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Commenting on LJ Stories

A friend and I were discussing the whole process of commenting on stories, and I promised that I'd do a poll to see whether people commented on stories they liked/disliked and their main reason for doing so, or not doing so as the case may be.

So without further ado, here is the poll, please feel free to pimp this if you wish to.



Poll #570931 Commenting on Stories

You read a story either on LJ or by following a link to the author’s website. You enjoy it. Do you leave a comment on the author’s LJ?

Yes
73(54.5%)
No
12(9.0%)
Depends (please explain further in the comments)
39(29.1%)

If you answered ‘yes’, why do you comment? Please select all that apply.

Duh. I enjoyed the story, ergo I comment.
6(5.5%)
The author is a friend of mine, therefore I comment.
0(0.0%)
I hope that by commenting I’ll encourage the author to write more.
2(1.8%)
As a writer myself I know how nice it is to receive positive comments.
1(0.9%)
I also write and I hope that if I comment on someone’s story, then they might comment on mine.
0(0.0%)
All good stories should be commented on.
0(0.0%)
Another reason - please elucidate in the comments.
1(0.9%)

Please select the main reason why you comment on a story you enjoy.

Duh. I enjoyed the story, ergo I comment.
41(34.7%)
The author is a friend of mine, therefore I comment.
1(0.8%)
I hope that by commenting I’ll encourage the author to write more.
25(21.2%)
As a writer myself I know how nice it is to receive positive comments.
27(22.9%)
I also write and I hope that if I comment on someone’s story, then they might comment on mine.
0(0.0%)
All good stories should be commented on.
14(11.9%)
Another reason - please elucidate in the comments.
4(3.4%)

If you answered ‘no’, why do you not comment? Please select all that apply.

I don’t know the author, and I think that she/he might think it odd receiving a comment from a total stranger.
1(2.9%)
The author’s a friend of mine/I did the beta reading, thus I’ve already commented, and feel there’s no need to comment again.
2(5.9%)
Can’t be bothered.
1(2.9%)
I don’t feel that I’m clever enough to do justice to the story with my comments.
1(2.9%)
I’ve commented in the past on stories and the authors haven’t bothered to acknowledge my comments, thus I don’t bother.
1(2.9%)
I don’t have enough time.
1(2.9%)
I don’t know how to comment.
0(0.0%)
No particular reason, I just never comment on stories.
1(2.9%)
Another reason - please elucidate in the comments.
2(5.9%)

Please select the main reason why you do not comment on a story you enjoy.

I don’t know the author, and I think that she/he might think it odd receiving a comment from a total stranger.
5(9.1%)
The author’s a friend of mine/I did the beta reading, thus I’ve already commented, and feel there’s no need to comment again.
3(5.5%)
Can’t be bothered.
2(3.6%)
I don’t feel that I’m clever enough to do justice to the story with my comments.
4(7.3%)
I’ve commented in the past on stories and the authors haven’t bothered to acknowledge my comments, thus I don’t bother.
12(21.8%)
I don’t have enough time.
11(20.0%)
I don’t know how to comment.
2(3.6%)
No particular reason, I just never comment on stories.
1(1.8%)
Another reason - please elucidate in the comments.
7(12.7%)

You read a story either on LJ or by following a link to the author’s website. You dislike it. Do you leave a comment on the author’s LJ?

Yes
2(1.5%)
No
107(78.7%)
Depends (please explain further in the comments)
23(16.9%)

If you answered ‘yes’, why do you comment? Please select all that apply.

I feel it is my duty to criticise stories.
0(0.0%)
I know the author and know that she/he likes honesty and will respect my opinions.
2(11.8%)
A poor story should be commented on in order to help the writer improve.
1(5.9%)
To stop the writer from writing such rubbish.
0(0.0%)
I make a policy of commenting on all stories good or bad.
1(5.9%)
The story contains factual canon errors and as such should be corrected.
0(0.0%)
I’m a nasty kind of person and enjoy upsetting other people.
0(0.0%)
Another reason - please elucidate in the comments.
1(5.9%)

Please select the main reason why you comment on a story you dislike.

I feel it is my duty to criticise stories.
0(0.0%)
I know the author and know that she/he likes honesty and will respect my opinions.
2(10.0%)
A poor story should be commented on in order to help the writer improve.
9(45.0%)
To stop the writer from writing such rubbish.
0(0.0%)
I make a policy of commenting on all stories good or bad.
2(10.0%)
The story contains factual canon errors and as such should be corrected.
2(10.0%)
I’m a nasty kind of person and enjoy upsetting other people.
0(0.0%)
Another reason - please elucidate in the comments.
4(20.0%)

If you answered ‘no’, why do you not comment? Please select all that apply.

Duh. I don’t like it, ergo I don’t comment.
4(3.3%)
I believe in the philosophy ‘if you can’t say anything good, say nothing at all’.
6(5.0%)
I would never publicly criticise a story.
1(0.8%)
I’m a writer and I know how awful it is to receive negative comments.
0(0.0%)
I’m a writer and fear that if I comment negatively on a story then the author will comment negatively on one of my stories.
0(0.0%)
It’s a waste of time.
1(0.8%)
I don’t want the author and her/his friends to attack me for daring to comment negatively.
2(1.7%)
The author is a friend of mine and I’d never criticise a friend.
0(0.0%)
I don’t have enough time.
3(2.5%)
It’s presumptuous of me to comment. Just because I disliked the story, it doesn’t mean that others won’t like it.
4(3.3%)
I don’t know how to comment.
1(0.8%)
No particular reason, I just never comment on stories.
1(0.8%)
Another reason - please elucidate in the comments.
4(3.3%)

Please select the main reason why you don’t comment on a story you dislike.

Duh. I don’t like it, ergo I don’t comment.
22(18.2%)
I believe in the philosophy ‘if you can’t say anything good, say nothing at all’.
19(15.7%)
I would never publicly criticise a story.
17(14.0%)
I’m a writer and I know how awful it is to receive negative comments.
3(2.5%)
I’m a writer and fear that if I comment negatively on a story then the author will comment negatively on one of my stories.
1(0.8%)
It’s a waste of time.
9(7.4%)
I don’t want the author and her/his friends to attack me for daring to comment negatively.
8(6.6%)
The author is a friend of mine and I’d never criticise a friend.
0(0.0%)
I don’t have enough time.
7(5.8%)
It’s presumptuous of me to comment. Just because I disliked the story, it doesn’t mean that others won’t like it.
24(19.8%)
I don’t know how to comment.
2(1.7%)
No particular reason, I just never comment on stories.
1(0.8%)
Another reason - please elucidate in the comments.
5(4.1%)

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