I posted elsewhere about having words and no words posts instead of the monthly assignments. IN another forum I am in they have the following categories: words: subject matter - meaning that photos posted should meet the thread title; and that the OP and others are more than welcome to add comments on the image, or what they feel behind that image. The OP is looking for others to comment both on the technique and the subject nw: (no words) - meant to indicate that the post is only for images that relate to the OP's image. No words of support or comment are supposed to be left. w/nw: (words/no words) This is more like the "words" post; but the OP is more open to "dialog" both written and visual. This can include comments on how the image could have been better. To be honest in the other forum, "words" and "nw" are seldom used any more. The only advice I can give is no to make it so specific that others might not be able join in; ie., a topic like "Kevin Bacon with a one armed red head in an Easter Bunny costume". Don't laugh I have seen some threads in the other forums with such restrictive descriptions. I would hope that we can adopt the "w/nw" form here as the norm. It may require a thick skin at times, but the lessons learned will be well worth it.