I'm increasingly frustrated with the ACFW critique list. Over the past couple of months, a lot of new people have joined. Which is great, since people come and go, and it's nice to get some new blood and stories to critique. However, I can't figure out what is wrong with people. Before they join, they're supposed to be instructed in the rules of how the list operates. There are specific ways to title submissions and critiques. And yet, they continue to mis-label them. What's the big deal, you may ask. All the e-mails to go the archive, so if you're trying to find a submission to critique, if it's mislabeled, you'll waste time trying to find what you're seeking.
For example: all submissions should be like this: [Critiques] SUB: Story Title Ch. 1, Genre, Word Count
A critique should be labeled like this: [Critiques] CRIT: Story Title Ch. 1, Genre, Word Count
One little word change. Simple. I will be the first to admit from time to time I forget, but some people do this on a consistent basis. The wrong identifier makes it difficult to go into the archives to search for an older post. You have to weed through all the critiques labeled SUB in order to find the real submission. I have better things to do with my time.
I have learned so much from the critique list, and I hope I am able to teach others, especially the newbies. But if this disorganization and blatant disregard for rules continues, I may have to drop off the list. This is a Christian list. We should follow the rules, not because it's the right thing to do, but it's respectful of our brothers and sisters' time. I doubt any of the listers will see this, but if they do, I hope it strikes a chord and makes people more aware of what they're doing.