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(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
It's up to you if you want to respond to each comment or not. I know you can turn commenting off for anons, but I think maybe you can turn off all commenting?

Commenting was rare when I was actively posting to AO3 and I was really just cross posting in case I wanted to delete my LJ some day, which I have long since done. Im not even sure they had commenting at the time, tbh. These days I get the occasional comment but I've never replied to any because I haven't been in fandom under that name in over five years. But people still read some of my fic so I just leave it there. That was the whole point of AO3 in the first place.

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[personal profile] were_lemur 2017-03-19 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Just say "thanks" or "thank you" or "I'm glad you liked it." Nobody's really expecting more than that, and nobody would consider replying to be artificially inflating the comments. (Does anybody pay all that much attention to the number of comments, anyway?)

But, yeah, I understand that feeling of awkwardness.

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[personal profile] sarillia 2017-03-19 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)
You can decide if you would rather have people think you're trying to inflate the comment count or think you're rude for not replying and then go with whichever option you pick. In the meantime you can remind yourself that most people don't have a strong opinion on this, so while you're not going to please everyone no matter what you do, most people aren't spending time thinking mean thoughts about you.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 07:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I get where replying to reviews on AO3 can read as review inflation in some people's eyes, but at the same time, the site put the reply button underneath people's reviews for a reason. If they didn't want writers to reply to reviews that way, I figure they would've set up a PM feature or something instead for people to respond through. And besides that, many writers have had some fun conversations get going through the comment sections on AO3 as well, so... *Shrugs* I just see the comment sections on there as a good way to chat more than anything else.

Anywho, I personally do reply to every review, both to thank people for taking the time to read the story and leave a comment and because I enjoy the fun discussions that have come from talking to others about the fandom and the characters and such.

But it's up to each individual person to decide how they want to deal with that. Some people only respond to lengthy reviews and leave the "This is good, please update!" ones be, some just aren't very chatty and don't reply at all, if somebody's the sort who gets TONS of reviews to the point where they have difficulty keeping up they might do a general "Thanks to everyone who's reviewed this!" comment. Whatever method you think would work best for you is fine :).

(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 08:17 pm (UTC)(link)
> implying people comment at all these days

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 08:18 pm (UTC)(link)
I vote for replying to all comments anon. It's great to acknowledge that a reader has taken time to comment - so few do - and a simple "Thanks!" is usually all that's needed.

If someone leaves a detailed comment, then it's good to also leave a detailed response.

I've written fanfic for a couple of decades now, and I'd never heard of anyone complaining about comment inflation until recently. I think it's a ridiculous notion to make a writer feel badly for attempting to foster a relationship in fandom - isn't that what fandom's for?

I hope you post your fics, anon!

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Personally I try to reply to comments, both because it's polite and also because I've had good conversations and gotten to know people that way. I seriously don't care about comment count (aside from a minor OCD-ish quirk where I prefer comment counts to be even, which could sometimes lead to 'you hang up first' sort of situations before I got stern with myself and let myself stop conversations when I needed to).

I will say that sometimes it takes me a couple of days to reply if I'm having a 'can't people' sort of week. Most people don't seem to mind, though?

(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
What comment inflation? It's just communication with your readers. Acknowledging them and responding to them was actually considered polite back in my day - idk what changed now so it makes you question the very idea of replies. And as people on the above said, a simple 'thank you' is usually perfectly enough.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 09:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Just a personal opinion but the only stats I assess stories on is the kudos/views ratio. Comment inflation is just a nonissue to me. Plus authors who reply are polite imo, whereas people who leave comments unanswered come across a little arrogant.

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[personal profile] nightscale 2017-03-19 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I get what you mean, I never really know what to say so I just give a standard 'thanks for reading' response unless there's something specific I can respond to.

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[personal profile] tabaqui 2017-03-19 09:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, it's your choice, of course. All i have to say is - fuck anybody who bitches about 'inflating numbers' or whatever. That's so stupid. I like to reply to comments left 'cause that seems like the right thing to do, and frankly, whatever anyone thinks of my comment count being 'inflated' can go suck eggs.

Seriously, it's up to you. Reply to them all, reply to none, reply to some, whatever. Judgey people are gonna judge, but fuck 'em.

ETA: And as a reader who leaves comments? 'Thanks!' or 'Glad you liked it!' is just fine. I don't need a soliloquy or anything.
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(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 09:51 pm (UTC)(link)
If you want to answer, answer; if you don't, don't. That's it.

There's no agreed etiquette about that and people like and dislike different things, so you can choose to do what you feel comfortable doing and ignore anyone who says you're doing it wrong.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
I generally respond, especially if the person asked a question. Sometimes this starts a discussion, and then it's like the old days on LJ when you could have a discussion with readers.

