For a while now, I have noticed a sense of the literature forum becoming stagnant in itself, with many people looking to former past 'golden times'. People have been commenting that the forum was more 'fun' in the past, and now, it is not so. I just want to try and uplift the collective spirits of the literature forum, and say you can only make your own fun, but yes, within certain guidelines. What has occurred over the course of the past year, is that many familiar faces have left, to be replaced by new. That is the nature of things. It is sad to see regulars go, but also refreshing to see some new blood. People often complain that the forum was split in two, literature & EU Community. I believe that this was a necessary move. There IS a place for fan clubs, but thats the point, they needed their own place. They are still apart of the JC EU Community. The literature forum was needed to be cleansed for what it's true purpose originally was - intelligently discuss and debate current (and past) Star Wars literature (novels, comics, authors, etc . . .). I think if we concentrate on the premise of those two forums, and realise thier purpose and direction, we can go back to having fun. Again, I need not remind people about flaming or trolling, but on a lesser issue, I have noticed as of late that people are being attacked for giving their opinion, or disagreeing with someone else's opinion. Remember that an opinion is just that, the perspective and thoughts on an issue by an idividual. Everyone is different, we need to respect that. There is no right, there is no wrong. If you disagree (which is fine, as it is the component of debate) - state your reasons rationally and logically without abuse. If you continue to disagree, leave it at that, and move on. Polls. This has been a contensious issue. People either love them, or hate them. I personally think that they are a great feature, but need to be used intelligently. Again, people get annoyed if we are flooded with redundant or ill thought of polls. I remind you of what my guidelines are on polls. I think a poll should not be used for it's own sake, but for the sake of creating debate and discussion. Perhaps to remind people of this, put '... and why?' at the end of the poll question, for example: "Is Luke Skywalker the greatest Jedi, state reasons why?" Lastly, we are endeavouring to create an index for the literature forum, to reduce redundantcy, and give newbies a glimpse of great past topics and discussion. If anyone has thoughts for the state of the forum at the moment, please post, and I will try address. Kind Regards, Michael "The Gatherer" Potts.