In ye olden days when I was but a wee padawan, there was a 'mentorship program' that seems to gave gone away many moons ago. I was, then able to find someone I enjoyed reading and seeing their comments in threads like this, and ask them if they would be my fan fiction master. As a result, I was able to learn the etiquette of the site and have a mentor to bounce my ideas off of and potentially grow as writer and a reader reviewer. I was taught that there are different types of reader responses, much like what has been described above. The short, well done or nice job. to the I liked this or that, which can sometimes come with reader suggestions or prompts. Though I don't see as many unsolicited prompts these days, I am still amazed by the lengths will go to show their enjoyment of my writing. When I respond, I usually try to be direct by responding to questions or affirming comments. I will also let reviewer know if they have touched an element or moment that is a personal favorite of mine within the piece. I don't often go long in my responses, unless responding to more lengthy reviews. I don't know that it is hypocritical the respond in brief even to a lengthy review. If I address elements of the review in my response, then I've done a fair job. Verbosity, if it be a word, doesn't always mean quality in responding to a review. As far as being a reviewer, I learned that being specific is important. This can be achieved in the written word, but can be compounded by the use of pull quotes. What author doesn't want to see their own words pulled from their story as a showcase and then to have someone explain why they pulled the quote if icing on the cake. I mean a pull quote needs a explanation even it is simply: Brilliant! At least with the pulll quote you know what the brilliant is referring to. Not all readers are writers, but most writers read. Do for others what you would have them do for you.