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How to give feedback?

gemlesgross

How can I give feedback to an author, in general or for a specific story? I cannot figure it out!
Thank you for your help,
Mitch

Ernest Bywater

@gemlesgross

at the end of the story is a link highlighted in yellow, right at the bottom of the page, Feedback to Author. Other than that, if you go to the author's story page there's usually a link near the top left corner that says email you can use to send them an email via SoL.

docholladay

@gemlesgross

As Ernest pointed out works great. My only suggestion is to keep it like you would like to be treated. The only ones you will not find those links for are usually writers who have died or do not accept any kind of feedback.

richardshagrin

It is also possible to write a review for most stories, although you need to ask Lazeez to set you up as a reviewer first. Or you can write something on the forum about the story, and the author may see it, or you might tell the author what you said in either the forum or your review.

Crumbly Writer

Maybe you should tell us who you're trying to reach (i.e. whether they're on SOL) so we can figure out what the specific issue might be.

Switch Blayde

@gemlesgross

There's actually a feedback link at the bottom of every chapter.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Switch Blayde

There's actually a feedback link at the bottom of every chapter.


There you go. When I'm reading a story, as soon as the link to the next chapter is in the window I'm off on the link, never see what's below it.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
QM

Feedback's nice, be it praise or constructive. I don't even mind someone telling me a story sucks, so long as they tell me why they think that.

gemlesgross

Thank you so much to all of you, for your useful and prompt replies.

Docholladay, QM, my reviews tend to be constructive, and respectful and loving :)

No I could not find any feedback link, anywhere on the story or on the author's page. But let me tell you who I want to reach as Crumbly Writer suggests, and before that let me tell you my fascinating adventure.

In February 2015, I posted a story in Literotica, based on something I had found there.... "Stranded in the rain" by "skinnypom" published in August 2014; a short story, erotically charged, with good power of evocation! I also very much liked the main idea, and wanted to develop on it. So I asked this author if I could do a variation on his theme. He didn't answer, and eventually I published my own story "Moonlight in Vermont... Variation on a theme by skinnypom" with the following foreword...

"I found this great short story in Literotica, "Stranded in the rain" written by skinnypom . It gave me this idea, a variation on the same theme just like musicians do, as a base for inspiration, as an homage, not as a plagiarism."

Then some time later, as I was going through the web in the hope of finding new erotic writing sites, I discovered Storiesonline! I loved it! But eventually and to my horror, I found "Stranded in the rain", the exact same story word for word, but written by raplucknett who is a fairly prolific author on Storiesonline.

I would like to tell raplucknett about this, so he knows his story is being copied, and also tell him about my variation. But then again, maybe raplucknett and skynnypom are the same person!?

What do you think?... Suggestions, advice, comments are welcome.

Thanks gain,

Mitch

Ernest Bywater

@gemlesgross

Suggestions, advice, comments are welcome.


raplucknett does not have an email address at SoL, so you can't send him an email from his author account. I checked a few of his stories and it appears he may have Feedback turned off.

His profile says:

Hi my name is Ryan I have traveled a lot and to be totally honest I am a hopeless romantic. When you combine that with ADHD and the hornyness of the teens, and girls from all over the world you get basically me. I am now a professional massage therapist and am continuing to write one key at a time.

If the profile matches that of the author on the other site it's likely the same person. If not, the only thing you can do is to report the situation to the webmasters of both sites, stating the names of both stories on both sites, and leave up to them to contact the authors and sort it out.

Sometimes people will post a story they like on a site without the author's permission. By reporting the situation to the webmasters you've done all you can.

awnlee jawking

@Ernest Bywater

Don't expect Literotica to do anything about it. Someone posted one of my SOL stories there as their own (really!). I reported it but they did nothing. Last time I checked it was still there.

AJ

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Crumbly Writer

@gemlesgross

gemlesgross

Gemlesgross, aside from notifying Literica that they might be in copyright violation (though it's not clear they are from the context), I'd post a link to Lazeez and ask him if he can get a 'potential copyright violation' to the author. If he's turned off feedback, that's a very different thing than ignoring your work being stolen. Lazeez likely has a valid email address. He won't be able to share it, but he should be able to forward the message.

