I know that we aren't supposed to question downvotes, but I recently posted a SCP, and right when i posted it, it already had a -3 rating. I thought people were supposed to read the SCP first, BEFORE downvoting. It makes me really sad to see this happening. As a semi-new user, I find the very discouraging, especially because of the amount of time that I spent on that SCP. I think i'm not that thinks this. What do you think? Has this happened to you?
What you're seeing are downvotes for basic "first glance" problems. I'd seen enough issues by making it to the fouth paragraph (about five seconds into reading it) to downvote. Reading the rest didn't win me back.
I thought people were supposed to read the SCP first, BEFORE downvoting.
I downvoted about a few sentences into your containment. The clinical tone needs work ("an individual"… what? Human individual? Animal? Does any individual work? Plus you've got a couple casual phrases usually more suited to colloquial language, like "taken off at any point"), the image used is enormous and took awhile to load, you have an unnecessary space after a footnote, you have containment procedures that shouldn't be in a footnote… and so on.
A few seconds can be all it takes to gauge reaction. That's why it's so important to get feedback before a mainsite post, especially from people who have read a ton of SCPs in their time on the site.
I'm just trying to say that, for new users like myself, who sometimes spend days of non-stop work, it is very crushing to see that after spending days on an article, within the hour it is already started the phase of deletion. Or you post a draft, and get literally only one person who responds. I know that people aren't paid to review and critique drafts, but if you are a new user and you write 10 SCP's that all get deleted, I think it would be very unlikely to have that person post again for fear of deletion.
Example 1: http://www.scp-wiki.net/forum/t-1978802/scp:hooded-nightmare
You waited exactly one (1) day. Crit takes a while, and you need more than a day's worth of patience. In fact, most experienced users work on drafts for days, weeks, months before posting. There is zero reason to rush into it.
I have waited longer on other occasions, but to no avail only 2 critiques on that one
Have you tried going to the IRC chat and asking if anyone would mind looking it over? As previously stated, the forums can move kind of slowly, so if it's taking too long to get feedback, try asking in #site19.
Given that there are other writers on the forums waiting for other critiques as well at pretty much any given time, it's a good idea to try the IRC chatrooms and/or message experienced site members for further reviews.
if you are a new user and you write 10 SCP's that all get deleted
…then you haven't figured out that you're doing it wrong.
I've been contributing since early 2015, but I was able to figure out what I was doing wrong after my first draft got torn to shreds. I never published it because I realized it was flawed, went back to lurking and reading to see what works more, and then got inspired to write my first tale, and soon afterward, my first SCP. I got feedback on both, and received generally lukewarm reviews, no one saying there was a big problem, I asked on chat, all over the place.
But the big thing was research. It was taking the time to understand what worked and what didn't. It meant knowing how to prevent my own SPaG mistakes. Honestly, it was because I took all sorts of time to figure out what people wanted to see and how it was structured that I was able to write something that was successful. People will say there is no first SCP curse, and there really isn't. A lot of successful writing comes from having an understanding of what the audience wants to see, and knowing how to deliver that. That can take a while to write, but it can take even longer to conceptualize.
Crit is not an event. It is not "crit this, I'll make the changes then post." Crit is a process.
You get an opinion, you edit. You wait.
YOu get another one a few days later, you edit, you wait.
This could take weeks, but the point is, very few things start off in a good state.
Part of the challenge is that we're a microfiction website, so people think short = fast. It's the opposite. Because you only really get a few paragraphs to get your point across, you need to make sure that every word has a place and that none of them are detracting from your article.
The problem isn't that we're not reading. The issue is that we are reading, and we see things which immediately disqualify your article from living on the wiki.
As a personal note, I can generally tell within the first two sentences of tone of the description if your article should be downvoted. Not because I'm a dick, but because I've read a lot of skips.