My thoughts on some points that were brought up recently:
I'm not particularly fond of introducing huge amounts of protocol into the forum. The 'reading days' idea that was discussed is a nice one, but I think it's a bit overly idealistic at this stage, since we only have a small group of regulars and what's possibly an even smaller group of passer-byers. Now that the initial days of the forum have passed, people who just wanted something to do by writing up something in twenty minutes have moved on - it sounds harsh, but we knew it was going to happen, and I'm not pointing out anyone in particular. Any new ideas therefore, would be hard to adjust to for anyone outside of the regular group here, and I think that outside of establishing some formatting/posting guidelines, the forum's priority should be to engage with new users and develop its audience. It might take a while, but there are clear signs it will develop itself. I think that if we made things extremely systematic and complex, people will be turned off. After all, they could just go to FanFiction.net or FictionPress.com and post their stuff there easily without having to keep track of rituals and so on, and we want this forum to act as a place where people can develop their stuff, right?.
I know what you're all trying to accomplish with it though, because not enough reviews/comments are being left, and I'll admit that I've not really tried hard enough in promoting that. I still think some guidelines need to be stickied, like other forums have their own rules, and critiquing should be very much encouraged in what we put up there, if we ever decide on what else to stick in. People wouldn't be banned for not reviewing other people's work obviously, but it's all naturally a two-way street - after all that's established, it's down to us. While I've not posted anything creative up yet, I hope to return favours to reviewers. With any luck, I won't look like a huge hypocrite here.
The idea is that the forum and the portal will work together efficiently, like the art forum and portal. I'm not entirely certain about copyrights and so on (more than a few of you are probably familiar with Michael Danton's Fourth Perspective website, a place for writers to submit their material; similar issues were brought up by Sarai some time ago, so that discussion might be useful if you're wondering about how copyrights might work with the portal - and don't just read the first post like I did in '07), but I think the meat of what you really need to keep in mind is posted above: if you have an interested publisher, you should just ask them about issues that will be relevant to you having your material on Newgrounds. We're all concerned about authorship rights and credit, I know. While we can jump to conclusions now though, we'll probably just have to see how those issues pan out.
Out of interest, what do some of you mean when you refer to 'personal' stories, and these works not having a place in the forum or the future portal? I know that nothing you post here should simply be a glorified blog entry, but creative styles of non-fiction exist. What's more is that this 'genre' offers a huge range of styles for a huge range of topics. I know not everyone is into this sort of thing, but I think it's something that definitely has a place here as Coop pointed out with his journalism thread. I might even submit a few things there in a bit - I'd love to see that used a bit more.
It's like documentary filmmaking - the core of the whole form is that we assume what we're being told/shown has a degree of truth to it, but we can illustrate certain things ourselves to make it our telling of this 'truth'. Look at Bowling For Columbine: it's likely that a viewer is going to take on board simple statistics about gun murders worldwide, while also having information conveyed more creatively, like through animation or through sarcastic parodies. Even less direct documentaries have this: see Frederick Wiseman's High School: the film didn't just cut-to-black as the principal read a praising letter from a former student who was fighting in Vietnam by itself. The effect was meant to be mortifying, because that's the kind of guy Frederick Wiseman is. (See good old Wiki).
If what some of you mean by 'personal' stories is referring to supposedly meaningless thought, possibly characterised by a stream-of-consciousness style, then I think that has a place here too, but writing skillfully in these styles is by no means easy at all. Still, it's essentially what many examples of modernist/postmodern literature are. It's just not as easy to read, or easy to workshop for that matter. I know for a fact that quite a few people here detest some of these styles, and I know I certainly can't work quickly with them (I'm only slowly re-teaching myself Lyotard/Baudrillard concepts of meta-narrative and so on). I think they deserve a chance though.
Again, if I've gotten you guys wrong, call me out on it. It just interested me is all.