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26 February 2007 @ 12:43 am
Read-Rec-Review returns! Plus, bonus poll.  
So it's only been three months, let's do another one of these. Props to auronlu for the original idea.

Read, Review, Recommend

Read a story lately and liked it, but didn't have time or couldn't think of anything to say as feedback? Now's your chance. Had a story on your reading list for awhile with no time to read it? Now's the time to jump in, and make sure to review when you're done. Don't have anything more to say than, "Hey, I liked this"? No problem. If you have the time or inclination to say more, go for it, but don't feel like you have to leave detailed feedback in order to participate. Part of the point of this exercise is to get used to the idea of leaving comments of any length.

The other point? Developing the recommendation habit. Once you've read and reviewed, if you want to share your find, come back and comment to this post with a link. No need to go into great detail here, either, although it would be helpful to give a title and say which fandom and whether it's worksafe. And then we'll have a rec list for everyone to check out.

Also, heyheyrenay and I were discussing this post (found via metafandom) and it brought up some issues about leaving feedback that inspired the following poll:

Poll #935324 Feedback poll

Do you like getting feedback on fic?

I don't really care
No, and I disallow comments on my fics
Other (see comments)

What kind of feedback do you like?

Detailed concrit -- bring on the tl;dr!
Short comments, positive and negative
Positive comments only
"I read this story" -- just some acknowlegement that someone is reading
I don't like getting feedback
Other (see comments)

When you receive feedback, do you respond to it?

Sometimes, if I have time
Sometimes, if I feel like the comment is asking for a reply
Sometimes, under some other circumstance which I will explain in comments

Do you leave feedback on the stories you read?

Sometimes (explain in comments)

Are you more likely to leave feedback for an author that you know is likely to respond to it?

Yes, it matters a lot to me.
It's nice if they respond but it's not a signifcant factor.
No, I don't care if they respond.

Alex: A dolphinovo_lexa on February 26th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Storyteller at heart - In part, I write to get the stories out of my head and out into the open. In part, well... a good portion of storytelling is to make an impact on people.

I can live without feedback, but I do like to know what kind of a reaction (good/bad/neutral) I might have made. In particular, it gives a lot of heart to know that someone might have seen the world in the way I saw out of the corner of my eye, just for a second.

Or maybe I'm delusional.

Making people laugh is fun, too.

I, uh... well, I like to reply to comments. Or rather, I feel obligated to do so, but I have a lot of trouble with it. First, I feel the need to individually acknowledge everybody, so flat out C&P "Thanks! ^^" wears on me - I am grateful, but I don't want to come across as not having paid any attention at all. For longer comments and questions, it's easier, but I feel bad if I'm commenting to one and not the other, and frequently I wait to think of what's best to say, but then I wait too long and... uh... Yeah. I try to reply, but I have a lot of difficulty in doing so. (I used to have a page specifically devoted to review replies, but I found it bulky and pretentious)

Leaving feedback is tricky. I like to think on a story I've read and come up with something awesome and appropriate, but this can lead to forgetting that I was supposed to leave a comment altogether.

I've also caught myself coming across as brusque when I comment, which makes me unhappy, for I never really mean it. I don't concrit much anymore, and rarely point out errors except for little things (Typos, can happen to anybody).

So, generally, I try to feedback, but often fail for feeling shy about it all.

I think that discussion is fun and that story discussion is fun, but it doesn't bother me if an author doesn't reply to me.
KJ: ffx - auronowlmoose on February 27th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
In particular, it gives a lot of heart to know that someone might have seen the world in the way I saw out of the corner of my eye, just for a second.

I totally know what you mean by this. It's a way of making a connection to someone. And there are a lot of ways to do that online, but nothing quite gives me the thrill of knowing that I made that connection through my writing.

I think that discussion is fun and that story discussion is fun

So do I. And I don't see as much of it as I used to, either on my stories (and I freely admit that I bear responsibility for this, since I have gotten much lazier about replying to comments lately) or on the comments I leave for other people. Fandom phases, everyone busy, too much drama lately, something else? Hard to say.