Explaining the rules through interpretive dance!
Act One, Scene One

A solitary figure slumps desolately over a keyboard, lit with a single spotlight to enhance the ambiance of isolation. The only sound to be heard is an eerie 'tap tap tap'

Author: Please R&R!
Archivist: *sighs*
Archivist: *sends a nicely worded 'please read the rules' mail*
Archivist: *edits story to remove rule breaking and validates*

Act One, Scene Two

Author: Give me feedback or I won't write more!
Archivist: O.o
Archivist: *sends politely worded 'no' letter pointing to the rules and possibly pointing out that this is why we have the rule in the first place*
Archivist: *deletes* *deletes* *deletes*

*clash of dramatic cymbals*

*fade to black...*

The moral of the story: Don't make us into Cybermen, boys and girls.
Posted by: Alyse on 20 Nov 2007 9:37 pm(27 Comments)
Since most of my Atlantis stuff is song fic (thus violating a rule) I haven't posted anything, I glanced over the rules and I didn't see anything about it not being okay to have an account if we haven't posted something so I just wanted to make sure that having a profile with no posted fics was okay.
Posted by: Cathain Nottingham on 21 Nov 2007 2:17 am
Alyse: huggles to you, poor dear! I sympathize, particularly after spending my day explaining to a CPA why I can't make 2 plus 2 equal 5.
Cathain Nottingham: If you have an account, you can leave signed reviews and mark your favorite stories. Sounds good to me!
Posted by: Ellex on 21 Nov 2007 5:04 am
But, dude! How will anyone know I won't write unless they review and tell me how awesome I am unless I point it out?! *boggles*
Posted by: lavvyan on 21 Nov 2007 7:05 pm
So hard to write and not receive any feedback...while some write for themselves which for the most part is what I do. It is nice to have people say you are on the right track or what the hell were you thinking. While not particular fond of the latter all are still appreciated as they make me a better writer. However, I do understand the dilemma faced by the Archivist and stand behind you...well slightly far behind and to the left. :)
Posted by: Dementi on 23 Nov 2007 12:55 am
I accidentally broke the 'don't beg for feedback' rule when I first posted because I had just copied and pasted from my 'usual' disclaimer and didn't realise. But I like the rule. That way people can't try to blackmail others into sending feedback. Trust me, if people like the story they will comment whether or not an author has specifically asked for feedback. What does "Please R&R" mean, though? Read and rectify??
Posted by: TMar on 23 Nov 2007 12:54 pm
Please R&R means "Please read and review"!

Which usually immediately puts me off and makes me far less likely to take a chance and read it. An intriguing summary is a much better inducement to read.

"Sorry, I suck at summeries [sic]" is another big turn-off for me.
Posted by: Ellex on 24 Nov 2007 12:15 am
People are going to read and/or leave feedback based on many different factors (pairings/category/summary/etc) but not begging and definitely not threats. When I see the words "won't write more", I think good and move on.
Posted by: lds on 28 Nov 2007 12:36 am
Yeah but sometimes it does get very irritating i've had a long story posted for 3 months now and i've gotten 10 reviews 6 are from friends.. and its 12 chapters.
Posted by: Lightbane on 08 Dec 2007 11:30 pm
(In response to above comment) It could just be that people don't want to comment on every chapter... I (and I'm only speaking for myself) only read a story when it's completed because I've been burned too many times where an author just doesn't finish. So maybe when someone reads the entire story they will feel it is time to comment.
Posted by: TMar on 09 Dec 2007 1:15 pm
*chuckles* Act One, Scene One

A solitary figure slumps desolately over a keyboard, lit with a single spotlight to enhance the ambiance of isolation. The only sound to be heard is an eerie 'tap tap tap'..............
*sends moral support and virtual hugs*
Alyse your job as mod sounds a lonely one....burning away the candle in the wee small hours to make it all right for everyone.
Sometimes its enough just to have a peek at the story stats and look at how many times the story has been read. Feedback is nice, hell its lovely if its a kind review but I have a particular little short story that I wrote that only had a couple of reviews but I am still amazed that the stats say its had nearly 1000 reads.
No need for R&R, I write not because I'm any good at it but because I like to make up little realities where man on man action is accepted I trust the readers to know what they like. If they don't like Haggy nonsense I see no point in being upset by it. LOL they probably have way more sense than I do.
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