So since I've been all thinky, and fandomy lately I thought I'd do it some more.
I've been thinking a lot about comments. Everyone loves comments, especially if it's for something you made, be it a vid, a fic, icon, whatever. And while most of us don't do these thigns *just* for the comments, they *do* help. A lot.
I know one of the reasons that I kind of stopped vidding 2 years ago was because, 1) time was getting away from me, and 2) I didn't really think anyone cared, or would notice. In this past year I've been getting a lot of attention for my vids (or at least more attention than I ever got when I was actually producing one every few months) and that's been a big help in getting me back into vidding (qaf_repixed has been like the biggest ego stroke *evah*).
Even knowing all this though, I'm still craptacular at leaving feedback. I've been trying lately, but still, it has to be a pretty good fic, and I have to be in a certain mood to leave a comment. Mostly because all I can think of to say is "Yay! I liked!" and I feel stupid doing that. But still, I know people still appreciate that kind of comment, even if they prefer something a little more.
And then there's the flip side of things, the people who *demand* comments. Those people kill me. I know some fanfic author's have been known to hold their fics hostage until they get a certain amount of feedback, but I just ignore them (everyone thinks they're dumb anyways), more I'm thinking about other people who demand comments, and get away with it.
Primarily uploaders. Now, I'm an uploader myself. And yeah, I smile sometimes when people leave comments, but actually? Just a "downloading" or "thanks" when you're getting 50-100 of them, can be... just something else to delete. I don't hate them or anything, but I've started putting notes saying "Comments are nice, but not necessary" so that people don't feel obligated to leave a message. Because 50 forced "thank you's" aren't as nice as one real one (not that I don't think the others aren't thankful...). It's just, I'm a huge lurker. I'm trying to get over it, but I find it really weird to go up to a stranger and start talking to them (or leave them a comment). It's *hard* for me.
It kind of annoys me when people say you have to comment if you're taking (a lot of icon makers have started doing this too). In fact, I'm more likely to just hit the back button when I see that rather than take the time to download. Can you imagine if fic writers said you *had* to comment if you read their fics? Come on, everyone would be all o_O at them, but no one thinks twice when an uploader does it, or an icon maker, because then you have traceability.
I can understand those uploaders who want to make sure that the link for their site isn't being passed around, but still, it makes me iffy. And people who upload to public sites like sendspace.
Uploading is just so *easy* compared to fic writing (and this coming from someone who set their alarm to go off at 3am and 5am so that I could upload the latest ep so it'd be there for people in the morning), and it's not like you get anything for being an uploader anywhere else but LJ. It's not like bit torrent will credit you for how much you allow to be uploaded off you.
I mean, I get that it's the *nice* thing, and *polite* thing to do. But I just think that *demanding* it cheapens it. And I'll admit that I'm contrary, but I avoid posts like that.
*sigh* I know this is a touchy subject, and there are people on my flist who do this very thing, but I still wanted to get this out of my system, it's been driving me batty. Also, a question, would fic writers/vid makers do this if they could get away with it? Demand comments?