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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. 


Jun. 29th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Sometimes people leave comments that make me bristle, I'll be honest. But I never say anything (unless it's a comment that is legitimately meant in bad faith). It feels too much like looking a gift horse in the mouth. I usually take the "I hope XYZ happens!" or "Oh poor woobie Character X, I want him to get together with Character Y!" typed comments as meaning I wrote a fic that really got a reader involved in the world of the story, and they're expressing an opinion about it—and since my entire goal was to get readers involved in the world of the story, well, mission accomplished. Even if I'd rather people word things a bit more carefully!
Jun. 29th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever received a comment that made me angry. I have received a few from people saying they hoped we'd see what's been going on in the Doctor's universe, or that an alien invasion would occur (why?), but I've just hoped they would keep on reading even without them.

I have received comments from people who misunderstood what had been going on, and one from a person who seemed to be fixated on John in a way I found slightly squicky, but so far nothing that's offended or angered me. I guess I've been lucky!