[AUTHOR NEVER ANSWERS COMMENTS (Fanfic Flamingo) STOP LEAVING THEM]
It’s not spiteful, it’s just realizing the author never responds and assuming the author doesn’t want them, since I know some authors don’t.
I don’t understand this point of view. There are so many reasons why authors might not respond to comments - no time, would rather produce more than spend precious time responding to feedback, don’t know HOW, don’t want to be perceived to inflate their own comments numbers, social anxiety, etc. - that have nothing to do with not wanting to know that people appreciated their fanworks. If authors didn’t want comments wouldn’t they turn them off? (Granted, that’s assuming they’re posting on a journal.)
When I comment, I’m not trying to engage in a converstion with the author. I’m saying “Thank you for taking the time to produce a fanwork that brought me joy.” The author gave me something, I give them something in return, and I never expect that I will be thanked for it. In my mind, they’ve already done their part.
That’s just how I function though. Clearly YMMV.
I do freelance work now and then, so I go from having gobs of free time to very little when I get a job with a tight deadline. I’m sure I’m not the only one in a situation like this (for students, it would probably be assignment deadlines; stay-at-home moms have kids who need more attention at various times; and for full-time workers— who knows how they find time to write in the first place!) I’d hate to think commenters feel snubbed because writers have RL responsibilities.
And I have social anxiety. It fluctuates. Sometimes I’ll feel pretty decent and even gregarious, and answer every comment that hits my inbox. More often I feel awkward about responding. It has nothing to do with the commenters and everything to do with my brain chemistry on whichever particular day.
I suppose I could go back and answer comments on the days when I’m “up” but I feel it would be weird for commenters to get replies as much as a month later when I finally have a good day, and I know a lot of people don’t expect answers to comments at all, so the motivation is low. Also, my less-social-anxiety days also tend to be my more-up-in-general days and I try to capitalize on that energy by spending it on writing and RL stuff.
I appreciate comments and kudos a lot. I hope my issues don’t obscure that fact.