Hetalia kink meme ([personal profile] hetalia_kink) wrote2010-08-26 10:32 pm

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+1, mostly

(Anonymous) 2011-02-22 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
I think that your last point is a good one - how well concrit will be received depends on the content as well as how it's put. I wouldn't think anything of it if somebody pointed out a grammar error, confusing lines, or minor factual mistake, but if someone's saying my characters are flat, or their motivations are implausible, even in a polite way... that's the kind of thing that I could see being thrown off by. Partly because it's not the kind of thing you can just note and improve in later parts of an ongoing fill. If my characters are flat I can't very well just have them spring to life partway through and have the fill otherwise proceed as usual; the whole fill is negatively impacted by it in a way that, say, badly-formatted dialog or overuse of epithets doesn't do. Definitely a factor worth considering, IMO.

Nonetheless, I don't agree with a rule against unasked-for concrit (not assuming anon I'm replying to does, just chiming in with my response to the original question). It definitely is a shame when authoranons quit over it, and I agree that it is the readers who lose out when an authoranon does so. But I still can't get behind a rule against it, especially since the majority of the concrit that happens here is little stuff like grammar, epithets and the like.

+9000

(Anonymous) 2011-02-22 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I agree with everything you said. Concrit for grammar and such are fine, but things like 'flat characters' 'I stopped reading this fill because of...' should not be posted unless author!anon actually asks for it...

Re: +1, mostly

(Anonymous) 2011-02-22 07:33 pm (UTC)(link)
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Agreed - there's a difference between "I love this, though it'd be easier to read if it was double-spaced" and "Your characters are OOC." They're both concrit but the first one is an easy fix, and there's no sense banning tips that can instantly improve readership/commenting and don't imply anything about the author!anon (rightly or wrongly). Maybe the author!anon writes in MS Word and didn't realise that their story wasn't really double-spaced, it happens.