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10:05 am

Absolute Write - AW moderators are disgraceful left-wing extremists

I was a member of AW for about three months, where I exchanged some very useful novel writing information with about 80-100 other writers who were very helpful, interesting, knowledgeable and inspiring.

But then I expressed a few political opinions that were not in line with liberals and AW's predominantly far-left members: support for Donald Trump and a critical analysis of Islamic doctrine.

The entire AW community basically went hysterical and I was banned within the following hour. I simply couldn't believe how angry, ruthless and intolerant they are toward anything they disagree with politically.

I have never been treated like that by anyone in my entire life.

Desired outcome: Just want to spread awareness

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3:38 am
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Absolute Write - Access denied to aw

I have been a member of AW for eleven years, yet I have been unable to access my account for several months.
For reasons unknown to me, I am no longer a member of facebook so signing up via that network does not work.
I simply want to regain my status on AW and catch up with all the latest news.
Every avenue I have tried to do this has fallen on deaf ears.
Please help me to regain my account.

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User Name: telford
Password: ncc1701
Email: [email protected]

Desired outcome: reinstatement of my account

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7:12 pm
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Absolute Write - Unethical behaviour and abuse of administrative privileges

I was posting my query letter on Absolute Write, and although I wasn't being aggressive, I was defending my book to some who were nitpicking everything about it. Lisa, aka "AW Admin, " locked my post, saying that I "did not read the stickies." So, I sent her a message asking her why she did that and that I did read all the stickies. She then pulled out...

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Absolute Write - Is supposed to be a writers' help forum

I spent a few years on AW prior to MacAllister Stone purchasing it. It was awesome. But Mac uses dictatorial methods and isn't above publicly insulting her members. It wasn't the same. Personal attacks became rampant. Moderation was reserved for exiling those of differing opinions. I'd like to offer an alternative. www.tittlelit.com where writers can hone...

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1:07 am
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Absolute Write - abuse of power from admin(s) and mods

I'm walking away from AW forever after my most recent "encounter" with the AW Admin. I posted a paying job for writers, set my requirements, and gave as much detail and I could muster. My post was closed with only this to say: "I certainly wouldn't submit to someone with this attitude, and really don't appreciate having AW's PMs used for submission. The...

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12:28 am
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Absolute Write - website

I, too, was a long standing, active user of Absolute Write. And I can attest that the moderators on the site are indeed, bullies. It's actually the mods as well as a couple of old users who believe that the site exists for others to stroke their egos. One thing that cannot be tolerated on Absolute Write is disagreeing with the moderators. You are forced to...

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11:00 pm

Absolute Write - writer's forum

On Apr 21 2018 I made a post to this forum and immediately was attacked with a tirade of accusations plus the F word. Those reacting to my post didn't take time to ask for clarification but made (false) assumptions and lashed out based on those assumptions. I conclude Absolute Write is an uncivilized place to get ripped apart but not a place to find community.

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Jul 30, 2018 12:39 am

This has been the experience of well over a thousand writers, all of them harassed, bullied, smeared, and banned for running afoul of the bad tempers and immature jerks who run amok on the forum. If you're not super docile and trying to write vampire erotica, there isn't any point to enduring the stupidities and risking abuse.

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3:00 pm
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Absolute Write - everything related to them

This writer's messageboard is where seemingly anyone who expresses an opinion different than many of the moderators is a troll. It's like the same as trump does with "fake news." if he doesn't like it, it's "fake news." On absolute write, if someone doesn't like something you say, you're trolling. It's quite remarkable. Some moderator old hack wasn't...

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10:39 am

Absolute Write - encourages writers to slander companies and break their nda

Absolute Write openly encourages authors to break their Non Disclosure Agreement and to slander any company, even though both actions are illegal. I own a transmedia company. I had fired a worker who had signed a NDA, which includes a nonslander clause. The former employee then created a thread slandering our company and a former author helped her to create even more slander. Both women broke their NDA's. When I confronted the site, Absolute Write will not punish anyone who breaks law on their website. Absolute Write cannot be trusted and is nothing but a drama site.

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Absolute Write - online forum scam

I joined this forum to gain writing information and gain a community. What I found was a vindictive writing community and a heavy handed admin who bans people at the drop of a hat for whatever reason she deems fit that day. I believe she has a permanent case of pms. Avoid this forum at all costs. The aw admin is actually the sock for stone maccalister, the...

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9:26 am
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Absolute Write - got a lot of bad advice

I was lured in by their marketing people who are also members of the Absolute Write forums. One of them was Victoria Strauss who is a formerly published author, now a self-published author. At first, I received what I believed was fairly good advice from a couple of anonymous people in the short fiction forum, but in the novel forum I was uncertain of the...

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9:42 pm
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Absolute Write - got banned for saying i'm a hostage... which I am.

