I agree, nothing is broke!
I've been tossing the comments in this thread around and I think it is difficult to know the hosts, hostesses and long term members from a few weeks of reading us. I don't know about the rest of the crew, but I sure am an unpaid volunteer.
Are you guys holding out on me? As the unpaid help I reserve the right to not be pressured thank you very much. Just to encourage, help and enjoy the poetry and the company and the interesting things that pop up along the way.
Oh and I don't venture into the Ax to actually critique, there are others who have far more insight than I do into critiquing. If I do make a comment I can guarantee I didn't set out to, it was spontaneous. I make no secret of this, never have and make no apologies either. I can see genuinely good reasons for asking for help in the Ax, absolutely so. I can also say I vehemently dislike seeing people rewrite other peoples poems. If ya want to write, write your own, offer help but not a rewrite. (this opinion is not endorsed by the management, purely in my head)
I love the Alley, it's my home away from home... and it's the best to see well known members returning and you new guys as well. And if I have taken my time to join in it's not because I'm aloof, but I do like to know what I'm getting into before I jump in...cos 'loose lips sink ships'.