To the fans who take the time to write well thought out fanposts, I say thank you. For some reason, there's not been many "official" Stampede Blue" posts lately. So, the fanposts that you all write are a welcome addition.
This brings me to the main point of this post. No one reads the fan shots. They don't, plain and simple. And there's some reasons why:
1. no meat to anything done in a fanshot.
2. You have to scroll through several week-old stories before you even find the fanshot section. No one even sees it.
As a result of no one reading the fan shots (and pretty much all of us get that), people have taken to posting one-sentence fanposts, and then putting "word count" over and over to meet the minimum requirements. Most readers (I think) would agree that when you see a fanpost that's littered with "word count" all over it, it shows that the person didn't put much thought into his post, except to write a one sentence opinion or to post a link.
I personally would like to make the following suggestions for consideration:
1. Do away with the fanshot section completely. No one uses it (the last one was a full month ago), and its usefulness is 0.
2. do away with the minimum word count requirement in the fan posts. People are going to end up filling it with drivel about blueberry pancakes and a cow to meet the word count requirement.
3. Writers of posts, take the time to write more than a sentence or two. Form an opinion and back it up with something in your posts. We criticize Brad Wells frequently for his posts, but at least he puts some work into them, and (though it's completely subjective) he at least gives reasons for his opinions.