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Date Posted: 09:11:23 11/20/02 Wed
Author: Gyrus
Subject: Re: Things that annoy me about BetterBuffyFics
In reply to: lakrids 's message, "Re: Things that annoy me about BetterBuffyFics" on 15:07:58 11/16/02 Sat

>1) The line "I can't believe this hasn't been recced
>before"

I can't speak for anyone else, but when I said this about Michael T.'s THE TRICK CHRONICLES, I did so because (a) the stories are so damn good, and (b) at the time I rec'ed it, the series was well over 2 years old. Given BBF's huge membership, you'd think someone would have spotted it before then.

>2) The comments stating "It's a Spike/Spuffy/etc fic.
>What else is there?" See 1) for the Universe part.

Gotta agree with that one. I'd have to think, too, that if a reader's focus is so narrow, the fics they rec will tend to be of lower quality, simply because they are fishing in a much smaller pond.

>3) This board. Since its (well meant I'm sure)
>creation this board has been promoted to us by a
>tad too annoying moderator, but it has no definite
>function.

It's a bit on the dead side, that's for sure. But discussion boards are like the stock market -- the more people participate, the more value it has.

>4) Discussion of fics. Except for the recs discussion
>is so scarce that one might say it's non-
>existent. Presumably, this is due to the fact that the
>authors of the fics are subscribed to the
>group and their tender hearts may be shattered into
>million pieces by hearing something
>negative about their work.

IMO, the rules for criticizing a story should be the same whether the author is reading the criticism or not -- be honest, specific, and respectful.

-- Gyrus

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[> [> Re: Things that annoy me about BetterBuffyFics -- Maquis Leader, 18:43:03 11/21/02 Thu


This caught my attention:

> I could
>start with Rec all of stories from TDSOS or Rec all
>the old Halo award winners etc, and all off them could
>you write "I can't believe this hasn't been recced
>before", but I think that most people have read the "I
>can't believe this hasn't been recced before" stories,
>so itís kind off redundant to post a rec for them, I
>think.

It isn't redundant because some of us are new to Buffy fic. I've only been reading it for the past few weeks so what is an old hallowed story for you is something I've never even heard of. Please rec for us newbies!

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