The following is a dialogue between me and someone who thinks they're following the rules. Who's right?
Below is the full text of the rule. I don't think it could be any more straightforward. Commenting on the work of others is not something you can do 5 days ago and expect me to stay silent if you post new articles to the site. I find it amazing we're even having this debate. To get my white glove service and bring your work a much larger readership than you can do on your own, all you need to do is spend a few minutes of your time commenting on the work of others. For whatever it’s worth, I consider it to be a big loss to lose you as a participant, but I’ve come to realize that this site is nothing without active comment threads. Everyone needs to pitch in, even those writers whose writing I consider to be superior.
All participants are required to occasionally comment on the work of others. This rule will be enforced without the help of a computer algorithm. In other words, we will first issue a warning and then we'll enforce the rule. As a rule of thumb, one insightful comment of more than two sentences per article submission of your own is all that is required. The purpose for the rule is because it's easy to find authors willing to adopt Writer Beat. The only reason it's easy is because of how active our commenters are. When Writer Beat become a smashing success, this rule will go away.
But that seems to be the issue. I had commented multiple times since my last post but not in the last 24 hours before my next post. That to me represents an additional requirement that must be met. Not only do you need to make comments on others posts since your last post, but at least one of those comments must be made within 24 hours of the time you make your next post.
Again I am not trying to add difficulties to your role, but wanted to let you know of what I perceived as a logical inconsistency. As an ex engineer I pick up on things like this.
I'm good now so you don't need to reply
Whenever someone posts a new article to the site I make a determination, is this an author deserving of my help or is this an author that needs to me reminded of the rules. If you had written a single comment within 24-hours of your article submission, I would attempt to help you. Seeing that you hadn't, I sent you my typical reminder message that it's required to comment on the work of others.
I commented on multiple posts from then till 9/14. Then I didn't post for a couple of days before my last post. I had believed that fulfilled the comment requirement. Is that belief in error?