Pokeauthors Special Spotlight: Armchair Therapy 2

An author discovers the blog and has a meltdown because showing what people objectively said is defamation now. They express this concern by posting conspiracy theories about me everywhere, because my critics are hypocrites. I tell them to think positive and stop sending me death threats.

re: Your review to Diammantès’s love Story
Jul 7Crazeegab
A response to your review at https://www.fanfiction.net/r/12559997/ 

Thank you for reviewing. It will help me to write correctly next time. Sorry for capitalizing random words. I wasn’t paying attention to that. And I don’t speak English with my family or my friends. They don’t really speak it. We just speak in French, normally. Sorry if capitalizing pokemon’s names is making you an hard time reading. 

You did said to not message you about it, but sorry. I think you need an explaining. I don’t consider pokemons as simple animals. I don’t know why. But you’re right. I shouldn’t capitalize species’s names. I’m gonna correct it as soon as I can. I can’t capitalize random words.Thanks for reviewing ! I will take your advises for my next chapters. I like reviews like these.

Jul 7Okay, look… quite frankly, your English isn’t advanced enough to be writing stories in the language. I can barely understand you even in conversation. You need to really master a language before you can write stories well. I think you should write in French for now.
Jul 7Writing in English helps me understanding it and writing it. If I continue to get some reviews like these, my stories should get better. Sorry if you can barely understand what i’m trying to say. It’s okay. After all, I really like useful reviews like the one you do.
Jul 7I will try to edit my work.
Jul 26You know what ? I know that when you review story like this you try to cover yourself, just trying to ” help us ” while in reality you mock us. Did I gave you the permission to show this PM on another site ? You DO know that I’m really offended because of you. You’re just a grammar Nazi laughing his ass off when he read a story like that. Then you mock us. Posting your review and our story on another site, and then, comment it. Did you just said ” I’m not trying to send hate, just to help you ” ? My ass. Do you realise how many people ( like me ) deleted their story because of you ? You have a bad reputation here. Why do you waste your life just trying to humiliate us ? You jerk. Fuck you.

6h agoI say up-front on my profile that I repost PMs. This is not for the purpose of mockery, but data collection. It’s helpful to examine responses to different reviews and gauge the mood of the overall community.

The only one hurting yourself here is you. You’re making a lot of uncharitable assumptions and creating an enemy that only exists in your head. Don’t torment yourself.

6h agoYeah, Yeah, just fuck you.
6h ago







Just, Fuck you, dude.
St Elmo’s Fire,
A new review has been posted to your story.
Story: Blood is Thicker than Water
Chapter: 1. Chapter 1
From: Crazeegab ( https://www.fanfiction.net/u/9312219/ )
Reply URL: https://www.fanfiction.net/pm2/post.php?rwid=252624006
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I HOPE YOU DIE ! YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO ALL THESE GUESTS ! AT LEAST THEY ARE SMARTER THAN YOU ! NOW, SHOULD IS SHOW EVERYONE HERE WHAT I FOUND ? OKAY.
I had A review that was not good at all ( By St Elmo’s fire. ) for me. It was telling me how to improve myself, what were my errors and all. That’s okay for now. But then, later, I discovered he reaveled his Review AND the PM I sent to him to thank him on A site, and he was flaming many other authors. Then, people commented it and I was REALLY offended. REALLY REALLY OFFENDED. He just mock us. Don’t believe him ! When he says he don’t try to send hate in reviews, He’s lying ! He’s just trying to get us to believe him, then he just post the PM and the reviews on another site to humiliate us, WITHOUT TELLING US HE DID. If you’re passing by, St Elmo’s fire, here is special thanks for humiliating me. FUCK YOU.
I sent him this : You know what ? I know that when you review story like this you try to cover yourself, just trying to ” help us ” while in reality you mock us. Did I gave you the permission to show this PM on another site ? You DO know that I’m really offended because of you. You’re just a grammar Nazi laughing his ass off when he read a story like that. Then you mock us. Posting your review and our story on another site, and then, comment it. Did you just said ” I’m not trying to send hate, just to help you ” ? My ass. Do you realise how many people ( like me ) deleted their story because of you ? You have a bad reputation here. Why do you waste your life just trying to humiliate us ? You jerk. Fuck you.
And he replied : I say up-front on my profile that I repost PMs. This is not for the purpose of mockery, but data collection. It’s helpful to examine responses to different reviews and gauge the mood of the overall community.
The only one hurting yourself here is you. You’re making a lot of uncharitable assumptions and creating an enemy that only exists in your head. Don’t torment yourself. ( I read his profile and he DOESN’T explain that he save reviews and PM on other sites. Well, congratulations, you liar. )
Now, do you still think he’s a good person ? Look, I was not upset because of his review. I was sad, but his review was cool, even if it was really discouraging and disrespectful. I hope you all realize he’s an evil guy, who think he’s a super good writer, while he’s not. I wish that St Elmo’s Fire and Farla will be burning in hell. That’s what they deserve.
4h agoYou know what ? I told this to other writers. Now you can go fuck yourself knowing that I warned people about this. Show this PM to the world ! Everyone’s gonna know how of a jerk you are ! We, are all against you ! It’s for all the pokeauthors that you humiliated and flamed !
2h agoI guess you’re happy ! You’re happy that now everyone think of you and Farla ( Your ugly girlfriend ) as grammars Hitler. You disrespectful sad retarded fuckstick. GO GET A LIFE.
2h agoI guess you’re happy ! You’re happy that now everyone think of you and Farla ( Your ugly girlfriend ) as grammars Hitler. You disrespectful sad retarded fuckstick. GO GET A LIFE. IDIOT.
1h agoEveryone already knows, dude. You need to calm down. Explain what’s bothering you so we can talk this out reasonably.
1h agoToo late.

