It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. -Robert Southey
Good things, when short, are twice as good. Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books --what other men do not say in whole books. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. -Thomas Jefferson
[HOUSE RULES - BREVITY is the WORD]
This is plain, simple and painless; I promise.
As members of this community, you agree to follow these rules:
You are allowed two lines per entry. No more, no less. Two lines is two full, short sentences, with two end punctuations (THIS DOES NOT MEAN FOUR SHORT SENTENCES ON TWO LINES, OR ONE VERY LONG SENTENCE BROKEN INTO TWO LINES WITH A LINE BREAK OR A COMMA) and a line break after each sentence. A line break is your best friend. USE IT.
-Please go read babybeaver's entry here entry for visuals and to make sure you have understood Rule #1.
-Additionally, run-on sentences are still considered by most to be cheating, but because your mods did not sign up to be the grammar fascists here, you will have to deal only with your own grammar conscience. Also possibly the ire of other members of the community.
Brevity is best. Aim only to fill view page. That is not the main community page, but the page that you see when you go to leave a comment or view the comments.
Two posts per day; per person.
a. These do not accumulate. It's a "use 'em or lose 'em" kind of thing.
b. While technically there's nothing stopping you from posting two entries, then deleting them and posting more new ones, that's kind of a jerk move and you may end up with a warning.
Any and all subjects. With that said, it doesn't mean that we're a dumping ground. Articulation and meaningfulness goes a long way. Think before you post, since you only get two posts.
-Additionally, please try to be sensitive with regards to offensive language or content. The mods are not here to police the content of your entries, but this is a community of different people with different life experiences, so do try to take that into account.
-That said, I would like to more strongly emphasize that we are not here to police the content of the community. As long as an entry follows the rules in terms of structure and layout, and there is nothing blatantly illegal about it, it will remain. You may post about anything you wish. On the flip side, understand that there may be others in the community who have problems with something that you've posted, and they may speak up in the comments. I expect everyone to remain mature and civil in these sorts of sensitive discussions, and ultimately, you need to remember that not everyone is going to agree with you all of the time.
Speaking of subjects, subject lines should TWO WORDS. All entries should have a subject line for quick referencing later on, but it is not required. This will be enforced. Entries with subject lines longer than two words can and will be deleted, no questions asked.
RICH TEXT FORMAT IS NOT ALLOWED! Text should be 12 point font and a single color. Don't try to cheat with smaller fonts. We won't think you're cute.
No advertising/linking other communities or websites. This is grounds for banning.
I have no qualms about removing anyone or any entries. Failure to comply will result in the deletion of the entry and repeated offenders will be permanently removed from the community.
Any questions/comments/suggestions can be sent directly to babybeaver via email at her @livejournal account using this name, or as a LJ message to either of us (babybeaver or co-mod kaeorin) or, finally, to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a multitude of ways to get in touch with us, and one of us will usually be able to get back to you within 24 hours or so.
[2_lines Q&A] -My post was deleted even though it was two lines! What gives? If your post was deleted, it may have broken any one of the above rules. If you believe that it was formatted correctly, perhaps your subject line was too long, someone noticed that you'd posted three times in one day, or something like that.
However, one of the mods most likely left a comment on the entry that said something like "Hi, this post breaks x rule because y. Please edit it, or I'll have to delete it." After this, you'll usually have at least half an hour to edit your post--but then the mod can delete it whenever she needs to. It may be helpful to turn on email notifications for comments: not only will you be notified if/when a comment such as this one is left, but you will also have the body of the entry, in case you don't get to edit it before deletion.
-I don't think that our posts should have to be two sentences. That is your prerogative, and you are welcome to post whatever sorts of entry you'd like--in your own journal. This community was meant to challenge you to think of new ways to express yourself. Life rarely fits neatly into our puny human comprehension, but we find ways to do it anyway. If you feel that you have to get something off of your chest, but can't narrow it down into two sentences, you are welcome to summarize it, and include a link to your personal journal in an entry here. As long as it follows the rules, and it doesn't get excessive.
-Can I use LJ-cuts? For now, maybe--it depends on what you're using a cut for: Is it to fit more words into your entry? Then no. (See Rule #1) Is it to show us a picture or something? Then sure, but please keep in mind that we are primarily a text-based community. Picture posts are pretty regular things around here, because they're fun and help boost feelings of community. As with everything in life, though, moderation is key. If you're using cuts to show us thirty of your favorite pictures every week, then you might be posting in the wrong community.
Any other questions? Feel free to ask.
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