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January 4th, 2013 (8:52 PM).
If I'm wrong about what you're getting at, feel free to provide an example.
But I think what you're saying is that instead of reviewing like
(sorry, psyanic, but you were the only one I could think of to get any example from!) you mean more like
(sorry, Bay, but you were the only example I could find!)?
Honestly, the "constructive comment" rule wasn't put into place because I was expecting people to post beta-like reviews. It was put in place so that people can know that their fics are being read, as all the reviewer needs to do is just mention something specific about the fic they're reviewing. Like with Bay, she made a few short comments about IceKing's fic. Not a lot of in-depth ones and she never quoted the fic, but he knows that she read his fic because she mentioned something specific about it.
Maybe this will be something to discuss in psyanic's idea here:
Perhaps we could even do something along the lines of "why you should review and how to review."
I know that we do have a reviewing guide in the Writer's Resource thread, but it's kind of buried. And as you said, Phantom, if people know that they don't have to post beta-like reviews, they might be a little more willing to review. Personally, it took me a long while to learn that I don't have to be really detailed in my reviews, and people are just really happy when you tell them that you liked a particular
about their fic.
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