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Pushin' and prayin' for a paradigm shift in Humanity's stinkin' thinkin'.

"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16


The man who has been taught by the Holy Spirit will be a seer rather than a scholar. The difference is that the scholar sees and the seer sees through; and that is a mighty difference indeed.

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djeckert: What if unelected and unaccountable ( through anonymity), "contest" Judges, on this very site, are able to reward, in crony like fashion , the poets and writers that they personally agree with? (Philosophically, or religiously. Like, for instance, one of a Secular humanist nature...) I posed this question up in the past and got no indication whatsoever that what I am implying might not be true. (Along with typical apathy over cronyism col) It's a very lucrative and potentially greatly self- promoting , or selectively promoting and extremely unfair power or ability for " voice giving" that is enacted. It is something that needs to be addressed in any non dictatorial" open community" or platform ( Facebook and the like not excepted) . Is anyone else out there, perturbed by this "art immitating real life", phenomena? I would hope so.
November 14, 2019 at 2:08PM
    CD Richards: I suspect you got no response because criticism of judges is never going to elicit a defense. I know-- been there, done that. Sure, it's our democratic right to whine when we feel hard done by, but we're unlikely to get an answer. To do so would put the judge(s) on the back foot.

    As to your particular point about "secular humanists" receiving favourable treatment from one or more judges, I just have to say that as someone who half fits that description, I find that really amusing. One only needs to look at some of the work that is really atrocious, but receives nothing but glowing six-star reviews because of its "devotional" nature to see where the balance of power lies on this site. That's not to say that there isn't also some top rate work with a religious bent, there absolutely is.
    November 14, 2019 at 2:34PM
    djeckert: hi Craig, I just now saw your response. I'm a bit slow. it is quite frustrating how these judges are untouchable and unaccountable, strikes me as anything but democratic or even having any pretense of fairness...even God, at least gives us many guidelines and standards, and an idea on HIS criteria . Lol. You knew I couldn't resist. But I also agree with much of your aggravation about the quality that is at times quite lauded. Maybe it is unfair of me to say that it's strictly " secular humanist" slanted...perhaps it's more crony slanted , IDK. Perhaps even more unfair. But, I do miss our discussions and have been meaning to strike that up again sometime soon if your game. Bless you my friend.
    January 1, 2020 at 10:41PM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: I AM, life's breath finished first in the contest "Soul Writer"
October 25, 2019 at 2:10AM
    JLR: Very accomplished writing, congratulations on your first-place recognition.
    October 25, 2019 at 9:45AM
    djeckert: Thank you so much for the congrats and kind words. Bless you!
    January 1, 2020 at 10:43PM

djeckert: I'm sure that maybe for the more "domesticated" Fanstorians , they already know many of the answers to my following questions. But, being that I am a more "feral" feeling , fee paying Fanstorian, (Who doesn't poke around much, exploring all of the features of fanstory) and Im sure there are a lot of us feral feeling, fee paying Fanstorians out there, I am not afraid to ask some questions on the behalf of all of us. After all, I am of the belief that there are no stupid questions, only stupid people who don't ask questions. And I'm willing to maybe admit that I only just now realized that I am stupid in this area... lol.

But I have some questions in regards to this nebulous seeming Fanstory contest committee:

Who is in this committee ?

How many members are there?

How do they get on the committee?

Does its makeup ever change ?

How often?

Are they truly representing of the differing worldviews and diversity of the fanstory community?

Are they truly unbiased?

Are the identities of the contest entry writers hidden to the judges?

If not, what keeps the judges from voting for their personal favorite writers? ( lining the accounts of their faves with fs dollars) or at least, what keeps them from being more apt to only vote for the voices that say the kinds of things that the judges want to hear?

Are the entries judged as standalone writings? ( Not influenced by the write's promotion, ranking or feedback)

Do these supreme Fanstory Court judges have to pass some kind of secular humanist "litmus test" to get on the committee? lol. ( bonus question)

These are all quite pertinent questions. Especially in light of the fact that the writing of poetry is an art form that is highly subjective. And it's judgement would be more prone to the subjective issues (and lucrative to some,) judging biases that I raise. I know that prose writing and the judgement of it, for technical things, like form, and grammar and perhaps paragraph structure ... especially in something like an essay, can be more objectively judged. ( But that isn't at all the bread and butter of Fanstory)
In regards to the poetry and poetry as an art form ( that ironically seems tied to popularity contests), my raised points and questions could use some answers. I know...we write for the enjoyment of it. But it seems that the tables could be tilted a bit, and that lucrative "judgement reward ball" seems to always roll into those more popular, or "favored" holes. I'd appreciate anyone sharing their input or answers to some of these questions.
September 6, 2019 at 8:56AM
    Sarkems: Hi DJ. We don't know who the committee are. The reason being that the committee is apparently made up of other members who probably don't want people sending them death-threats when they don't win contests, lol. I'm not a popular/favourite 'hole' myself, so beyond that, I can't help you. And someone's probably going to tell me I'm wrong in my first statement, but that's always been my understanding.
    September 6, 2019 at 1:03PM
    Gloria ....: Good morning, D. How wonderful to see today. :) In answer to your questions:

    Who is in this committee ?
    No idea, I'm not, and have never been on the committee.

