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Have Feedback Ratios Improved? - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
The Here And Now
Have Feedback Ratios Improved?
When fans began posting their fanfic to the Internet, the number of zine submissions dropped and kept dropping.  One of the reasons writers gave was that by posting online they got more feedback. I don't know how many websites allow you to track who has read your story, but in the case of fanvids, I can track my vid downloads. And the feedback ratio....well it has been less than 1/2 of 1000 percent. In fact, I had one potential viewer send me an angry email because my standard "welcome to my vids and here is the password" message contained the following peremptory language: "And don't forget to send the vidders feedback. Enjoy!"   Apparently I was rude for both demanding feedback and ordering them to enjoy the vids.

Anyhow, the year is 1992 and in the letterzine Southern Enclave,  the editor of  the fanzine Tremor in the Force writes: "I have received 7 LOCs out of the 150 copies sold." (5%)  The editor of Bright Center to the Universe estimated her feedback ratio to be slightly higher, around 10%

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beauregard From: beauregard Date: December 14th, 2013 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)


When I was a newbie, I sent a lot of feedback and it made me many very good friends...that first email turned into a correspondence that sometimes lasted for years. I am still in infrequent contact with some of my favourite writers. A real joy. As time went on I sent less and less especially to writers in zines. Then the time came when I stopped reading in the fandom but continued to buy the zines and download the stores into my collection. Years and years of continued accumulation but no reading so no feedback. I did that also in my first fandom X-Files and more than ten years passed and one day I found myself reading through my accumulation of old favourites and new unread stories. So much time had passed that many of the writers had moved on to new pastures and new email addresses. I have faith that the same will happen in Pros and Starsky & Hutch. I keep saving the stories and someday will be glad I did.

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