A Letter Column In The Kingdom Of SFCrowsnest

July 28, 2019 | By | Reply More

We’ve been debating for a long time to have a letters column on SFCrowsnest, aside from our comments to particular subjects or reviews, without compromising our security measures. You’d hate to see how many virus attacks we ward off on a weekly basis.

As such, this will be treated as an experiment and if it gets compromised then we’ll feel free to cut it.

This will go through an email address so we can do some filtering but please abide by some basic rules:-

  1. No swearing although asterisking occasionally will spare readers of all ages from blushing, being rude or character/company assassination. We don’t want to be sued.
  2. Avoid one word emails, we’re supposed to be intelligent. If you have nothing to add, we’ll assume you’re happy with whatever reply we give. Don’t drag out replies unnecessarily because even if a fraction of our readership writes in, we could be swamped. With our daily newsletter back, it should be easy enough for everyone to keep up without repeating anything so no need to repeat someone else’s comments, just use a Re: subject matter.
  3. There’s no need to flatter us, we blush easy. Anything to the contrary, see point 1. If we have made mistakes in any of our material, we are quick to amend when wrong when told and proven although we might not necessarily put your email in print about it unless you’re adding some valuable information.
  4. No self-promotion. If you want a book reviewed, ask, but bear in mind we don’t have an infinite number of reviewers. If you want to advertise, then check out our rates elsewhere. The Letters section is for general chit-chat and knowledge. You can still send comments directly to the comments section at the end of any material for usage.
  5. Use real names. If you feel you are better known by a different name, then include that as well and any reason why you can’t use your real name.
  6. Much of the time, you’ll be writing to me. If a discussion opens up to a couple or more of you, then I act as arbiter. Pay attention to points 1 and 2.
  7. Keep to subjects within our remit. There’s plenty of scope with Science Fiction, horror and fantasy across the medium.
  8. If you just want a personal answer and not on-line, please be brief and I’ll do my best to keep up.
  9. Please DO NOT send attachments as they are easily virused. If you want to send proof of something then give me the link to where you sourced it.
  10. We reserve the right not to put something on-line and to edit to the specific topic referred to. Try not to cover more than one topic at a time.
  11. If writing to us encourages any writing skill, then don’t forget we do print reviews, articles and stories as well. We can’t pay but getting seen by over 100,000 people is a lot of exposure.
  12. Any abuse of these rules and we will feel free to have you regarded as non gratia to the email address. As we’re going to use the email address, join the spaces, letters @ sfcrowsnest.info for all kinds of coverage, in the subject column use a choice of the following:-Potential reviewerI think you made a mistake. Sorry if you think there’s too many rules but it’s more a question of covering all our backs and looking to the future as well. Basically, they are just commonsense things and to save time saying how we handle things here.Geoff Willmetts
  13. editor: www.SFCrowsnest.info
  14. Of course, if the email address gets attacked or abused then we will feel free to close it down. We want to hear from you people out there but we also need to preserve the website from attacks as well.
  15. Submissions
  16. Letters

Category: Culture, Offworld Report

About the Author ()

Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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