    How many members are there?
    No idea, I'm not on the committee.

    How do they get on the committee?
    No idea, I'm not on the committee.

    Does its makeup ever change ?
    No idea, I'm not on the committee.

    How often?
    No idea, I'm not on the committee.

    Are they truly representing of the differing worldviews and diversity of the fanstory community?
    No idea, I'm not on the committee.

    Are they truly unbiased?
    That is a logical fallacy, D. Can you honestly say your questions here are unbiased?

    Are the identities of the contest entry writers hidden to the judges?
    Yes, writer identities are hidden. I know this because Tom said so in the General forum years ago.

    Are the entries judged as standalone writings? ( Not influenced by the write's promotion, ranking or feedback)
    Yes. Blind contests only reveal the writing under review.

    I disagree with your biased assessment about the difference between poetry and prose. Poetry is as organized and subjected to "rules" as any type of prose writing including essays. When it comes to judging poetry anywhere in this world each form is analyzed by certain criteria, starting with the highly structured sonnet, which includes a thesis, antithesis, and synthesis written with a clearly defined metre and rhyme pattern, to the seeming lack of structure implied by the title free verse. Chief among these rules are grammar, adherence to form, gaps in reasoning, use of mixed metaphors, lack of literary devices, disjointed or absent imagery, clarity, uneven metre use of cliches to name but a few in the template of adjudicating poetry.

    I have a question for you. What motivated you to raise these concerns?



    September 6, 2019 at 1:03PM
    djeckert: Hey sark and G. Thanks for attempting to answer my questions. G, I do find it a bit strange that you claim to not know anything on the answers when it comes to the identities of these judge members ( which I will get in to) , but then are quite seemingly knowledge filled in other areas of it. I'm not necessarily implying anything, just observing. As far as your point about poetry being quite " defined", I'll let you run with that definition, I guess in the same way that we can define the terms " healing" , "disease" and "cures" when it comes to the powers that make the rules . ( In the world of " health care, it's the POOP controlled AMA , insurance companies and well paid medical boards...oh yeah , and big pharma...duh...can't forget that one. ) Although I don't think that there is a POOP ruler of "poetry" , I'm sure that the Halls of the universities throughout the world instructing on "proper poetry" just picked up " through some " poetical osmosis" on that power of 'top down' authority from just hanging around it, in the POOP filled University and academia, and collecting their tenure, and paychecks and book deals ,and publishing royalties, much like all of the other game playing, POOP controlled academia . I'm fine with that definition that you spew We have bigger fish to fry, I guess. I'll just maybe stop using that apparently copyrighted word, "poetry" all together and just start using the words " creative writing". I said it before, anyways... but for some reason, I personally find
    that most formal and classic "poetry" bores the living shit out of me , and it usually comes across to me as sickening and makes me gag when I hear people recite most of it. (especially nature poetry, and love poetry that worships nature and love without worshipping the Loving Creator) But that's just me...I'm sure I'll add to my huge friend FS list with that one. lol. But IDC.

    Does it not concern anyone else? ( I hope it does) this hidden top down control of who gets to collect these 100 dollar (or more? ) contest money prizes , real dollars or not.(that's a lot of dollars... real or not running through that system) Does it not strike anybody else as another one of those monopolies that we ALL seem to at least claim that we despise? The "royal, chosen, nebulous ones" deciding who gets paid and who doesn't. Who gets to decide to promote their agendas, or thoughts and ideas with no worries , and who doesnt. ( all in the cover of darkness) After all, we ALL write to try to communicate ideas, and would love a fair shake in this.

    I see Emma's point about judges needing anonymous status, but I would think that some kinds of controls should be in order, or at least a disclosure of what those controls are, and who controls the controls? and how and why?



    I pretty much said WHY I ask those questions G... they have always been burning a bit at my craw.

    Oh it's a bit interesting too, that you didn't even attempt to answer my secular humanist question



    Blessings to both of you ladies and thanks for your input
    September 6, 2019 at 2:32PM
    Gloria ....: Are you implying I'm lying about not being on the contest committee, D? But then falsely accusing others of lying is par for the course with you isn't it? Who can forget you accusing a fellow FanStorian of being a liar because you said Alex Jones never once said the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. And well the fact is, Jones did say it and broadcast it on his own InfoWars channel too. How many families have sued Alex Jones for damages caused by his massive lie about Sandy Hook? I can guarantee you, I am not on the committee. I shall await your apology. :)

    September 6, 2019 at 5:06PM
    djeckert: Hey G,

    you say,


    How many families have sued Alex Jones for damages caused by his massive lie about Sandy Hook?

