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Join Date: Dec 2007
04-26-2011, 12:24 PM
Reviews (good and bad, justified or not) are something EVERY author has to learn to put up with and acept, regardless of the medium. The trick is to know when and how to accept and process valid feedback; as well as how to disregard and ignore feedback you feel is invalid.
Also, NOTHING you write is going to appeal to everyone, period. And if you think - "No, not the one I just finished. Anyone who doesn't five star this jsut doesn't know a good story"; get over yourself, and get your head out of the clouds.
In the end you have three ttypes of response you'll see to any compotent work:
1) Those who really enjoyed it and think it's one of the best things they've experienced.
2) Those who are ambivilent about (they think it's fine, but not really great, and not really terrible.)
3) Those that wondered why you bother in the first place and can't believe you put the worl out for public consumption. (And it could be people who honestly dislike the story or style it was presented in; or even one small aspect or part of yoru story that just really rubs them the wrong way.)
This trick is - you need o accept the above, and as long as you're seeing a majoority of type 1 or type 2 responses, and a minority of type 3 - then you did a decent job; and should be moderately satisfied; and if you're willing, you process the valid feedback and use it to improve your work.
But, you'tre always going to encounter people who again, just won't like it, get it, be annpyed by a single aspect and dislike it based on that, etc. There's no way to avoid it, if you get a large number of people starting to sample your work. Also, if you see a review that you feel mis=represents your story, unless you honestly feel said player migh be doing something malcious or misleading for teh fun of it, it's more likely he could have mis-read something; OR a particular part of your story may not come accross as clearly to te people playing the mission, as it did to you when writing it. When creating and writing stuff, don't ever assume everyone will see things in the same way you do; and some may honestly miss a point you thought was obvious at times.
If you can't accept or get comfortable with the above; then you're most likely not going to be happy overall with any of the stuff you publish for the playerbase at large to use on the Foundry in STO.
(My 'bad review' story - it seems a player who played my mission liked my story, and thought it had potential, but didn't like that his characvter was often refered to by his rank. his commet was that I should have just used "Sir." - his final rating: 2 stars out of 5. And that's the only 2 star I have - the rest of the ratings break down to where if you add the number of 3 star and 5 star ratings I've recieved togeter, that number equals the total amount of 4 star ratings I've gotten to date - so overall, I'm very pleased with the player response.)
* - Oh, and if anyone thinks my posting of the players review comments above violates a forum policy; I'd remind you that ALL Foundry mission review comments are public in te game, and can be seen by any player at any time as long as the mission remains published. And I'm also not discounting the review out of hand, as it was that players opinion, and he has every right to voice his opinion on Foundry content.