Favourites without comments

Some while ago, I came across a discussion in someone’s journal about why some people might favourite a work without commenting on it, and if this is rude.

As to whether this practice is rude, well, that is a question that everybody has to answer for themselves, and can only answer for themselves.

But I will tell you the reason that I do it. It is because that work has impressed itself upon me so much that I want to be able to come back to it, and I do not have the time, or perhaps the energy or imagination, to leave a comment at that particular moment.

As a related explanation to people on my watchlist whose work I rarely favourite, this is because the body of work in your portfolio has impressed itself upon me so much that I have added you to my watchlist, so that I know where to go back to the whole of your work.

To venture even more broadly into the subject of adding works to my favourites or artists to my watchlist, if I were to do this for every work or artist that appealed to me, my lists would soon become unmanageable. Consequently, I freely admit to a large element of random capriciousness in my choices.

Lacking justification for my particular choices, I thank you all for the opportunity to view your work, with or without leaving a comment.


  • waddleudo
    waddleudoover 2 years ago

    I like the term you have used here, “random capriciousness!”
    I believe you have written approximately 200 words regarding justifying Favoriting without leaving a comment. That’s approximately 200 individual words, as in, “Nice!” that your potential RB friends could have enjoyed from you!
    Nice to see you drop by, tenzil – with or without comments. You are always welcome to Favorite my work even if you don’t have the time, energy or imagination to comment!
    Cordially, Ellen

  • Mitch Labuda
    Mitch Labudaover 2 years ago

    I don’t find it rude, but of course, as you noted, it is up to each of us.

    I don’t feel a commitment to comment on works or leave comments, if I favorite a piece. I think the favorite says it all.

    It is good to be supportive to each other, but requiring it or speaking out, about lack of comments or favorites, would indicate to me, that I am not connecting with people through my art, or people just don’t care for it.

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Same here. I do it, and people do it to me, and I don’t find it rude. It’s a quick easy way to ‘bookmark’ pieces you want to come back to or show appreciation, and faving work supposedly has an effect on which images RB ‘features’ on the Explore page. “Random capricioiusness” is also a factor for me, LOL! Another thing is since people got google analytics on their pages they may be able to see how long viewers were on their page or guess who it was based on the IP address. I often get up and walk away from the computer for a long time, and I hope no one’s agonizing over the fact that some viewer in AZ was on their page for 2 hours and wondering why. Sometimes you just have to not worry about these things. Too much information, or as they say “TMI.” Just enjoy the faves when you get ‘em. It does not “mean” anything if people don’t comment, too.

  • JennyArmitage
    JennyArmitageover 2 years ago

    I find the whole idea of being offended by being favorited odd. It may not be as nice as a favorite with a comment, but it’s an expression of appreciation. What is there to complain about that? Frankly, it amounts to a complaint that the compliment wasn’t big enough. That’s plain childish.

    And in terms of expositor to others, the favorite does more than the comment.
  • retepk
    retepkover 2 years ago

    Isn’t the act of favouriting a work a comment in itself albeit an unwritten one?

  • 365project
    365projectover 2 years ago

    you always have a way of putting things just so…randomly capricious…i like it :-)

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 2 years ago

    Favouriting an image is a comment in itself. (ie I agree with retepk) What else could it be but a tip of the lid?

    Favouriting an image without a comment combo is more polite than doing neither.

  • Lenoirrr
    Lenoirrrover 2 years ago

    Thank you for this, I completely agree and recognize this.
    I often say that what my heart feels cannot be described with words and so I prefer to fave someone’s work without leaving any comment that would by far not do justice to what my heart experiences.

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaover 2 years ago

    I don’t find it rude at all – and I just noticed you favorited a work of mine, which led me to find this post. :) So thank you ! :)

  • asm1
    asm1over 2 years ago

    Until I read this, it didn’t enter my head that it was possible to be rude/considered rude to favourite someone’s work (with or without a comment)!