Non-reviewers (56)

1 Name: Bambieyes1234 : 2009-11-05 18:10 ID:4KrGJ0Ty

If there's one thing on I hate more then Mary Sue's and flamers it's non-reviewers.

I get a fair few alers and favourites on my stories but hardly no one reviews them! I'm not demanding everyone review I would just like a nice Constructive review that doesn't just say a few words or flames me.

I know I'm not even close to being best writer, I am 12 for christ sakes, but how the hell can I improve with no one actually saying something that would help!

Anyone else have this problem?

Annoyed Bambi.

7 Name: tiger002 : 2009-11-06 13:20 ID:J1M/iqJA

I review nearly anything I read. Normally I find a mix of good and bad. I only alert of favorite if it's one I really like.

8 Name: Fee : 2009-11-06 14:27 ID:cz8S7FuC

feels midly wurgh

I don't review unless I think the story is fantastic, or if the story is absolutely shocking. Occasionally I point out that there's a good storyline but there's serious beta work needed. That kind of thing. I don't generally review just to say 'update soon, I liked it,' because I have an inbox full of those and it gets pretty damn frustrating when nobody has anything interesting to say.

I'm with Mayora on this one.

Sorry, but it's just something I do.

9 Name: allgamesallday : 2009-11-06 16:50 ID:XSE+IJbS

I like giving reviews to good writers with good stories. I also feel it's only polite. I do include improvements in my reviews and say what I thought was good.
I leave them signed as well. I agree, it's the polite thing to do, even if I get favs and readers, but few reviews.
It just happens, I suppose.

10 Name: marymagdalen : 2009-11-07 07:17 ID:lGj++E4D

I've never yet once had a bad review, and that's not because I'm a brilliant author (damn, I wish...!). I think it's because often people don't like to criticise (in the worst sense of the word) someone else's work maybe because they don't want to hurt someone's feelings, or worse, because they've already decided that the author is beyond help! But like Bambi says, how's a writer supposed to improve unless folks give constructive criticism (in the best sense of the word)?

I nearly always leave reviews for fics, whether they're good or bad. There's always room for improvement in anyone's writing, and there's always something good to say about any fic if you can be bothered to look hard enough. But if I'm leaving a "bad" review, I still try and make it positive, polite, and constructive - it's just nicer than slagging off someone or their work, I think.

11 Name: tiger002 : 2009-11-07 07:30 ID:J1M/iqJA

I agree with people being afriad to critisize. In my one fic I have over 100 reviews, with only one pointing out a problem. I know I'm not a great author, and want to see how to get better. One negitive reivew can help me more than 10 positive. That's why I'm not afraid to point out problems in a story

12 Name: The Unreal Insomniac : 2009-11-07 07:39 ID:gYUI6gfk

Ah I'm with you Bambi, it's seriously annoying just don't let it bother you too much

13 Name: EternallyJaded : 2009-11-07 09:36 ID:fUu7QWM1

Yep, non reviewers are so annoying! I used to only review if I liked something. But after I started writting, I found it was annoying so now I review everything I read.

14 Name: Btvsfifi : 2009-11-07 10:19 ID:6PjWNErb

I used to review but it takes too much time, if there is something striking I wanna say about the fix then I review, I personally feel flattered with just a story alert

15 Name: Ariana : 2009-11-07 10:30 ID:m/+33Cp2

To be honest, I'm one of those annoying non-reviewers most of the time. Like 'Fee' said, I refuse to leave a review with nothing more than the generic 'Great! Update soon! because, even though I really appreciate that the person took their time to leave that, I always roll my eyes a little when I read those types of reviews and wish they'd actually wrote something about the chapter/story itself.
If a story really strikes me, really stands out and made me pay attention, then I review, and I review HARD :D Another reason I don't leave reviews is because I end up writing a freakin' essay and go off on tangents. Sure, they must be a nice little ego boost, but damn do they take a long time to write...

16 Name: Fee : 2009-11-07 16:06 ID:cz8S7FuC

@ Ariana - the essays do. I did that to one story (fortunately the author and I get on very very well) that took me half an hour to type. Granted, I was distracted by the tv and my iPod, but still.

17 Name: RayRay : 2009-11-07 19:14 ID:Q9DJCZrj

My friend has told me that me and our other friend are her favorite reviewers. Because both of us leave at least a paragraph, and even if we find no faults, we tell her what we DID like, so she knows where her strong points are.

