In the spirits of improving the feedback on LSF, and following the idea of the long-deceased Artistic Circum-critique thread, I present you the "Critique Please" Initiative , to be implemented inside the Skill Development forum.
Problem: lack and/or disorganized meaningful feedback on threads all over LSF
While some people come to the Skill Development forums asking questions about how to improve their skills, many critique opportunities are presented inside WiP threads that end up under-critiqued because:
- a) People may not be interested in the game the pieces (art/writing/music/etc) belong to, so they never get to see the pieces.
b) People are put off from critiquing due the many "yay, it looks so good!!!" encouraging posts inside such threads, and end up looking like "the bad guy" if they dare to say anything that doesn't praise the author.
Encourage people to post their works (art/writing/music/etc) on the Skill Development forum with the tag [Crit Please] or just [Crit] .
This way, users not paying attention to particular WiP threads that are still looking to help others in developing their skills could easily find pieces an author wants feedback on, without having to deal with a mountain of encouraging/supportive/"yay xD!" posts by just looking at their Unread Posts list and checking the threads that have the [Crit] tag on their title.
Users will be encouraged to give helpful critique inside [Crit] threads, while cheerleading posts without feedback will be discouraged; you can always give positive feedback and let an author you like what they do by pointing out the exact things that make you like it and that you think are well done.
I understand that sometimes authors are hesitant to post their works on public boards to get feedback because said works may be part of a project they don't want/are not allowed to spoil people about. Ideally, a Critque Encouraged community would be a good place to find people that you trust to have a good judgment/critique eye so you can PM them asking for help on private works.
*There would be an implicit rule of politeness and respect towards the authors; this should be (imho) an instance for people to get help in developing/improving their current skills and not something only the super tough-skinned dare to try.
Meaning saying "You have *a lot* of anatomy problems here, particularly this and this" would be ok, while saying "Your anatomy is SO WRONG! Please go study before you draw people again D:" would be not.
This is my random idea. It'd be nice to hear what you guys think, if it would be possible at all or if it would need changes for it to be implemented.
I thought about making a separated board for this very purpose a looong time ago (and never did >> ), but we do have the Skill Development forum and there would be no need for a separate place for that.