This is something that I have spent some time thinking about for the past few weeks. It is something of a desire/pet peeve.
stnylan has a great quote as part of his signature that reads "To view is human, to comment is devine."
It has always been an issue here that people desired comments, and many times felt that they may not be getting them. They wanted to know that their work was read and, hopefully, enjoyed. Without commenting on it - it is rather hard for them to realize either. Both stnylan and myself have written Gazette columns on this. You can read both here and here .
We form a group here - one that really thrives on the idea of the name of this thread. You scratch my back, and I scratch yours. That is how the majority of us have gained readership. Yes, there are "stars" that write such that they need not venture out to others, but most of us need that cross-over action.
Reading time, for most of us, is limited. But it is my notion that if you have time to write, then you have time to read. There are a myriad of brilliant stories, vignettes and game play oriented work that deserve your attention. If you are not giving others that time that you (yourself) desire, then there becomes a disconnect over time. This is my primary concern.
When you are starved for comments, the best way to go about getting them is to go and read other's works. Most times (as it has been in the past) they will come back and read yours. However, I see that some do not practice this. I wish they would. Don't misunderstand me - there are plenty that do. But some choose not to. And they are read...and read well. What I want is to see everyone give the effort to reading other work around here that is given to them.
I have an AAR (which is long and understandable that more people do not come on board.) But I will tell you right now that anyone that has commented on my AAR at least five times has seen me in theirs as well. Would that everyone made the same effort. I don't wish to toot my own horn, but perhaps give an example. If everyone made that effort to comment in AARs of those that made comment in their own, we would never...ever...see any issue in comments.
It's always been an issue, and is less a thought today because of the nature of the area. But as I've looked around, I see certain things that make me think. I want cross-over, yes...and I want people to see their work read. I want to see them get comments so they will keep doing the same great work that I see. Help each other out. Let them know that what they are doing is worth it for you, and for them. Make the choice to give feedback and keep people around. That is the only way this place will grow. I happen to love it, and thus my plea.
Feel free to comment here if you have thoughts on the matter. But better yet - go out and comment on an AAR that is five (or twenty) pages long that you don't really have time to read. Once you've read it, I doubt you'll be disappointed. And neither will the writer!