The point of publishing a story in a semi-public place like AH.com is to let people comment on it, in good or bad. Unlike what you seems to believe, most people here try to be constructive, and the mods are very good at rooting out plain mean behavior. Even then, you don't have to fight any critics on AH.com. It's perfectly fine to just answer "if you don't like it, don't read it" to your critics, you won't get banned for that. If your story fits the bill (eg: ASB in the ASB section) you can perfectly post it and continue, ignoring all comments, if you're so persuaded you're right and they're wrong. Nobody is going to put a gun to your head and say "change your story, now!". But if you're looking for an echo chamber, this is not the place. If your ego is too fragile to see anything that is not a direct praise a personal attack against you, you're better not posting anything. Here or anywhere else, for what it matters. With an attitude like that, you're in for a lot of disappointment in life. To quote Beaumarchais: "Without the freedom to criticism, there's no genuine praise."