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I've fallen into the habit of not leaving comments on fic if I can't leave a detailed, insightful one.

I think this is because I've read of people complaining of 3 or 4-word comments, and others stating that the only proper comment is a detailed, multi-paragraph one that shows appropriate analysis and reflection.  I like those, too.  I like those, best.  But I frequently don't have the energy for that, particularly on a weekday night, and thus have been reading without commenting at all.

So I think I will go back to leaving brief comments if I can't summon the wherewithal to leave a detailed one.  As an author, I like any acknowledgment that someone liked a story, so I can't help feeling that most other authors would prefer that to no comment at all. 

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np_complete
Jun. 28th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I had a thought: what would be the protocol for offering a correction to an error the author made? Does it matter if it's a word-geek error ("lupine" instead of "vulpine") or something more basic (Imperial pints have 20 fluid ounces)? I've heard some people suggesting a PM to the author, but that only works if they're on LJ.

Edited at 2009-06-29 01:02 am (UTC)
papilio_luna
Jun. 29th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
I think that's really a YMMV. If it's on LJ I personally PM (or try to), that way the comment isn't sitting there forever even after the author has corrected their error. The egregiousness of the error that I'll PM someone over varies a lot, based on whether or not I'm already friends with them and whether or not I have the time to PM, and whether or not I think they'll care.

The only other place I read fic is Teaspoon, and I usually don't say anything there. If I"m reading someone on Teaspoon instead of LJ that generally indicates that I don't know the author *at all* and would feel funny leaving a public comment about their typo.

This doesn't come up that much for me because if it's a really cracking story, and I'm really in to it, I don't even notice most typos or punctuation errors. But speaking as an author, I do like people to tell me if I've made an error, and I do prefer it via PM so I can fix the error and not have a comment sitting there forever pointing out to everyone who reads the fic in the future that I'm a dumbass who can't spell "dematerialise".