1h agoAh okay, so I saw the review.

First and foremost, you need to calm down. I understand that you are hurt, but telling people to kill themselves is not okay. You are spiralling and losing control of yourself. Calm down and look at this rationally, please.

I am not reposting to mock people. I am reposting to create a clear record of my words and actions so everyone can judge me fairly instead of relying on hearsay. I do not repost sensitive information, only conversations directly relevant to my reviews. I have a notice about this prominently displayed on my public profile so everyone can be aware of this policy. This is not and was never intended to be a secret.

I can see the comment I believe upset you (about stories as language practice being a bad idea). I will point out that I am not responsible for other peoples’ actions, but I see nothing malicious in the comment regardless. Can you please explain what you found upsetting about it?

1h agoI’m upset that you posted it on other sites without telling me. You should ALWAYS tell the people what you are going to do if that include their stories. It’s not because you posted it on your profile that everyone will check if they get a review from you, and know that you will post it. I’m also Upset about some comments you posted about other authors or people. You know that it’s not something really cool to do to people? I’m also upset that you posted it for the peoples to see it. It’s NOT a good way to make people think that you are a good person. When I found out that you posted it, I was really discouraged. Really Really discouraged. Just imagine. You are writing, for fun, but also to practice, your happy, then you get a constructive, but rude review. It would make you sad, discourage you. You send a PM explaining to the person. And this person Repost this on another site, giving the peoples a bad opinion about you. THAT was what made me upset. Really upset. All of that making me think of you as a huge jerk.
56m agoIf you’re doing this for fun, why do you care about my or anyone else’s opinion?
39m agoI’m not only making this for fun. I’m someone who care about other’s opinion about me.

secs agoOkay, then maybe you shouldn’t loudly and publicly tell people to kill themselves. That tends to reflect poorly on you and is, incidentally, a ban-worthy offense. I won’t report you this time, but you have been warned.

Anyway. As someone who has been weathering bad opinions for years, I think you shouldn’t place too much value on others’ opinions. You can’t fully control what people think about you, so you gain little by worrying about it. It will pass. Unless they target you for repeated harassment — which I do not — they will fade from your life and you can forget about them. It’s not even like one bad opinion speaks for everyone. If someone doesn’t like your story, you can find someone who does. You have to form your own core values and beliefs so you can judge yourself instead of letting everyone judge you. Have some faith in yourself. As long as you’re happy with your work, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

And if you can’t do that, you should not be posting your work publicly. Switch to a private blog (or Archive of Our Own at the very least, it lets you moderate comments) for your own mental health.

You have received a message from:

Crazeegab
https://www.fanfiction.net/u/9312219/

Reply link: https://www.fanfiction.net/pm2/post.php?rid=216497097#new
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Okay… I still hate you. So it’s better to  just block you.

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Since people still think the blog is supposed to be a secret for some reason, my FFN profile now has a link to Dragon Quill. So, expect more of this in the future!

