Saturday, March 4, 2017

New Poll

I've noticed that almost every caption has at least one or two ratings of "Bad Writing".  In the interest of improvement, I put up a poll so I can try to figure out why those ratings are given.  The choices are as follows:

Poor Structure - I think this is pretty self-explanatory, but basically, choosing this means that you didn't like the narrative structure of the story.

Poor Grammar - Again, this is pretty self-explanatory.  I don't think I write with poor grammar, but I have noticed a few typos here and there.

Not my Taste - Choosing this means that you don't like the specific type of caption it is.  Maybe you don't like forced feminization or that's all you like (or any number of other types).

Other - You have another reason.  If you choose this, I'd appreciate some elaboration in the comments section of this post.

I'm just trying to narrow down any issues you all may have so I can try to fix them (if it's something that's fixable).


21 comments:

  1. i havent posted bad writing but i wish for more that wish for their transformation. almost all i see are forced and the ones that want it seem to be androgynous compared to beautiful. i love the work you do with modifying the images but i would love to see more amazing trans women that are happy.

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    1. I'll keep that in mind as I write the next batch of captions. Keep in mind, though, that happy people rarely make compelling protagonists. There needs to be some conflict, and in this genre, that conflict usually is that someone is forcing the protagonist into feminization.

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    2. I prefer the forced aspect myself.

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  2. Congratulations Nikki.
    You've become so successful you've attracted some tame trolls who hate everything about the whole TG scene but appear to be drawn to it "against their will".
    You're never going to be able to satisfy them so don't try.
    Carry on as normal with the usual high quality caps/stories.
    My one minor gripe with a few of your caps is that the tormented sissy/shemale, etc doesn't suddenly say "Nope, I've had enough, UZI 9mm!!!!!!"

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    1. I'm not quite as cynical as that. I'm sure there are people out there who would do such a thing, but I'd hope that it wouldn't happen all that frequently. I think that it's mostly people who just don't like the theme of an individual caption, but the whole purpose of this is to get constructive criticism so that I can get better. If it doesn't result in any concrete information, then it's not really a big deal. I'll just chalk it up to trolls, like you said. But if people give me actual reasons for clicking "Bad Writing", I can maybe make some small changes to put out a better product.

      However, I will say that it's really, really frustrating when, in the poll, people vote for "other", but don't leave any sort of comment specifying what that "other" is. Comments can be anonymous, so I don't understand why someone wouldn't want to specify what the issue is.

      Whatever the case, it's a relatively small number of people who rate the captions poorly, so it's not a huge deal either way.

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  3. I think your writing skills are superb! They set you apart. The photo manipulations are incredible so together your work is off the hook!
    (First time commenter long time reader)

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  4. Your writing is often excellent. The image is what is often not. For me, the image makes or breaks the entire allure of the caption. My advice is to use more images that involve models with cute clothes and accessories. That's key. Partially clothed models are way better than completely nude models, in my opinion. A lot of trans girls, sissies, crossdressers... you name the identifier, are majorly attracted to feminine clothing and accessories. It's the big reason I often enjoy your longer caption stories, way more than your solo caps. Also, use far less uncircumcised penis photoshops. Very few people want to see a disfigured looking little worm or flap of misshapen skin dangling there. I get it that you want the models to have small dicks, but let's not make them look like they're all from third world countries who don't get their cocks cut. It should never be comically small, which is what you've got going most of the time. The more you lean toward realism, the better it will be.

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    1. I have little interest in using clothed models because the primary reason I still do this is because I like to modify the photos. Without that, I would have quit doing this a LONG time ago. If you're looking for something like that, there are literally dozens (if not hundreds) of caption sites that feature fully clothed models. That's not what this is; nor will it ever be the focus.

      The uncircumcised penises are kind of necessary. The fact of the matter is that there are far more of those floating around the internet than the clipped variety (especially when you narrow it down to small and flaccid), which means that I'm able to get the right angles, shadows, etc. I don't particularly care one way or the other (I'm not certain everyone shares your disdain for them, though), but if that seems to be a general consensus, I'll certainly try to use them less often.


      As to the size, I agree that sometimes I go overboard. It's a fetish of mine, and I let that kink infiltrate the work. Given that, I don't know how much it'll really change, but I'll keep it in mind. I will say, though, that a lot of the time, the penises are almost identically scaled to the source photos.

