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Don
Posted: March 31st, 2004, 9:32pm Report to Moderator
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Hi All,

Please read THE GUIDELINES before you post.  Trust me, it will make for a happier experience.

THE GUIDELINES

1. This discussion board is privately run for the discussion of screenwriting, movies, music and poetry.   We reserve the right to:
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2. Please be Civil
3. Do not be disrespectful of other members, do not put down other members of the board, do not attack or encourage other to attack a member of the board.
4. You must be 13 years of age or older to post on the board.  
5. PLEASE, DO NOT WRITE IN ALL CAPS.
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   a. Don't create multiple usernames just to have arguments with yourself.
11. When reviewing a script, you should back up negative comments by citing evidence from that script about which the comment is being made.  And never make a negative comment about a person.

12.  More to come. (Ever read Animal Farm?)

In a nutshell.  Be cool.  Be respectful of everyone on the board.  I reserve the right to ban anyone for not following the rules above OR for just being a jerk.  I also reserve the right to ban anyone without a warning or explanation.  It doesn't matter how much you have posted or whether or not you are a moderator (who thankfully have been pretty good about setting the example on the board).

So, If you have hang-ups about the guidelines, here and only here is your forum to complain.

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In addition, I've had some folks complain to me about infringing on their first amendment right to free speech.  The right to free speech is the right not to have one's right to free speech infringed by the Government. This is a private discussion board, that each of us agreed to join.  This discussion board is not sponsored by the Government.  The moderators of this board may terminate a thread whenever he/she wants, for whatever reason he/she wants, and he/she is not infringing anyone's First Amendment right to free speech.  Contributing to this site is like being in someone's home - if you say something objectionable to the host, you risk being thrown out of the house on your ear.


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Quoted from Don
   a. Don't create multiple usernames just to have arguements with yourself.


Has this actually happened? the arguing with yourself part? just curious.


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I don't know about using sockpuppets to argue with yourself, but a number of people have used them to praise their own work.  Usually it's pretty obvious.


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Stifler is one such puppet, one of the more note worthy ones anyway.

The rest went under the radar as Don's fast acting but the fact nobody knows about them eventhough I say it all the time and even in the WIP thread I linked to these rules as they are universal.


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I agree with all those, because I think it is not a board to show bad manners, but as I said it is a place to exchange ideas, to discuss our works.

Ps I've just a wish to do: don't write abreviations like WIP, QR, PPD etc, because many of member here is new.  Besides is okay and  I want to move in the track!
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I think a good rule for the board would be to read something before you put your own script up.  It's extremely irritating to see Little Joey Writer's first two posts both say, "Will someone read my script?"

Unless you submit at just the right time, it'll take a week before your script is posted.  Use the time to read a script or two.

Read mine.  I won't complain.


Phil

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That would be nice, but I think it takes a while for a new member to feel comfortable enough to criticize "the big boys".

I tried during my first few weeks here, but I seem to recall giving next to nothing to "The Burnout" -- as I couldn't imagine that you could possibly care less what I had to say.  (Of course, perhaps you still don't  )

If you enforced such a rule on a new member, you would probably get "This is great!", and not much more.  Then there would be huge pontifications about what constituted a review that was "good enough", with word counts and god knows what else and it would just be a big mess.

I think referring "Little Joey Writer" and those like him to the review exchange board is a subtle enough hint.

Can't wait to rip into "Tower", btw....





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Quoted from bert
That would be nice, but I think it takes a while for a new member to feel comfortable enough to criticize "the big boys".


They shouldn't feel this way.  That's like saying Hollywood produces movies for movie critics.  It's important that everyone, from the PITA's like myself to Little Joey Writer, like any particular script.  The newbie may see things that the bog boys don't.  Maybe the newbie doesn't understand something the rest of us do.  That should be addresses for the sake of my script as well as his own peace of mind.




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I tried during my first few weeks here, but I seem to recall giving next to nothing to "The Burnout" -- as I couldn't imagine that you could possibly care less what I had to say.  (Of course, perhaps you still don't  )


If I intend to sell any of my scripts, I should know what everyone thinks.