39 Comments

  1. someone says:
    I do have some questions about the “objectivity” of reposting their responses to you when you have titles that call it a special spotlight for something bad, such as the need to play armchair therapist, or else begin the list of replies with a quote of one of the worse samples of replies. That particular practice comes off to me as mockery or at least setting up your audience to take what it within as mockery (and why someone like me who has a difficult time reading tone on the internet sometimes has trouble telling whether a more neutral example without any commentary one way or the other is meant to be a simple objective reposting of the information or something to be disparaged).

    A more neutral way of opening these posts might mitigate the feeling of being displayed for mockery somewhat.

    Flat out saying stuff like

    Minimal crazy today” which implies the norm is crazy

    or:

    It tickles me that they felt the need to say “(Raises middle finger)”.

    Since they were foolish enough to leave a signed review, I decided to play with them a bit.

    or otherwise pulling out a mockable quote to start the list with (all examples on the first page) can reasonably lead one to the assumption that the purpose of posting the responses is to make fun of them or set yourself up as somehow superior.

    A possible solution: If they really are terrible responses like wild rants and threats let those stand for themselves as terrible rather than highlighting them. The current way honestly makes me uncomfortable because of how easily one can intuit mockery whether it is intentional or not.




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    1. Because the truth is more complicated than what I say here. You’re right, I absolutely do mock the people who come at me swinging, and I reserve the right to do that. If someone brings the fight to me, I’m under no obligation to treat them nicely. If someone tells me to kill myself, they’ve waived all rights to civility. I will not tolerate that and I should not have to. If they actively attack me, they know full well what they’re getting into. But I don’t mock absolutely everyone. If someone’s just responding to a review, I try to talk them down.

      The other things are because that’s how Farla did it. If the blog’s readership can agree on a different format, I will change it.




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    2. Act says:

      “Minimal crazy today” which implies the norm is crazy

      The norm absolutely is crazy.

      If people weren’t a) completely unhinged and b) prone to making wild, unfounded accusations about what he and Farla have said, this never would have started in the first place. If people stopped acting awfully, there’s be no reason to post PMs, end of story.

      The idea that it’s more wrong to say, “Wow, this person telling people to kill themselves is wacky,” than to actually tell people to kill themselves is absurd.

      That the more rote conversations are useful from a “what do we need to focus on teaching people?” perspective is a nice byproduct, but it’s only a byproduct.




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      1. CrazyEd says:
        “Miminal crazy today” which implies the norm is crazy

        Well, this guy in particular basically reacted to this blog the way you’d react to finding out soylent green is people, so…




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      2. someone says:
        I’m not saying the awful shouldn’t be called out as such when it reaches those levels. Prompting someone to kill themselves over… anything, really… is an Internet trend I could certainly do without and those who partake in it need to step away from the computer and reconsider things. Like, all the things.

        There are also instances where the absolute absurdity of various predjudices come into play (example: this particular person jumping to seeing Farla as the “ugly girlfriend” – the fact that she’s actually your sister aside – to insult and dismiss your opinions as relevant).

        That said when all the reviews and responses are listed under a sample of negative extremes it primes the reader to feel more critically towards the other responses contained within the same list, which leads to the assumption that they’re collectively meant to be mocked when that isn’t the intent. Perhaps some break line or category or something distinguishing the calm, measured responses and neutral ones from the, er, highlights of the experience?




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        1. Perhaps some break line or category or something distinguishing the calm, measured responses and neutral ones from the, er, highlights of the experience?

          Then I’m making a judgment on which ones are good and which ones are bad, which is even worse. (It’s rarely so clear-cut, anyway.) I think it’s more respectful to just post them all together. If someone thinks I’m trying to mock someone saying “thanks, this was really helpful!” that’s really on them and I don’t think there’s much I can do to convince them otherwise.




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          1. someone says:
            Makes sense. Then perhaps not taking an exert and putting it at the top, instead just giving a more general summary of what to expect within?



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            1. Act says:

              Why?

              Like, what are you trying to accomplish? What do you think will be mitigated?

              People are going to lose their shit about PM reposting because people are going to lose their shit in general. There is no magic PM format that will stop freakouts, in the same way that there is no magic reviewing format that will stop freakouts.

              If people are so embarassed by what the say, they should think about that before hitting ‘send.’ The onus isn’t on him to manage people’s needs.




