Seeking feedback for your story online is like drinking dirty water for the purposes of re-hydration. Yeah, it might be all you have, but your body still has to work extra hard to sort the good stuff from the crap.
I’ve received some great feedback from the forum where I usually post stories for critique. At the same time, there’s the periods of waiting for someone to read and respond. And, like a panhandler, there’s the sifting through the pieces of pyrite and hoping for a nugget of real gold. (I’m just trucking out the water related metaphors in this one)
For the record, online or in person, I’ve had about the same mix of satisfaction and frustration.