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If you enforced such a rule on a new member, you would probably get "This is great!", and not much more.  Then there would be huge pontifications about what constituted a review that was "good enough", with word counts and god knows what else and it would just be a big mess.


The newbies should also read other people's reviews.  If you wrote that a particular script was the best out there and the other ten people thought it was trash, you should find out why.  THis is a good way to find out how you should review a script.



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Can't wait to rip into "Tower", btw....


The story is layed out (in my head) and I am working on it.  I'm happy to say that it's not just another script of Whitey kicking ass, but actually a continuation.

Hopefully, I'll have it up before the end of the year.


Phil (Tanuki-free for twelve hours)

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Anyway...TriggerStreet has the 2 script requirement to post, and actually takes it one step further and requires 2 scripts per review in you want your script to count in the ranking. It's kind of crazy after awhile. They also require a review of at least 50 words, and there's a quiz at the end of the review to make sure you read the script. This is so people aren't posting a review of "cool" and getting counts to submit their script.

I think the read for a read is a good thing, but I think you can see how such a thing can easily get out of hand.


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Plus the message board over there sucks, I tried it out a year ago and it just doesn't have what this site does.

I wouldn't post my work on that site though but I did review a couple short films while I was a member which wasn't long.

The fact that we don't have one of those shows you how much Don cares about "new" writers, trying to help them get better but they aren't living up to their end of the deal so for the most part they get what they give (Nothing)

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When Triggerstreet came online, I thought about changing the site to something along that line.  However, I just don't have the financial backing to do that.  Besides, I like my 'everyone gets a chance' niche.  

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Triggerstreet is for the big boys.  Many more regulations and requirements, but it doesn't have the community feel as Simplyscripts.  The idea of having little Jimmy read a script before submitting is a good idea, but most of the time when a new guy is begging for their script to be read, they usually give up and leave in a week anyway.


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When Triggerstreet came online, I thought about changing the site to something along that line.


Blech.  Don't do it.  I tried it out, too, and didn't much care for it.

You can't choose what you read, which totally sux.  The first thing I got was in Final Draft, which I couldn't even open, and the next was a rom-com with the logline:  "If you hate rom-coms you will probably hate this."  Sheesh...no offense, Mike.  The third was a slasher that would only have been maybe top 40% of slashers here.

It might be nice to drop screenplays with no activity whatsoever after, like, maybe a year.  That might help clean out "non-members" that are just taking up space.


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And now, back to the topic at hand...


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When Triggerstreet came online, I thought about changing the site to something along that line. However, I just don't have the financial backing to do that.  Besides, I like my 'everyone gets a chance' niche.


Maybe you could get Coors. I mean, they have Budweiser. Why not, right?


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Blech.  Don't do it.  I tried it out, too, and didn't much care for it.


I agree. I like the feel of this site more just because is feels...I don't know...easier. There's no competition or anything so everyone tends to get along (well, mostly). Also agree with the community comment. Maybe I'm just ensconsed (<--sp?). Now, if you want to devote time to reading a couple of scripts to boost your credits up a little, you can get some quick reads and reviews over there, no doubt about it. But Bert is right about the choosing thing. You can read anything you want, but you can't review what you want (and have it count).

I, too, was hit with a rom-com, but this one had no plot to it. Kinda sad.


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It might be nice to drop screenplays with no activity whatsoever after, like, maybe a year.  That might help clean out "non-members" that are just taking up space.


Might be worthwhile. You could shoot an email to the person who posted it or something. Then again, that might be really time-consuming.


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The idea of having little Jimmy read a script before submitting is a good idea, but most of the time when a new guy is begging for their script to be read, they usually give up and leave in a week anyway.


That would be the unwritten rules. Generally members of our community get reads and those that aren't, don't. I mean, why bother writing a review that will never be read. Before I joined the board and got into it, nothing I wrote was read...or at least, never reviewed.


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