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Do You...Feedback?

Poll #385145 Do You...Feedback?

If you read fanfic, how often do you provide feedback to the writer?

I always or almost always give at least some feedback
2(16.7%)
I never or almost never give feedback
0(0.0%)
On fewer than one story in ten
5(41.7%)
Maybe about half the time
3(25.0%)
Some other amount
2(16.7%)

What's most likely to prompt your feedback?

Strong feelings about the story
3(25.0%)
Desire to thank the author for the entertainment, insight, reading pleasure, etc.
6(50.0%)
Ease of commenting (on LJ, for instance, rather than having to send an e-mail)
3(25.0%)
Desire to critique or offer constructive suggestions
0(0.0%)
Some other motive
0(0.0%)

Comments

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skripka
Nov. 15th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
Pretty much? I suck with the feedback.
vampirefan
Nov. 15th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
i am *really* bad with giving feedback. i save my stories to my palm with the author info included so i can in theory "easily" have access to the contact info to send feedback... but then i just end up not sending... bad me.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 15th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
I know you and I share the Palm/PPC passion. As I put the poll together I was thinking how cool it will be, in another year or two (or another salary increase or two), when our handheld computers are wirelessly linked all the time. Then? No excuse not to give feedback.
vampirefan
Nov. 16th, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
omg...that would be so cool!
inalasahl
Nov. 15th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
Rather than take the poll (because the answer's don't quite fit), I decided to just answer your questions.
I probably feedback about one story in ten. Mostly, because I only feedback stories I like. Beyond that, I'm usually prompted to feedback either out of a desire to thank the author or because of the ease of the commenting. A story I can drop an lj comment is way more likely to get feedback from me. I consider recs just as good as feedback, though, so if for some reason I don't get around to sending the author of a story I like feedback, then I'll try to rec it somewhere. I only ever send e-mail feedback on FF stories, because that's the fandom that I really feel the need to encourage more fanfic in. Most of the other fandoms I read (Harry Potter, for example), I just don't feel like the authors need the feedback.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 15th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting take. Do you feel like the authors in big fandoms don't need feedback because they probably get plenty from their larger number of readers?
inalasahl
Nov. 28th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
Basically, yes.
I only have a limited amount of time, and I'd rather use it to give feedback to someone who's maybe only gotten a handful of comments rather than to someone who's had dozens or even hundreds.
communicator
Nov. 16th, 2004 02:39 am (UTC)
I have this stupidly narrow range of things I want to read, which has no rhyme or reason and varies all the time. So when I read something that hits my current spot I try to respond very quickly and hopefully encourage more. It's no reflection on other writing that I don't comment on it.
lambourngb
Nov. 16th, 2004 06:34 am (UTC)
Well, we've discussed my feedback prowis. *g* I'm definitely trying to make an effort at changing that. It's such a rewarding reciprocal exchange- not only did I have your lovely reply in my inbox, but recently I was friended by someone who's work I really admire that I had friended on my side for weeks, but only got the returned favor after I left some feedback on her lj.

There is one problem with LJ commeting, if you put up a story, and two weeks go by, it's unlikely you'll receive more feedback than the intial spurt, unless someone pimps the story or recs it again later on. Whereas archived work is more easily accessible after time goes by, and more likely to get those "out of the blue" feedbacks.

This was a very interesting poll!
seraphina_pyra
Nov. 18th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC)
I only don't give feedback if the fic is so terrible I'd be lying if I gave positive feedback and negative feedback is a waste of my time if the fic is that bad.
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