another admin if you don't see the issues with your edits so they can also explain the problem with the edits you made to you. You can also read this guide I wrote on the topic after people made a lot of the exact same mistakes you did. To simplify it some: "adding or deleting more lines, modifying the plot of the story or changing the story altogether, possibly without the permission of the author." Your edits made a lot of changes to the story that were unnecessary and altered the author's stylistic choices.
A few examples of this are: "It's just that Anna hasn't been to school for a whole week and people who're gone that long rarely come back" to "It's just that Anna hasn't been to school for a whole week. People that've been gone that long rarely come back".
"Is it that hard to believe in a cannibal black market when animal meat is nigh extinct and more people are dying from starvation than gang violence?" to "Is it that hard to believe in a cannibal black market when animal meat is bordering on the edge of extinction and more people are dying from starvation than sickness?"
"Smart thinking. I have my own reassurance too. Even though I dragged you out here, I kinda hope we don't find anything. The scandal would blow up my blog but seeing a bunch of mutilated corpses would probably scar me for life." to ""Good thinking," remarked Morgan. Then she confessed something to Maria. "Even though I know that I dragged you out here to find a bunch of cannibals, I kind of hope we don't find anything. The scandal would make my blog an online hot-spot, but I would hate to run into a mutilated corpse or an actual cannibal."
There are about a half dozen other examples where you change colloquial dialogue in a manner that is unnecessary and weaken the stylistic choices the author has made. If you feel that dialogue needs revision, bring it up with the author rather than acting without their consent or opportunity to explain their reasoning for something that is very subjective like dialogue.
You also make changes to the wording of the story itself: "Morgan's eyes widened to the point she felt that they would pop out." edited to "Morgan went bug-eyed as the revelation slowly dawned on her.". A tip for editing is that you fix mechanical issues in the story, you don't write the person's story for them and change sections you don't like.
While some of your edits are beneficial, a majority change the writing choices the author has made with dialogue and alter the wording unnecessarily. People do not speak perfect English and they tend to truncate words ("Too late to turn back now." to "Well it's too late to turn back now." does nothing to improve the writing and pointlessly changes the authorial intent/stylistic choices). This is not only improper editing, but it's also not respectful to the author. If you find dialogue to be clunky or word choices to be awkward, it's best to bring it up with the author instead of trying to make your own changes. Fixing blatant mechanical issues like improper punctuation in dialogue, spelling errors, and capitalization issues, but if you find yourself altering the wording, it's not really beneficial editing anymore. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 20:53, April 7, 2020 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but asking people to write from a specific premise doesn't really make for a good contest as it'd result in a lot of similar stories as you laid out the story beats up to the midway point of the plot. Using that as the base for a contest would likely result in a majority of the stories being very similar for a large portion of them. Additionally we currently have someone shopping a contest idea and smoothing out the wrinkles that should be posted about in the near future and we don't like to overlay contests as they tend to result in a drop in author participation. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 20:08, April 9, 2020 (UTC)