Topic Love Poems - number of views
13 Dec 2013 07:29
I had something similar happen elsewhere with an illustrated story once.
What had happened was that someone had posted it to a Yahoo group and direct-linked the images in the copy of the story. Since they were stored locally on my server, I was able to see the unexpected traffic and its source.
There's a fairly good chance someone has posted a direct link to the audio file elsewhere ( perhaps copy-pasting the text ) which would by-pass the view ticker here on Lush.
Seriously though, the audio is over 40 mins long - I doubt anyone would listen to my mutterings twice in a row?
Just seems odd that there doesn't seem to be any correlation between story and audio views?
Topic Altogether I've already had enough of alright
29 Nov 2013 23:01
I use it occasionally in dialogue. ( No idea if it's used in anything posted here so far )
To me, it's in the same category as "ain't" and "y'all". At least around where I'm from, it's often a single word when spoken ( sounding more like "ul-right" ) and when that's what it sounds like coming out of the character in my head, I use it.
I've seen it used that way in traditional dead-tree fiction as well.
Most of the time, I simply avoid the phrase. It's only when the characters demand it that it goes in.
Topic Monty Python - Did you find it funny?
22 Nov 2013 05:05
I met my wife through Python LOL
Loved them ever since I stumbled across them years ago. Spent a lot of time tracking down cassettes and VHS tapes in the 90s, as they were far from common where I'm from. Now I've finally got the box set with every episode on DVD. Python is a regular part of my balanced diet.
Topic "Oh God" or "Oh god"?
17 Nov 2013 20:50
I don't, because experimenting with both has proven to me that dropping the caps results in less blowback from two types of readers:
Militant non-believers who are offended by capitalizing the name and thus bestowing 'legitimacy'
Believers who consider using the name blasphemy, and seem to be a great deal more offended by blasphemy when you use the capitalized version.
On the flipside, since I've made this decision years ago, the only person who regularly says anything about the caps is my editor. I can't think of a single instance where a reader has commented on the lower-case G, while I had a half dozen or so complaints about it when capped from those two camps.
For the same reason, I've all but dropped "Jesus" from my characters' exclamations of passion, and I avoid having 'god' appear at the beginning of a sentence if at all possible to avoid the necessity to capitalize it in that instance.
Sometimes, my characters demand the first word of sentence position, and I don't argue with them when they do. Compared to having it capped elsewhere, I've seen no commentary about it capped at the beginning of a sentence.
Topic Female Avatars: Higher Scores?
03 Nov 2013 09:10
While the AVA may attract attention, it's only an extension of the "Sex: Female" part of the profile.
There are guys hoping to cyber or hook up. If they don't know it right from the outset, they soon enough learn that voting and leaving comments get the attention of an author. It may not get them to first base, but it gets their foot in the door.
Most guys would rather have a sexy woman tell him a story than a guy. They're going to gravitate toward females, and a female avatar is the first signpost. If it's a sexy one, that's even better. If it seems like it could be a real pic of the author, even better. If there are pics in the profile that seem to back up it's the author - jackpot!
Female authors - on average - tend to flesh out the characters more in their stories. There are only so many ways to write "insert tab A into slot B" and it quickly becomes bland unless there's more to the story than the fucking. Women do that more frequently on average than male writers. So for people here to read and be turned on, they're going to gravitate toward females ( and female avas )
It makes a difference, but it's not all about the picture itself. There are deeper reasons, and they're not all shallow or conscious.
Topic You may notice the votes on stories changing
21 Sep 2013 06:33
Noticed it as well when a couple of new(ish) stories plummeted.
I leave my voting wide open, so I expect it, really. There are always going to be people trying to game the system for one reason or another.
Topic Site Outage
07 Sep 2013 13:44
Not complaining :) Just figured I'd point it out, in case the information was useful to Gav or anybody else checking the thread.
Topic Site Outage
07 Sep 2013 07:38
Timeline is still throwing an error for me as well.
Topic Copyright Law and protecting your work
03 Sep 2013 20:45
9Erotica actually will take down the stories posted without permission if you can manage to find the contact links on the site. Posting comments on your work pointing to where it actually can be found will do the trick as well -- eventually.
Compared to the average story-stealing site, which is typically based in China or a former Russian satellite state and is nothing more than a vehicle for ads ( and sometimes malware ) it's among the least offensive.
One thing everyone needs to remember and not delude themselves about is copyright protection in the U.S. While you do have a copyright as soon as you produce the work, you can't bring anything to court unless you have a formal copyright filed with the U.S. copyright office. In other words, you have zero real legal standing without that formal copyright.
Even with a formal copyright, it's nearly impossible to persuade a court you've been damaged when the theft happened from a site where you posted the work for free.
That being said, most people don't understand that, and asserting your copyright with proof of where it was originally posted with your permission and a formal DMCA takedown is sufficient to encourage some interested parties to take action, provided you can find them and they aren't accomplices in shady activity.
Moral Suasion is also a factor. Amazon has been known to wipe out collections of stolen work when reported. They have no legal obligation to do so, and I'm sure they actually understand that, but they still do it when provided sufficient information to demonstrate the theft and a formal DMCA notification.
Don't think you're getting back any of the profits the thief made off your work, though.
