While the general chat section is, indeed, for general topics, it is not to be used as a rant-post. Mundane topics about how your mother is mean because she won't let you go out, or how terrible you feel because you accidentally knocked over your friend's house, are topics to be placed in one's livejournal, or other similar sites.
Understand that when a staff members explains that your post is more of a journal-entry, we are not issueing a warning. For more information around this, the appropriate topics, "Understanding what it means to have your thread locked/to be issued a warning."
There are exceptions to this rule. Marriages, births, and the like are more than welcome due to the fact that most of the members would be more than willing to give you well-wishes and appropriate congratulations. We also like cake and ice cream. ;D
Note: We will soon be adapting a blog-feature to the site so that people can post their daily rantings there. So, once we install that, feel free to post whatever you'd like. More details soon.
Though it's been touched on, we just want to clarify: No pity posts. Please don't make a topic asking why no one's commenting on your projects - You're not the only person who isn't getting 50 comments on a project. You must understand that people have lives outside of this hobby and, just because you're not getting comments, doesn't mean people aren't watching. We realize it's frustrating to not get comments on things, but there are ways to go about trying to get them: Promote yourself in your signature and plug it to your friends.
When the main site goes up, we'll have new and recommended projects listed on the site, giving a bit more publicity to projects that have just been released.
The pity post thing goes for everything AVA related:
- No, "Why am I not getting cast?" - that's something for you to ask your producers, as they listen to your auditions.
- No, "How come no one is commenting?" - See above.
- No, "Does anyone like me here?" - If you're unsure of that, try to warm yourself up to others, take the time to contact them outside of the board and try to get to know them beyond their username.
- No, "Why is no one auditioning for me?" - Check out your audition thread. Are you following the rules? Do you have character descriptions and, or anything that might draw someone's interest? Also, plug yourself in your signature.
And so on. Use common sense and you should be fine.