Both of these points have been brought up countless times, but it never hurts to reinforce the notion. I have not heard much in the way of complaints about comments lately, and that is terrific! But I wanted to make sure we did not fall into some bad habits, so I thought I might reiterate these thoughts for anyone who may not have heard or thought of them before.
The best way to gain readAARs is to branch out and read other people's work. We generally practice a quid-pro-quo type atmosphere here, and there is no better advertisement than a comment in someone else's AAR. Especially if your own AAR is listed in your signature. Plus, reading other work will always be a benefit to see what works and what does not.
And more importantly, one of the best ways to keep readAARs is to make sure you respond to the feedback they give you. Just as a writAAR wants feedback on their work, so too does a commentAAR have some desire to see the response to what they might have said in your AAR. It may sound silly, but it is true. And think about it - is there harm in such? I can't see it. It seems only proper that if one makes comment on your work (that you certainly desire, one would think), then you should repay the favor by at least acknowledging that effort and thanking those that took the time to do so.
Not a soapbox, folks. Just a friendly reminder so you have the best readAARship that you could possibly have. Call them (as I so often do) my own two ducats.
And feel free to offer your own thoughts on this. However, be warned - this thread is likely to self destruct within five days time...Hello, chief?