The hard and simple truth is that once you release something into the wild of the internet, you lose control over it. The odds are better than not that someone is going to steal it in some way, shape, or form. You'll spend all your time chasing those thieves down their rabbit holes and never get any writing done if you stress too much over it.
Undoubtedly, people are going to argue with this *laugh* Someone always does. I did myself before taking the time to research, and being guided in that research by a long-published mainstream author and professional editor.
If you want to be depressed, take a reasonably unique line from the first few paragraphs of something you've written and put it in a Google search in quotes, so the search is looking for that exact series of words.
Just don't click any of the links that it finds unless you have iron-clad malware protection.
Topic Incest stories vs all other genres
15 Jul 2013 00:43
The question was why there are so many incest stories, and that's why. Supply and demand. If there weren't people lining up to read it, there wouldn't be that many people writing it.
Why is there such demand? Myself, I think it's because so many other kinks have been mainstreamed or at least put into saturation in internet porn. People are desensitized and need more of an edge to get the excitement factor they need.
"I'm so bored with bondage gangbang bukkakke..."
Topic Incest stories vs all other genres
15 Jul 2013 00:24
Simply put - it sells.
When you toss bait like the sort of numbers incest draws in front of authors, the temptation to bite is very strong. It's not as prevalent here, but in other places, any incest story can draw 10x the views, votes, and comments of most other stories without even trying.
I've always joked that you could slap a title with "mom" in it on a direct transcription from the phone book and get more views than half the stories in your list put together.
It's also easy - in a way.
Unless you're writing pure sex vignettes, you have to develop at least a little relationship between your characters. With incest, that comes pre-installed and understood without typing a word.
You also need to have some sort of conflict and tension. Once again, that comes pre-installed in a myriad of forms.
When there's a vast demand, supply is going to follow.
Topic What do guys think about girls who like to have sex with multiple men at the same time?
12 Jul 2013 00:15
I think you're going to get disproportionately positive responses to this question here in comparison to the general public.
You're more likely to encounter open-minded men here for one thing, I should imagine.
Because of the level of openness on Lush in general, the number of guys who will admit not being comfortable with it is going to take a nosedive, for fear of looking like the odd man out, reducing the potential number of cyber-partners, etc.
Taken to the general public in a less friendly environment, the "slut" side of the scale is going to have a lot more weight on it than you'll see here.
To me, the question is too broad. It depends upon the woman. Some would indulge the desire while making every reasonable effort to ensure it's mutual fun for all with no regrets, and I see nothing wrong with that. Others may simply be taking what they want without any regard for who they hurt along the way, and that doesn't sit well with me.
Topic Ratings and comments
09 Jul 2013 23:25
No matter what, the scores are going to skew high ( barring someone having a personal vendetta )
Most people who make it to the end of a story and the voting form are likely to have enjoyed it. Those who don't like it probably back-click before they get there. The number of people who vote on everything they read is probably a fraction of the fraction who vote at all.
I've seen about every iteration of voting control there is. Scripts that remove votes inconsistent with the voting pattern on the story. Algorithms that adjust all displayed scores based upon the mean of stories posted. Dropping the upper and lower X% of votes.
In the end, it's an internet poll, and the most you can hope for is to reasonably mitigate the shenanigans people are inevitably going to engage in. Someone who is determined to tip the scales in their favor or against someone else is going to find a way. You can't stop it.
I leave my voting wide open, but I don't begrudge anyone who chooses to make users explain a low vote with a comment. If it gives them an advantage on front-page/most lists, so be it - even if that's the express purpose for using the feature. When you choose the option to remain open to all voting, you either know or soon discover that it puts you at a disadvantage to anyone requiring comments. If you're here, you certainly know now.
It's your choice. Make it, and let others make theirs
Topic How important is the title?
06 Jul 2013 14:41
It's the first thing a reader sees, in the largest font, so of course it's important. Vitally important, I would say.
Especially in this pen name, my titles tend to be puns, wordplay, or tongue-in-cheek. The title goal has to be to catch everyone's eye and convince them to investigate further, and that seems to do the trick.
Beyond that, unless the title idea tickles me too much to give up, I usually do a Google site-specific search to see if that title already appears on the site. If it does, there's a good chance I'm going to change it. There's an even better chance if it's in the same category where I plan for my story to end up. In my experience, at least some degree of uniqueness helps draw in readers.
The next one I've got in editing double-fails that test, as there's a story with that title in the same category, but falls into the "won't give it up" niche.
Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
22 Dec 2012 07:30
The option to use blockquote ( cite ) as a formatting option on stories would be nice.
It's something I use frequently for letters included in stories, flashbacks, dream sequences, etc. It allows you to set off the text as something different, but causes less eyestrain than italics, and is less intrusive than centering.
Obviously, you wouldn't want the box that surrounds a quote here on the forum, but the offset from both margins is perfect for the sort of things I described above.
The story that just posted today is a perfect example. All the sections in italics and centered in Documentary: Cougar are places I would have used blockquote, if it was available.
Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
28 Feb 2012 18:23
It would be nice to have somewhere to review the full stats of all of our stories. As it stands now, once you go over the number that will display on your profile front page, the only way to see the full stats is to access each story -- and even that only gives you the public average, not the actual average.
Maybe add this information to the Account->My Stories section?