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07 November 2012 @ 05:57 pm
Fandom Love Poll  
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Poll #1877444 Fandom Love Challenge

Do you generally comment on stories you read?

Yes, always!
If they move me I do.
No, not as a rule.

If you do comment, what motivates you?

They worked really hard and deserve it.
I want them to continue to write so I comment.
If I comment on theirs, maybe they'll comment on mine.

If you don't comment, what prevents you?

No one will care what I think.
I never know what to say.
They already have 3,407 comments. What's one more?

Do you believe comments help motivate writers?

Of course. We all want to know our work is appreciated.
Sometimes. Some writers don't seem to care.
It shouldn't. Write or don't write. It's not my place to tell you.

Would you leave a negative comment if a story pushed your buttons?

Yes. They need to know.
No but I might send them a PM.
Sometimes. It depends on what bothered me.

If you write, how important are comments to your muses?

Mean: 3.61 Median: 4 Std. Dev 1.35

If you make pic spams and/or other types of posts, how important are comments to you?

Mean: 3.15 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.17

Is there something you'd like to add about the Fandom Love challenge?

 Nayeli Honizrewillow_fae_20 on November 8th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Look at me. I'm all up in here, leaving a comment! LoL. But seriously, this was a really good idea.
Are 6 dogs too many?: redhearttkeylasunset on November 8th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Go you!! All up in the comments!!!


Thank you!!!
Umai Hoshifairyniamh on November 8th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
For the pic spam: It depends. If I am am just spamming you with a bunch of funny images to make you smile... sure I like hearing that it did. But, I do not require it.

If I am doing icons... it seems like an easy thing to do, However Icons can take just as much time as a story. Sometimes longer. So I appreciate reviews there. Even if it is "Cool icons".

The only time I will a truly negative review is if it is a plagiarized story OR if I am told it is one pairing and it is a totally different pairing. Don't lure in readers with false information... it really pisses off readers. (I will no longer read that author because she does it on a regular basis.)

:\ I'm not part of the H5-0 fandom though. So I guess it doesn't really matter.
Are 6 dogs too many?: redhearttkeylasunset on November 8th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Oh no! It does so matter!!

First - you make awesome icons. Just sayin'.

And second, we need to spread the fandom love to every fandom!! Every. Single. One!!!

bluedelft on November 8th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
I answered the 'if you write' since I've done it in the past and keep toying with from time to time.

My thought is comments are very important to both fan fic writers and graphic makers. It is nice to know that your work is appreciated. I think there are some who think the writers and graphic makers wave a magic wand and there it is and don't realize all of the work that is involved.
bluedelft on November 8th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Just thought of this while getting the post ready for AOL Daily and came right over before I forgot what I was going to say.

I think to go go along with the comments motivating it's also important for the fic writer or graphic maker to take the time to say thank you for the comment. Two words that mean so much.

Back to the post before I forget that and start to watch another episode of Stargate Atlantis.
From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on November 8th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh, I totally agree with you here. I try very hard to leave a thank you and I try to make it sound different to each comment.
scraplovescraplove on November 8th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
As far as "It shouldn't. Write or don't write. It's not my place to tell you," that is my own personal opinion. Sure, comments are nice. But I write because I like it, and don't actually give a damn if anyone else likes it. It took me some time to get to this point, though.

Also, I feel this way because I've seen people's enjoyment of a hobby ruined because of others. It's not everyone, but I have seen people become so dependent on feedback that they can't write without it. Or if others don't like it they don't like it anymore.

