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I cannot believe my eyes. They are trying to say over at mean_merlin that if fanfic writers repsond to their feedback that makes them 'n00bs' or 'bad writers.' They even named some people off saying 'oh these people don't respond to their feedback and look how awesome they are.'

What. The. Fuck.

These people are obviously not writers themselves or they would know the reason that we write to begin with. We write because we are compelled to and because we want to offer someone else the chance to submerge into a world unlike their own, even if it's only for a short amount of time. And if those people respond to our writing, we write back to acknowledge them for acknowledging us. Getting feedback is the same as getting paid for what we're doing, so even when we get similar "oh this was great" or "how sweet," we still cherish it because they took the time to leave a message for us. And I respond to all my comments, even the short ones and yes, I do say 'thank you' over and over again, but it doesn't matter because it's important to me that my readers know that I read all of their comments carefully and cherish all of their feedback.

Any writer who thinks it's "cool" to not respond to feedback or any reader who judges an author's talent by his/her not responding to feedback obviously knows nothing about the written word and should not try to engage themselves into conversations where they've no friggin idea what they're talking about. And if you are a writer who thinks that you're cool cos you don't respond to your comments, then you need to GTFO of fandom, cos that's not what we're even writing for.

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reallyally
May. 5th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
I do the same thing with my icons. Even if I'm just saying "thank you" over and over again, I still like to acknowledge that I appreciate the comments.

Ugh, this is why I don't go to mean_merlin anmore
burntotears
May. 5th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
I only go to see the crack. I didn't even read all of that thread cos it pissed me off too much.
brandedwith
May. 5th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
Okay WTF?! I cannot believe that someone would say such a thing!

Personally, as someone that reads fanfic, I write comments to thank/show my appreciation to the writer for their piece of work. I get VERY excited when that author replies to my comment - it's like they have acknowledged that I've read it. I think it's a wonderful thing for writers to respond/reply to feedback!

I completely and totally agree with you hun!!
burntotears
May. 5th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
I ALWAYS reply because I know that for every one person that makes a comment, there are two or three others who don't, so it's nice that people will at least comment and say 'hey I read this and it was pretty cool.' I like to reply, especially when people get really excited and jabber on about stuff, because it lets me know that I got them excited and involved in the storyline, which means job well done for me.

I especially love it when people say 'it would have been cool if this or this happened' or 'what if this were to happen' etc. I love talking plot with my readers.
brandedwith
May. 6th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
*G* Me thinks I'm one of those people that get all excited and jabber on!

You know, I'd ALWAYS be happy to discuss Charles Brandon plots with you! *wink* *Wink*
no_more_color
May. 5th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
I used to think I was compelled to write. Then I realized I was only it for the babes and booze.
burntotears
May. 5th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'll give you that one. That's why I do it too. :D
marryoh
May. 5th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
That's bullshit. If I spend the time reading your fic and then review it, I expect at least a simple "thanks!" I stopped reviewing years ago when I would scroll down and see that tons of comments were left but none were replied to. And these were for BNF and no name authors alike. And so I thought "huh, they can't even make time to say thank you, then I'm not going to stroke their ego anymore by leaving anything"

m_m is so dumb sometimes.
burntotears
May. 5th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
I usually don't even pay attention to other people's comments, but yeah, I think it's kind of lame that a BNF thinks they are so fantastic that they don't have to reply to anything. I don't think anyone can become a BNF without comments on their stories and acknowledge those who read their stuff.

I agree though, if an author isn't going to bother to reply to any comments, I probably won't leave them comments anymore. But then again, I had someone whose story I read back in December and she just replied to my comment a couple of days ago. So some authors just might not have the time. Who knows.
roadtriphome
May. 5th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
O.o Weirdness.
sheswatching
May. 5th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
I respond to like all my comments...except on that 9/11 fic. 'Cause it's too late now. And it's so sad and I don't want to bring it up again. =x

But I totally agree. Just catching up on my m_m now. I had >1000 emails in my inbox. IT WAS AWESOME.
overtsock
May. 6th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
I don't know how anyone thinks that even makes sense, unless their argument is something along the lines of "by not responding, we are conserving energy and thus contributing less to the eventual heat-death of the universe". Honestly, it sounds like something someone would say just to start an argument. I wish I had that kind of time on my hands!

Also, the whole "n00b" thing is kind of annoying. Everyone is new to fandom at some point and I would hate to think that people would feel inclined to stay away because they don't want to be ridiculed or are afraid of doing something wrong.

I wonder if the person who made the first statement responded to the (I'm sure many) people who commented on it.
lachatblanche
May. 6th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
They actually said that?! Wow that is stupid! I'm not a fic writer (Im the opposite - a compulsive, almost pathological fic reader!) but whenever I read something good I just HAVE to post a comment saying how much I liked it, and I always LOVE it when the writer takes time out to reply to my responses (and then I have to respond to that response and so on but thats a whole different story!)

And like you said .. isnt the point of fandom writing for the fans? ! That being said, most of the writers I have encountered in the Merlin fandom have been wonderful and friendly so whoever wrote that on mean_merlin must just be morons who take themselves far too seriously.

*offers free Arthur/Merlin hugs to cheer people up*
sparksflyout
May. 8th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
That is, seriously, the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. EVER.

The only thing responding to feedback/comments is a measure of, is a person's manners.
eosrose
May. 9th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
I won't lie. I don't involve myself in anon communities or discussion communities because people tend to step over boundaries quite a lot and I'm sort of sensitive. It annoys me that people would say only noobs respond to comments because I have been writing for ten years (not good writing, but still) and a big part of why I write is because I get to meet fun people and sometimes have great discussions in comments...
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