Most of her other reviewers, though she appreciates them, say things like "Update soon" "I love it as always" etc etc...

If I review, I leave a decent length one. And I'm always kind, even if it's terrible.

18 Name: Flattened! : 2009-11-08 11:03 ID:uZjdDb1M

I always review, regardless of whether or not I liked the story.
If an author managed to capture my attention enough for me to click on the stupid link, then I could at least tell them, "Nice summary," along with what they could improve about the story.
It's always nice to get an honest opinion about the story, but what makes me sad is when people review, but never leave me an e-mail address or an account so I can get back to them. Dx

What you can do to get more reviews, is remind readers to read and review. Granted, it doesn't always work, but it tells them. Another thing I like, is when authors put something witty to ask for reviews. For example, one person had a small parody of those Internet popups. I think it was something like, "Click on the little 'Go' button, and you can win a free ticket to see 'Yusuke and Kuwabara: When Swords Fight'!"
It made me laugh, and made me want to comment about that remark, and while I had the Review box up, it was easy for me to decide that I might as well comment on her story.

The wittier, the better. C:
Hope this helped!

19 Name: sheechiibii : 2009-11-08 11:31 ID:SRaCTLVJ

I find reviewers confusing myself. My first story was pretty poorly written when I look back on it, yet I was bombarded with reviews - none of which really had anything constructive to say. And now my new story - where I'm more serious, older and need criticism more than ever - I get about two reviews per chapter. I used to get about twelve on my first story..? I have no idea what's up with that!
I have to admit I don't review as much as I probably should. But if I've read through an entire story then I will leave a review, and - although it's rare - when I read a story which is in-progress I always review on each chapter, in detail. I like the paragraph reviews and that's usually the only type of review I can write.

20 Name: mabel_marsters : 2009-11-08 11:41 ID:DT2z2ox5

I've never been flamed on but on Spuffy Realm someone took great exception to the fact I had Spike (I write BtVS fanfic) with an OC for a while.

The owner of the site had to step in and tell her to back off! LOL!

I don't like that responses to reviews aren't shown on ff as sometimes I forget who I've replied to or not.

21 Name: Daydreamer-Of-The-Unknown : 2009-11-08 16:33 ID:oPCMb65W

I mostly review once I've read something, as long as I thought it was good and cute, and it caught my attention. I try to always be nice with my reviews, as people say! I write paragraphs for some reviews, half of the time I can't help but rant! XD

After reading these comments I feel selfish that I aint satisfied with people putting my stories on author alerts and favourites! Though I do love getting reviews, people just know exactly when to write them, because it's always after a bad day, I come home to read them, and I can't help but smile at my fans kind words!

I've had 2 or 3 reviews which weren't really flames but weren't positive either, which discouraged me slightly but it couldn't be helped, I'm far from perfect, can only get betteh right!? I hope anyways lol!

x Casondrah Kiku x

22 Name: Blue Demon : 2009-11-09 23:42 ID:4gGT2a+4

@ sheechiibii - I had the same thing happen, it wasn't exactly my first story though, but looking back the plot was all over the place and I got a fair amount of reviews; now I've done a really good story (if I say so myself, LOL) and hardly any reviews, although it has been added to fave stories ect for some people, which is just as good I suppose.

23 Name: Cliodhna : 2009-11-10 16:12 ID:DMduGt0y

I hate non-reviewers. I have one story in particular that is bizarrely popular, with over 31,000 hits, and yet I don't even have 300 reviews. On average, I get one review per every 106 hits. It's got over 300 on favourites, but only about 125 on alerts - if I put a story on favourites or alerts, I'd review it every time a new chapter was put up.
I just find those statistics totally depressing!
Although, when I do get reviews, people are SO nice.

24 Name: Helena : 2009-11-11 12:10 ID:UA6NY06r

I wish my fics got more reviews as well, but then I can't really complain, because I hardly ever review fics myself. The problem is that unless a story is particularly good or bad, I often can't think of much to say about it. Constructive criticism is all very well, but giving good concrit is actually quite difficult - you need to find a way to put your points across as honestly and straightforwardly as possible, without offending the author, while also explaining what you did like about the fic. And given that many writers view any kind of criticism as a 'flame', it's often not worth the effort.

That said, if I like a fic enough to add it to my favourites or alert lists, I'll always leave at least one review. The author deserves some acknowledgement, even if it's just "wonderful story, I can't find anything bad to say about it".