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            2. someone says:
              I really honestly do not think it is all that much to ask to leave the list neutral rather than select a mockable quote to prime the reader for that mindset. It would actually be less work to not select an exert to put at the top and just present the pms as they are.



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            3. CrazyEd says:
              Do you think the mockable quote at the beginning will lead people to mocking the folks who just go “thanks for the review, I changed the fic, you were really helpful!” or something?



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            4. someone says:
              That no. But (as previously explained) it sets the more neutral replies (such as “thks for thee help” style misspellings in an otherwise normal response or “I don’t think I’ll change it but thanks anyway” responses) up to appear just that much more unclear on whether they’re just there to show that they existed or if they’re there to be judged – especially for those that have trouble telling intended tone in a writen format, as many of those who seem to become offended by the practice appear.

              I also have to say I’m not sure why you think it would somehow be a bad thing to remove the mockable quote primer.




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            5. CrazyEd says:
              I don’t see why it matters. If they’re there to show they existed, then it doesn’t matter. If they’re there to be judged, they’ll be judged as a positive response to Mini-Farla’s review that will hopefully improve their future works.

              Are either of these two outcomes unacceptable to you?




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            6. someone says:
              The thing is, not everyone intuitively judges those as positive. Hence the people asuming the collection of replies is for mockery rather than for data gathering.

              Would removing the particularly mockable quote as the opening section be bothersome in any way I’m apparently not seeing?




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            7. CrazyEd says:
              If someone take “thanks, this was really helpful, I edited the fic!” as anything other than the author finding the review was helpful and expressing gratitute for pointing out mistakes that he could correct and improve the quality of the fic, then their ability to judge tone in non-verbal conversation is so non-existent that I’d suggest they avoid getting into discussions on the internet.



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            8. someone says:
              I agree, but those are not the responses I’m primarily attempting to address. I’m focusing on the ones that turn down the advice but do it in a measured, reasonable way but could be misinterpreted as being mocked because similar expressions of turning down advice are mocked when they reach… let’s call them “less reasonable” levels.

              Again, I am simply saying that something otherwise neutral can be misinterpreted as negative when the reader is primed by a negative before seeing it. Is it truly an arduous task to just not open with the worst from the sample?




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            9. CrazyEd says:
              Well, no. Not doing something is generally easier than doing something. Obviously. It would also be far less arduous to not make these posts. Or to even post the reviews that they collect in the first place. Your point is…?

              But if someone is going to get offended by this, they are going to get offended by it no matter what you do or where you do it. This dude isn’t mad about what was said about him, he was mad it was posted at all, and mad about what was said about other fics.

              So he’s mad that these publically posted reviews were collected elsewhere in another publically accessible location. He considers himself “humilated” because the first four PMs in this post (up to and including the one where he says he’ll try to edit his work) were posted despite being perfectly reasonable and adult in them and giving no cause for mockery.

              The pre-cut-off summary of the post he was in (Part 58)? “Pretty calm today”. In fact, literally all the posts in that collection were of the “gee, thanks” variety. Even his. Even the guy who wrote the pokescrewing fic that I was far more harsh towards than Mini-Farla. He only got a bit prickly when disagreeing with Mini-Farla over what prelude was. Not the actual review itself, which he was fairly cordial towards, even though it basically told him his core premise was massively flawed.

              Now, my own comments on that particular fic were far harsher than Mini-Farla’s, but I stand by what I said. Even if I was interested in the subject matter, the manner in which it was presented would made me unable to actually physically read it. As in, I tried, and failed, to absorb the meaning of the words on my screen. Someone who actually wanted to read it posted a review with the same criticism, so it’s not just me.

              And just to be sure, I went back and looked at what I said about the actual review of the fic in question. Absolutely nothing, it turns out. So he must he referring specifically to that comment.

               




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            10. someone says:
              He considers himself “humilated” because the first four PMs in this post (up to and including the one where he says he’ll try to edit his work) were posted despite being perfectly reasonable and adult in them and giving no cause for mockery.

              You don’t think their assumption could be influenced even slightly by the pattern through the first page of this site pulling out the more mockable quotes at the beginning of the posts?

              I just feel like the removal of such quotes at the start would act as a way of improving clarity of purpose. If the purpose is to gather, then a list of what was gathered stands on its own. Mini-Farla is certainly able to continue engaging with responses where necessary and continued conversations that devolve into rage-fuled death threats will certainly stand on their own as awful too.

