So these are some basic tips for keeping your fandom lovely, in my humble opinion.
- Correctly label your stories. If you don’t want to give spoilers away, you can tick the “Author Chose not to Archive Warnings” box, which lets readers read at their own risk.
- Tag triggers. If you have content that could conceivably upset someone, just tag it. Don’t get bogged down in the ‘trigger’ argument. No excuses. Just a little common sense; we all have a basic sense of upsetting content. Tagging it is a small effort for an author, but can save a lot of grief for a reader.
- If you read all of a story, and you liked it, leave a comment. A comment can really brighten an author’s day, give them confidence in their art, and perhaps even encourage more content in the vein of your preference. It benefits everyone.
- If you don’t like a story, don’t read it, don’t comment.
- Remember that an author wrote this in their spare time of their own volition. Comment on what they wrote, not what you feel they should’ve written. Unless they’ve said otherwise, don’t criticize, “constructively” or otherwise.
- Read the tags before commenting. If you dislike an aspect that you were warned of, that’s on you.
- If you can, be specific. Most authors put a great deal of thought and energy into their work, and sometimes pointing out even the smallest detail can really validate their efforts. Being unique to the story makes an author glow.
- Don’t demand more. It may feel like a compliment, but from an author’s end, you can seem like an entitled stranger.
- Don’t apologize for long comments. Most authors love nothing more than hearing that their art evoked feeling or thought in someone else. A hefty, thoughtful comment can leave an author smiling for days.
- Be kind. An author owes you nothing. But we’re all here for love of the same content, and the more we encourage that love, the better our fandom will be all around.
Karl Urban Character Photo Challenge.
Me: *clicks on DVD bonus content*
DVD: This disc is intended for rental purposes and only includes the feature film
Have some nonsense.