25 Name: Majin : 2009-11-11 12:46 ID:MtLgypQc

I'll often not review. Before I decide whether to review or not, I'll often have a quick look through recent reviews. If someone has 100 reviews, all saying 'nice story' or 'such and such a pairing is good/bad' and I have nothing constructive to say, then it seems pointless, especially since a story alert gives practically the same message, saying "I like this enough to want to read more". Of course, if it's a good story with few reviews, then even if there's nothing specific I want to say, I'll often review to say I like it at least.

I do sometimes review with anything from a short review about certain points that I've noticed are good or bad, answering questions asked by the author, etc or a longer more detailed review on occasion. In a lot of cases it seems like those are ignored though or taken as a flame, even if both good and bad are mentioned.

26 Name: ZGold : 2009-11-12 02:26 ID:4w7wd2Dt

I have to admit, I'm usually guilty of not reviewing xD If I liked a story and it's not complete I'll maybe put it on my alerts list, but it's a very rare fanfiction that's good enough for me to put on my favourites list, and an even rarer author to make it to the author's list.

If an author has asked a question that I know the answer to, or has made a comment that I have an opinion on, then (assuming it was on the most recent chapter/last chapter) I'm more likely to review than not. I struggle to give 'good' concrit because I never took English beyond College, so it would generally end up as 'this feels wrong, but I couldn't explain why'. That said, there are a LOT of writers out there (and I'm not talking about those for whom English is not their first language, I have a lot of sympathy and admiration for non-English writers, and I think they often take more care than many English writers) who seem to have yet to discover the invaluable aid of a dictionary/spell checker, and the difference between their/there/they're, were/where/wear etc.

But I agree, there are a lot of authors who 'want' concrit, but don't seem to be able to distinguish between concrit and a flame.

27 Name: Llama-Chan : 2009-11-17 10:47 ID:VTg6la17

I review most stories I read. I try to give advice on how it can be improved, and also what I liked in the fanfic. Sometimes I just review so the person is actually aware that someone is reading their story.

I really do wish that if some people make the effort to favourite/alert a fanfic, the least they can do is to review it is well.

28 Name: qwerty91 : 2009-11-17 10:53 ID:YgTR9b7O

yes. yes. yes. this annoys me a lot. I always review even if I don't particularly like the fic.

29 Name: Magnus : 2009-11-19 13:44 ID:p5+nw+Yy

I used to be terrible for reviewing, but since I started writing more I'm much better.
And I tend to leave long reviews - even if I'm squeeing, I try to say what parts I liked and what could be changed to make it better. I think it's worth it, especially when someone dedicates a chapter to you or personally thanks you for your input. =]

But I HATE it when people say 'no reviews no updates' or '10 reviews and I'll update'

30 Name: tiger002 : 2009-11-20 14:13 ID:J1M/iqJA

One thing I've noticed recently is how few people are willing to criticize when something is wrong. In my latest chapter I had a formatting error that really messed up the scene, which should be obvious to people reading, but none of the reviews pointed it out.

31 Name: DragonFriend95 : 2009-11-21 11:40 ID:hcJf8t9H

I'm a 100% hypocrite, I ask people to review my stories when sometimes I don't review theirs. I really try to, but if I'm reading it at 5am I'll be too tired to review, but when I do I'm usually too nice and don't point out mistakes, cause I hate hurting people's feelings (soppy, I know)

32 Name: a writer of fics : 2009-11-22 00:14 ID:c+mFO4Tw

I used to be in the bad habit of not reviewing but having written fanfics now myself I always review now a days. Unless is having trouble and won't let me review it happened recently actually. I'm not very good at pointing out mistakes though because I normally don't catch them very often when I'm reading.

33 Name: Jammeke : 2010-05-02 02:25 ID:baSSSI9R

Ever since I started writing stories myself, I made it a point to review every story I put on 'story alert' or added to my 'favorites'.

However, I don't review every chapter I read. I will only review if I have something to say about the story, be that constructive or enthusiastic.

34 Name: sharingansupergirl : 2010-05-02 02:48 ID:wewbIke7

Likewise. I usually wait a few chapters in before reviewing so I can see where it's going and I can point things out. If a stories already on 77 chapters, I'll read all 77 chapters first before I review so I don't miss anything.

35 Name: Yellow 14 : 2010-05-25 12:59 ID:8rYqn+Tt

I always review stories that get me to put up a story alert/author alert, not least because it annoys me when I get a message saying author alert/story alert and no review.

