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Getting ready for the PROMPTS page

April 17, 2010
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Some suggestions about the PROMPTS page

As I’ve envisioned this design, the Prompts section would have its own unique page (blog).  It would mostly look just like the main (news) page you see right here.  This would a) keep the overall organization of WWP site material clean (prompts only in this case), b) hopefully keep the gathering, selection, posting & whatever else related, more focused for those folks taking responsibility for this part of WWP, and c) by keeping the appearance basically the same, make to transition for participants more transparent (a unified whole).

I would suggest having TWO “Prompt Directors”.

The prompt Director would be the primary person responsible for the overall day to day operation of the prompt function (gathering, selecting & posting) (and moderating).  TWO because if for whatever reason one person can’t for a given week, the second can step in to take care of business.  Obvious?

Further, the two directors could change of from week to week, or month to month, however they care to do.  Whatever works is their choice that way.  And other people over time could also then step in, take a turn.  And of course all of us can always “contribute” prompts at any time.  To begin, and promote organizational consistency, I’d suggest these one or two hang around for a while at least till things get a rhythm.

REMEMBER, the director(s) don’t always have to write the prompts themselves, but simply assure that a prompt gets posted, regardless of the source!

Collecting prompts?  I think the directors should work that out for themselves, then present their ideas back to us here (just to get started).  I know you guys are certainly capable of coming up with many ideas for prompts of your own.  Great.  But I’d suggest we keep an open path for all members/participants to submit possible prompts (via an email link?).  Participation is good.  Right?

Maybe we want to keep a “bank” of prompt ideas?  Where?  I’m not sure.  (Maybe a special directors-only storage page?)  Or just as a simple list kept by the directors locally?  However done, there should also be a more “common” storage/access method (should the need arise for others to get the prompts).  Backup, backup is one of the keys!  Especially because there will be some many of us doing this WWP site.

We should also look at the range and variety of prompts to use – some easy, simple, some more challenging.  We both want to encourage everyone to participate (new poets you know) and provide something interesting and challenging for those more experienced.  Yes?  RWP has given us a very good model that way I think, and we also do want to express who we are here at WWP.

To keep the rhythm going, Friday prompt posting and next Thursday prompt response posting (just like RWP) seems worth keeping intact.

I think it is reasonable that we aim for May 7 as a starting date for prompts?

(Enough to do between now and then, but I think it is doable and would make a nice immediate transition between RWP and WWP.)  My next immediate priority is to build the prompt page and get it linked in here.

So right now what?

Any other “prompt” comments or suggestions?  Say it here.

And as we’ve already been doing, let’s soon find our first director(s).  Take a look and see who among us wants to start us off.  Talk among yourselves.  Then post here what you want to do to set things up functionally and schedule-wise.  THEN we’ll get you access for posting to the site.

Tangentially, I’m fairly good with Photoshop.  So if someone has an “image” they want to use with a prompt I can certainly do some work to get it formatted for best display on the site.

I’ll let you know when the Prompt page is ready to use (maybe by Monday or Tuesday).  Thanks all!!  ~Neil

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6 Comments
  1. April 17, 2010 2:32 am

    This begins to sound…real. cool and a half.
    could your prompt bank be as simple as a shared google doc file?

    • April 17, 2010 2:50 am

      Interesting. Pray, what’s a shared google doc file?

      • April 17, 2010 11:25 am

        I’m still learning how to use it, but Google Docs are like live word processing files online. Anyone with permission can share and edit documents. Seems like a useful tool geographically dispersed committees.

      • April 20, 2010 10:03 am

        Barbara, might you give me a URL or notion specifically about how to get there? I looked, but didn’t see the where of Google Docs.

        I have an alternate perhaps, but am still interested in this. Whichever is easier, that’s the way I want to go. Thanks!
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        Gee & DUH, never mind. Oh yea, google search! Got it.

  2. April 17, 2010 4:51 am

    the shared prompt bank could be just a static page & people could leave prompts in the comments.

    I like the idea of keeping the same schedule; won’t have to worry about teaching this old dog a new trick.
    😀

  3. April 20, 2010 10:41 am

    GOOGLE DOCS!

    @Excellent Barbara. Big thanks for the idea. I just gave it a five minute play and think it might serve us well as a common off-site storage and working space.

    Please, EVERYONE CONSIDERING TO WORK WITH WWP, give it a look and see what you think. Kind of normal wordprocessing kind of stuff (not hard to get the basics I suspect).

    And even if you’re not a registered Google user, someone who is can send you a link that allows you right in and optionally lets you edit too. So please, go look see.

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