Author has written 8 stories for Harry Potter, Bleach, Fate/stay night, Ranma, Dark Angel, and Glee.
Good day! I am user bydneley, a writer and reader in fanfiction.net since August 28, 2004.
I have noticed that there's been an influx of nasty or demeaning guest comments in ff net these days. These comments are never constructive but meant to tear down a writer rather than help them improve their craft. If a person can be bothered to leave a comment surely it should never be a hassle to register after all it's pretty easy to do so. What do you do with such kind of guest comments, you can't message them, you can't block them and report them. Yes, the writer can remove such reviews but the damage has already been done once the review was already read.
Some writers have quit and left because they couldn't handle the heat. And as a writer and reader myself, it's always a sad event whenever a good story gets abandoned evenmore when another writer says goodbye to our community. It's time that your site starts protecting the writers, we are the lifeline of this site. Without the writers there will be no readers and there will be no ads for you. It has become an unhealthy community. During the purging you are willing to back up anonymous people who report a story with abuse but you do not recognize the kind of abuse that is being utilized by some guest reviewers who are out there to ruin a writer's spirit that may lead to abandonment of a story or worse the writer leaving fanfiction.net for good. There should be no room here for people who do not observe proper netiquette.
It's time to disable leaving of reviews for guests and require them to actually register if they really wanna leave a review, good or bad. It's actually doing more harm than good. Because I can tell you some of the guest reviews will really dampen any writer's spirit. I may not have been the target but as a writer myself, it's easy to put myself in one's shoes. Fanfiction.net has been a haven for aspiring writers and people who just wanna share a story to others who share the same fandom. I don't want these kind of reviewers to prevail and would like to preserve the good community in ff.net that it has always been. Fanfiction.net has helped a lot of authors by providing a place for them to cultivate and share their talent and passion. And we would always be thankful for that but I do hope that you would give more importance to us writers by simply allowing us to communicate or report abuses coming from such kind of readers or people with wretched minds. We cannot do that if they review as a guest so please terminate the guest reviews and require registering or signing in.
A guest reviewer who leaves derogatory review against the writer or other readers is nothing but a work of a coward and a form of harassment. He feels like he can just say whatever to anyone because he cannot be reported or replied to. These kind of people do not know the hardwork that we writers have to come up with just to put up a story and that's kind of treatment that we get, it's just simply unacceptable and totally unfair.
You know the harsh reality is, even with a sea of good comments a bad one will still stand out to the mind of an author. And it may affect him/her. So if you love a story and if you are a fan of an author. Stomp your foot on this kind of treatment and be heard. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @fictionpress, remember we matter.