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PoetrySoup also sponsors free poetry contests with cash awards once every four months. The PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest is free poetry contest open to all forms and genres of poetry. This contest now awards $1000 in prizes yearly and is open to all poets either with or without previously published poetry. Only electronic submissions through the PoetrySoup website are accepted.


 

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New Features for PoetrySoup in the Near Future.
Blog Posted:12/10/2013 10:00:00 PM

 

We have heard your requests for the following new features and we hope to incorporate them into PoetrySoup as resources become available. Just wanted to let you know what the future holds.
  • Limit the number of poems that can be posted within a specific time period.
  • Allow the turning on and off of commenting on your poems.
  • Control whether poems are available on PoetrySoup sister websites.
  • Incorporation of website Moderators from within the Soup Community.



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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 12:43:00 PM
    Sorry! It should be "his or her submission" and not "their submission". Also, "my comment, please advise" and not "my comment. please advise"

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 12:36:00 PM
    Dear Poetry Soup, This may not be on topic but I would like to know why the sponsors of some contests insist that an entrant must specify his or her name with their submission. I think that the focus should be on the quality of the poem submitted and not on the poet. I should mention that not all contests insist on the poet's name. I do not understand why it is necessary to know the poet's name. If this is not the forum for my comment. please advise me of the proper forum for it. Thank You!

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 8:08:00 AM
    Thanks putting the button as I humbly suggested in my comment below, PST.

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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 4:18:00 PM
    What's happened on your recent blog? That's one of the new features? You can turn off all commenting? ... I think im going to take a week off from the Soup.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/12/2013 4:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :( This poet feels bled out... I wish you and I could meet for a coffee, friend... I was honest on that blog, said I felt hurt and wondered where TPS's EMOTIONS were... apparently that caused a shutdown to the blog... it's beginning to feel cyborg-cold in this place.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 1:28:00 PM
    Please don't forget that you can turn off the email notification feature; it helped me a lot. But a little concerned about limiting the number of poems that can be posted; you have to take into consideration the new members to the site posting their work here.

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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 9:26:00 AM
    Good morning, Poetry Soup, thanks for working hard in making this place work better in some ways. However, I stated below that I had a few poetry soup request. .... #1.... I don't mind the reply button. But, the email notifications are annoying, and coming in constant. now I have 3 times the amount of emails. 1) every comment I receive 2) now, every email 3) now every reply on a comment I left..... so wow! it's like spamming my email box. I received 97 emails from soup alone in less than 3 days. I don't want to turn off receiving mail from soup every time I receive a comment. how about adding something where I don't need to receive the other emails. Thanks

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 9:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Agreed, we are working on a different email solution.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 9:17:00 AM
    If someone is a person of honor, they would not want an enemy banned for insufficient cause--I see, ulterior motives that are very disconcerting--almost like some evil force behind this.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/12/2013 2:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben, behave yourself--this is a very serious discussion!! LOL--it is actually
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/12/2013 9:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Agreed? Wait a minute ... I'm in charge of the jokes here.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Agreed
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 9:02:00 AM
    General Yamamoto said after the attack on Pearl Harbor, "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and given them a terrible resolve" and at the Battle at Thermopylae when Xerxes told King Leonidas that when his archers attacked the arrows would blot out the sun, the Spartan King said "Then we will fight in the shade" You have spoken mistruths and it is not becoming. This is not a question, it is a statement.

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 10:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    true...our bad...
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/12/2013 10:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Very professional response, TPS.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 10:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ...ever notice that it is ALWAYS the same 5-6 people that have issues with things?
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 10:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That may be the case, or it may not. :-)
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/12/2013 9:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hear you but unfortunately here, the loud minority is not what I assume you allude to, for instance those in Cyndi's blog including myself, I contend that the loud minority are those members of the soup who are self proclaimed leaders and the majority is everyone else.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 9:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ...or the loud minority...as in politics.
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/12/2013 9:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Only Sir if you understand truly who the many are, perhaps that is being misjudged?
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 9:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Spock: Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...the needs of the few...Or the one." :-)
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/12/2013 9:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    perhaps you are thinking--ah, but the Spartans lost---it was a pyrrhic victory because they lost thousands and history remembers the Spartans.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 8:55:00 AM
    My last comment must have been accidentally deleted.. It was not a question, it was an opinion. I won't ask another question. But I'd like to say something. You expect people not to speculate, and not to talk about it, before they know the facts, ie: "This is what we mean by knowing the facts before commenting" and yet, you won't publicly discuss the facts. Instead you say to email you with sensitive questions. It seems you might be flooded with questions... I hope no one else is blocked for that. Archaic Poet's account was blocked after only two or three messages to you, asking why you deleted a poem of his. I feel that would be a valid question. And I don't think 3 messages, when you didn't answer, is flooding.

