longlivefeedback

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Name: longlivefeedback
Owner/Maintainer: Mod Rose and Mod dragonling
Dates: 2017-
Type: Tumblr blog
Fandom: Pan-fandom
URL: https://longlivefeedback.tumblr.com/
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longlivefeedback is a Tumblr blog dedicated to the discussion of fandom feedback culture, and constructive attempts to improve the level and quality of feedback left on fanfiction. The blog is run by two moderators, Rose and dragonling.

The blog's sidebar describes its purpose as follows:

A blog dedicated to discussing feedback culture in fanfiction and exploring features, userscripts, tools, and community initiatives to improve author and reader experience.

The blog originated from a piece of meta entitled 'Feedback culture is dead, long live feedback culture!' which was posted to Tumblr by iguanastevens in December 2017. The essay aimed to address the lack of feedback typically left on fanfiction by its readers, and crowd-source solutions in the form of feature suggestions to AO3. When the project became extremely popular, longlivefeedback was set up as a dedicated blog to publish updates about the feedback project, post and reblog meta on the topic of fandom feedback culture, and answer asks from users about all things related to feedback.

Other meta essays that have since been published to the blog include 'Can I Say This? Culture, Comments and Concern' and 'Why People Don’t Comment: Data and History from the Tolkienfic Community', a guest post by Tolkien fan dawnfelagund.

In addition to the original AO3 feature suggestion project, longlivefeedback spawned a number of projects and initiatives aimed at improving the ease, quantity and quality with which fanfiction readers can leave feedback, including: in-line commenting, the LLF Comment Project, and the LLF Comment Builder.

The mods of longlivefeedback have also run multiple surveys and studies looking into different elements of feedback culture, including a comparison between feedback rates on Fanfiction.net and AO3, and a survey into the different ways that kudos are perceived by readers and writers (a follow-up to a survey by ao3commentoftheday).

Feedback Tools and Initiatives

In-Line Commenting

In-line commenting is an experiment carried out by Mod Rose on Rose's own fanworks, as a way of introducing in-line commenting to AO3. In-line commenting is a means of leaving comments on specific lines of a fanfiction, and is popular on Wattpad. Rose noted that this feature was one of the most popular suggestions in the initial longlivefeedback project Google Doc, and decided to find a way that it could be trialled on AO3.[1]

For the next chapter of their ongoing story, they linked a Google Doc containing the text of the chapter in the author's notes, inviting readers to use Google Docs to leave in-line comments on the chapter. The idea was then to assess how this changed comment interaction with fic, and whether the nature of the in-line comments was different to the standard "end of chapter" comments.

Two and a half weeks later, Rose reported on the results of the experiment - unfortunately, none of the fic's readers had taken the extra step of using the Google Doc to leave an in-line comment. However, Rose resolved to carry on with the experiment regardless, and to report back if there were any breakthroughs.[2]

LLF Comment Project

LLF Comment Builder

Surveys and Research

Feedback Rates on FFN and AO3

The Meaning of Kudos

The Meaning of Kudos was a survey originally run by the blog ao3commentoftheday, another feedback-centric Tumblr blog, which looked at the various different meanings attributed to kudos by users who self-identified as readers of fanfic, writers of fanfic, or both readers and writers.[3]

On 16 January 2018, Mod Rose reblogged the results of the survey to longlivefeedback, and carried out some statistical analysis to determine whether the findings were statistically significant - i.e., whether the results really did indicate a difference in the meaning attributed to kudos by readers versus by writers, or whether it was due to random chance.[4]

On 23 February 2018, the mods of longlivefeedback announced that they would be carrying out a follow-up survey to The Meaning of Kudos, aimed at finding out more about how different users regard kudos, and how this varies depending on whether the user reads or writes fanfic, or both. The survey ran from 23 February to 21 March.[5]

Similar/Related Projects

  • ao3commentoftheday: A Tumblr blog dedicated to highlighting "awesome comments" on AO3 and giving users advice on how to write their own. It also starts, contributes to and signal boosts discussions about feedback culture in fandom, particularly on AO3. The longlivefeedback blog often reblogs from this Tumblr, and vice versa.
  • 101 Comment Starters: A Tumblr post created by dawnfelagund, a member of Tolkien fandom, which provides a series of "comment starters" for readers who might feel anxious or uncertain about leaving comments on a work, to give them a jumping-off point for feedback. The comment starters are designed to be copied and pasted: some as-is, while others have blanks to be filled in. The longlivefeedback project used these starters as a basis for its LLF Comment Builder tool.

References

  1. in-line commenting by longlivefeedback via Tumblr, posted December 31, 2017 (Accessed May 9, 2018).
  2. in-line commenting (2) by longlivefeedback via Tumblr, posted January 17, 2018 (Accessed May 9, 2018).
  3. The Meaning of Kudos by ao3commentoftheday via Tumblr. Published January 15, 2018 (Accessed May 8, 2018).
  4. These results are very interesting, and so I decided to run a couple of tests to determine... by longlivefeedback via Tumblr, published January 16, 2018 (Accessed May 8, 2018).
  5. Kudos Survey by longlivefeedback via Tumblr, published February 23, 2018 (Accessed May 8, 2018).