The problem I have with the melodrama regarding unfinished fics is that ... 1. I didn't mind it when mine had to be completed. 2. I have a couple of dead fics on fanfiction.net. I lost my inspiration. They died accordingly. I don't resent it if they are forgotten because I forgot about them in my heart. 3. Skimming is not the mod's problem. I read a couple of unfinished fanfics for my review articles. I can understand some of the newer ones being unfinished, but how do you review the overall picture of the fic if there is no ending? I try to be very fair in my reviews. I don't (can't) always get to the chapter as soon as it's posted. I keep a mental note of email alerts but sometimes I have other priorities. I get to them when I can. I try to be constructive. Stories with a lot of emotion, whether it's tragedy or comedy, run the risk of falling flat in some areas. Not every episode of The Muppet Show was a runaway hit either. It's not personal, just constructive criticism of the product. I think all the stories I've been reviewing (lately) are great. Trust me, I can understand being protective of one's fic. God knows it depressed me to have reviewers drop my stories after a few chapters (and not just the really really long one, either). Many of those stories (Comeback in particular) came from deep within my soul. That's why I finished it even when I ended up with basically one reviewer at the end. If one truly believes in the story, it doesn't matter whether there's a subsequent pat on the back or not. It has to give the AUTHOR pleasure writing it.