      Thanks for the feedback, and I'll try to keep it in mind when I start modifying the next batch of photos.

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    3. I said "partially" clothed. Not completely clothed. And, the primary reason you do this is because you like to modify the photos? Go get a job doing minor photoshop work for a graphic design company or something, then. You're asking for feedback, albeit about the writing, and yet firmly state "That's not what this is; nor will it ever be." Counterproductive to requesting feedback. There's an allure to a girl who isn't totally naked yet. A mystery. You don't comprehend this simple facet of arousal for some reason. There has to be somewhere to go from there. You start with total nudity, and the viewer's mind is starting at the finish line. That's never good. Finally, your statement about there not being enough pictures of cut cocks to work with is just plain silly. There's more than enough. Way more than uncut cocks for absolute certainty. Again, lean toward realism, rather than science fiction.

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    4. I understand what you're saying. I really do, so there's no reason to get so frustrated. I certainly didn't intend to get you so riled up with my reply. Rather, I was offering reasons for why I do things the way I do.

      Again, I'll say: the sorts of images I use will not change. I like using nude models because modifying the photos appeals to me. That's not going to change if I "go get a job doing minor photoshop work for a graphic design company". My site. My time. My rules. If I don't enjoy it, I'm not going to do it. If that says I don't understand a simple facet of arousal, then I suppose I'm broken (which if that's the case, isn't going to change either). Again I say - if you're looking for something that primarily features clothed models, this site probably isn't for you.

      It's not that there aren't enough circumcised penises. I'm sure there are. But it's harder to find the right ones. Whether you want to believe that or not is irrelevant. I've searched, and that's my assessment. But like I said in the previous comment: if it seems to be the general consensus (that people don't like uncircumcised penises), I'll try to use them less often. If that's not good enough for you, I'm sorry.

      I think the problem you're running into here is that you think I've got an endless supply of time to devote to this. I don't. It takes a lot of time to find the right photos, to put them together in a fairly believable way, and to write a story associated with those photos. What you're suggesting is that I either use all of that time on something I don't like (clothed models) or add more time to it by searching for what you think it should be (circumcised penises). If your opinions were the general consensus, I'd certainly consider it. After all, I'm not going to keep putting out content that no one likes. But the fact of the matter is that it seems like you're the ONLY one with these issues. If I change everything to fit what you want, I'm sure quite a few people will ask, "Why don't you just do it like you used to do?"

      I ask for feedback, but I'm not going to change the fundamental theme of my work. I'll make minor changes for taste, sure, but the general ideas are going to remain the same. I'm going to primarily use nude models. I'm not going to focus on magic-based changes. I'm not going to start creating photos of girls with arm-sized dicks (just an example; I know that's not what you're asking for). If you're looking for something that's COMPLETELY different from what I've done in the five years since I started doing this, you're probably looking in the wrong place.

      Maybe that makes me stubborn. Or a jerk. But I refuse to devote hours upon hours to this, doing something I don't like or believe in. I'd rather just not do it at all than do that.

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    5. You are not a jerk, and certainly not stubborn. In fact, it is very cool that you understand what you want and when the auditory crosses the line between suggesting and demanding.
      Some people think that if you invite them to tell you where you could do better, you also invite them to tell you how to do your job from the very beginning. It's like if you produced some chocolate bars and asked, if you should do a version with 5% more cocoa, and someone told you "you should make icecream instead, because i like icecream and dont like chocolate".
      Also, there is also the kind of people who think that "give me some criticizm" is an invitation to hit you.
      It's nice to see that you are immune to them, really.
      I personally have my own tastes, and could suggest you how to accomodate em better, but i dont; i understand that you are not obliged to please me.
      Anonimous from 3:49 AM with ¤-symbols.

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  5. My one and only problem with your writing is every so often there will be a minor spelling mistake. It's nothing major, and it doesn't keep me from enjoying the caption, it's just a minor annoyance.
    All in all though, excellent work!

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    1. Yeah - those generally happen when I just type right into Photoshop (no spell check). It's the result of laziness.