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/13/2013 12:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oki i understood now and am glad..: )
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/12/2013 8:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, I'm talking to you. : D
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/12/2013 5:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Who? Are you talikng to me Ruben? : )
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/12/2013 4:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    He is my new friend. He doesn't know it yet ... but he's my new friend. (Thanks to you).
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/12/2013 4:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I like archiatic's poet poetry and follow it..but yes He was very insultive in a poem against a poet and even about this poet's mother.Its never nice to offend each other let alone offend relatives or close family members of others which have nothing to do with poetry.I just wish for some peace Ruben.Re archaitic poet..If you re reading-Hope you and the other poet can be friends again.Both talented writers
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/12/2013 12:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I didn't know that he had posted a poem making fun of another Souper ... it's the number one rule, he should know better. I hope he's understood that what he did was wrong; I hope he decides to come back opening a new account.
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/12/2013 11:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What do you disagree with? That there have been many blogs here done in poor taste? Or that his poem didn't justify being banned? Please be specific.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 11:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We disagree Becca.
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/12/2013 9:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Joseph, I agree, Archic's poem was in poor taste. I totally agree. So I can understand why it was deleted. But, that does not justify him being banned. I have seen a LOT of things in poor taste here. And I have never seen anyone be banned for it.
    May Avatar Joseph May Date: 12/12/2013 9:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I read JTAP's poem...it was written for a contest and it made fun of another poet....I think it was in poor taste...
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/12/2013 9:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What happened with Archaic? This is not nice, Tps.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 8:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We ban many poets. You cannot expect us to tell specifics on each one...and we will not. It does not matter if it is a friend. Speculate if you must, but do not post it on PoetrySoup.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 8:22:00 AM
    But you didn't answer my question... I still don't know why this member was banned, are you saying he was "flooding" by posting multiple posts of the same thing? Or did he send you multiple email messages that were the same? Please, can you give us a better idea of what caused his account to be banned?

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 8:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We do not address the detailed specifics of each banned account. However, it should suffice that rules were broken related to spamming/flooding. We will no longer comment on banning topics. Please do no pursue with questions. Thanks.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 7:58:00 AM
    For clarification, do you mean that the member sent you multiple private messages? Could you please give us an idea of how many messages to you would be considered flooding, and would result in suspension with no notice? Thank you.

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 8:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Trolling, flooding (posting multiple posts of the same thing), and spamming interferes with operation of our site. A type of spamming or flooding is the posting or sending of multiple items (comment, emails, advertisements, poems, blogs, etc), often of the same content and intended to inflame or disrupt the general tranquility of a community. Those who troll or spam are trespassing on our network. We reserve the right to take any and all legal and technical remedies to prevent trolling and spamming of our network.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 7:56:00 AM
    UPDATE: we have added points 2 and 3 above as Premium Member features. We thought it was a GREAT idea to make these PM features. Thanks to those members that suggested this. You can control it on the PROFILE page.

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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 7:37:00 AM
    The member in question was temporarily suspended for flooding/spamming Soup. Do not do that, that is a quick way to get deleted or suspended.

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    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/12/2013 8:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm trying to obtain facts. See my question above ...
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 7:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is what we mean by knowing the facts before commenting. This is why there is often drama in the community. People comment or gossip without knowing the facts. Keep PoetrySoup a Haven. Email us with sensitive questions.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 1:34:00 AM
    Tps..Would you kindly reconsider an option for those soupers who don't wish to be on poemzoo or maybe give them the option to deselect the poems they won't wish to see there? 2) Re Chris aectner -As far of what Iread there are no vulgarity or hatedful expressions in his verses.He was just against this zoo issue.and was only giving his opinion.Maybe you could welcome him back with us..So We can celebrate a peaceful Christmas and a happyNew year..Tnks Charmaine

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/12/2013 3:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Of course I won t flood you with emails.The only emails I ever sent to you were when I had an error 500 appearing on the page..Later found out i needed to clear my cache and then ve let you know.I do believe His intent wasn t mal..but that s what I think and believe after five yrs following his posts..Maybe all will be fixed since you said temporary.Re the suggestion being used in practice..Tnks for that Tps..Much appreciated.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 7:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Option 1 has been added as a Premium Member feature.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 7:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The member in question was temporarily suspended for flooding/spamming Soup. Do not do that, that is a quick way to get deleted or suspended.
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 11:16:00 PM
    TPS, you forgot to mention that among your new features, you're SILENCING poets for expressing their ideas. Shame on you.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/12/2013 8:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, I received a mail from Chris; he is the one who should know the facts. Did you explain it to him? Although I don't understand why you did I'm glad he's still with us.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Know the facts BEFORE commenting.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 7:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I think you mean for flooding/spamming Soup. be glad the account was only suspended and not wasn't deleted.
    Henderson Avatar Charles Henderson Date: 12/11/2013 11:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Are you referring to Chris. Did he get put off. I thought I saw a blurb somewhere about that.
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 11:13:00 PM
    TPS, you forgot to mention that among your new features, you're SILENCING poets for expressing their ideas. Shame on you.

