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A Caution About Public Criticism is a 1998 post by Nascent at alt.tv.x-files.creative.

It highlights the challenges of newly-public online communities against the age-old discussions about feedback. Some topics discussed are "writing to the crowd"—do writers write popular genres or pairings simply for the feedback ratio?—are pseuds training wheels for future things, and hurt feelings and the thin veneer of civilization.

This post may have been, in part, a response to FanFic Misdemeanors According To Us :), an essay with many comments posted the day before. That essay expressed many opinions about the do's and don'ts of writing X-Files fanfic.

For additional context, see Timeline of Concrit & Feedback Meta.

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September 16, 2019

It's time for Stub September!

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Fanlore is proud to announce the return of our regular event, Stub September, which is taking place from 16-29 September 2019.

For the next two weeks, we'll be all about stubs: finding them, expanding them, and creating them. And of course, there are some great badges to be won!

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