I "was without" soup a year ago because I belonged to another on line poetry site and they were none to nice to me.
Criticism ran rampant no matter what was written and without my asking for their opinions, I was bombed with them! I always felt like an outsider and it seemed that those who were throwing out insults were each vying for the number one spot on that site, though I never knew what it was.
I then deleted all my poetry and after searching frantically I finally found "Soup." I was elated to become a paying member, at first, thinking "maybe" I would be treated better. I was actually shocked when I read the administrators rules, "You must speak respectfully and insulting another member is NOT ALLOWED and WILL NOT be tolerated."
Next I was greeted by Linda the Sweetheart of Poetry Soup who was kind and paid me a compliment and then next came Carolyn Devonshire, Dr Ram, Nettie Onclaud, VeeBdosa, Carol Brown,Sami Helbaoui and so many others who gave me "hope" with their warm welcomes.
So thanks "Soupers" it feels good to feel good!