Research Questions about WFG

5 years ago | BrokenOwlProductions (Member)

Hello, my name is Armand. I am a college student studying Mass Communication, and I am researching online communities, particularly those involving web fiction. I would like to ask few questions about the community of WFG. If I can get as many users as possible to answer by Tuesday, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

1. Your Age:

2. Your Gender:

3. Do you read, write, or read and write web serials?

4. Why did you join Web Fiction Guide as a member rather than simply use it as a listing service?

5. Would you consider yourself a light, moderate or heavy site user?

6. How often do you login to Web Fiction Guide on average per week?

7. What role does peer editing play in the community of WFG?

8. What type of social media do you use to keep updated on web serials or to update fans (Twitter, Facebook, RSS, etc)?

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  1. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    1. 40

    2. Male

    3. Read and write, though mostly write

    4. I think you lose something valuable when you use a site as a listing service and don't bother getting involved with the community. I'm pretty new to web fiction, having started in January of 2010, so a lot of the people who post here regularly are a lot more familiar with each other than I am, but I think it's good to be able to interact with a community of people who are doing the same sorts of things, and therefore facing the same challenges, that you are.

    5. I stop by every day, even if just to lurk. Not sure how that rates though.

    6. I log in whenever I post.

    7. I'm not sure what you mean by "peer editing." I haven't had a situation where someone had emailed me with a list of things to fix, nor has my work really been "critiqued" here--there are reviews, but those are more for the readers than the writers.

    8. I use Twitter and Google Plus. I set up a Facebook page for Pay Me, Bug! but it currently has 9 people following it, so I don't think it's as effective as it could be. I also make RSS feeds available for every project so people can subscribe and be notified of updates that way.

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  2. BrokenOwlProductions (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Thank you for you response, ubersoft! Just to clarify, reviewing would have probably been a better phrase than peer editing. In other words, how does reviewing play into the community of WFG?

  3. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    1. Your Age: 42

    2. Your Gender: Male

    3. Do you read, write, or read and write web serials? Read and write.

    4. Why did you join Web Fiction Guide as a member rather than simply use it as a listing service? Because I'm one of the people who was involved in WFG from the beginning and I want to see it succeed. Having a community that comes back for more than just to find stories to read will help with that. More to the point, for web fiction to gain some measure of respect it will probably need a community behind it. WFG is one of the places that such a community could most naturally form.

    5. Would you consider yourself a light, moderate or heavy site user?
    Moderate. I'm not here constantly, but I follow the feeds for the forum and reviews.

    6. How often do you login to Web Fiction Guide on average per week?
    Login? Once or twice, but I can follow the feeds without logging in.

    7. What role does peer editing/reviewing play in the community of WFG?
    It varies. Mostly it allows people to say what they thing about how successfully people wrote their story. Sometimes it actually allows people to learn. There have been times where some people used it primarily as a vehicle for self-promotion (I'll review yours if you'll review mine...), but I haven't seen that in a while--fortunately. I think that's bad for the site.

    8. What type of social media do you use to keep updated on web serials or to update fans (Twitter, Facebook, RSS, etc)?

    Mostly I use RSS feeds, which yes, aren't really social media, but they're decidedly more functional for keeping track of updates. Twitter, and facebook both would result in missing things if you weren't on at the right time--though I do see updates through there.

  4. bensen.daniel (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    1. Your Age: 28

    2. Your Gender: Male

    3. Do you read, write, or read and write web serials?
    I mostly write, but I've made a few friends whose work I try to read. I also listen to podiobooks if they make them available.

    4. Why did you join Web Fiction Guide as a member rather than simply use it as a listing service?
    So I could talk to people and network.

    5. Would you consider yourself a light, moderate or heavy site user?
    Probably light.

    6. How often do you login to Web Fiction Guide on average per week?
    5 times.

    7. What role does peer editing play in the community of WFG?
    I haven't seen any so far.

    8. What type of social media do you use to keep updated on web serials or to update fans (Twitter, Facebook, RSS, etc)?
    Facebook and RSS.

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  5. BrokenOwlProductions (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Thanks everyone for your responses! They gave me a real good feel for how the community of WFG works.

  6. Tim Sevenhuysen (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    1. Your Age: 25

    2. Your Gender: Male

    3. Do you read, write, or read and write web serials?
    I mostly write, but I do some reading here and there. To be honest, I spend more time reading webcomics.

    4. Why did you join Web Fiction Guide as a member rather than simply use it as a listing service?
    Networking with other writers and getting involved in the community is not only a great way to help promote my own work, but also allows me to meet really cool people, I've found.

    5. Would you consider yourself a light, moderate or heavy site user?
    Moderate.

    6. How often do you login to Web Fiction Guide on average per week?
    Five or six times, probably.

    7. What role does peer editing play in the community of WFG?
    I tend to do all of my own editing, but I always appreciate feedback.

    8. What type of social media do you use to keep updated on web serials or to update fans (Twitter, Facebook, RSS, etc)?
    Everything, pretty much. Twitter (@TimSevenhuysen), Google+, a Facebook page...

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