For reference RNNR (I know you weren't addressing me, but piping in I am), this thread was created on the day of the forum's creation, by gumOnShoe when he was still a forum mod. I, and some others, suggested some rules, or rather, guidelines.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not really a serious guy. I just remember though, seeing that there was a writing forum on NG. My first thought was, 'Fucking fantastic, but I hope for the love of everyone, they've thought about this one - I genuinely hope they didn't just plunk it down to appease old complaints/suggestions.'
I don't like some of the assumptions that have made here recently about wanting to help out. I don't want to be a forum mod. If I was asked right now for some bizarre reason, I'd turn it down. I have personal issues to work out, and truthfully, I enjoy offering advice from my own point of view. When you're a mod, you essentially need to go with the jokes and the politics of the higher-ups. I'm in a rebellious time in my life, so I don't accept just going along like that, personally speaking.
Kevin Bacon was lame by the way, haha. Fun, but pretty lame.
Well, it was a step up from the 'it's only a joke' near-racism of some parts of Chinagrounds, I suppose.
Some other suggestions have been made in this thread, with a mixture of light-heartedness and not so in some cases. Unfortunately, I'm lazy. I'm not going back over posts in this thread right now, but it's there.
On the topic of stickies, I believe it's outside of the forum's technical capacities (from what I've heard). This forum was built from the ground-up by Ross, that's what makes it unique in a way. I personally don't think stickies are necessary outside of a more tailor-made rules set like the Art forum, but that's really only relevant once we get a wider audience here. The other creative forums do very well just keeping lots of resources together, by userpages and so on. I think we can do that.
But we need to be appealing to an outside audience. It should be obvious that I don't have any place under my knowledge to post writing and get criticism, besides DeviantArt (which suffers a tremendous stigma) and much smaller sites. It's all well and good for the forums to be light-hearted - I always try to be entertaining to read in posts like this - but we're still looking to get some writing done. I do stand by my somewhat jokey references that hold that people wouldn't walk into the other creative forums and just troll or whatever. People would be upset, because something they've made matters to them.
I am planning on recording some poems after possible workshops. I don't do that just to show off, I usually have points in my poetry. I may not be a good poet, but hopefully we can talk about that.
Geez, I never run out of shit to say regarding artistic outlook. Give me a few years!