That said, I totally think your Fandom Love challenge is a great idea, because all writers love feedback and it is encouraging. <3

Edited at 2012-11-08 01:46 am (UTC)
A road less fargreybar123 on November 8th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
I like what you wrote. (smiles) But feedback can certainly be helpful if constructive. The problem I see most often is comments that are too positive. I would like to see more constructive criticism. I love the sites I post on but I wonder if there is one where someone is willing to rip the writer a new one (god knows I deserve it, frequently) You are a pretty established writer (who's work I enjoy). do you have any suggestions?
scraplovescraplove on November 8th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! Unfortunately I can't be much help— I've never been interested in concrit and have no idea where to find it. Good luck!
The Black Sluggardblack_sluggard on November 8th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
This is a fantastic idea. I'm not really in Five-0 fandom at all, but I will be sharing these posts, because I think all of fandom and livejournal in general could benefit greatly from this attitude.
Louheffermonkey on November 8th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
feedback is important for me because I like to know if the story is going in a good direction and I do like seeing the various things people like or dislike about a fic. I don't know that if people don't comment. I do appreciate that people may not enjoy or like my fics, I'm a big girl and can take it when a person tells me they didn't like my fic because 'such and such' as long as it's done in a polite manner.

I do find that the fics that I love to write and pour perhaps a little more heart and soul into personally, don't get as many comments as a fic I'm probably a little more love/hate with. I always find that amusing, but then if I'm happy with a fic, even if it doesn't garner any comments, it's still satisfying to have written it and explored the characters in my head, plus it's good practice to just have written something.

Writing in the H50 fandom I've seemed to have gained a merry little gang of readers who are always very encouraging, helpful and delightfully kind in their feedback and I appreciate every single one of them wholeheartedly.

I know I'm a guilty party in not leaving as many comments as I should, when I actually get time to read fics. So I'm going to set a goal for myself to make a comment on every fic I read, even if it's merely to say 'great fic'. If a fic doesn't entertan me or I don't enjoy it, I don't read it and I'd never leave a negative comment because just because I don't enjoy it, doesn't mean it's badly written. It just doesn't float my boat as it were. I know a lot of my fics probably only appeal to a certain audience, so I wouldn't expect people to suffer reading them just because.
cathedral_junkicathedral_junki on November 8th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
I agree that we ought to leave more feedback. I think the kudos button on Ao3 has made me lazy.
--♫ Anna--: Dog Problemrocsfan on November 8th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
I don't write, but comments are good for any kind of post.
a geek in such the wrong way: H50-smittenhaldoor on November 11th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
Sometimes, I just LOVED a fic or something about it. I need to comment to let them know what was so good. Sometimes I'd just rather kudo as my mood isn't up to forming coherent feedback.

Sometimes I don't comment because I didn't think it was all that good and I'd rather not leave a comment. Sometimes there are too many errors/it's unbeta'd and it shows and I just can't keep reading. There are quite a few other things like that which make me turn away or not bother to leave a comment.
mindymakrutu: keep calmmindymakrutu on November 21st, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
I made it here via Black Sluggard who shared in the "Castle" fandom and I just thought this was great to get this out there.

I gotta say I am shocked at how many people don't comment. To me, it's just part of being in a community. It's part of clicking that link to a fanfic. You read, you comment. End of. Being a writer (and sometimes a writer of pairings with a small audience), I know how much feedback means so I believe there's always something a reader can contribute. To my thinking, the author wrote a couple of hundred words, so any reader can manage a handful.

I do agree that receiving feedback should not be the main aim of writing or creating anything. We need to create whatever we create because it inspires/amuses/moves us. But let's face it, creative souls are sensitive and sharing is a brave act. If it didn't matter at all, we would just write in a little journal and keep it locked in a drawer. But we don't, we put it out there in the public domain to be judged and hopefully enjoyed. We cannot know which tho unless people respond.

Having said that, I too have written stories that I pour my heart and soul into and don't get reams of feedback on. And it's cool. It doesn't change how I feel about the fic. In a way, it makes me adore them more, feel more protective of them. Because they gave me something. I value them even if not many do.

It is rare that I will leave negative feedback. If there are spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes or it is not clear who is speaking, I might point that out. I do so gently tho cos I know how sensitive I am to criticism. The few times I have received harsh criticism it has not been phrased nicely or been constructive. I think you need to KNOW the author, have a relationship with them in order to do that. It needs to come from a place of respect, not contempt.

Plagerism, however, needs to be stopped in its tracks and exposed immediately.

Lastly, I found it interesting hearing from the icon makers. That is one area I am not as forthcoming. So I will make sure to comment from now on.

Again, thanks for putting this out there. Good to have the discussion. :)