What is "Prodders Unlimited"?
Prodders is a restricted forum for you to share snippets from works that you might one day like to publish. And to be cattle-prodded into... errr... encouraged to find your misplaced writing mojo. You can slightly push the PG 13+ rating in this forum, but the mods reserve the right to delete anything that might be offensive. Why is it locked?
This is to protect anyone who hopes to end up publishing the project they are currently working on. "Publishing" your writing on a messageboard or LiveJournal can possibly jeopardise your chances of having it published for payment, unless you limit the amount of people who are allowed to see it. Thus, the board is locked, in order to limit availability. However, anyone can join in* - it's not locked to keep you out, just to protect your interests.
To subscribe to the Prodders Unlimited board, simply send a PM to one of the guardians:Ariadne
or DebI'm a new member at Ober.net - can I still receive access to the board?
We do like to know a little about a person before welcoming them to Prodders. If you're new, you might feel uncertain about posting messages, especially if you don't know anyone yet. Don't hold back! Get involved in Writersmerge and respond to a few threads. A good place to start is this thread
, which is a getting-to-know-you type of thread. It will introduce you to some of the Writersmerge regulars and allow you to introduce yourself to us.Do I need to show people what I've written?
Ideally, yes. Firstly, it proves you've actually done some writing. Secondly, it gives people an opportunity to read your work and offer feedback, if you require it. However, if you'd rather not post your work in Prodders, then that's up to you.Can I post something I'm working on for an Ober.net writing competition?
On the whole, it's probably better if you don't. Many of the people at Prodders are regular judges for writing competitions and posting a potential entry could prejudice their judgement at a later date. If you'd like feedback on this sort of thing, then feel free to make such a request at Writersmerge.Why can't I see the Prodders board?
This is because you need to be subscribed to the board before you're allowed to see it. Once you've been subscribed to the board by a MoO, you'll be able to see and post on it.I have a question you haven't covered here. Where can I ask it?
PM one of your friendly Writersmerge guardians: Ariadne
and illumination will arrive in your inbox shortly. *Please note
that it's probably a good idea to make a few posts at Writersmerge before requesting the password for Prodders, just so we have a feel of who you are. ;D