OK so (rant)
The richest thing I’ve ever been told, via an anonymous comment on my fic on AO3, was that I “tricked” them into reading my fic because I didn’t tag properly, and that it was “duplicitous” and they shouldn’t have to fight with someone over basic tagging (though they made sure to add how ‘out of character’ my whole fic was, despite the fact that it’s based off of a prompt that’s - from the get go - literally not canon. They even mention that they know this comment is a moot point because of the fact that it’s based off of a non-canon prompt, but yet still felt the need to tell me anyway).
I’ve never been so annoyed.
Listen, people - I don’t want to sound whiny, or like I can’t take criticism. I’m not a professional, and I certainly have a lot to learn (to put it mildly).
However, if you don’t like something, instead of reading the whole thing and then leaving a rude comment, pretending to dress it up like you’re leaving ‘constructive criticism’ (which, may I add, was never asked for nor encouraged) despite the fact that it was all personal opinion with no actual constructive components involved, just…. don’t. Close out of the fic. Walk away.
I totally get that it’s not for everyone, and every single person is allowed to have their opinion. But there’s no reason to be rude to an author because you don’t like what they wrote, or because you feel that each individual plot point should be tagged.
(Like I’m not even joking - they are legitimately mad that a voyeur/exhibitionist tagged fic had these elements involved in it.)
The beauty of being an adult on the internet is when you don’t like things, you can just walk away from them. Or, hey, if you really just feel the need to leave your comment, because you really want the whole world to know how you feel about it, maybe spend the extra four seconds to pretend to be a decent human and make it actual concrit.
I dunno, man. Just some food for thought on this lovely Sunday evening.