              Whereas putting something mockworthy at the front before that? I feel like it muddles the issue and makes the intent less clear. Mini-Farla even says the intent is to mock where the other person is the one to bring the fight, and that’s even okay. Where I feel the confusion and assumptions of a negative intent come from is when there is disagreement discussed civily surrounded by mockery of disagreement that devolves into encouraging suicide – even priming the reader to be more critical of an author explaining why they disagree by pulling such moments out as a highlight of what’s in store.

              The onus for this interpretation, which Mini-Farla even anticipates more of (“my FFN profile now has a link to Dragon Quill. So, expect more of this in the future!“) isn’t something entirely on the readers, any more than Farla’s interpretation of Katniss as a sociopath is entirely on her and how she read The Hunger Games rather than on what Collins wrote, regardless of how Collins intended things.

              It isn’t like the reviews themselves don’t already come with a general description of what to expect without pulling a quote out as an example of the worst every time. I just feel like doing the same for the review responses would improve clarity and put just that tiny bit more of the burden of misinterpretation on the reader than the way the content is presented.

              Then I’m making a judgment on which ones are good and which ones are bad, which is even worse. (It’s rarely so clear-cut, anyway.) I think it’s more respectful to just post them all together.

              Isn’t pulling a bad example out to put at the top a judgement?

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              At the very least I am having trouble understanding why suggesting the removal of pulling out a mockable quote is this controversial.

               




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            11. Act says:

              At the very least I am having trouble understanding why suggesting the removal of pulling out a mockable quote is this controversial.

              Because it seems like concern trolling.

              You seem to have this idea if Elmo (heh) just goes about this the ‘right’ way, suddenly everything will be peaches. But as years and years of this have shown, it’s just not true. Like the authors who focus on capitalization as a proxy for being mad about a negative review, you pick and pick at little, inconsequential things he’s doing in some quest to do something vague you can’t even articulate. It’s why multiple people now have asked what you’re trying to accomplish. We already know authors are going to freak out about everything no matter what. Responding to that with ‘but [tiny thing] will make such a difference!!!!’ can only seem like purposeful contrarianism.

              Instead of assuming this is all some clever ploy to mock the people posting sane responses, maybe assume things have gotten to this point for a reason. Prior to PM posting, people behaved even worse, because they could attribute insane things, some of which were really awful, to Farla, and no one could prove otherwise. Introducing some modicrum of accountability has made the conversation more civil. It’s also allowed us to identify trends in responses and hone in on things that authors need to work on, which is super useful to everyone. That every now and then someone says something so absurd it’s worth commenting on is a bonus.

              And frankly, with the swaths of abuse Farla and Mini-Farla get for reviewing, that you’ve focused in on the few responses to which they go “whoa, that was crazy” is ridiculous. Maybe go talk to the people saying batfuck insane stuff instead of the people who you think aren’t responding to flaming and violent insults the ‘right’ way.




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            12. At the very least I am having trouble understanding why suggesting the removal of pulling out a mockable quote is this controversial.

              Gallows humor. People say utterly vile, awful, dispiriting things to and about us constantly. Finding levity in the situation is a natural response. Just let us have this.




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            13. Farla says:

              As the person who made the format, maybe this will clear it up.

              To start, the idea was just to post the crazy ones. Back then most of it was frothing lunacy. But that meant the implication that everyone was exactly as bad, so I started adding a list of author’s names who hadn’t tantrumed, with the idea that it could be positive advertisement.  But that leaves a lot of room for interpretation on where the line was drawn. People who calmly told me they weren’t going to fix anything this is just for fun lol were reasonable enough, but weren’t likely to be better writers than the ones who screamed at me they wouldn’t fix anything, just nicer to interact with, and other people would be total assholes on one issue but be fine fixing everything else, etc. And if I didn’t post a name, did that mean they had said nothing or did it mean they’d replied but not well enough for me to consider it good? And obviously I couldn’t rank people based on how totally they agreed with me, since the point was never supposed to be that my reviews were always and forever completely right. Ultimately, I decided I’d show all of them and let their own words speak for themselves. The reason there’s links everywhere is because people weren’t supposed to rely on me to decide which authors were reasonable/talented/etc. If they liked how the author presented themself or the argument made for why the fic was perfect and didn’t need to be changed, they could go check out the fic.

