balder wrote:I'm asking for patience, not advice. I think about Erfworld more or less my entire waking life, and there is probably no suggestion you can make that I haven't considered and dismissed for pretty realistic reasons.
Well, first off, to be clear, it wasn't advice. It wasn't a suggestion. It was a demand. A diplomatically-worded demand, so-written insomuch as 1/250000th of your employer base doesn't have much weight to throw behind a demand, but it was a demand nonetheless. That said, however...
balder wrote:A schedule solves nothing. There are all of a couple dozen of Erfworld's 250,000 readers who have been vocal about this, but those two dozen have done a lot of damage. If we radically change how we update to satisfy those 2 dozen, then we'll get a different 2 dozen complaining about that. Those ones will say how they were "being patient and just waiting for it to go back to 2 a week someday," but now that it's officially once every 9 days, they're canceling their membership. You see?
...this makes perfect sense, and hearing that logic was all that was necessary to shut me up about it. Mind you, I disagree with you, for reasons I won't bother sharing because you've made it abundantly clear that you have no interest in my opinion on the matter, but I can respect that you thought it through and made your decision.
balder wrote:It will continue on an "as we can" basis. Eventually, this will get much closer to what we want it to be, which is at least one page and one text update a week, preferably two of one and one of the other. That will happen, but it will be 2011 sometime. This is the best we can do.
And HEY, a statement of intent and a rough estimate of when you feel it might come together? UNBELIEVABLY reassuring and useful. Never in any of your bottom posts did you ever come close to this level of clarity. "I thought about this, decided against it, this is where I want to be and I'm sure I'm not going to get there before XX." I doubt these complaints would ever have picked up steam or gotten nearly as bad if we'd heard that instead of "sorry, life is hard, deal with it," which is essentially what your bottom posts have amounted to. Unlike the way Tramennis' parley is likely to go, most times communication really /is/ the best solution.
balder wrote:I'm asking you to find something better to do with your time than bitch about this comic's updates, because it can't possibly help and is definitely making things worse. All you do is get me and the other readers upset. It does not lead to things getting better, ever. You just make it that much harder for the people who want to keep posting about story here to have fun.
Complaints and criticisms are the only way anything EVER gets better. If critics didn't whine about what was bad about a movie, no one would ever aspire to make a better one. I don't know if complaining here on the forums made things "better" on the grand scale, but they got your attention and you took a moment to give a clearer insight into your thoughts and expectations so, at least from my perspective, I'm a lot better off than I was before I spoke up. Would you prefer I'd chosen to just ragequit and not come back?
balder wrote:But I know how this goes. I have played it out many times. I just played it out again last night. What happens? Some (even most) people say, "hey it's okay, I understand." And they do. But a smaller number smell blood in the water and attack, sometimes by registering a new account at 3:47 so they can begin calling me a whiny bitch at 3:49 and not let up. And others read that and go "yeah, the author's a whiny bitch," which is why I can't win. Can't be silent, can't deal with it via news posts. And I can't have a dialog here because I am outgunned, and anything I post sounds assholish even to me.
Well, with the exception of telling us to take our advice and STFU, I don't think you've sounded very assholish. And I don't think you're a "whiny bitch". And I KNOW you're not outgunned, because plenty of people would come to your defense if someone /did/ decide to turn this into a personal attack. But yeah, it's true, you can't please everybody, and people reading negative comments are sometimes going to agree with those comments. But the dialog isn't even about what you say, it's about the fact that you're saying SOMETHING. It's far easier to harshly judge a silent, semi-mythical figure (yes, to us little people, authors really ARE semi-mythical at times) than a human being who's part of the conversation.
Now I'm going to respect your wishes and drop the subject. Thank you for addressing it, and thank you for sharing your talent and imagination with us. Hope things are getting better for you.
Someone pass me a kitten?