I can assure you that in Fictionaut, people don't post comments to stories in great frequency. I've seen one story posted there with over 200 views and only 5 comments overall. And if a comment does happen, well to heed the warning of Jack M. Bickham's The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes' Chapter 30: Don't Take it to the Club Meeting. That's not to say that posting up a story on the internet is a bad thing, it is a good thing, but the point the author tried to make was that the people in said club meetings don't provide constructive and helpful criticism. There are some people who write, never get published, and try to talk like experts to other prospective writers who try to meet their own success. Some may be jealous if the work and story is good. It is subjective and as one Fictionaut member told me, a writer has to trust his/her instincts. I was aware of Bickham's warning but I did not take heed in Fictionaut because I kept reading comments from other stories that were positive to those writers.
I really needed to know from someone, if my writing style was bad, if my grammar was incomprehensible, if my storytelling and characters were flat, but no what I get is, 'there's too much details in your story and you should go to another website that specializes in detailed stories'. The last I check you need to write details in some compacity for readers to know what's going on in the story. And unfortunately I can't remove that comment unless I Delete my Short Story and re-post it in Fictionaut. Which would then reset the View counters to 0 and with all the other Short Stories and chapters from Arcana Magi Universe having between 22 and 58 views, it would confuse people who would be interested as to why that Short Story has 0 view and the rest have a lot more.
I openly admit, I have been writing since 1999 and have struggled to get published in the houses. This is primarily due to my content editors felt were not marketable, they liked my writing but felt that readers would not read the type of stories I had written. But I kept writing, I kept training, I kept learning, and did a lot of content research so I can be a better writer. The advice I give is based on what I experienced first hand. I don't go around to a topic that I did not experience like say, if the topic is on a rock and roll story. I don't know rock and roll, so what does my uneducated advice on rock and roll say about me.
That is why now I prefer not to seek short random comments. I favor Web Fiction Guide because I know that the people write reviews, which is part of the territory in media, and I trust will give good constructive critique of my work, that will allow me to see the totality of where I stand as a literary writer. If I have to improve in certain areas, if my grammar is bad, or my story falls flat on its face, I know can do it wither for I am writing currently or for the next story I write. The last thing I want is someone with "professional experience" or "professional knowledge" come to my face and say my work is good keep it up, creating this false sense of confidence while everyone in his/her group and people outside their circle snicker, laugh, and say my work sucks, give it up, thereby making a fool out of me.
After having having read that little comment about their problem with my detailed work, I kept going and made the Arcana Magi Group Page. I don't give up so easily and I'll always train hard. Training hard in writing is the best thing you could do.