Cool, cool, replies!
Nayara NightRoo wrote:
Okay, now I admire you...
I think this is a great initiative, and... well, I'm not really good at critiques, so I can't tell you any more.
I'll probably use it when I release my first VN... although the button is a little scary someway.
Glad to hear it
I think critiquing is a skill in itself. You'll get better the more you learn and try it. I've also found critiquing others teaches me a lot about myself. It can be a little scary, though I've noticed I'm usually most nervous anticipating critique, rather than receiving it. The people who critique others (mostly) just want to help.
chocojax wrote:(I was gonna say, 'Why need it when they can clearly state it in their post?', but let's see where this goes. I always wanna give critique on art threads, but it's difficult to see if they want critique or not, etc. :V)
Yep, that's exactly why I created the signature display -- in posts ranging from over a year ago up until the present, I noticed people saying they never knew when someone wanted critique and didn't respond to people anymore because they'd had bad experiences in the past, such as people ignoring the critique, getting upset, or giving rude responses. Happy to hear you like the idea ^.^
Reikun wrote:Should there be some way to opt-out of this for a specific post? For example, a member posts a one-off chibi doodle in their personal art thread but they just want to share it and don't want critique on it because they already have a good idea of how it could be improved or it was just a warm up. I guess they should note it on a per-post basis?
Originally I had the recruitment & services forum excluded and had considered allowing people to opt out for times they don't want critique.
In the case of recruitment & services I thought it was ultimately best to include it since a.) people sometimes already give unsolicited honest critique there anyway, especially when money is involved and b.) I'd like to be able to see how people recruiting / offering services react to critique since people on both sides are investing time, effort and sometimes money -- it's certainly not a place where you want less criticism. But on the other hand, you don't want recruitment threads to become analyses of works...
The reason I chose not to allow opting out for specific posts is that it's very open to manipulative use. People might simply opt out any time they're anticipating a negative critique. Opt outs with reasoning like "this isn't serious work so I don't need critique" could become a crutch for dodging criticism. Of course, there's other ways to do that -- people could take the button or text in and out of their signature as it pleases them. But at the least, it's not a flaw defended by the guidelines. Then again, if enough people mention it perhaps it would be worth considering -- a good system adapts to the needs of those using it.
Thanks for the comments so far!