On Webtoons, I’ve noticed something that doesn’t sit right with me; on really popular Webtoons, like unOrdinary, Siren’s Lament, Nightmare Factory, Miss Abbott and the Doctor, and many more, the Top Comments typically seem to have more likes than the actual episode!
This doesn’t feel right to me. Here’s an example; I managed to get a top comment on episode 40 of unOrdinary, one of the most popular Webtoons on the site. My comment managed to get 19,704 likes, but the episode itself had 17,657 likes. And the most liked comment of that episode had 25,042 likes. That bugs me. The comment I made literally took me five seconds at most to make, and it wasn’t even that funny. The whole episode took Uru-Chan an entire week to make, and yet the third Top Comment still had 19,343 likes. Even more than the actual episode.
Do you understand just how upsetting that must be for the creator? If I toiled over something for over a week and some comments that probably took .5 seconds to write got more likes than my episode, that would discourage me…A LOT. I even tackled the topic in my comment and got kinda flamed for it. One person even said, “Not a lot of people favorite episodes because it’s kinda unnecessary when they’re subscribed.” What? If that’s an actual reason to not “like” an episode, it’s shallow and unappreciative of the hard work the author did to make us happy for the week.
Even more examples of top comments getting more likes than the episode: episode 57 of Siren’s Lament: episode has 12,693 likes. First Top Comment: 14,657 likes.
Episode 37 of Miss Abbott and the Doctor: episode has 12,542 likes. The first Top Comment has 13,630 likes.
Episode 3 of My Dear Cold Blooded King: 12,624 likes. The first Top Comment: 14,396 likes.
So yeah. Another problem is simply not “liking” the episode. I feel like pressing the “like” button is a small, but easy way to show appreciation towards the creators. Now, if you don’t have a Webtoon account and can’t “like” the episode, it’s totally fine. But I just feel like pressing the “like” button is not only a kind gesture towards the artists who supply us with weekly updates, who sacrifice time, money, and other things to make a bunch of strangers happy. I also did some research and found out that the amount of likes an episode gets helps the author/artist to make money. So if you can’t afford to become the artist’s Patreon (like me) I feel as though hitting the “like” button is the easiest way to help.
Okay, rant over. I just needed to get what I researched out there, and possibly help some author/artists physically (with earning money), emotionally (showing that they’re appreciated) and mentally (knowing that their story is well received).
Thanks for reading.