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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

A New Art Travesty ~ Frodo and the Enamoured Woman....

Posted on 2006.03.25 at 18:54


mechtild at 2006-03-26 06:17 (UTC) (Link)
Mews, I took out my long reply,. You still will have it on your notification of reply email, but after I posted it, I thought it sounded awfully presuming, especially since I never had read your fic.

I apologize. :)
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mechtild at 2006-03-26 15:17 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank you, Mews. When I write, I am not always sure how my "attitude" comes across, since there are no emoticons to help express what a voice and hand gestures and facial expressions would. When I read back over it, I worried that it sounded, I don't, critical in a back-handed sort of way, which I didn't mean.

Thanks for reassuring me
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mechtild at 2006-03-26 18:27 (UTC) (Link)
Aprilkat and I have talked about that very thing sometimes, and how it can be difficult to interpret things we write, since we can't see the face of the person we're talking to.

When I first came onto the messageboards (now over two years ago), I remember scratching my head over the use of all the smilies. Were posters silly or something? But then a very wise discusser of LotR told me, the newbie, that the use of smilies did just what we have been talking about: they helped express the writer's emotional tone in posts to readers who otherwise could not be expected to know their POV. A smiley injected at the end of a critical comment could signal to the intended reader, "I am differing with you in a friendly manner, I am not trying to bait you." When someone used a rolleyes or a winky face, they made clear they were speaking ironically. I saw her point at once and noticed from then on what a difference their use made in online discussion. Feelings were hurt unnecessarily by neglecting their use, especially on a messageboard like that -- with a gazillion posters most of whom did not "know" each other, and where the argumentation could become very passionate.

But you are right in saying that we two seem to have posted back and forth enough to get a sense for each other's approach. *smooches you back*
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