36 Name: Yellow 14 : 2010-05-25 12:59 ID:8rYqn+Tt

I always review stories that get me to put up a story alert/author alert, not least because it annoys me when I get a message saying author alert/story alert and no review.

37 Name: jestervalaia : 2010-05-31 10:05 ID:6Ol4Lg8E

I think that's what irritates me the most. I will have around ten or 15 people with it on alert but I'll be lucky to get one review a chapter.

I admit that I could review more often, but I don't always have the time. I do try and review at least once every three or four chapters just out of good manners.

38 Name: ... : 2010-05-31 19:32 ID:dcL6dPpZ

I don't tend to leave a fic more than one review, even if said fic is a multichaptered epic. Occasionally, yes (if I'm reading it as it's being written, or if I get interrupted partway through reading), but I normally read fics that are long-completed. If I'm reading an ongoing fic that's reasonable, but not great, I review the first chapter and generally leave it at that.

And yes, non-reviewing fave-ers/alert-ers irritate me; I like my ego-boost to be personalised.

39 Name: KatonRyu : 2010-06-14 14:22 ID:1ezMS+y6

I get a lot of Alerts and Favorites too, but few reviews. It does annoy me, but I can't expect everyone to review, I guess. I just wish that those who Favorite or even merely Alert my stories would tell me exactly what they like about it, and what I could improve.

40 Name: fan-to-fiction : 2010-06-16 06:33 ID:m9wD8FUO

Same with me 39. I have loads of favourites and alerts on the sites I write on, but almost no reviews.
And when there finally is a review, most of the time it only says "nice update soon".
Please, someone... Constructive critisism is the best.

41 Name: Kate_1221 : 2010-06-16 07:50 ID:qGLkJng1

It bugs me when people favourite your story but don't bother to leave even the smallest comment. I don't really mind if people put stories on alert and don't review, but if you like something enough to favourite it, why not leave a few words?

As #40 said, constructive critisism is the best, but unfortunately, very few people actually leave thoughtful comments. I appreciate comments such as 'this is great', but they don't really help me to become a better writer.

I don't review a lot myself (shame on me), but I never favourite stories either. And if I put something on alert, I will leave a review. I only think it's fair.

42 Name: KatonRyu : 2010-06-16 09:10 ID:1ezMS+y6

I agree with both 40 and 41. If you're favoriting a story, at least say what you like about it.

I even say that flames are accepted as long as I get some reasons for it, but that doesn't help either.

On the other hand, I usually don't really know what to say in a review either, and if I critisize it's usually the spelling and grammar.

43 Name: Kate_1221 : 2010-06-16 10:03 ID:qGLkJng1

I've just realised we've been spelling criticism wrong for three posts. :)

It's difficult to give reviews containing constructive criticism regarding plot and that sort of thing, which is why there are so few of them around, I suppose.

44 Name: KatonRyu : 2010-06-16 10:15 ID:1ezMS+y6

>>43...I have failed. I've actually misspelled something. And such an obivous flaw at that. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I hate you, karma.

45 Name: fan-to-fiction : 2010-06-16 11:34 ID:m9wD8FUO

>>44 >>43 Whoops, that was kind of... A big blunder. :p

46 Name: KatonRyu : 2010-06-16 13:01 ID:1ezMS+y6

>>45 Yes, it wasXD Karma hates me today:P

47 Name: MizukixTsukiyomi : 2010-06-24 17:48 ID:g3R9cGPH

I get so many people putting my stories on alert or on their favorites (sometimes both) but I don't get why they don't review. One word would do you know?
Don't get me wrong. I love that they subscribe and enjoy my work, but I love to hear people's comments and thoughts on how I write. (Not that I am saying my writing is the best, its' getting there.)
But a review would be nice from all those people who subscribe

48 Name: KellyCRocker59 : 2010-06-28 09:33 ID:Zq9mzP5X

Reviews are like a drug to me; I love getting them, and it's like a brief high that puts a smile on my face when I get one. I don't care if they just say 'good job' or 'please write more' although I would prefer more in-depth ones. Regardless, they are amazing, and it pisses me off when it seems like 20+ people favorite a story but I only get three reviews! I'll check my email and someone will favorite every story I have written for a fandom but will leave no review or PM on to give me feedback, and that drives me CRAZY.

49 Name: CelticAngelWings : 2010-07-08 17:34 ID:31wtAWKS

Exactly right #48 on up! That's what I've been saying all along!

Reviews are an author's crack. They are what make us WANT to keep writing and update sooner.

