I don't know if the policy of "no poetry" extends to short/long stories but personally I wouldn't mind if they are included.
I do enjoy reading good books, stories and poetry but the problem is that anything good is seldom posted on forums like these. Before we know it we're flooded by material which should have never left someone's private quarters.
In addition, most of these authors can't handle criticism and treat their writing as if pressed out of their womb, resulting in some serious drama.
There are sites out there that are more appropriate for such material.