Thank the Author/Artist
Authors and artists love feedback. Hearing their work is appreciated motivates them to create more.
But sometimes you’re just too busy – or uninspired – to come up with some witty words of praise. Or perhaps you’re uncomfortable sharing your email address with the author or artist, or maybe you’re more comfortable reading English than you are writing.
That is why we’re now testing an alternative to commenting, not to replace comments, but to sit side-by-side. You’ll see a ‘Thank the Author (Artist)’ heading right below the story (artwork). All you have to do is type your name and click the button. It’s like leaving your name in a guestbook.
Leaving your thanks in this way is less obtrusive than leaving a comment. Authors and artists do not receive email notification of thanks (as opposed to comments), we just hope that next time they wander by there’ll be an impressive list of names of those people who enjoyed their work. We hope that every time you’ve read a story that you enjoyed, you’ll try to remember to leave you name at the bottom, as a small token of your appreciation of the author’s work.
NB: Your browser’s cache needs to be cleared before you can see you name (since your browser will have saved the old version of the page, without your name on), but don’t worry: it’s saved and new visitors will see it right away.
You can bypass the cache and see your name right away by forcing a clean reload: Mozilla / Firefox / Safari: hold down Shift while clicking Reload, or press Ctrl-Shift-R (Cmd-Shift-R on Apple Mac); IE: hold Ctrl while clicking Refresh, or press Ctrl-F5; Konqueror: simply click the Reload button, or press F5; Opera users may need to completely clear their cache in Tools→Preferences.
The archivists will periodically remove double entries, but this is a manual process, so please – trust us to have caught your name the first time!
If you should get a The form has expired. error message, make sure you do not have multiple tabs with stories or pics open. All story and picture pages contain essentially the same form, and some browsers get confused about which form to process if you have more than one open at the same time. Also clicking the ‘Save’ button instead of simply hitting enter can help.
And of course comments are still very welcome!!
Since authors/artists have to drop by to see the list of people thanking them for their work, post a comment instead if you want to be sure your thanks reach their goal.