- Feb 18, 2020
My assumption is that readers who don't comment are bots. I have no idea what percent of these kinds of non-interactive metrics are bots, so for all I know they all are.
Authors being able to delete comments seems like a system flaw. As far as authors giving people flak for reviews or comments, it should be a bannable offense. People should always feel safe to give feedback. If people have thin skin they shouldn't be writing.Well, commenting and reviewing stories . . . actually, criticizing stories only brings trouble.
I once made a comment on a story here criticizing some elements of the story and the author promptly deleted it. I'm actually thankful for that. I could imagine the trouble it would have bring if it wasn't deleted. I would have deleted it if the author didn't.
And that is the only comment I ever made here.
Just . . . no. Don't comment unless to say some generic nothing like "thanks" or "great story" or just to post a blob. It is just not worth it.
Well, I think this depends more on the site really. Some sites are just not really good for socializing and SH is kinda one of them.I don't think this has something to do with social anxiety at all. It might have been true IRL, but once behind a screen, most people stop being asocial.
And also seems to depend on the author I guess. I have encountered many, many authors that can't take any negative criticism. In the situation like the one in your story, another author would probably gang up against the one they don't agree with.Lurkers aside, some just don't have anything to say at all. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as people tend to be more vocal about things they dislike rather than about things they like. In my story, I had the most comments on a controversial chapter, where people started to argue in the comment section lol.
And also depends on the site. The same thing can't be said for something like Facebook or Twitter for example where discussions are encouraged. In fact, and empty comment section is an encouragement for anyone to comment. But then again, this isn't like them . . . then again Youtube is able to do this stuff while sites like SH can't.Then, there is also the fact that comments tend to follow an exponential function. People are more likely to comment a chapter if they see there already are some comments while they might be more reluctant to do it if they see an empty comment section
And for getting in the trending section and writing in popular genres and encouraging your readers to discuss (or even argue) and other stuff. If you hit the jackpot and your story gets a lot of interactions, you better keep it alive.The rich get richer and the poor get poorer effect, I guess ^^'
Authors are able to delete comments because it's their story and they shouldn't be forced to deal with people that actively attack them.Authors being able to delete comments seems like a system flaw. As far as authors giving people flak for reviews or comments, it should be a bannable offense. People should always feel safe to give feedback. If people have thin skin they shouldn't be writing.
Well sometimes some of the novel are being hosted on other platforms too like rel. Maybe they're commenting there?This is something I found to be consistent across almost all novels. Chapters with thousands of views and no comments, stories that have been running for months but only have 3-4 comments.