              So why does it involve a funny quote? Because the reason I started doing it was because the lunacy was entertaining. If every PM is totally reasonable, there’d be no point to posting. The reasonable ones are only noteworthy because of their lunatic brethren, and the lunatic brethren are absolutely being mocked.

              You’re supposed to be able to come to your own conclusions. If something doesn’t seem mockable to you, then great, maybe check that person out. If a quote up top of one person being an idiot is enough to make you think everyone is an idiot, that’s on you.




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            14. CrazyEd says:
              Because it seems like concern trolling.

              Holy shit that’s it. I never even drew that connection.

              I usually run in internet circles where, if someone doesn’t like you, you’ll fucking know it. As such, this is a relatively new concept to me. But, that said…

              Is someone concern-trolling Mini-Farla?

              Elmo (heh)

              This is why he’ll always be Mini-Farla to me.




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            15. Mmh, let’s not make conspiracy theories about people while acting like we can’t just ask them in good faith. That’s kind of the subject of the post.




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            16. CrazyEd says:
              But we can’t. Either he’s not, and says no, or he is, and he says no. Either way, he says no, and we don’t know why.



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            17. someone says:
              As the person who made the format, maybe this will clear it up.

              To start, the idea was just to post the crazy ones. Back then most of it was frothing lunacy.

              That’s interesting and does actually explain a lot. I haven’t gone that far back in the archives and didn’t know what the earlier ratio of madness to reasonable replies was.

              If a quote up top of one person being an idiot is enough to make you think everyone is an idiot, that’s on you.
              And I don’t think that. I was trying to understand why others assume the point is mockery when they aern’t in that category themselves. I was hoping that some clarity added by not having that might mitigate that somewhat, before I was aware of the practice’s origins.
              I plan on dropping the topic and honestly only continued as long as I did because I was worried my phrasing was unclear and what I was trying to say was getting muddled because I honestly didn’t understand at the time why it was getting so many responses defending it that strongly.

              … Thanks for the accusation, Ed.




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            18. Their response might tell you why. You shouldn’t be talking about people present as if they’re not there. Talking to people directly is always a better way of getting information than secondhand speculation.




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            19. GoldenFalls says:

              To me it looks like the author was trusting/assuming that Mini-Farla was acting in good faith with a genuine desire to see people improve, and seeing that Mini-Farla never interacted with positive things authors said and only continued with contentious replies seemed like Mini-Farla was trolling. It probably felt bad for the author to see someone mocking them for having taken a troll’s critique in good faith, since it would look like all the polite responses were being posted to show how people fell for and wasted time and concern on a troll.

              I’ve been a lurker on this blog for a long time so I know that’s not the case at all, but I can totally see how it could appear that way to someone seeing it for the first time. It wouldn’t get rid of the accusations thrown at you guys by people who hate you from the start, but if you said “I’m glad you’re taking my review into consideration” or something when people are positive about your reviews, it would probably prevent reasonable people from coming here and thinking you’re a troll who’s only trying to stir up trouble.

              Of course I know how you feel about tone policing, so that’s not likely to happen, but that’s what I see about this situation.




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            20. Farla says:

              I was trying to understand why others assume the point is mockery when they aern’t in that category themselves. I was hoping that some clarity added by not having that might mitigate that somewhat

              People have always assumed this regardless. When I reply to PMs, people say it’s to mock people. When I didn’t reply to PMs, people threw even bigger fits over how that proved I was just in it to mock people. When I only posted reivews in the days before PMs people threw fits over that and how ACTUALLY they’d had this TOTALLY GREAT RESPONSE TO HOW WRONG I WAS that they’d post on their story itself. When I didn’t post reviews, I was a coward who didn’t want anyone to know I was an evil reviewer of terribleness – you can still see this attitude from those not aware of this blog.

              There may be a particular sequence of words that placates a couple of those people, but for the most part, people who are upset find or invent whatever reasons they need to feel righteously attacked.




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            21. someone says:
              Thank you for the clarification.



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            22. Hm, I can see that as a possible reasoning. As Farla says, though, changing it would likely be a lot of effort for little reward. I do typically reply to normal responses if they ask a question or I feel additional clarification is needed, but that doesn’t happen in every batch.




