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    I know that you and a number of other authors feel this way, but I also know that a number of authors feel annoyed by such comments. So my point is, if I'm going to comment, I want to know that the author is not going to be annoyed at me and I only am very certain of that if I'm leaving a comment that has more detail—or if the author actually says in the author note "I love all happy comments, no matter how short!" in the notes at the bottom. This is a line in the sand for me because I don't participate in fandom to feel self conscious every time I say something, unaware if I'm annoying someone or not.

    And it doesn't matter that people say that authors should appreciate every comment or something because not every person is the same. I have seen many people express that the "love this plz update" comments bother them, and I myself have some fanfiction I've written which I'll never post because I would find it awkward to get any comments on it. That's the tricky thing with comment norms in fandom spaces, not everyone agrees with them.

    (This is pretty much a digression, but I just wanted to explain where I'm coming from.)

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    1. Oh, I understand your reticence a lot better now, thank you for having taken the time to explain! I am quite sorry some authors made you feel like your comments were unwelcome or annoying, but I'm glad it didn't entirely kill down your drive to leave comments. I hope you're still having a good time in fandom nonetheless!
      The only kind of comment I disapprove of is the "update"/"please update" kind, which is very demanding and not in the exchange at all, at least to my eyes. Something along the lines of "love this plz update" at least doesn't treat the author like a writing machine, but I can understand why it annoys certain people. As you said, not everyone is the same, and writers don't react the same way at being asked to update (hell, the same person won't necessarily react the same way depending on how they're feeling, what's happening in their life, their mood, and so on).
      As for your fic, would you mind explaining me while you would find awkward to get comments on it? I myself wrote some fics that were very much for my own please/self-interest, and I've been very (happily) surprised to find people to appreciate them. Unless you deem them to be too personal?

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      1. Green signpost saying Adopt-a-Highway: Butterflies & Rainbows

        With the fic, it's mainly because I've had people remark before about things they like or how I've characterized [Person A] so well as [character trait], and none of it was intentional/some of that contradicted what I was trying to do with the story, and then I just feel very awkward. I wouldn't want to correct them, but just accepting what they said without clarifying that they're reading into something which I didn't intend/may not be there feels very rude and like a downer. I don't have a problem with people asking questions, or with discussing my fic with friends, but with random readers on the internet in the comments of the fic getting "the wrong"/an unintended interpretation, it can be absolutely awkward. I guess it's just, whenever you show a creative work that you're proud of to others there's to some degree death of the author, and for some fic, I'm not ready for conversations stemming from that which the open internet entails. :P

        So I'd rather there be an option to turn off people's ability to leave comments, so that people could read it however they wanted and I wouldn't have to think about it after putting it up, but since there isn't I keep it out of more public spaces like AO3.

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        1. Aw, okay! Well, there is always the option of moderating comments before they're published (basically you have to approve them for them to be published, or else you can choose to delete them and none will be the wiser), but I don't think it's possible to turn off the possibility to leave comments.
          I know how it gets about unplanned/unintentional reading of the story. Sometimes you can play along and sometimes not, but saying "this isn't what I had in mind when I wrote it, but knowing that you read it that way was very interesting" can be helpful. Sometimes. Depending on the situation ^^". Posting a fic out in the open does require to take a leap of faith though, so I understand why you're hesitant about it!

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      I won't say authors should appreciate all comments—like, some sorts of comments are flat out rude, and nobody ought to be expected to appreciate people being rude to them—but authors certainly shouldn't tell potential commenters they don't appreciate comments that simply aren't as effusively detailed as the author would like to see.

      Not least because if someone is discouraged from commenting generally, they are also discouraged from leaving the five-hundred-word book report comments that are apparently the only acceptable sort of comment to some people.

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