[HOW DO I (Fanfic Flamingo) UN-KUDOS A FIC?]
That awkward moment.
I’m boggled by the idea that someone wishes they could take back their SINGLE BUTTON CLICK which cost them nothing, the tiniest possible gesture that let the author know their work was appreciated. Why? Because later something happened in the story they didn’t like? So?
All a Kudos means is that you got enough enjoyment out of a story/fanwork to click a button. No one thinks a Kudos means you must love every word and particle of the story, just that you enjoyed something in it and you wanted to say “Thanks for writing that part I liked!” through the tiny gesture of flexing a single finger.
Between AO3 and kinkmemes, it’s easier than ever to be a reader in fandom. You don’t have to go out hunting for every fic, finding individual writers’ websites or newsgroups or Yahoo! groups or Livejournal communities; there’s tons of fic all in one place. You can prompt exactly the story you want to read on a kinkmeme, and have a decent chance that the story will be written to your specifications. That’s great! But I wonder if it’s inculcating a consumer, rather than a participant, mentality in readers. The excitement of “Someone wrote a story about my current favorite characters/world!” becomes “Well, someone wrote a story about my current favorite characters/world, but it doesn’t have my very most favorite tropes or kinks, and it doesn’t exhibit a professional-level quality of prose and proofreading, so I guess I’ll condescend to read it, but I wish I could take back that button-press gesture of appreciation I made. I mean, it’s not like I have an infinite amount of button-presses in me! I have to save those up for the stories that are 100% perfect.”
[DECLARATION OF LOVE HAPPENED (Fanfic Flamingo) OTP SUDDENLY UNABLE TO REFER/SPEAK TO EACH OTHER WITHOUT USING THE PHRASE “MY LOVE”]
love it also when everybody starts speaking in proper English or Shakespearean. Instant back button.
Is it just me, or has the Flamingo been skewing toward sour remarks from readers lately, harping on things they don’t like? It’s kind of a downer.