www.whyville.net May 9, 2003 Weekly Issue

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Hello Whyvillians!

I'm sure most of you are rather curious to know who the new Whyville Poet Laureate is this year. I'm proud to announce, after counting all the votes, qwert2004 has been bestowed this honor! By accepting this position, qwert2004 must abide by all Whyville Law. Any discretions from the standards of our community will result in a stripping of this title. We are all certain that this will never be the case for such an outstanding citizen as qwert2004, but in that event, the position shall be bestowed upon the runner-up, wwwhgrl. In any case, congrats to all the finalists and a best wishes to the 2003 Whyville Poet Laureate and the runner up!



So, you want to write for the Times?

In response to all the wonderful submissions and the requests to write more from the community, I am delivering to you these new Times submission rules. They apply to all Whyville citizens, even veteran Times writers. If you have a great idea for a story, a poem, an article, an interview, etc., all you have to do is email times@whyville.net. When you email your submissions from now on, please have the following in your subject line:

    <type of submission>: <author>, <title>

So, a couple examples of submission emails would look like this:

    interview: kirbie393, Famous Times Writers

    article: TIKE, Y-Helping: What's it all about?

    poem: Kiacy, As I Wander

    creative writing: Darling44, The Hacker

With this format, it will be even easier for the me to organize all the submissions and put out a great paper every week. If you're not sure what the type is, you can use the generic "article" as your type of submission. PLEASE do not submit other people's work! They will not be accepted into the Times; we will only consider original work written by the user.

Here's a final word, on plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined at dictionary.com as "n. 1: a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work, 2: the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own." It is quite illegal, and it offends me that anyone would ever do this in Whyville. If you claim another person's work as your own by sending it to the Times, it will be rejected, and you may be severely punished.  This includes times when you take a poem or an essay that somebody else wrote and simply "reword" each sentence a little.  I know you can all be more original than that!

Keep thinking, writing, and challenge yourself!

Times Editor


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