Sometimes strange, false rumors take hold on writing forums and become repeated ad nauseum and hurt writers. On this writing forum, lately there seems to be a stubborn FALSE rumor that posting work here on the workshop (it IS behind a password) for critique is considered "published" and burns your first rights so therefore can ruin your chances with publishers. As one who has had stories and articles published at over 100 places, and hung out on numerous writer forums and been around the writing scene for years, I will tell you this is NOT TRUE. Let's just kill this false rumor and NOT keep leading writers to fear getting workshop help by not posting stories at all or only posting partial or disguised stories because they fear ruining their chances. That's quite a damaging rumor. People not getting help with their writing because of a false rumor. Wow. New writers are coming here for help in improving their writing getting published, and instead, hearing that?! My challenge: If anyone is going to keep repeating this, please state: (1) YOUR actual publication credits or other experience in connection to that statement (not "what you heard somewhere" or "what you think makes sense" but something more substantial than basically just repeating the rumor) and/or (2) LINKS to any actual publications that consider posting work in a workshop, behind a password, for critique, to be "published" work... (And of course let's use common sense and not believe, for example, that even if one of a zillion little newbie-owned e-zine pubs can be found that says so, that means it is so). And... when people innocently repeat the rumor on here all the time, believing that they are looking out for others, please nicely tell them that is incorrect? Damn.