I was banned today on this website, a site that's premise is a writing community to help writers. Their main rule is RYFW (respect your fellow writer), which the moderators fail to do almost consistently, including in many of their forum "stickies" (posts designed to give you info and "the rules!"). I should have heeded my instincts when I first went to...

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Absolute Write - abusive owner

I myself pop in from time to time on Absolute Write and although I have learned some useful information there that I might not have otherwise, there are things that absolutely irked me. For one, there are certain members who seem to be able to say whatsoever they choose and not catch any flak for it. But, if you are a newbie and put even one toe out of line...

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11:48 am

Absolute Write - the owner of the site is a wannabe writer with no professional writing credits

The owner of the site is a wannabe writer with no professional writing credits. She uses the site to make money off the google ads and to promote her ultra-leftist political viewpoint.

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Jan 29, 2014 12:39 am

If you mean Lisa Spannenberg she self publishes a couple of books about ipads. And as for that "Old Hack" she claims to be "Jane Smith" she claims every book she wrote sold more than 10, 000 copies but she can't tell you the names of any of them because they were all ghost written.

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Nov 05, 2013 12:39 am

Even if you are left wing she will attack you so I don't know about that. But all she has published is a couple of books about ipads and she is crazy

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4:56 am
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Absolute Write - the mods are throwing people off all the time

I have read all the other reviews. I just joined a month ago. Are all vbulletin forums so heavily moderated? I'm used to the media outlet forums. So maybe that's why I'm so shocked with all the moderation and control. The site seems very controlled. So many mods. Mods seem to jump in the moment anyone disagrees with any passion. Several times I've been...

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5:07 am
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Absolute Write - stay away from these guys

I was a member of AW for a while, and I find myself going back every few months to check up on some of the horrible discussions. The advice is juvenile and hardly critical or informed...incompetent in many ways. Creative writing is being taught on this site as though there were rules to writing fiction! Any opinion given as advice that challenges thi...

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Absolute Write - this has to be the worst writing community i've ever encountered

Yikes. I never even ended up posting. I'm one to lurk before joining in, and after watching the mods tear apart people for NO reason, then egging on others to bash those people, then carrying on long after they chased the person from the site...yeah I think I will pass on joining in. I've never seen anything so vile. There is a definite "clique" there. The...

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3:32 am
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Absolute Write - all writers should definitely stay away from this site

All writers should definitely stay away from this site. There are several moderators on this site who will start a fight with you and then kick you out for responding back. In addition, the advice that one receives on the forums is pedestrian and the kind of advice that any beginning writer would give...are you kidding me with this?

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3:29 am

Absolute Write - site is overrun with ugly behaviors from those in charge

I'm not a huge fan of the forums--though the "ask an agent" site is pretty handy!--but I love that they have a forum you can use to find beta reading partners. I met some really wonderful beta readers there who I trade critique with. They are some of the sweetest people I've met in the writing industry. Honest, informative, helpful--but STILL nice... that's a hard combo to pull off. I recommended the site to a friend of mine, and he met a great critique partner there also, who I then met through him.

Site, however, is overrun with ugly behaviors from those in charge.

Otherwise stay clear of the forums. The moderators are on a power trip and to be honest I see nothing that would warrant any right to be. They delete threads and people every other second that don't agree with them while they bash writers and publishers and pretty much anyone they damn well please. The site is a great idea with some good people, but it's run by a bunch of jackasses.

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Jan 29, 2014 12:39 am

Absolute truth

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Nov 05, 2013 12:39 am

Yes this is all true. I would suggest going to find crit partners somewhere else because the nasty mods don't deserve the attention and there are other places.

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12:56 pm

Absolute Write - got banned for making the mistake of posting an ad for a writing buddy without being &part of the community&

Got banned for making the mistake of posting an ad for a writing buddy without being "part of the community." Wrote back privately with the suggestion that it would help to have clearer guidelines, and that it would be better to refer people look for betas/writing buddies to matchmaker sites (the Writer's Digest site and experience project dot com look promising) rather than get all bent out of shape because we don't particularly want to be part of the "community." (Trust me: Absoute Write is only for people who can devote at least ten hours a week to message boarding as a hobby.) Got a couple of strange responses back, including verbal abuse. Still not sure exactly what she's mad, but I can now say with pride that I'm one of the "Banned from Absolute Write" alumni.

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Apr 18, 2020 12:39 am

That's def harsh treatment when most sites politely review their policies with you and explain.

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Apr 18, 2020 12:39 am

Got banned today. I couldn't be happier! Admin is just begging for trouble.

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Jan 29, 2014 12:39 am

Along with Hugh Howie. and they will pretend he's not banned because they allow him to see the board, but he is banned from posting there! Verbal abuse in PM is common of the mods there.

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