Comment on Upcoming changes to kudos

  1. This is my thoughts as on. I've been around since the FFnet days so kudos are meaningless to me. I adore reading comments and I feel like the kudo system really reduces the amount of comments I get in general. Like I would take the squeal, keyboard smash comments over a single kudo.

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    1. You and me both - and I honestly wonder if the difference in point of views around the kudos matter doesn't come down to which way people discovered fanfics (or, on which website, if I want to be more accurate).

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    2. Ladybug with a rainbow Pride background

      I've been around since the FFnet days so kudos are meaningless to me.

      So was I, and I love kudos.

      I would take the squeal, keyboard smash comments over a single kudo.

      So would many people. Not everyone, clearly, since a lot of people in this post's comments are saying they have been told in so many words that if they don't say what they like about the fic then they shouldn't comment at all. But many people, including I suspect most people who are not jerks about what sort of feedback they get.)

      Also definitely including many people who leave kudos because the other option they have, given their anxiety levels or pain levels or whatever at the time they reach the end of the work, is to leave no feedback at all. And on sites like fanfiction.net, those people, people like me, rarely left feedback at all.

      Seems to me that if you want people to leave more comments, you should be addressing your complaints to people who think some sorts of happy comment aren't good enough and who want to make sure only the sorts of comment they like get left. Not to people who aren't likely to comment regardless of fannish culture around the matter, and who would like to be able to convey their appreciation to the creator in some manner, however small.

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      1. Seems to me that if you want people to leave more comments, you should be addressing your complaints to people who think some sorts of happy comment aren't good enough and who want to make sure only the sorts of comment they like get left. Not to people who aren't likely to comment regardless of fannish culture around the matter, and who would like to be able to convey their appreciation to the creator in some manner, however small.

        Honestly, the main difficulty I have with this advice is that I (and I suspect, others as well) have personally never seen these complaints about certain types of comments that seem to be so rampant. The closest I’ve seen is just writers occasionally mentioning they wish they could get more substantial comments than just “Update plz!!!11”, which I think is a perfectly understandable and valid want. So to me, the type of confrontation you’re suggesting seems like it would it an overreaction.

        These authors that you and others have mentioned as setting up rules for commenting or berating readers for leaving the “wrong” kind of comments aren’t something I’ve ever encountered in fandom before, and because of that, there’s really no way for me to address or correct their approach in any meaningful manner.

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        1. I agree and stand with everything you wrote.

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          1. Thank you! I thought I must have been very sheltered or naive to have never seen the super exacting demands and specifications from authors that others are reporting here, so I'm glad it's not just me.

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            1. One thing I don't know is if people saw those very exacting demands on notes associated to the fics, or if they saw it on ranting posts on authors' blogs and/or twitter accounts (or other social medias). Maybe it comes into play?

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              1. Huh, I hadn't considered that! That's a really good thought, maybe that's where this is coming from.

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        2. Ladybug with a rainbow Pride background

          Sounds like you're fortunate, then.

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