I've been looking around at a few writing communities for quite some time today. And for the 15 minutes I've spent here I think this will be the community I become a part of, making new friends and learning as I go. After reading a few initial things I like the review system, and actually I haven't quite started my writing so there is no dire need for me to post my work right now. I am on the edge of learning for the time being, and where I do have goals of writing novels I know it would be unrealistic to start there. I've always wanted to write, but lost track of that while growing up through middle and high-school and throughout college. During 2009 I go the chance and completed a life goal I never dreamed would happen, and it also reminded me about some other things I've always wanted but always pushed off. So 2010 I made a simple goal for myself, write 1 short story each week for a total of 52 stories over the year. As well as reading 24 books, as I also lost touch with that edge and reading helps writing. Anyways, enough about a newcomer that is boring you... Time for me to go browsing and reading some bits around the forum! I did have a few general questions that came while reading about some policies; 1) How do you depict a user that is just saying, "Yea nice work, keep it up." Is there some way the community can rate/rank a post as useful? 2) I'll probably learn this quickly but, what are the average word counts for short stories? I hope everyone has a great day and thanks for letting me become part of the WF community.