Sorry about that - it was never my intention...Big hello scary german wizard man who initially scarred younger me off from ever posting anything on this forum years ago.
In fact I didn't even realize until Feurox invited me to the discord server that I had acquired something of a reputation over the years...
I never tried to. I enjoy reading the stories here, and I try to give something back in the form of feedback. If my negative feedback tends to be more... elaborate than my positive feedback it's because I feel it is fair to give good reasons for negative feedback instead of just writing "That story bad".
Also because I think constructive negative feedback is more helpful than simple praise - that's why even when I really like a story I always try to find something that could be improved.
And as I said your story is definitely not bad. You achived what you set out to do when you wrote it. It just happen to not match my personal tastes.
As for the question what tense to use, I don't think it matters at all.
Personally I think first-person narration is better served by using present tense while Third Person Omniscient and Third Person Limited are better suited to past tense, but I've read very good story that do it the other way around.
And I do get what you were going for - if a character "does thinking" they don't always narrate their whole backstory in their minds along the way. Still, there are ways of including the most crucial information - which i think you meant when you said you were figuring out new ways as you went along.
Yes, I am going to read it. As I said I expect that my main issue with the first chapter will not be as much of an issue going forward as your protagonist is going to interact with characters to whom he is going to have to explain stuff - or at least think about why he doesn't want toAt least until the next chapter you may or may not read.