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Stacy Kear from Bucyrus, Ohio lives in New Jersey is reading The Art of War March 11, 2012 - 12:42pm

I want to preface this post by saying that I have searched through old threads in order to answer these questions. I apologize in advance if any of these questions have been answered in old posts.

1. How do I know if an author no longer wants critiques on the work that they have posted? For example the works that were part of a competition that has since been completed.

2. If I read a work and find it amazing and have nothing to offer the author other than compliments do I express what I feel about the work and rate it anyway?

3. What is the best way to go about posting a revised work? For example I didn't format my first submission and then posted the revision on a comment I made underneath.  Should I accumulate points to repost since I do not want the original read only the revised version?

4. Does getting a scathing negative review resulting in a low star count deter you from reading the work completely?  That ties in with question 3 especially if a revised version is attached below in a comment.

5. I do not have the technical abilities to leave a LBL critique on a work.  Can my comments and critiques as a reader and what I come away from the story be considered helpful?

Since joining this site I have made a series of mistakes including giving someone a not helpful instead of very helpful due to my fat fingers and replying on my Iphone.  I am sure I will continue to make mistakes but I am hoping these questions might help me make a complete ass out of myself.

Thanks,

Stacy

 

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel March 11, 2012 - 12:50pm

Stacy,

I would love to go into depth on each of these, but I will say that any critique is welcome to most writers on here. The best thing you could do is speak honestly about what you thought of the work. If all you have is praise, I guarantee no writer in here will be turned off by that. Negative stars do not deter. They just let the author know where people feel the work is at. In some instances if a work gets very low marks more people want to read it to see why it did. Sometimes you just need to learn by others mistakes. 

Once again, just speak honestly and try to provide whatever information you can. Ultimately it is up to each author to make a determination of what is helpful and what they can discard. There is also a helpful essay in the help section that can help you decide what many authors finds pertinent. 

I hope this helps a bit.

Very respectfully,

Jose F. Diaz

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human March 11, 2012 - 12:55pm

Don't worry I don't think anyone would call you out on posting something again.

1. If they leave work up there it's there for critique. If they don't want anymore critiques they usually take it down.

2. Most people like compliments, but just be as honest as you can. Just don't put a single sentence in there. Put some effort

3. To get more reviews it might be a good idea to accumulate the points again. You can also take down the attachment and put a new one. Just add in REVISED or something.

4. No, everyone has there opinion. If the summary sounds interesting I still read it. A low star review doesn't always mean the work is bad. It's subjective.

5. You have to start somewhere. Try an LBL, you learn a lot. It shows effort. Read other LBL's. Learn by example. I think, personally, most critiques and reviews are helpful. Just put effort. Don't tell people how to write their story. Tell them what you thought worked and didn't work, be honest. Be firm but fair also. Don't be malicious or put down people's work. Treat other's work the same as you would want your work to be treated.

 

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 11, 2012 - 12:56pm

1. How do I know if an author no longer wants critiques on the work that they have posted? For example the works that were part of a competition that has since been completed.

Sometimes a person will change the synopsis to say they don't want reviews.  Unless they do that, you have no real way of knowing.  If you want to review it, I say review away. 

2. If I read a work and find it amazing and have nothing to offer the author other than compliments do I express what I feel about the work and rate it anyway?

You can if you want to.  Sometimes this is frowned upon, just because there is nothing constructive.  But it is certainly not unheard of.  If a bit of writing is perfect (like everything I write) then what can you do?  That isn't YOUR fault. 

3. What is the best way to go about posting a revised work? For example I didn't format my first submission and then posted the revision on a comment I made underneath.  Should I accumulate points to repost since I do not want the original read only the revised version?

Yes, you should get points and post a new revision seperately.

4. Does getting a scathing negative review resulting in a low star count deter you from reading the work completely?  That ties in with question 3 especially if a revised version is attached below in a comment.

No.  I will not read a revision that is attached ina below comment.  That might just be me.  I will read the version posted.  If it has a scathing review, it doesn't change if I read it or not.  I don't really read others reviews before I do mine.

5. I do not have the technical abilities to leave a LBL critique on a work.  Can my comments and critiques as a reader and what I come away from the story be considered helpful?

Yes.  

One time I gave a not helpful on accident.  I was sad about it.  I apologized A LOT.   

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner March 11, 2012 - 12:58pm

1. How do I know if an author no longer wants critiques on the work that they have posted? For example the works that were part of a competition that has since been completed."

I would look for the final version. Everyone could use an extra review though...maybe you'll see something other people don't. 

2. If I read a work and find it amazing and have nothing to offer the author other than compliments do I express what I feel about the work and rate it anyway?"

Feel free to review my entire catalog. Hahahaha

"3. What is the best way to go about posting a revised work? For example I didn't format my first submission and then posted the revision on a comment I made underneath.  Should I accumulate points to repost since I do not want the original read only the revised version?"

You should be able to go into the edit option, remove the previous story and then upload the revision. I think there is a time limit on that though. 

4. Does getting a scathing negative review resulting in a low star count deter you from reading the work completely?  That ties in with question 3 especially if a revised version is attached below in a comment."

Not from reading no.

5. I do not have the technical abilities to leave a LBL critique on a work.  Can my comments and critiques as a reader and what I come away from the story be considered helpful?"

I would give you a very helpful if you put in the time to read then offered the comments that fit everything. I don't think most people would stress it. 

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly March 11, 2012 - 1:01pm

1. How do I know if an author no longer wants critiques on the work that they have posted? For example the works that were part of a competition that has since been completed.

I don't know.  If you want rate it, if the member is still active, I'm sure they'll appreciate added feedback

2. If I read a work and find it amazing and have nothing to offer the author other than compliments do I express what I feel about the work and rate it anyway?

I have.  Tell them what you like, why it's amazing, why it works for you, etc.  I don't expect points when I do it, but praise is as helpful as criticism.

3. What is the best way to go about posting a revised work? For example I didn't format my first submission and then posted the revision on a comment I made underneath.  Should I accumulate points to repost since I do not want the original read only the revised version?

Someone else just posted a thread about this, I think the consensus was to put the revision int he comments of the sub, and edit your agenda to point new readers to the revision.

4. Does getting a scathing negative review resulting in a low star count deter you from reading the work completely?  That ties in with question 3 especially if a revised version is attached below in a comment.

No, I read what I want.  My tastes are different from others, I've loved some work that other did not, and vice versa.

5. I do not have the technical abilities to leave a LBL critique on a work.  Can my comments and critiques as a reader and what I come away from the story be considered helpful?

Absolutely, you'll find several members who don't use the LBL format, who give outstanding reviews.  It's what you say, not how you format the review.

Since joining this site I have made a series of mistakes including giving someone a not helpful instead of very helpful due to my fat fingers and replying on my Iphone.  I am sure I will continue to make mistakes but I am hoping these questions might help me make a complete ass out of myself.

You're not making an ass out of yourself.  We were all new at some point.  You've got the right attitude and we enjoy having you.  Carry on.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff March 11, 2012 - 1:13pm

Aha! So there´s an Accidental Not Helpful Club! Yeah, I´m a member.

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Stacy Kear from Bucyrus, Ohio lives in New Jersey is reading The Art of War March 11, 2012 - 1:26pm

Thanks all your answers were not helpful. OopS I'm mean very helpful! :-)