Hi folks - I've noticed more than one complaint from Biscuteers that their material isn't being marked or commented on. So I thought about offering some advice and hopefully prompt some other veterans to help too.
So here are a few general pointers from the vicinity of my humble opinion.
1 - Be funny. It's obvious really, but being objective and critical about your own material can be tricky. Ask yourself if your idea really has 'legs'. If the answer is yes, is it worth writing up, or can it be neatly summed up in a one-liner?
2 - Headlines - don't overflow. Keep your headline snappy and don't let it flow into the main body of the post. Personally this really puts me off reading a sub.
3 - Exclaimation marks! Avoid these like the plague unless they're in a quote. This applies to headlines too - in my view they make the sub look unprofessional (ooh, hark at me coming across all snobbish)
4 - Study other people's stuff - see how the sentences/paragraphs/jokes are constructed. If you want front pages or NiBs, then study existing ones and see how other writers do it.
5 - Length. To my mind, too many subs recently have been only a paragraph long. If your stuff is like this, consider either cutting it down to a one-liner or expanding it into a NiB - say about 150 - 200-ish words. Longer pices should be around 300-350-ish words.
Sorry if I sound patronising, and feel free to ignore my waffling.
I now open the floor to anyone else who wishes to comment.