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 7:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Expound...
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 10:54:00 PM
    I just stated below that tps is great cause you do work hard to keep this place a haven but Ow gee ..Just heard..Chirs is banned..Banning Chris is not so great tps.but its sad..terribly sad..The guy.might contradict your idea re poemzoo..but He wasnt being mean in any way..Chris has been here for years.He is straghtforward but not a back stabber.. I wonder why he is banned...when many are discussing the issue ..Very dissapointed and sad.: (

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/12/2013 7:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    See above...
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 4:01:00 PM
    Thanks so much Tps...Every request is great.I visited many other sites in these past five years and I wholeheartedly believe this site is the best.. Happy Christmas -love Charma : )

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  1. Date: 12/11/2013 1:28:00 PM
    Thanks for all your hard work TPS, it's greatly appreciated. Have a Merry Christmas... oxox Gail

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  1. Date: 12/11/2013 12:07:00 PM
    Thank you PS regarding •Allow the turning on and off of commenting on your poems. We can kind of do that now with the BLOCK, I believe though even if blocked the person can still email you? is this so? Sometimes I'd rather just stop the Soup mail & not block the comments, advise please.

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 12/11/2013 12:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes as Linda said the block should work for comments, mail & blog, please
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 11:08:00 AM
    some points for consideration, TPS.. 1) kindly include the forms of poetry i introduced here like naani, hutain, compression, lai, whitney, wreath... i have requested this from you a year ago.. this is not for me; soupers are using these forms and do not know how to categorize them... 2) allow us to choose the poems to be included in zoo.com... most of my pieces here are for my upcoming book..3) make the chat room work in a private manner if possible... more soon; thanks!

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  1. Date: 12/11/2013 10:01:00 AM
    Three humble suggestions to Team Poetry Soup: 01. I would welcome if Team Poetry Soup can make some provisions for Poems with Photos also. 02. Please check if all the Premium members, who have paid their annual fee, is included by PS in your list of Premium Members. 03. Against each Poet his or her country's name may also be given on the Poems by page. With best wishes to Team Poetry Soup and Members of Poetry Soup. Ravindra K Kapoor

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  1. Date: 12/11/2013 8:39:00 AM
    This is my humble suggestion. You may transfer our poems to zoo.com but put a button as you have for whether the poem should be featured or not. Likewise, the button for if the poem should be transferred to zoo.com.. I have one long pending request. On my member area page, there are four links about my poems to be opened. None works . In the beginning when I clicked the poems of Carol Brown appeared. Nowadays, it says Error 500. Please help me.

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  1. Date: 12/11/2013 6:11:00 AM
    Now this is what I'm talking about...communication about future ideas. Good. Keep it up. My offer to TPS about Moderation back in the late Summer still stands, FYI. Cheers.

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  1. Date: 12/10/2013 10:24:00 PM
    poetry soup, what must one do to help these resources available. each up coming feature sounds XOOL. I like how you guys over there are doing what you can in order to keep us happy. Another thing, why can't we pay you guys directly. PayPal is annoying. I'll be right back with another request.

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/10/2013 10:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Concerning the resources, not much at this point. You CAN pay us directly by US Bank check. Unfortunately, to use a credit card we use PayPal.
  1. Date: 12/10/2013 10:19:00 PM
    Dear poetry soup, how about making the BLOCK POET feature work for all areas on the soup. I tried re-blocking a block poet from commenting on my blogs and reply area. Why doesn't the area work for all area. I'm not coming off mean or anything, but I don't like having unwelcome poets invaded my space, it creates lots of unnecessary comments. Could you add it please. Thank you....

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/10/2013 10:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Must be a bug, we'll add it to the list and fix it.
  1. Date: 12/10/2013 10:04:00 PM
    Thank you, TPS. Your job is not easy. The communication is appreciated.

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 12/10/2013 10:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No, it is not an easy job... but we understand what is involved in operating public websites. We've done it for YEARS. We know we cannot please everyone. Thanks. :-)

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