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21 February 2005 @ 07:00 pm
Concrit: yes/no/in email
I recently got involved in a discussion on feedback - what's expected, what's accepted - in vampirefever's journal here, and I brought up the idea of adding an extra line into fic headers saying whether or not concrit was welcome, and if so, whether it should be in comments or by email. lostgirlslair jumped on the idea and asked if she could use it, and I decided that the more people who took up the idea the better it would be. So, to this end, I am urging my flist and the membership (and readship!) of bloodclaim to add one extra line to your standard fic headers. LG will be making a similar post at watcherlove too, and I'd love to open a fic post and see 'Concrit: email me!' or even 'Concrit: no thanks'. At least that way obsessive fbers like me would know that Author X doesn't want to know that her Buffy sounds more like the Buffybot.

I keep my headers in a separate text file so I can just copy and paste and not spend time trying to remember whether I've covered everything, so this is now the new look:

Author: darkhavens
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Feedback: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Concrit: by email, please
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Previous chapters:

I know it looks a lot, but it covers everything anyone needs to know, and headers I don't need for a particular post are easily deleted.

ETA: As spikedluv has correctly pointed out, there's no real need to add an extra header. You could simply change your 'Feedback' header to read 'Feedback and Concrit'.

(I blame my headcold. I've shaken most of my braincells loose.)
Nebula: nebulaauthoressnebula on February 21st, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
I just went through and read the entry and responses, and I'm pretty much of the same opinion. I'm a fb whore, and I will accept concrit. But no pity responses or anything.

Definitely will add that to my headers. Thanks bunches for bringing this up!

darkhavensdarkhavens on February 21st, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Pity responses and 'automatic feedback' can be soul-destroying. So long as people take care to keep the Con in ConCrit then it's a useful tool. :o)
VF: Wes Dancing (orangerful)vampirefever on February 21st, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
Wow - something I started has lead to positive things happening all round.

*does Numfar's dance of joy*
darkhavensdarkhavens on February 22nd, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
::takes photos::

You done a good thing! Now quick, go kill Andrew again before it becomes a habit. *g*