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30 November 2014 @ 06:55 pm
Commenting on Podfic: vocabulary  

One of the topics that caught my attention through this year's pod-aware was feedback, and having tools to leave feedback.

Sometimes, especially if we're more used to leaving comments on other types of fanworks or if like me the Fandom Language (often: English) isn't the language we're most comfortable with, we're at a loss for words. As such, when leaving comments on podfics, or when reccing podfics, I like to build myself a little vocabulary list. Here's my lists of what I often comment on and what words I choose from, in case it might help others.

Overall fluidity of listening experience/reading voice

Fluid, smooth, easy to get into, effortless, gentle, polished, quiet, sleek, soft, steady, tranquil, even, flat, soothing, uniform, fluent, monotonous, rhythmic, varying, changing, interrupted/uninterrupted, disturbed/undisturbed, broken/unbroken, consistent/inconsistent, rough, demanding, challenging, coarse, complex, perfect, clean, slick, clever, graceful, comprehensive, fun.

Dialogues and favourite lines

Smooth, sharp, quick, dry, funny, emotional, snappy, snarky, tearful, loving, tender, hateful, angry, laughing, smug, sexy, suave, cocky, raspy, loud, quiet, laugh/smile-in-voice, soothing, gentle, challenging, hoarse, screamed, whispered, dead panned, etc.

Sound effects


  • singing;

  • non-verbal vocalisation(sighs, hmms, gasps, chewing, laughs, curses, huh-huhs, whistling);

  • ambient or actor-created noise (door closing, hand clapping, phone ringing, cat mewling, rain, bird songs);

  • and edited-in noise (texts, keyboard, chats, bleeps, music)

Melodious, loud/quiet, surprising, unexpected, befitting, compatible, startling, perfect, representative, works well with, matching, clever, crafty, tricky, resourceful, imaginative, original, neat, graceful, conveys X emotion, perfect moment, awesome.

Accent and embodiment

Fun, new, familiar, homey, comforting, intimate, friendly, warm, hot, sexy, layered, rhythmic, varying, pulling me in, well rendered, visual, physical, visceral, neat, deep, present/presence, clever, awesome, pretty, beautiful, gorgeous.


Polished, smooth, seamless, invisible, inaudible, flawless, clean, seemingly effortless, accomplished, deft, perfected, masterful, crafty, tricky, coherent, ideal, even, steady, homogeneous, unfailing, uniform, noisy/unnoisy, distracting, clever, neat.

Cover art


  • visual art graphic (colours, lines, shapes, colour scheme, place of components (layout), emphasis, texture, crop);

  • typography (choice of font, size, colour, effect, words chosen)

Beautiful, well put together, harmonious, thematic, X pops out, focused, polished, big, small, thin, thick, bold, emphasised, coloured, recognisable when seen in smaller form on my iPod, iconic to X's work, representative, matching, excellent use of this picture/art/font, grainy/grunge/rough look, smooth/blurry/slick, symmetrical, whimsical.

My context

  • The physical place I was in - inside/outside, room, public transport, work, school, visiting family, …

  • The physical state I was in: walking, eating, falling asleep, drawing, exercising, …

  • The mental state I was in before, during, and after the listening experience

Happy, fulfilled, content, glad, pleased; excited, energetic, aroused, bouncy, nervous, perky, antsy; tender, loving, warm, touched, kind, sympathetic; sad, down, mopey, grieving, dejected, depressed, heartbroken; angry, irritated, upset, mad, raging, resentful; scared, worried, anxious, panicked, tense, etc.

Context of the podfic

  • reader: favourite, beloved, familiar, excellent, wonderful, new to us, new to podficcing, new to fandom, back from a leave of fanworks, prolific, shy, funny, multi-talented, first time trying out X, I love it everytime you do X, inspiring;

  • source material: characters, ship, tropes, etc – excellent choice, inspired, fitting, unknown before this piece, found a new favourite trope, hit my kink, can't get enough, so glad you did this.

I hope this helps! Please comment with your own and I'll add them in. :D
endeni on December 1st, 2014 08:45 am (UTC)
Wow, this is great. Very helpful, thank you! ^^
Moved to Dreamwidth: Fairytale worldyue_ix on December 2nd, 2014 12:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad it might help anyone else! :D
smirkingcatsmirkingcat on December 1st, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
very helpfulf and useful and great indeed! thank you so much for putting it together and up
Moved to Dreamwidth: Kirk likes fluffyue_ix on December 2nd, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
Great! I'm glad it might help anyone else. :D
Garonne: cardigangaronne on December 1st, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
That's brilliant, thanks. Must bookmark it. I always end up just saying that the podfic was very pleasant to listen to and that I really appreciate the podficcer making it... I've never quite figured out how to put the rest of my thoughts into words. So this is very helpful, thanks.
Moved to Dreamwidth: !yue_ix on December 2nd, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
*nods* Fandom taught me in time how to comment on fics by the sheer number of comments I kept seeing, but then when it came to podfics I drew annoying blanks or just repeated "so cool" over and over. I'm glad this might help anyone else, and maybe even mean more or more elaborate comments for podfics down the line! :D

If you can think of any other words or facet to comment on, please let me know!
elaineofshalott on December 1st, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
Omg so great! This can be helpful for fluent English speakers (like me) as well--the listing of feedback categories reminds me of all the different things I could give feedback about. :D
Moved to Dreamwidth: Lydia smile hairyue_ix on December 2nd, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad it might help anyone else and maybe even mean more or more elaborate comments for podfics down the line. :3
mothlights: monster_squeemothlights on December 1st, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
What a great post. :D
Moved to Dreamwidth: Tentacles chibiyue_ix on December 2nd, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love leaving comments and wish to spread the love. :D
A Fandom Butterflychinawolf on December 3rd, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
This is very helpful indeed.Thank you for providing a primer! :D
Moved to Dreamwidth: Fairytale worldyue_ix on December 8th, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
Yay! Comments on podfics works FTW. Let me know if you think of any more words to add to the lists. :D
Allyoriginally on December 3rd, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is so useful! Thank you for putting it together.
Moved to Dreamwidth: HIT ITyue_ix on December 8th, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for listening to our podcast and talking to us about it! It gave me the conviction posting it would help and not sound pretentious or useless. :D

Please let me know if you run into more words we could add to this. ^^
akamine_chanakamine_chan on February 16th, 2015 07:49 am (UTC)
Oh, I totally missed this! :(

Do you mind if I add a link to this on my "so you wanna get podficced meta"? A lot of people really seem to appreciate tips on how to leave good feedback.
Moved to Dreamwidthyue_ix on February 16th, 2015 12:28 pm (UTC)
You are welcome to link to this anywhere you see fit. I'm glad you consider this would make for good feedback, and very happy if it can help anyone leave comments. :)
Moved to Dreamwidth: TEAM OMG- SMILEyue_ix on February 17th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
Note to self: words to add (ex: for cover art) elegant, graceful,rough, stylish, simple, plain, classy, effective, recherché, choice, artistic, fanciful, fun, eery, spooky, dark, bright