Hit - feedback
On the first day of IF Comp 2016, voters gave feedback to authors live while playing. It’s easier to do feedback when you have the game in front of you and you can just talk to the author.
Hit - talking
Throughout IF Comp 2016 several authors have discussed IF Comp and particular games in public forums such as Euphoria.
Miss - talking on intfiction.org
Although some authors are active on the forum, others report thinking twice about posting comments or threads due to fears of being judged if they are too visible.
A few have commented on reviews or responded to criticism. But freedom of speech comes at a high cost for the IF Comp author given the pressure of 100 unseen judges.
Miss - promotion
The old taboo against promoting one game over others still casts a long shadow. There is no discussion of promotion in public. So far as I can tell, aside from a few reviews, no-one is actively promoting their own work. Authors I talked to were resigned to the impossibility of attracting fan voters.