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The issue with Fanbase-bias and finding good stories in specialized sites

sunkuwan

When you can't find great stories because the fanbase of the dedicated site finds most of the stories on it, a Masterpiece.

The "If you have nothing positive to say, don't post it." mentality is a great contributor to the problem. (And the ability to delete negative reviews from the Author himself)

Except for SciFi/Space Opera, I don't have a favorite genre. I will read something that has an interesting description or is recommended from other people.
So when I read a really good MindControl story, I search for other entries in the genre. But good luck finding something on mcstories or other dedicated sites. Even if the search is passable, the rating or reviews are mostly useless. Everything is the best thing since sliced bread.

I am not a big Superheroes fan but after reading "Worm", I tried to find other similar stories (excluding the same author) .... Yeah, not so much luck in that. Even the Webfictionguide site, that should help with such things is mostly useless, because it is a popularity contest pandering to only a few genres and anything that is a constant serial gets always the top spot, regardless of quality.

SoL is more devise but also has some specific genres that get their fair share of fanbase boosting. Like CoA, DoOver and SciFi.

Ernest Bywater

@sunkuwan

SoL is more devise


I suspect you mean 'SoL is more diverse ..'

There's not much point in mentioning a story just by its name, because it's likely people haven't read it, and thus can't help you. Say a bit about what you're after and people can make a recommendation.

Dominions Son

@sunkuwan

The "If you have nothing positive to say, don't post it." mentality is a great contributor to the problem.


The opposite mentality, "pick every story apart for the smallest flaws" would result in an even bigger problem, a story site with no authors and consequently no stories.

The authors who post to free story sites are amateurs, they don't have the resources for the kind of professional editing that the dead tree publishers provide.

You can have free stories or you can have literature quality stories. You aren't going to find a site that provides literature quality stories for free.

You get what you pay for.

Replies:   Michael Loucks
Michael Loucks

@Dominions Son

The authors who post to free story sites are amateurs, they don't have the resources for the kind of professional editing that the dead tree publishers provide.

You can have free stories or you can have literature quality stories. You aren't going to find a site that provides literature quality stories for free.

You get what you pay for.


Funny thing about decently-sized fanbases - you get a lot of help with editing and can publish near-error-free text if you have a base of early readers.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Michael Loucks

Funny thing about decently-sized fanbases - you get a lot of help with editing and can publish near-error-free text if you have a base of early readers.


Assuming your fanbase's spelling and grammar aren't worse than your own. :)

Replies:   Michael Loucks
Michael Loucks
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@Dominions Son


Assuming your fanbase's spelling and grammar aren't worse than your own. :)


Or they have very different views of grammar rules (prescriptive versus descriptive).

Or worse, they speak something they call English which appears to be a foreign tongue with all kinds of strange spellings and word usage, despite allegedly being the same language you speak! :-)

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Michael Loucks

Or worse, they speak something they call English which appears to be a foreign tongue with all kinds of strange spellings and word usage, despite allegedly being the same language you speak! :-)


Wat do u speak ov wid dat. U r wrong.

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