July 3, 2011
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Dear Editors,
Everywhere teens go, there are limitations. Limitations on how long we can work at our jobs, what age we can vote, when we can get our driver’s licenses…need I go on? Since Teen Ink is a site for CREATIVE writers, I thought there would be fewer limitations. Apparently I needed a reality check.

Posts on the forums must be less than 10 000 characters “to keep comments concise and fresh.” I’m sure this works fine on the Regular Forums, but it can be infuriating in the Writer’s Workshop forums. As you are no doubt aware, members occasionally hold short story contests with prizes of good, honest feedback. Sometimes the stories entered in these contests exceed the limit and must be posted in more than one reply, which can be very inconvenient for the poster. Some parts of the stories are lost in the replying process, which is frustrating for both the person trying to enter the contest and the person holding the contest.

Many people ask for detailed feedback on their stories as well and sometimes 10 000 characters is not enough because of numerous errors in grammar and spelling. I have found this to be true when I attempt to post detailed critiques on published work as well as work in the forums.

Respect is a two-way street. Many writers here have immense respect for all the hard work you guys put into reading our work and running this amazing website. But you need to respect the fact that many of us are serious about wanting good, detailed feedback. If we do not receive detailed feedback, how are we supposed to improve our writing? Isn’t getting better at writing the point of joining Teen Ink?

I assure you, removing the limits (both minimum and maximum for forum posts as well as published works) will not ruin this great website. There is also no point in setting limits anyway because teens will always find ways to get around them. If a person has a really long comment, they post it in two replies to get around the 10 000 character limit. But this way of getting around the moderators is annoying and sometimes comments do not appear anyway (even if there are no ‘bad words’ in them and they do not exceed the limit). Please trust that we will behave like the mature young adults we are and your trust will be rewarded.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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DawnieRae said...
Jul. 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm
I completely agree!!! I really loved this! I agree with you wholeheartedly!
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 19, 2013 at 2:02 am
Thank you! :)
ilovewriting95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm
I totally agree!! Great article! :)
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Sept. 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm
Thank you!
SummerBlossom said...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm
I really agree with this. Other people's opinion's are a very big part in making our writing better! Keep up the good work :)
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Thanks! :)         
DarkenRose said...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm
Really great work and I agree, they should trust us more and it would be nice to edit already posted works.
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm
Yeah, it would be nice to edit published works.
Steph0804 said...
Oct. 1, 2011 at 11:52 am
You have a completely valid point. I also wish the editors would let us edit our articles after posting; that way, we can fix typos and grammar errors without having to delete the article and post it again.
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm
Thank you!  And yes, I wish we could edit our articles after posting them.  A guy named Julian posted a letter to the editor about this.  It's called 'What's the Point of Critique?" if you want to read it.
JoPepper said...
Sept. 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm
Great job, this is probably one  of the best persuasive writings I've ever seen!!! :D
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Sept. 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm
Thank you! :)
JoPepper replied...
Sept. 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm
You're welcome!!!!
CallMeMrs.Batman said...
Aug. 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm
This is fantastic!!!! It made so much sense and I thought that it explained pretty much everything. :) Great work.
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm
Thank you! :)
LovelyBlueRose said...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 7:39 am
I know right?! I hate that! People telling us what to do. I know sometimes it's for our safety and for order, but honestly, it's getting annoying. Thanks for saying what you have to say. :)
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 9:28 am
No problem! :)  This is really getting on my nerves.
musicispassion replied...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 1:16 am
thanks for sticking to ur word carrieann love this
CarrieAnn13 replied...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 9:27 am
Thanks! :)  I told you I would write a letter and I did.
musicispassion replied...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm
i knew u would thanks again
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