I don't feel bad about this at all.

(Also: comment replies aren't artificial inflation, imo: to me when an author replies to every comment that's ever been left with announcements of each new chapter ... "Hey! I've posted chapter 2!" "Hey, I've posted chapter 3!" "Hey! I've posted chapter 4!") .. now, THAT's comment inflation.)

(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 10:06 pm (UTC)(link)
There is no fandom police even if it might often seem otherwise, so just post and do what you feel like when it comes to that. It's easy really: no fixed answer is right.
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[personal profile] randomdrops 2017-03-19 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
You could always put a note in your profile or Author's Note section explaining your commenting rules. Just a "I try to reply to comments when I can, but I cannot guarantee a reply. Just know that I appreciate you taking the time to write a comment!" or something along those lines.

FWIW, I'd rather people not reply to my comments unless I ask a question or leave concrit (which I only do if the author is open to it). I'm not leaving a comment for attention or a reply, simply a note to let you know I liked your stuff.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 10:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Answering each one briefly is best. It's polite & friendly, not inflating. It's connecting w/ your readers.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
How completely idiotic.

Yes, OP, do the world a favour and don't interact with people. You have the intelligence and maturity level of a bean sprout.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-19 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
I comment on anything I especially liked, especially if it doesn't have many comments or it's in a small fandom I'd like to support.

I have zero expectations of a reply (they actually used to scare me when I was (much) younger. I would leave them unread for weeks. Someone noticed me!). The way I see it, they already gave me something and that's how I give back.

It sounds like you need to decide what YOU think is reasonable and do that. Lots of good suggestions here. You can't please everyone.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-20 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
I stopped trying to keep up with responses. Not that I had a ton, but I just have too much going on. If it's a chapter fic, I'll post thank yous on my next chapter. If it's a one-off, then it depends on whether or not I have the time.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-20 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
People on Ao3 don't comment much. So if someone took the time out to leave a comment, it means they *really* liked your fic. If you're tired, or busy, or you can't figure out an interesting response, then don't reply. But IMO it's much less polite to not respond out of fear that people will think you're arrogant or "cheating" by inflating the comment count than it is to acknowledge that someone has tried to communicate with you. Or you can leave a note on the next chapter saying "Thanks for all the lovely comments".

What a weird fandom phenomenon where people reject other fans attempts to compliment them and possibly make friends out of fear of seeming rude or arrogant.

I'm one of those A03 readers who actually reads the other comments on fics I really like in hopes that someone, somewhere, is engaging in actual conversation about the fic.

Maybe A03 could please everyone by including a Facebook style ability to "heart" other people's comments so authors could acknowledge comments that way.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-20 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
Think of it this way: any hypothetical person who would like your fic enough to comment on it would way rather be able to read the fic, regardless of your commenting policy.

Also, feel free to stick a mention in your author's notes that you're shy about replying to comments but you hope people like it or w/e.

TBH I usually reply to comments at first and then forget to get back to some of them. Some people might think that's rude but like...replying to comments is this whole second order voluntary social engagement on top of having already made stuff for people for free in my spare time! Like, you seriously only have to do exactly as much as you're comfortable with.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-20 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
The whole 'comment inflating' thing is just a bunch of hogwash to me. Sometimes people get chatty in the comments. Sometimes they don't. I don't judge based off of comments. Hell, I don't judge off of kudos or views either, I tend to check things out for myself. And as for people who comment on my fic, I always give a reply, it's just the polite thing to do. Plus it really makes me happy when people like my fic enough to leave a comment for it, it's the least I can do.

I hope that you start posting fic soon, OP!

Well, there's a few things you can do.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-20 03:26 am (UTC)(link)
There is a way to turn off commenting altogether. If a writer does this, I tend to think one of four things: that they have some sort of social anxiety, that they are too busy to reply to comments, that the story has something in it that will get people up in arms for whatever reason, or that they have a stalker-troll that they don't want to give a chance to engage. None of those reasons make me think less of a writer (except the third, if I think they were hate-writing or trolling the fandom).

There is also a way to moderate (you get to read them and approve them before they are publicly posted).

If you don't want to do those, then if people comment, I think it's polite though not a given, that you reply. You could write out a few set replies to have on hand for the readers who give quick comments to let you know that they liked your story, like: Thanks!, Thanks for reading!, I'm glad you enjoyed the story, and so on. Having those replies to hand could make it less nerve-wracking. Then for more detailed comments, reply to their specifics, if there's a question, answer it.

And there are always author's notes where you can spell out any issues you have with comments.
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[personal profile] litalex 2017-03-20 03:45 pm (UTC)(link)
I always respond, even if it's just to say thank you.

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