I used to love using Webtoons because hey, getting 300 or 700 or 1,000 subs was kind of amazing. Getting such a large boost. I continued to post and, hey subs continued to rise, it looked good. It's hard enough getting subs here, much less a far smaller site such as Comicfury or Smackjeeves. For me and I think a lot of people, it was a dream come true.
But you soon started to notice that despite the massive readership which part of me wonders isn't based on bots at this point you never got much more out of it. Only a very select few people bothered to interact, whether through comments or likes. It wasn't just me either I saw it on other, more popular series. Despite so many readers, there was no interaction and no way to control the interaction.
But perhaps I could've gone on regularly despite this. Having readers in the triple digits is still nice and I still had some measure of interaction that it wasn't totally for naught. But I think the final straw really came from the fact that, the people on LINE think they have a privilege, It is so easy to abuse anything on there from ratings to comments and there's not a damn thing you can do about it.
And at some point I got sick of it. I got sick of posting material only for one or two people to like or comments on it. I got sick of people constantly rating it 1 stars.I would literally create new accounts, from Line, Facebook, Twitter, etc through several E-Mails just to rate my series up. I didn't feel bad about it either because I thought, you people aren't going to screw my series over because of your personal bias. Let's just say, it took quite a few attempts to get that 6.07 I had on one of my works.
And again I noticed it wasn't just me. I remembered seeing another series on Webtoons with like a 2.0 rating and needless to say, it was quite good. It was colorful, unique, interesting etc. I went out of my way to bring that thing back up as best as I could.
Long story short, the initial impact of getting readers soon began to taper off and it was easy for me to see the abuse of the system. This may not necessarily have been LINE's fault intentionally, but without any way for creator's to control their material, it allowed the readers to take control themselves. You did not have control as a Creator on LINE the readers did.The most you had was a Report button and that didn't do jack squat.
So in the end I basically moved officially to Tapastic because even though I think Tapas has its own plethora of issues, I at least had control as a creator and didn't have to worry about an abuse of the system. Heck, with about 10x less subs, I've still noticed more interaction and positive at that.