First off, a confession: I stopped reading longer works for a couple of years, citing a host of the usual excuses. I was going through college, getting married, starting a family, etc, etc, etc, and I "just didn't have the time." During that period I discovered the Citadel and used it to get my "fiction fix". Recently, however, I've stopped buying my own b/s excuses and have begun reading regularly, especially in the genres that I want to write in. And you know what I found out?
You guys have utterly changed the reading experience for me.
I now expect my fiction to make sense
-- on both the macro *and* the micro levels. If an author introduces a concept or a bit of tech that was obviously not thought all the way through, I get angry at them! I think this is because I've spent several years reading nothing but extremely detailed, well though-out world building by the authors on this site. I'm looking at you Scras. And you, valadaar. And you, axle and Muro, Silveressa and Elbin, Shadow and the whole cadre of Moons -- and countless others whose work I have admired, but am too caffeine-deprived to remember at the moment.
Perhaps it has something to do with coming from a gaming/GMing background, but each and every one of you are capable of taking an idea and examining it from all possible angles, rooting out inconsistencies, bad logic and bad design. You inspire me.
So yeah, just keep doing what you do. And thanks for writing stuff for me to read.