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Just take everything with a shaker of salt. Reader feedback on like and dislike may be useful, but you have to remember that many reader actively hate even the best writing, the best stories, and the best characters. Pick any famous writer out there, King, Clancy, Bradbury, Roberts, shoot, even Shakespeare, and you can find almost as many reader who hate their writing as who love it.
What any one reader or three thinks is meaningless.
There’s also the “manuscript syndrome.” Give one group a story in manuscript form, and give a second group the same story in published form, and the difefrence in critiques is amazing. If the writer of the story would have listened to the readers who critiqued it, odds are the story never would have been published.
If you want to have some fun, type a Stephen king short story, put your name on it, and ask ten people what they think about it.
Critques can be valuable when format, grammar, punctuation, and other mechanical aspects are covered, but when content is involved, you’d better be real careful who you listen to because the best short story ever written will be hated and torn apart by a sizable number of readers.