    It was NEVER " his lie" , G. How about all of the MSM news reports that claim that he wrote a book about it? Never happened. Now THERE is a lie. ( that he'll probably sue over and win, open and shut)
    But How many have successfully sued Jones on this? and not had their case thrown out?
    That is perhaps a more pertinent question G.

    I'm not sure I ever said he NEVER said it. I more than likely said that he backed off of it very quickly, because he saw it was a trap. THE trap that you still like to try and spring ,G.

    You say,

    I can guarantee you, I am not on the committee. I shall await your apology. :)

    No apologies necessary from me, G. I never accused you of such things. Yet, me doth think thee protests too much. That taint any kind of apology nor shall you ever get one from me. But nice try. I hope you don't hold your breath.

    September 6, 2019 at 6:23PM
    Gloria ....: Of course it was a rhetorical statement as I know you will never apologize even when you are wrong.

    But this has me wondering what you mean?

    I more than likely said that he [Jones] backed off of it very quickly, because he saw it was a trap.
    What was a trap? Are you suggesting the Sandy Hook massacre was a trap?



    September 6, 2019 at 10:42PM
    damommy: I think you two have fallen of the track of the original questions and have brought politics into 'Profile Thoughts.' Regarding the Committee, does it matter all that much? Really?
    September 7, 2019 at 2:33PM

djeckert: Our world seems to have been successfully divided into two groups

One group that says, "Good Lord!, exactly how stupid does the mainstream media think that we are"?

And the other group
that says, "Exactly!, Thank the man for the mainstream media"





https://www.infowars.com/google-engineer-goes-public-devastating-tech-giant/



https://www.infowars.com/jeffrey-epsteins-injuries-more-common-in-victims-of-strangulation-than-hanging/



https://www.infowars.com/jeffrey-epsteins-injuries-more-common-in-victims-of-strangulation-than-hanging/
August 15, 2019 at 9:18AM
    WryWriter: I'd trust it more if the general public were all part owners. Take a buck out of my taxes to pay for independent public-owned media.
    August 15, 2019 at 10:18PM
    WryWriter: That's state taxes!
    August 15, 2019 at 10:19PM
    Gloria ....: So? Say what you think, D.
    August 16, 2019 at 1:41AM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: Let go my ego? finished third in the contest "Humor Poetry"
April 2, 2019 at 12:13AM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: Creative inspiration from a deaf man finished third in the contest "Beethoven 'Even the Odds' Poem"
March 30, 2019 at 6:10PM

djeckert: I think I figured out why "classic" nature poetry usually somewhat bores me.

To me anyways, elegantly extolling and describing the Creator's glorious Creation without extolling and describing The Glorious Creator...it rings out to ME as somewhat empty... only a small part of what we are created for.
ONLY HALF OF THE EQUATION.

Isaiah 43:7 ESV
...everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made....


in 1 Corinthians 10:31 we read, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him. - C.S. Lewis

November 29, 2016 at 12:55PM
    I am Cat: To each his own, I suppose.
    November 29, 2016 at 2:34PM
    mrsmajor: I don't think anyone is forced to read, listen or write it...so what's the problem..
    November 29, 2016 at 3:15PM
    djeckert: No problem at all mrsmajor, just my thoughts, that you dont have to read. Or at least you wish you didn't read. lol
    November 29, 2016 at 3:41PM
    mrsmajor: You got that right...I wish I hadn't read it...LOL
    November 29, 2016 at 6:39PM
    I am Cat: ((((Victoria)))) you crack me up. ;)
    November 30, 2016 at 5:00PM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: Aging Gracefully on the prison plane finished first in the contest "The Prisoner "
November 21, 2016 at 5:10AM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: My life changing trip- finished third in the contest "Woke Up Dead"
November 17, 2016 at 10:10AM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: Abiding in the cup of LIFE finished second in the contest "Psalmist Too"
October 11, 2016 at 12:13AM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: Should I shave or let it grow? finished second in the contest "Redo The Lyrics"
August 17, 2016 at 12:13AM
    michaelcahill: Hilarious!!! Congrats!
    August 17, 2016 at 12:47AM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: rolled over by the cat finished third in the contest "HOrror"
July 3, 2016 at 5:10AM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: There's no place like America finished third in the contest "A fella walked into a ..."
June 29, 2016 at 12:13AM
    barkingdog: Congratulations, DJ.
    :) e
    June 29, 2016 at 3:03AM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: Southern appetites- finished third in the contest "Dialogue Only Prompt"
June 24, 2016 at 5:10AM
    barkingdog: So that was you, DJ. Congratulations!!
    June 24, 2016 at 5:43AM

FanStory wrote to djeckert: Who needs literary Beano?- finished first in the contest "My Muse"
June 7, 2016 at 2:10AM

 
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