Leaving feedback (Reviews) for authors

I'm hoping archive readers are a bit confused by the "Review" option. That classification is part of the software, so we can't change it to something that might get better results, like "feedback" or even "thank-you note." But that's all the "Review" is--a chance to say thanks for the story or give some feedback. You do not have to leave a Siskel & Ebert style review. Use the Review function to communicate with the author the same way you're already doing on mailing lists and on LJ--that simple. Even a quick "thanks for the story!" can mean a lot to a writer who's spent days, weeks, or even years producing what you just read. We have stories getting tremendous hits -- one story has been viewed 400+ times -- without a single review or line of feedback. The only thing the author -- or the archivists -- can assume is that NO ONE liked this story enough to even say thanks. I understand that most fandoms have a low rate of feedback, but S&H has developed a reputation as having the lowest. We lose writers over this lack of response every year. No one wants to feel that posting a story is dropping it in a black hole. Maybe we need a new motto. How about: Save a Writer: Write a review! Or: Leave a review, the writer you save may be your fave.

--Flamingo on 05/11/2011 05:16 pm (2 Comments)

i vow to do my best in letting each and every author know how much i appreciate their work. thank you for this gentle reminder on the importance of validation.

- youtooblondie on 05/11/2011 06:40 pm

I wonder if it has anything to do with how you have to log on to review. A lot of people read without logging in. It is too bad that more people don't leave feedback, because it is so wonderful for writers. I must say that some of the feedback I've gotten is very sweet. And youtooblondie ALWAYS leaves it! :)

- Susannah Powell on 06/17/2011 12:25 pm