By the way, Ernest was right. Literotica has a horrible reputation concerning copyright violations, though (I've heard) that they've been more receptive lately.

Replies:   gemlesgross
Switch Blayde

@awnlee jawking

Don't expect Literotica to do anything about it. Someone posted one of my SOL stories there as their own (really!). I reported it but they did nothing.


I used to report my stolen stories posted on Literotica and they pulled them down. So things may have changed. I remember sending them the link of where the story was which contained the date posted.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Switch Blayde

I too sent Literotica the link to the story on SOL, which clearly shows a prior posting date.

Amusingly, one of the handful of people who read the story on Literotica posted a comment asking for a sequel. Naturally the thief couldn't oblige.

AJ

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

I too sent Literotica the link to the story on SOL, which clearly shows a prior posting date.

Amusingly, one of the handful of people who read the story on Literotica posted a comment asking for a sequel. Naturally the thief couldn't oblige.

It was very nice of you to send the thief (indirectly) the address where they could find your newer works. 'D

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Crumbly Writer


It was very nice of you to send the thief (indirectly) the address where they could find your newer works. 'D


But they're not getting my science fiction stories. Unless they already have, of course ;)

AJ

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

But they're not getting my science fiction stories.

Unless they know where to find them! That's why so many authors take their posting off ASSTR soon after the story finishes posting. Most thieves don't stick around long, so if you don't leave your stories up long, they won't have much chance to steal them (or so the theory goes).

SOL is more secure, but not by a wide margin, simply because it requires a log-in to access the content.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Crumbly Writer


SOL is more secure, but not by a wide margin, simply because it requires a log-in to access the content.


Does that mean the thief has a SOL login?

AJ

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

Does that mean the thief has a SOL login?

Now, it means he likely picked it up from another, less secure site. But I don't know where you might have posted his story. For now, the requirement that you need a legitimate email address is enough of a deterrent to prevent it being an issue here.

ASSTR and many other sites, however, have a reputation as targets for copyright thieves.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Crumbly Writer

SOL is the only place I posted my story so the thief couldn't have stolen it from any other site.

AJ

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

SOL is the only place I posted my story so the thief couldn't have stolen it from any other site.

Then I guess we've got a thief among us! Did you publish the book. Thieves rarely purchase books (unless they're selling printed copies), but I can see someone grabbing a cheap copy and selling multiple copies for a higher price.

Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

I can see someone grabbing a cheap copy and selling multiple copies for a higher price.


especially if it's an e-book

awnlee jawking

@Crumbly Writer

It's only a short story and SOL is the only place I submitted it. I presume the thief's motive wasn't financial gain, unless Literotica pays its authors.

Since it's an unpolished experimental work (like all my stories here), I'm surprised the thief bothered.

AJ

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@awnlee jawking

Since it's an unpolished experimental work (like all my stories here), I'm surprised the thief bothered.


Think of it as a compliment on how good they thought it was!

awnlee jawking

@Ernest Bywater

I've just discovered the 'Settings' option, via which the feedbacker can send themselves a copy of their comments to the feedbackee. I wish I'd found it sooner: it would have made it a lot easier to keep track of authors who aren't interested in having mistakes reported.

AJ

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@awnlee jawking

it a lot easier to keep track of authors who aren't interested in having mistakes reported.


You think that's bad. A few months back someone mentioned I should contact another author about a story they have with the dreaded yellow stripe to offer to finish the story for them, like I did with Shiloh. So I did. A few weeks later the author emailed me to ask what story, naturally, by then I'd forgotten about it, and couldn't even remember which of their pen names they used. I said so, and haven't heard a word since. Good thing I don't have a major investment in it yet.

gemlesgross

@Ernest Bywater

The profile in Literotica only says that he is male from 27 to 32!

gemlesgross

@Crumbly Writer

Sounds like a good idea! Can you tell me how to post a link to Lazeez? Thank you...

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@gemlesgross

Can you tell me how to post a link to Lazeez?


Find the story, copy the URL in the address box, and post it in the body of the email box you have when you click on the SoL Web Master link in the top right corner.

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