I mean, the whole "This is my first story, please be gentle with me" thing grates when I see it, but is understandable. Virgins are like that. But I just don't get writing and posting a story, then basically adding on an addendum that screams, "Hey guys, I'm warning you this isn't very good (actually, it may be utter shite) but please read it and tell me you liked it!"
Then there's the stories where the summary pretty much gives away the whole story, its best lines, its raison d'etre--and so, why bother reading the story??
There needs to be a whole teaching module hosted somewhere that goes into the idea of how you present a story is just as important as the story itself, in creating a mood, an impression on the reader...in seducing the reader into wanting to open up the story and get sucked into its world. It's not rocket science, people!
Grump, grump, grump. I have a flat tire that I have to deal with before I can go anywhere today, and my flist delivers me 75% crapola, story-wise, this morning.
<cue music> Where have all the good writers gone?