I believe that while we all may enjoy writing the fics we put out, we love getting feedback on them even more. Because that shows all our hard work is being appreciated and not simply collecting dust in the fandoms.

Sure it's nice to see your story being faved, or put on alert.

But any good writer loves and needs to hear back from their fans in order to be their best. The fans are what keep the flames of inspiration burning, without reviews, us authors would lose motivation for continued postage.

I know I have scrapped many a piece of fanfiction after losing morale and not getting enough feedback to see it as a worthwhile project.

Lets face it, fanfiction is like the stockmarket. And reviews are the currency.

Its all about the benjamins. What's in demand, is what WILL be updated.

And now, with that said, I must say, I do believe that as a writer we can not only expect to get reviews simply 'BECAUSE', but we must expect to get reviews when we KNOW we've put out something damn good worth talking about.

If you're writing up to par, then 9 times out of 10 you will usually get some kind of feedback always. Or at least, I know that's how it usually works for me.

Also, you've gotta learn to stop looking for a critic all the time and pay attention to what the people are PRAISING for once.

If you get a long, good review, highlighting all the strong points of your work then let your ego be stroked and use that to build yourself up for the next round.

If you listen to what the fans want and let your fingers paint out a satisfactory picture, then you will always get positive feedback and constructive criticism from reviewers who care about being fed a good story.

I find it also helps to REPLY to the reviews people give me in order to let them know I appreciate them taking the time to drop a notice.

If they feel like you're listening to their words, then they'll be more apt to comment and give your their opinions. Never let yourself become an untouchable entity.

Always be available to the fanbase.

And last, but not least, it never hurts to ASK for reviews.

Just a little note at the end saying 'PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU GUYS THINK ABOUT THE CHAPTER, ANY AND ALL FEEDBACK AND CRITICISM WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED', along with a dash of LOW SELF ESTEEM REMARKS, will do wonders for making your readers CLICK the GO button.

You have to make them feel powerful. You have to entice the fans.

Class dismissed. I hope somebody hits the jackpot soon.

Thank you for reading. I do so LOVE THE FANS! BANZAI! WOOT!


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50 Name: tiger002 : 2010-07-08 19:57 ID:J1M/iqJA

>>49 I have to agree completely with what you said. I love hearing from the readers, their ideas and praises fuel me. One of the best reviewers I got was one of my favorite authors calling me the master of comedy. A recent one was when a reviewer said I left him speechless after a great plot twist. Another one was someone who read my story even though she didn't speak English well and had to use a translator to post a review, but said it was the best story she had read. I reply to nearly every review I get, and is the reason I hate anonymous reviews, I can't thank them as easily. It's great to be praised after I've worked hard on a chapter, and want to give something my fans will like.

51 Name: fan-to-fiction : 2010-07-09 04:25 ID:gGrkp3ie

>>50 I used to reply to every signed review, but I once got a PM back that she hates it when authors do that so I don't do it anymore. And you can choose whether yes or no you allow anonymous reviewers.

52 Name: tiger002 : 2010-07-09 08:19 ID:J1M/iqJA

If they asked me to stop replying to them, I'd just stop for that person. As for annonmus reviews, I meant that I hated that I couldn't reply to them, but have them allowed so that they could still say what they thought and if some reason someone couldn't log in they could review.

53 Name: Marth : 2010-07-09 08:19 ID:mQUMl5GR

>>51 Screw that person. Just because some jackass doesn't like getting review replies doesn't mean reviewers in general don't. The proper course of action there was to quit replying to her reviews.

54 Name: KatonRyu : 2010-07-09 08:25 ID:1ezMS+y6

>>53 I agree with you. I reply to every review I get too, and if someone doesn't like it I just won't do it anymore for that particular person.

55 Name: セーラーエリスは刀の女ですか。 : 2010-07-09 09:12 ID:xuJxsQWi

Totally agree with both >>53 and >>54
As a reader and reviewer I want to get replies, but most of the times I don't, which pisses me off especially when I have asked things.

I personally do reply to all my registered reviews. I praise the few ppl who take the time to review my work. And once in a while I thank all my readers & reviewers in an AN of a story!

56 Name: Oreramar : 2010-07-09 11:14 ID:RJjXO5dx

I also prefer reviews to favorites, alerts, or hits...but it would be a bit hypocritical of me to condemn everyone who visits my story without reviewing. I, myself, don't review every fic I come across.
Sometimes there just doesn't seem to be anything much to say.

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