The function of a forum is discussion. Sometimes members may post bizarre news stories, pose interesting questions, choose to display their artistic or written works for others to see and critique, or many other imaginative and creative topics of discussion. The common thread here is not what members post in their opening comments, but the dialogue which emerges after that first post, where members may discuss the topic, give feedback on any posted works, and in general carry out community interaction. The word "forum" describes the open public spaces in ancient roman cities where townspeople would gather to chat, hold meetings, have political debates, and interact in general. Therefore, interaction must be encouraged.
But having a conversation with a person whose mouth is taped shut usually ends up being a fruitless process. In order to qualify as a discussion or dialogue, a minimum of two people must participate (Di-, Greek prefix for two). A discussion board where only one person may speak is not a forum at all.
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Now, it is through the above paradigm that I have discovered a logical fallacy within the written works forum of this website. Members here appear to have the ability to post their works and immediately close their topics, sealing off any further input and rejecting all opportunities for discussion, feedback, compliments, or criticisms. This action is incongruous with the explicit purpose of a forum [see above].
Besides preventing discussion, the proliferous rate at which some writers post their stories and immediately close off discussion has actually begun to push other writer's works off the main page, making the written works published by members who invite feedback increasingly scarce. It is truly a shame that those the members who publish their works in order to encourage conversation are being displaced by those who deny it.
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I implore the powers that be on this forum to put an end to this. Members should only post written or artistic works on this website when they wish them to be discussed. Those who post their works but forbid feedback are exploiting this website as a soap box to preach to a captive audience. We don't need these cheap marketing ploys, we have enough of that around here with ad-sense. What we need is a forum.