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            23. CrazyEd says:
              To me it looks like the author was trusting/assuming that Mini-Farla was acting in good faith with a genuine desire to see people improve, and seeing that Mini-Farla never interacted with positive things authors said and only continued with contentious replies seemed like Mini-Farla was trolling.

              That sure is a weird way of seeing it. I’m not saying what you’re  saying is illogical, but… no matter what source the legitimate criticism comes from, that doesn’t mean the criticism isn’t legit.

              They felt humilated because they thought the review that gave them helpful suggestions to correcet legitimate problems was from a helpful reader, but in actuality, it was Dio a troll?

              That sounds like a pretty shitty troll to me.




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  2. Act says:

    As usual, people are more ashamed that others see when they’ve said awful things than they are of even saying awful things. Nothing says “character” like “I only said it because I thought no one would see.” >.>




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    1. This person didn’t even say awful things to begin with! Look at their initial response to my review, that was totally reasonable. It seems like what they were really upset by was CrazyEd’s comment, which is just bizarre because it wasn’t even directed at them.




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      1. CrazyEd says:
        I know I can be a tad venomous (and a tad understated in how venomous I am), so I actually went back and looked at what I literally wrote. It really doesn’t seem that bad to me, especially not by the standards of my usual comments (or, even, my comments on the other authors in that same comment). He might’ve found some unmeant scorn in my use of “these people”, perhaps? Or he’s getting offended for the sake of the other people I commented on in that comment (there was a gardevoir romance fic in that batch I commented on).

        Does FFN allow people to post fic in non-English languages? I can kinda see where he’s coming from if it doesn’t (though AOOO seems to be fine with it, given all the Russian I come across).




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        1. Does FFN allow people to post fic in non-English languages?

          It does, and that’s the solution I offer most frequently. Now, whether or not there is anyone else in the fandom who shares your language, that can be a different story. (I remember one author whose native language was Chinese, but didn’t want to write in it because there are 3 Chinese fics in the entire Pokemon category.)




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    2. CrazyEd says:
      Part of the reason I say what I do here, and not on the fics directly (besides not wanting to make an FFN account to do so) is because this blog has a far smaller readership than FFN reviews might. Because literally the only reason I even come into contact with these fics is because of Mini-Farla’s reviews, I leave what I have to say about them where he can see them, because it’s really him I’m responding to.

      Pretty much all of these fics are things I’d never click on my own, so I don’t think it’d be fair to kick down their door and tell them how much I didn’t like it. It wouldn’t even be helpful for the author in the same way Mini-Farla’s reviews are. If I did that, I think I’d quickly gain more of a reputation as The Pokemon Fanfic Bad Guy than Mini-Farla has, and I’d probably deserve most of it.

      The only fic, that I can recall, that I actually wanted to comment on to the author directly was that one an update or two ago about Lucas coming out as gay to Dawn. Because I actually liked it. I’d give that one a solid 7.5/10. It wasn’t perfect, and there were some tiny bits I’d change if I was him, but it actually was very cute and definitely succeeded at his premise and was well worth the five minutes it took to read.

      But if the guy in this spotlight wants to respond to that comment here directly, I’ll engage him on it. I said what I said, and I can’t unsay it, but I also didn’t mean to mock him by saying it. But I’m not gonna kick down the front door in the middle of his party and shout at all his party guests what I think about the party quality. If that makes sense to anyone else.




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      1. Act says:

        I wouldn’t worry about it, honestly. Someone who starts sending death threats in response to a conversation about whether it’s practical to write in a foreign language to learn is someone looking to scapegoat their emotional response to the review, not someone who has actual issues with the content of the ensuing conversation.




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        1. CrazyEd says:
          Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m not worrying about it. Mini-Farla is still more than welcome to use what I said as copypasta to respond to people who are writing fiction to work on their English. I just mean, in general, if someone finds this blog and has a problem with what I’ve said about their fic, I’ll engage them over it. You’re probably right that this guy wouldn’t want to talk it out with me, but I mean like… it’s an open invitation to anyone I comment on, on the off chance this guy’s ranting leads anyone to finding this blog.



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  3. Hinebras says:
    Ironically, his overly defensive stance and fear of getting unwanted attention  from this blog ended up making him a study case with a post dedicated exclusively to his responses.
    It is kind of funny, but also kind of sad.



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  4. Keleri says:

    Herp de derp nothing to see here.




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