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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 Bleyez
*Bullet* Second Place - "Blurs of White and Orange"   by Amalie ~ Overwhelmed as Always
*Bullet* Third Place - "Skiing through life"   by LostGhost is Back!

~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

December 31, 2013 at 10:40pm
December 31, 2013 at 10:40pm
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, Writing.Com'ers!
We wish you a creative and successful 2014!


To kick things off, here's some new emoticons!

*Hockey* = {e:hockey}
*Hockeyhelmet* = {e:hockeyhelmet}
*Hockeypuck* = {e:hockeypuck}
*Hockeyskate* = {e:hockeyskate}

*Olympics* = {e:olympics}
*Medalbronze* = {e:medalbronze}
*Medalsilver* = {e:medalsilver}
*Medalgold* = {e:medalgold}

*Goggles* = {e:goggles}
*Skiboots* = {e:skiboots}
*Skier* = {e:skier}
*Skier2* = {e:skier2}

*Snowboarder* = {e:snowboarder}
*Snowboard* = {e:snowboard}
*Snowboard2* = {e:snowboard2}
*Snowboard3* = {e:snowboard3}


*Note* The hockey emoticons are "brought to you by" "The Hockey Emoticon YES!! list. Answering my challenge, they raised 600,000 Gift Points for "RAOK Upgrade Brigade Group to get a hockey emoticon for the WDC community... They were expecting just 1, but The StoryMistress surprised us all with 4!

*Note* *Note* And, finally, a longtime special request from Elisa, Stik 17K! ...
*Facepalm* = {e:facepalm}


Write on in 2014,
~~SM (& SMs)

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