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Thank the Author/Artist

Oct 16, 2007

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: Please only enter your name once. 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.

Update: Recent Thanks are now also listed on the page with Recent Comments, as well as on the sites’ main index pages Recent Additions, Recent Fiction and Recent Pictures.

11 Comment(s)

This is really a cool and thoughtful feature. Thanks!

dream.in.a.jar    Tuesday 16 October 2007, 15:09    #

You’re welcome sweetie!

Now let’s hope that everybody will start using it! (…but not get so lazy they’ll forget about leaving real comments altogether…)

Iris    Tuesday 16 October 2007, 15:18    #

This is a great idea.

— Candice    Thursday 18 October 2007, 11:24    #

This is a great idea.

I’m very glad you think so. (And hopefully it’s not only appreciated by those who know first hand how wonderful it is to receive any form of feedback, but also by those who only come here to read.)

iris    Monday 22 October 2007, 9:09    #

As a writer who is ever hungry for contact with her readers, I love this innovative idea.

Larrkin    Sunday 2 March 2008, 14:13    #


That’s great to hear – thanks!

(And do let us know if you want to post any of your stories here)

Admin    Sunday 2 March 2008, 14:24    #

Thanks for adding this feature – its perfect for those like me who just read (for the moment, at least…) and are a little shy :)

— ophelia    Sunday 13 April 2008, 20:16    #

Ophelia: great to hear you like it! Though there’s no need to be shy: there’s nothing authors like more than hearing their work is appreciated – even if it’s just a word or two.

And I like the sound of “for the moment, at least”! Do keep reading, for the moment, and keep gathering inspiration as you go ;)

admin    Tuesday 15 April 2008, 10:26    #

Great Idea! It’s the perfect feature for those a bit shy or busy.

Thank you also for developing and maintaining this beautiful designed page- it’s an honor to be hosted at such a noble archive!

— Smirra    Tuesday 6 October 2009, 13:11    #

Thanks Smirra! And it’s an honour to have you aboard!

admin    Wednesday 7 October 2009, 12:41    #

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