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Noticing Newbies: October 03, 2018 Issue [#9135]

 This week: Case Colors
  Edited by: Octobersun
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Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

Dear Newbies and Seasoned members of Writing.Com, I am Octobersun and I will be your guest editor for this issue of Noticing Newbies.

Word from our sponsor

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Letter from the editor

Case Colors

Why are we color coded?

Everyone who opens up an account here starts off with a grey case and is a Registered User.


Once the first item is added to a portfolio, the case turns black and the user becomes a Registered Author.

Annie Day

After a while of being on the site, bringing creativity, reviews, and a generally positive attitude to the site, some experience a promotion to sporting a yellow case and it says Preferred Author.


Those who send regular reviews, offer contests to the general membership, and show an overall higher involvement in the site get promoted to Moderator.


A very few, those who give inordinate amounts of time, or who create groups that benefit all members of the site through mentoring, coaching, even gift points for memberships, rise to become Senior Moderators.


Every time there is any sort of hierarchy, there is the potential for ill feelings. Those feelings are useless. Behind those case colors, we are all people with a real name, a life that happens outside of Writing.Com, and we are all equally human. Each one of us is an integral part of the site. Whether we joined yesterday or ten, or even 18 years ago. If we use this site to work on our writing, to discuss the merits of punctuation, and to mingle over the mysteries of the different types of English, then we are all one.

No matter what your case color, you are equal to anyone else here and you should treat them as such. Don't be scared to send a review to a member with a purple case. Don't treat the writing of a user with a black case with more strict rules than you would apply to a review for a blue case. See the story. Treat the person on the other side like the whole, real, unique, friendly person they are.

Back to the original question. Why are we color coded?

Each level of color changes your ability to use the site a little. When your case becomes black, you gain the ability to see more items on the site. When your case turns yellow, not much changes. It's a honor to show you that you have been seen. Those with a blue case take part in writing newsletters and help out with a couple of tasks around the site. The purple cases are in charge of "RAOK Upgrade Brigade Group and some have helped writing "Writing.Com 101.

Every single one here started out with a grey case. And we really are one color: humanity.

Editor's Picks

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#2169845 by Not Available.

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Breakfast and a Movie  (18+)
Leena goes for breakfast and a movie with her new found friend.
#2169694 by Thankful Sonali WDC POWER!

Case of the Missing Captain O‚ÄôLeary!  (18+)
First Place answer to the Cop Shop Mystery set by Bards Hall to mark WDC's 18th birthday.
#2169409 by Robert Edward Baker

 Pareidolia  (E)
The clouds take shape
#2169392 by L.A. Grawitch

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#2169398 by Not Available.

 Mack the Knife  (GC)
A scary story based on a prompt with a song for a story title. Writer's Cramp entry.
#2168742 by Jeff

Great Truths ... and Other Lies  (E)
There's a huge difference between growing older and growing up!
#2168709 by Fyntastic!

 Birthday Redux  (13+)
As if turning 40 wasn't bad enough the first time...
#2168490 by Medie Avenge the Fallen

 Home on the Moon  (18+)
"You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely." -- Ogden Nash
#2168500 by Prosperous Snow Globe

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Word from Writing.Com

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Ask & Answer

I received one reply to my last Noticing Newbies newsletter "Benefits of a Paid Membership

Jayne wrote: 100% agreed! I have multiple backups for my writing - here at WdC, a second machine, local storage and external storage, plus 2 additional online backups.

Overkill? I don't think so. I could never remember all the words, or recapture the moments when I was writing. I think it would be ultimately depressing and defeating to lose everything.

Writing mostly poetry, I also have hard copies of my favourites (that's like the printed version, for all you kids out there LOL) in a binder. It might not be feasible for a book (it's not even feasible for all my poetry) but I like the tactile nature of turning the pages of my faves.

And as far as other benefits of upgrading - this is by far the best site I've found for community, and it is well worth the investment. If you're not sure, try the shorter time frame (I think it's three months). I have never regretted a second of membership, in fact I went from basic to premium within those three months!

You are correct. There is no such thing as overkill when it comes to protecting our precious words.

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