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April 22, 2014 at 1:24pm
April 22, 2014 at 1:24pm
Journey Through Genres - March 2014 Winners!
The following winners for the March 2014 running of "Journey Through Genres: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 30 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Journey Through Genres: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "The Final Journey"   by tigerlilly
*Bullet* Second Place - "Elijah"   by Calvin Reddick
*Bullet* Third Place - "Pythagorean Theorem"   by Indelibleink

I apologize for the delayed announcement. Poor planning on my part (and a Universal conspiracy to eliminate my access to WiFi) was to blame and not the fault of any judge or the site itself. Reviews from the judges will be sent to all entrants shortly.

~Diane

*Right* The contest for April is "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest.
April 5, 2014 at 11:07pm
April 5, 2014 at 11:07pm
Steampunk Merit Badge and Genre!
Special merit badge AND MORE just added for the community!

*NEW* COMMUNITY BADGE


Steampunk

Commissioned by tYpO-Boilerman-Dragon Keeper for the entire community

*DOWN*
We have also added the new genre: Steampunk!

*DOWN*
I've also added a
{e:tophat} and {e:pocketwatch}
*Tophat*    *Pocketwatch*
to go along with the new genre and merit badge.


* * * * ENJOY * * * *
Smile

MERIT BADGE SHOP
http://www.writing.com/main/badges

Want a custom merit badge for your group or the community?
"Commission a Merit Badge
March 20, 2014 at 2:54pm
March 20, 2014 at 2:54pm
Good Deeds - February 2014 Winners!
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "You Can't Run From Love" by Joshua Penick
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "Urban Fantasy- Chapter 1- Bitten" by happyfingers
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "Meeting Jaime" by Indelibleink

To select the winners, we randomly choose 10 of the entries to the contest and then SMs, SM and I individually rank those 10 reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top 3 winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane

For your chance to win, be sure you make your reviews Public and check the Good Deeds submission box before sending the review.
March 16, 2014 at 8:30pm
March 16, 2014 at 8:30pm
Short Shots - February 2014 Winners!
The following winners for the February 2014 running of "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 35 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Dare To Breathe"   by Blüeyez
*Bullet* Second Place - "Blurs of White and Orange"   by Amalie ~ Overwhelmed as Always
*Bullet* Third Place - "Skiing through life"   by LostGhost~Multitasking

~Diane

The contest for March is: "Journey Through Genres: Official WDC Contest
March 13, 2014 at 4:45pm
March 13, 2014 at 4:45pm
Edit Newsfeed Notes
This feature was released a few weeks ago, but we did not post about it here. We are doing that now. Smile

The new Options menu for newsfeed notes has been updated.

*Bulletr* The "Remove" link for the main thread lives there now.

*Bulletb* A new Edit Note option has been added!



Yes, that's right -- you can finally edit your Notebook notes right here from the newsfeed. Even *Cool*er, you'll see your edits previewed live, just like when posting the initial note. (Editing should also work from your notebook and from a {note} lightbox.)

*Note0* Notes that have been edited will display the original time of the post with an Edited notation after the time. Mousing-over the "Edited" text will reveal the time of the most recent edit.

*Note4* You can not edit comments on notes yet. This is only for the main note at the top of a thread. And trying to edit a note after posting a comment to it fails at the moment.

*Note2* This has been pretty thoroughly tested, but as with all new releases, if you find a bug, please post here: "Bug Reporting.
March 11, 2014 at 5:12pm
March 11, 2014 at 5:12pm
Options Menu in Newsfeed
You may have noticed the new Options mini-menu that shows when you mouse-over a newsfeed note. In that menu, you'll now find:

- the note's ID
- the note's content rating
- "hide this post"
- "hide this member"

Most importantly, the Hide system has been updated to allow the hiding of individual posts; previously, clicking "Hide" hid everything from a favorite member. Now, you can hide anything within your personal or community newsfeed.

*Note* With this change, we have also cleared all previous "hides" in the newsfeed system, so that everyone has a fresh start with the new system. You can easily hide a member again from the options menu. (Please note this is still separate from blocking and ignoring; those functions stand on their own and haven't been touched. Blocked and/or ignored members will never show in your newsfeed.)
February 16, 2014 at 9:35pm
February 16, 2014 at 9:35pm
Dear Me - January 2014 Winners!
This round there were 87 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Dear Me: Official Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First: "2014 Dear Me WINNER: Crossroads"   by glaedrfly
*Bullet* Second: "Dear Me"   by Norman Francis
*Bullet* Third: "Dear Me (2014)"   by ◄ HuntersMoon ►

Thanks to everyone who entered and special thanks to our judges for a tough decision. I hope the letters helped entrants to think about what they want to accomplish in 2014 and will act as a reminder of those goals throughout the year.

~Diane

The contest for February is "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Write a poem using the photo prompt provided.
February 14, 2014 at 1:13pm
February 14, 2014 at 1:13pm
Good Deeds - January 2014 Winners!
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "The Anador Chronicles" by ~Spring Robin~
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "A Bushy-Tailed Intruder" by Jeannie S.
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "The Book of Eve" by Maryann-12 yrs at WDC

To select the winners, we randomly choose ten of the entries to the contest and then SMs, SM and I individually rank those ten reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top three winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to send a review last month. This month, remember to enter your reviews into the contest for your chance to win!

~Diane
January 18, 2014 at 11:01am
January 18, 2014 at 11:01am
Short Shots - December 2013 Winners!
The following winners for the December 2013 running of "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest were chosen from the 19 entries submitted. Each entry was judged based on the criteria provided in "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Congratulations to the following three winners:

*Star* First Place - "Conquering Dragons"   by ◄ HuntersMoon ►
*Bullet* Second Place - "'It's a Wrap' - or 'One for the Make Up'"   by Thankful Sonali 7 Years Old!
*Bullet* Third Place - "The Mountain"   by blue jellybaby

Thanks to all who entered and to the judges for their time.

~Diane

Remember to write your entry for the January contest: "Dear Me: Official Contest
January 14, 2014 at 11:05am
January 14, 2014 at 11:05am
Good Deeds - December 2013 Winners!
Congratulations to the following three winners of "Good Deeds Get CASH!!

*Star* First ($100): Review of "Threads in the Tapestry" by JaceCar
*Bullet* Second ($50): Review of "Three Little Pigs" by NickiD89
*Bullet* Third ($25): Review of "Pride and Courage" by OOT

To select the winners, we randomly choose 10 of the entries to the contest and then SMs, SM and I individually rank those 10 reviews according to "Guidelines To Great Reviewing. I combine our rankings and from that we get our top 3 winners. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and entered this month.

~Diane


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