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  6. I rarely use the "bad writing" button. My causes are usually:
    ¤ Story sounds too unbelievable (i fully understand that they are ALL fantasies, so they are all not real and probably will never be and shouldn't be, but my source of pleasure is when i can, for a moment, believe in the story at the same time as i imagine myself in the place of it's hero, so when i can't believe the story for me happens nothing. I don't want to upset you, sorry if it sounds sad. Usually the problem with believing comes from something like "if it was a living person, even if we assume some things which usually can't happen in real life can happen here, that person would never ever react like this/choose this option etc".
    ¤ Story involves some kind of behavioral hardcore. By that i mean that im totally okay with an idea of forced feminization and other involuntary things, but the more involuntary the scene is the more its hero should deserve it. I appreciate when the hero has inner desire which he doesn't acknowledge - it is still forced, but i guess you understand what i mean. The problem starts when the story is violent to a hero for no reason. By that i mean violence against personality. If a hero starts to like it in the process or in the end - it is more or less okay, but i can't empathize a story which does really violent things to a hero for no reason making him only suffer. I don't want to imagine myself on his place.
    Maybe it is more of a tastes matter, but still.

    I also want to tell one more thing. All buttons are subjective and reflect tastes. "Great writing" is as much about tastes as "Bad writing". And of course sometimes you do captions people like and sometimes you do captions the same people dont like. Not because they are bad, but because those people have their tastes. And its okay.
    I even find it offensive when one of previous commentators told that people who use "bad something" buttons are tame trolls. I was given this option to speak so you could know and improve. Not to be silent and never use it.
    You are doing great job, and i'm here because i like it more times than not.

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    1. That's a fair assessment. The problem is that it's a fine (and difficult) line to walk, especially in the space of a caption. Making a protagonist bad enough to deserve it but good enough for the reader to sympathize with isn't the easiest thing to do. I've actually given that problem a lot of thought, and I've toned down the inciting incident for a few of my longer captions, just because I don't want the reader to lose their connection with him.

      Like I said with my comment to the reader you mentioned, I don't think it's just "trolls". Sure, maybe there are some, but I don't think a troll would be dedicated enough to visit this site every single day to click one of the negative buttons. The whole point of the rating system is to give feedback, so that I can see which captions "work" and which ones don't. It's working mostly as intended, but I wanted more information - your comment being exactly what I'm asking for. So, thank you for the criticism. I'll try to keep it in mind as I write future captions.

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  7. I have never given a comment of "bad writing". I just move on. As for bad art, I have some that I do not like which may fall into that category. Like preggies for example. I only given a "bad art once. Usually you have interesting comments for interesting and/ or beautiful photos. Perhaps you have a worm that you put a crimp in his panties. Keep up the great work.

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    1. I guess my issue is (and has always been) when people categorize something as "bad" when they just mean that it's contrary to their taste. When I criticize something, it's generally for objective reasons. If it's just not my taste, I tend to move on, thinking that it simply wasn't written for me (or people with my taste). For example: there are a lot of people out there who LOVE Terrence Malick's movies. They're objectively beautiful films, but I don't personally like them. That doesn't mean I think they're "bad". I simply don't enjoy them.

      Whatever the case, the poll is doing its job. I'm figuring out what people like/dislike about my writing, and I've learned that a lot of it isn't something I can (or am willing to) change. I can't please everyone's tastes, but I can try to make the product as polished as I can.

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  8. As I said before, you can't please everyone. Why bother? You said it yourself that you only get a handful of negative votes. Those are the people that down-vote pretty much everything. It's better to focus on what you do that the majority of your audience likes.

    Let the naysayers fall by the wayside.

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    1. Ah - but that's way too logical. My insecurities simply can't abide the application of reason. Seriously, though - even one negative comment/review/rating makes me rethink what I could have done better or differently. My writing isn't reactionary by any means, but I do think about it. If only everyone who clicked on "Bad Writing" or "Bad Art" could elaborate on those opinions, it would be way more helpful.

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    2. I learned not to care what others think. I do what I do and if people don't like it, tough. I spent years creating the real me. Hormones, a bit of surgery, everything but the final snip and I still get a small handful of people telling me I could look better. I just ignore them and move on with the people that love me for me.

      Your writing and artwork is great. You'll never please everyone because some people have standards that are completely unrealistic.

      You should only do something about it when the bad votes outweigh the good. Then and only then will a change be called for. :-)

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